MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 2/15/2011

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Kevin Mays, Central Michigan
Junior, Flint, Mich. (Carman-Ainsworth)
Mays's throw of 65-9 is a career-best and ranks second in the MAC this season. The mark is nearly three feet further than his previous career best.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Terefe Ejigu, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Wellington, New Zealand (Wellington College)
Terefe Ejigu won the mile run for the second straight week, this time doing so in two seconds more than he did at the Meyo Invite, finishing today with a time of 4:04.88.

Additional Men's Nominees
Dan Garrett, Akron
Junior, South Lebanon, Ohio (Kings Mills)
Dan Garrett won the pole vault at the Akron Invitational last weekend with a clearance of 17-00.75. The mark represented a personal best for the junior.

Max Hiltner, Akron
Senior, Wadsworth, Ohio (Wadsworth)
Senior Max Hiltner broke a six-year old school record in the mile by more than a full two seconds with a time of 4:06.18 at the Akron Invitational last weekend at Stile Athletics Field House.

Ryan Bloom, Buffalo
Senior, Spencerport, N.Y. (Spencerport)
At the Akron Invitational, Ryan Bloom finished seventh overall and was the top MAC finisher in the 5,000-meters. Bloom finished in 14:44.31, more than 40 seconds better than his top indoor time set at last season's Akron meet. He also took 28 seconds off his personal record.

Matt Gac, Buffalo
Senior, Newark Valley, N.Y. (Newark Valley)
At the Akron Invitational, Matt Gac placed fourth in the men's discus with a throw of 171-8 (52.33m) in an event that is not typically held indoors. He also placed seventh in the men's shot put at 64-0.25 (19.51m).

Josh Kettlewell, Central Michigan
Junior, Croswell, Mich. (Croswell)
Kettlewell scored a career-high 5024 in finishing runner-up in the heptathlon at the Grand Valley Big Meet last weekend. In a field of 12 competitors, Kettlewell placed runner-up in the 60m hurdles and third in the pole vault. He was in the top six in five of the seven events. Kettlewell also added a fourth-place finish in the open pole vault.

Kevin Lanier, Eastern Michigan
Junior, White Lake, Mich. (Lakeland)
Kevin Lanier was a standout performer for the Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team as the group competed, Friday, Feb. 11, in Allendale, Mich. Lanier won the heptathlon with a score of 5,175, just 49 points shy of his school and GVSU track records. He took first-place in three events (60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdle and high jump) and second-place in two events (long jump and shot put).

Rob Falchi, Kent State
Junior, Winmalee, Australia (St. Col. Springwood)
Falchi won the men's gold division triple jump last Saturday (Feb. 12) at the Akron Invitational by posting the sixth-best jump in Kent State history courtesy of a 48'-10.25" (14.89m).

Kiplangat Tisia, Kent State
Sophomore, Koiybey, Kenya (Youngstown State)
Tisia clocked an 8:19.45 in the men's gold division 3,000-meter run last Saturday (Feb. 12) at the Akron Invitational , taking sixth place with the fourth-fastest time in school history.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Diana Dumitrescu, Kent State
Junior, Campulung Arges, Romania (LNPA Campulung Muscel)
Dumitrescu set the tone for Kent State's weekend Friday (Feb. 11) at the Akron Invitational by winning the women's pentathlon and finishing no worse than fifth in each of the five pentathlon events. She totaled a team season-high 3,987 points, which is currently best in the conference and ranks seventh in the nation. Dumitrescu recorded a career-best toss of 43'-11.25" (13.39m) to take second in the shot put portion. She also placed second in the high jump portion (5'-06.50"/1.69m) and long jump (18'-08.50"/5.70m) portion. She clocked an 8.99 in the 60-meter hurdles portion to finish third and also placed fifth in the 800-meter run portion with a personal season-best time of 2:27.76.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Beverly Elcock, Eastern Michigan
Junior, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Northrop)
Beverly Elcock set a new standard for the Mid-American Conference in the 800-meter run, finishing the event in a time of 2:06.86. The time currently ranks as the 18th-best in the nation this year and is also the fastest time in the conference in three years. With her time, Elcock also ran the second-fastest time in school history. She finished third in the event behind two University of Michigan runners who set the top two times in the nation this year during the same race. Elcock also ran the lead leg in the 4x400-meter team which finished first on the day.

Additional Women's Nominees
Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron
Freshman, Montreal, Quebec (College Jean-Eudes)
Beaumont-Courteau won the pole vault competition with a clearance of 13-04.25 to highlight the Akron Invitational last weekend. Her mark represented the fourth-best clearance in school history.

Cassie Schenck, Akron
Senior, Mantua, Ohio (Crestwood)
Senior Cassie Schenck took first place in the mile at the highly-competitive Akron Invitational by posting a time of 4:51.93. Her winning mark representing the third-best time in school history as well as a personal record.

Ali Bishel, Ball State
Senior, Chesterton, Ind. (Chesterton)
The Cardinals' top performance at the Hoosier Hills Invitational came in the 3000m run with senior Ali Bishel posting a season-best time of 9:56.65 to win the event by over 16 seconds. After completing the 3000m run, Bishel went on to run anchor for the second-place distance medley relay which turned in a time of 12:17.60.

Jeanette Pettigrew, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy)
Jeanette Pettigrew, a sophomore from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, established a new BGSU record in the 60m dash at the 2011 Akron Invitational on Saturday. Pettigrew placed second overall and sprinted to the finish in 7.47 seconds, breaking the previous record of 7.51 seconds which was set in 2007. Her record-setting time ranks second in the Mid-American Conference for the season to date. Pettigrew also set a personal record in the 200m dash with a time of 24.91 seconds and helped BGSU to a fifth-place finish in the 4x400m relay.

Jessie Rowland, Bowling Green
Freshman, Germantown, Ohio (Valley View)
Falcon freshman Jessie Rowland set a personal record at the 2011 Akron Invitational in the weight throw competition with a toss of 57-05.75. The throw earned her third place in the event (out of 42 throwers), and she placed first among 12 MAC throwers in the event. Rowland also placed 11th in the shot put (43-09.25).

Sam Beim, Buffalo
Sophomore, Merrick, N.Y. (Mepham)
Beim won the 3,000-meter run at the Akron Invitational. Beim posted a season-best mark in winning the race in 10:15.42, slicing 13 seconds from her previous best and winning the race in convincing fashion by six seconds over a runner from Pittsburgh. Beim's time also established a new personal best.

Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Sophomore, Cumberland, Maine (Greely)
At the Akron Invitational Becky O'Brien placed second in the women's discus throw, an event not usually held indoors. She finished second to Oklahoma's Brittany Borman with a throw of 171-7 (52.29m), more than five feet better than her outdoor record. O'Brien finished 16 inches behind Borman. O'Brien also placed third in the women's shot put with a best throw of 52-6 (16.00m).

Danielle Dakroub, Central Michigan
Senior, Okemos, Mich. (Okemos)
Dakroub was fifth in a field of 54 runners in the 5000m at the GVSU Big Meet. Her time of 17:01.60 shattered her previous personal best by 44 seconds. Her time ranks third in the MAC this season.

Megan Heffner, Central Michigan
Freshman, Port Austin, Mich. (North Huron)
Heffner won the open jump with a leap of 5-5 3/4 at the GVSU Big Meet. She finished two inches ahead of the runner-up. Heffner also ran a personal-best of 1:01.96 in the 400m.

Rosie White, Eastern Michigan
Junior, New Albany, Ohio (New Albany)
Rosie White had her first 19-plus-foot long jump of the season, with a third-place finish in the event at the GVSU Big Meet. Her jump was the fifth-best in the conference this year.

Melinda Sawnor, Kent State
Sophomore, Rochester, N.Y. (Greece Athena)
Sawnor clocked a 2:10.31 in the women's gold division 800-meter run last Saturday (Feb. 12) at the Akron Invitational, the eighth-fastest time in school history.

Hope Alexander, Miami
Senior, Wilmington, Del. (Tower Hill)
Alexander won the triple jump Friday at the Hoosier Hills Invitational with a season-best leap of 38-8.25/11.79m. It is the fifth-best jump in the MAC so far this year. She missed her personal best by just over two inches while winning the event by a whole foot and eight inches. Alexander beat out an 11-woman field that featured athletes from Indiana, Cincinnati, Ball State and Eastern Kentucky, among other schools.

Kelley Miller, Miami
Senior, Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Coffman)
Miller won the mile run at the Hoosier Hills Invitational Friday in a season-best 4:50.88, which is the fourth-fastest time in school history. Miller now owns the top four mile marks all-time at Miami. Her clocking is the second best in the MAC so far this year. Miller won the race by nearly seven seconds in a 27-person field. She was running against athletes from Indiana, Marquette, Memphis, Ball State and Eastern Kentucky, among other schools.

Rasheta Butler, Northern Illinois
Senior, Chicago, Ill. (Julian)
Rasheta Butler had an outstanding weekend at the Iowa State Classic, crushing every event in which she competed. In the first day of competition Butler set a NIU school record in the 200-meter dash when she raced to a time of 25.25 to finish 29th of 125 competitors. Butler's success continued into the second day of competition when she set a career-best in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.05 to place third. The Huskie went on to compete as part of the 4x400-meter relay team that set a season-best time of 3:56.36.

Jenner Sio, Northern Illinois
Junior, Rockford, Ill. (Christian Life)
Competing against some of the nation's toughest track and field athletes Jenner Sio saw a solid performance in the triple jump at the Iowa State Classic when she leapt to a personal-best 37-08.50 to finish seventh in the event. Sio also competed in the long jump a day earlier, earning a mark of 16-10.75.

Ari Fisher, Toledo
Junior, Lebanon, Ohio (Lebanon)
In what has become a common theme for the Toledo distance program, junior Ari Fisher once again put forth a momentous effort for the Rockets. At the Iowa State Classic on Saturday, Fisher set a new all-time MAC record, earning a top-ten world ranking in the process. Fisher posted a time of 16:04.56 in the 5000m to finish fourth at the ISU Classic. The time shattered the previous MAC record held by former Rocket Everlyne Lagat (16:15.54) and now ranks at the 11th-fastest in the World this season. It was the second time this season that Fisher broke one of Lagat's records, previously setting a new school mark in the mile at the All-Ohio Championships.

Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Emmett, Mich. (Emmett)
For the second time this season Campbell broke the school record in the 200m dash. This time she bested her previous record by .16 seconds in a loaded field at the Tyson Invitational. Her time stands as the fourth best in the MAC. Campbell also helped the 4x400m relay team run the top time in the MAC at 4x400m dash by running a team-best split of 53.77 seconds.

Ashley Hunault, Western Michigan
Senior, Alpena, Mich. (Alpena)
Hunault nearly broke the school record in the long jump that she set at last year's Tyson Invitational by jumping a MAC best 19 feet, 11 inches. She finished just .75 inches short of her school record in her first place finish. Hunault also helped the 4x400m relay team to a MAC best time of 3:40.95 with a 55.21 second split.