MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/25/2011

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Michael Schober, Kent State
Senior, Penfield, NY (Webster Schroeder)
Schober enjoyed a dominating weekend in the heptathlon, surpassing his previous event point total personal high by recording 5,358 points -- the third most in Kent State history -- to secure the victory. That point total ranks fifth in the nation and first in the Mid-American Conference. He won the 1,000-meter run portion with a time of 2:45.30 as well as the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.49. He also took fifth in the pole vault portion with a height of 13'-1.50" (4.00). Schober took second in the 60-meter dash portion by clocking a 7.08 and finished second in the long jump portion with a leap of 22'-7.00" (6.88m). He recorded his first heptathlon event win of the weekend thanks to a high jump of 6'-4.00" (1.93m).

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Phil Ferguson, Akron
Junior, Copley, Ohio (Copley)
Ferguson was a double winner for the Zips last weekend as The University of Akron men's track team took second place at the All-Ohio Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Kent State Field House. Ferguson matched a PR with a winning time of 21.23 in the 200 meter dash, then posted a new PR with a time of 47.80 in the 400. Both times are the top reported marks in the MAC. Ferguson also was the anchor on the Zips' 4x400 relay team that placed third with a time of 3:16.04.

Additional Men's Nominees
Mike McCall, Akron
Senior, Richfield, Ohio (Revere)
Mike McCall cleared 7-00.25 to win the high jump - among 16 competitors - at the All-Ohio Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Kent State Field House last weekend. McCall was one of five individual winners on the day for the Zips, who finished second to Ohio State, 161-138. It was McCall's second win of the young season.

Rob Golabek, Buffalo
Junior, Hamburg, NY (Frontier)
At the Cornell Upstate Challenge, Rob Golabek extended his school record in the men's shot put for the second consecutive weekend. Golabek won the event with a throw of 60-4 (18.39m) extending his UB record set at Kent State's Doug Raymond Invitational two weeks ago. Golabek has added 21 centimeters to the school mark he set to end the 2010 season in the first two meets of the 2011 campaign.

Brian Smith, Buffalo
Senior, North Tonawanda, NY (Nichols)
At the Cornell Upstate Challenge, Brian Smith won the 200m in 22.14.

Kevin Bacon, Central Michigan
Junior, Vassar, Mich. (Vassar)
Bacon won the long jump at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational with a season-best leap of 23-0. He was first in a field of 20 jumpers. Bacon has won the long jump in each of the first three meets in which he has competed this season.

Ross Parsons, Central Michigan
Freshman, DeWitt, Mich. (DeWitt)
Parsons set new career best times in winning the 200m and finishing seventh in the 60m at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational. In the 200m, he posted the top time in a field of 28 runners. Parsons's times are the best of any Chippewa to date this season.

Clint Allen, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Muskegon, Mich. (Orchard View)
Allen competed in both the 60-meter dash and the 4x400-meter run, as the lead leg, for the Eagles, finishing the 60-meter dash with the 12th-fastest time in the nation during his preliminary run with a time of 6.75 seconds. It was Allen's best time of the season in the event. He also served as the only non-freshman runner on a 4x400-meter squad which finished in second place behind U-M.

Robert "Max" Babits, Eastern Michigan
Freshman, Fowlerville, Mich. (Fowlerville)
Freshman pole vaulter Robert "Max" Babits won the pole vault event by clearing a height of 16-06.75 at the Harvey-Simmons Invitational at the University of Michigan. It was a personal-best mark for Babits, and the second-best height cleared by a freshman in the nation this year. Additionally, it was the first time that an Eastern Michigan athlete cleared 16 feet in the pole vault since Randle Lynn did it almost seven years ago to the day on Jan. 23, 2004.

Nate Scales, Kent State
Sophomore, Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Darby)
Scales won the 60-meter dash at the All-Ohio Championships with a time of 6.86 to match his career best. That mark ranks as the third fastest in the Mid-American Conference. He also took ninth in the 200-meter dash by clocking a 22.24.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Diana Dumitrescu, Kent State
Junior, Campulung Arges, Romania (LNPA Campulung Muscel)
Dumitrescu finished in first place in the pentathlon at the All-Ohio Championships last Friday (Jan. 21) with an impressive 3,945 points, which currently ranks as the third-highest point total in the nation and highest in the Mid-American Conference. Dumitrescu earned first place in the 60-meter hurdles portion with a time of 8.95. In the high jump, Dumitrescu took second with a jump of 5'-7.75" (1.72m). She currently ranks 43rd in the nation in the high jump and first in the conference. In the shot put portion of the combined, Dumitrescu earned another second place finish with a throw of 43'-7.75" (13.3m). The long jump event of the pentathlon earned Dumitrescu a first place finish with a jump of 18'-5.75" (5.63m). In the final event of the pentathlon, Dumitrescu took ninth in the 800-meter run by clocking in at 2:32.56.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Ashlee Abraham, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Southfield, Mich. (Renaissance)
Sophomore sprinter Ashlee Abraham, who went into this weekend's Harvey-Simmons Invitational with the best 60-meter dash time in the Mid-American Conference, won the 60-meter dash and tied a Michigan Indoor Track Building record with a time of 7.41 seconds. The time tied a 2005 mark set by Jenna Harris of Ohio State. Abraham's record-tying performance was also good for the twelfth-best time in the country this year in the event. In addition to beating out other MAC runners, Abraham also raced against competitors from the University of Michigan, University of Detroit and Valparaiso, among other schools.

Additional Women's Nominees
Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron
Freshman, Montreal, Quebec
Ariane Beaumont-Courteau cleared 13-01.75 to take second place in the pole vault at the All-Ohio Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend at the Kent State Field House. It was a season high for the true freshman and is the fifth-highest mark reported thus far in the MAC.

Cassie Schenck, Akron
Senior, Mantua, Ohio (Crestwood)
Cassie Schenck recorded a PR in the 3,000 meter run with a winning time of 9:46.47 to help lead The University of Akron women's team to a second-place finish at the All-Ohio Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Kent State Field House last weekend. Her winning time shattered her previous record of 10:01.59, originally set in 2009.

Rebecca Lomax, Ball State
Freshman, Indianapolis, Ind. (Southport)
Freshman Rebecca Lomax was BSU's top performer at the Gladstein Invitational, placing fourth among the 14 competitors in the pentathlon with a score of 3158. Lomax's top pentathlon effort came in the high jump, where she won the event by clearing 5-6.5. Later in the meet, Lomax turned in a fourth-place height of 5-5.25 in the high jump competition.

Tatijana Jacobson, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Elmore, Ohio (Woodmore)
Tatijana Jacobson brought home Bowling Green's second top-three finish at the 2011 All-Ohio Championships when she placed third in the high jump. Her mark of 5-07.25 (1.71 meters) eclipsed Jacobson's personal record in the event.

Jeanette Pettigrew, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy)
At the 2011 All-Ohio Championships, Jeanette Pettigrew led all BGSU athletes with a second-place finish in the 60 meter dash. After qualifying with a 7.67 second run, she ran the final in just 7.60 seconds. Pettigrew helped the Falcons to 11 of their 30 total points by also running in the sixth-place 4x400 meter relay team. Pettigrew finished the day by earning BGSU's top finish in the 200 meter dash, placing 12th with a time of 25.77 seconds.

Ajla Glavasevic, Buffalo
Senior, Erie, Pa. (McDowell)
At the Cornell Upstate Challenge, senior Ajla Glavasevic broke the school record to win the women's pentathlon. Glavasevic scored 3,758 points, seven more than Patrice Coney's 2008 total. Glavasevic won three of the five events on the day, taking the 60-meter hurdles (8.99), long jump (5.73m) and 800-meters (2:33.21) and setting personal bests in the hurdles, 800-meters and shot put (12.42m). The total is the highest in the Mid-American Conference this season. Her point total stands seventh in the country.

Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Junior, Cumberland, Maine (Greely)
At the Cornell Upstate Challenge, Becky O'Brien scored a decisive victory in the women's shot put as she turned in a top mark of 53-2.25 (16.21m), more than six feet over the second-place finisher and eclipsing Kristy Woods' record from last year. The throw also set Cornell fieldhouse record.

Raeanne Lohner, Central Michigan
Senior, Grand Rapids, Mich. (East Grand Rapids)
Lohner won the 3000m in her indoor season debut at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational, finishing first in a field of 19 runners. Her time is the top 3000m time of any Chippewa this season.

Jessica Novakowski, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Wixom, Mich. (Walled Lake Western)
Senior Jessica Novakowski took first-place in the pole vaulter at the University of Michigan's Harvey-Simmons Invitational. By clearing an NCAA Provisional Qualifier height of 13-01.50, Novakowski is tied for the 12th-best mark in the country this year. The vault was also a personal-best for Novakowski and the best pole vault height cleared by an EMU athlete since Feb. 2008.

Shanequa Williams, Kent State
Freshman, Akron, Ohio (Kenmore)
Williams (Akron, Ohio) continued to show signs of improvement, clocking a 24.98 in the 200-meter dash and a 56.09 in the 400-meter dash - taking second in both events as well as achieving new personal bests at the All-Ohio Championships last Saturday (Jan. 22). Her 400 time is currently the second fastest in the Mid-American Conference. Williams was also a part of the Kent State women's 4x400-meter relay team that posted a second-place finish with a time of 3:50.63. That time is currently the third fastest among MAC 4x4 teams.

Erica Mudd, Miami
Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio (Anderson)
Mudd competed in her first collegiate pentathlon at the All-Ohio Championships and placed fifth out of 18 athletes, finishing third among the seven MAC competitors. She finished with 3,394 points, which already ranks her seventh in school history. Mudd finished second in the high jump part of the pentathlon with a clearance of 1.72m/5-7.75, which is tied for the best mark in the MAC this year and ties for 43rd nationally. It also ties her for ninth in school history in the high jump. Mudd finished fourth in two of the other four pentathlon events (long jump and 60m hurdles).

Rachel Patterson, Miami
Junior, Rochester, Mich. (Adams)
Patterson earned eight points for Miami by taking second in the 5000m at the All-Ohio Championships in 17:10.9, which is the top time in the MAC in the 5K this season by over 20 seconds. It is also the fifth-best time nationally so far this year. She missed first place by just one second but beat out the other 12 MAC runners in the race in a field of 27. She was competing in the event for the first time all year while her time was the eighth-best time in school history (she is already the record holder in the event).

Rasheta Butler, Northern Illinois
Junior, Chicago, Ill. (Julian)
Outpacing her opponents in each individual race she competed, Rasheta Butler raced to first-place finishes in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash events at the Redbird Invitational. Butler crossed the 60-meter dash in a career-best time of 7.75, before racing to a time of 25.69 in the 200-meter dash. Butler was also a member of the Huskies' 4x400-meter relay team that finished third in a time of 4:02.43.

Alex Afloari, Toledo
Senior, Deva, Romania
Alex Afloari earned first place in the triple jump as part of a 1-2 Rocket finish at the All-Ohio Championships. Afloari jumped season-best 39-02.25 to win the event, landing just several inches short of her personal best.

Ari Fisher, Toledo
Junior, Lebanon, Ohio (Lebanon)
Junior Ari Fisher set a new school record in the mile run to lead the Rockets as they wrapped up competition at the All-Ohio Championships. Fisher posted a record time of 4:48.93 to take first in the mile event. She beat the previous record of 4:49.10 held by Everlyne Lagat. Her time was also the fifth fastest in Mid-American Conference history and puts her as the 19th fastest time in the nation this year.

Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Emmett, Mich. (Emmett)
Campbell set personal-best times in wins in the 400m dash and 60m hurdles. Her personal-best time of 56.32 in the 400m saw her defeat athletes from DePaul, Notre Dame and Michigan State for her first 400m title of the season. Her time of 8.83 seconds in the 60m hurdles improved Campbell to 3-0 this season in hurdles races.

Stephanie Mitchell, Western Michigan
Senior, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead)
Mitchell won the weight throw for the second time this season hitting a distance of 51-9.25. The weight throw title was the fourth event title she has won so far this season. She also finished in second place in the shot put with a distance of 46-6.75.