MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 2/22/2011

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Kenneth Agee, Kent State
Sophomore, Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights)
Agee placed second and matched his career best with a jump of 7'-0.25" (2.14m). That mark currently ranks second in the conference and 30th in the nation.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Destin Heasley, Kent State
Senior, Massillon, Ohio (Washington)
Heasley won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:49.70 last Saturday (Feb. 19) at the Kent State Tune Up. That time currently ranks as the 30th fastest in the nation this season.

Additional Men's Nominees
Max Hiltner, Akron
Senior, Wadsworth, Ohio (Wadsworth)
After breaking the school record in the mile the week before, Max Hiltner threatened to rewrite the UA standard in the 800-meter dash with a winning time of 1:50.79 last Friday night at the Zips Invitational. Hiltner's time is the second-fastest mark in school history and just shades behind Willie Brown's current record of 1:50.65 set earlier this season.

Mike Uhle, Akron
Senior, Powell, Ohio (Olentangy Liberty)
Senior Mike Uhle won the men's pole vault for the fourth time this season with a clearance of 17.00.75 at the Zips Invitational last Friday night. It is also the third time Uhle, who is ranked 18th in the country, has cleared 17 feet this season.

Brian Archie, Buffalo
Sophomore, Niagara Falls, N.Y. (Niagara Falls)
At the Cornell Denault Invitational, Archie finished second in the men's long jump at 23-4 (7.11m) behind an unattached entrant. His distance was a season-best and his best performance as a collegian.

Brian Smith, Buffalo
Senior, North Tonawanda, N.Y. (Nichols)
At the Cornell Denault Invitational, Smith finished second in 34.65 to East Stroudsburg's Negus Graham (34.42) in the men's 300-meter race bettering the old mark of 35.20 that had stood since 1996 when Fumu Gakodi set the record.

Josh Kettlewell, Central Michigan
Junior, Croswell, Mich. (Croswell-Lexington)
Kettlewell won the pole vault at CMU's Jack Skoog Meet with a season-best tying mark of 15-11. His mark was a foot better than runner-up teammate Joseph Jankowski.

Chris Pankow, Central Michigan
Senior, Williamston, Mich. (Williamston)
Chris Pankow won the mile at CMU's Jack Skoog Meet on Friday with a season-best time of 4:23.15. He finished more than two seconds ahead of a pair of unattached competitors.

Danny Ngo, Eastern Michigan
Junior, Chelsea, Mich. (Chelsea)
Danny Ngo had a career day in the long jump as the junior leapt to a collegiate-best 22-03.25, good for a third-place finish at the University of Michigan's Silverston Invite.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Jessica Hemingway, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Wixom, Mich. (Walled Lake Western)
Jessica Hemingway was able to break a six-year-old University Michigan facility record and a nine-year-old Eastern Michigan when she hit a mark of 13-07.25 in the Pole Vault Saturday at the Silverston Invite in Ann Arbor, Mich. The new record is the highest mark cleared by any EMU pole vaulter, indoor or outdoor season, besting an old mark of 13-05.75. Only 11 higher marks have been cleared this year nationally in the pole vault, and Hemingway's mark stands as the 18th-best in the nation.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Naomi Andre, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Naples, Fla. (Golden Gate)
Naomi Andre ran a 23.90 in the 200-meter dash at the Silverston Invite, capturing a first-place finish in the event. In addition to her time being a career-best, it was also the fifth-best time in school history and the best time in the MAC this year.

Additional Women's Nominees
Brittany Cheese, Akron
Sophomore, Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Davidson)
Brittany Cheese was a double winner for Akron at the Zips Invitational last Friday night at Stile Athletics Field House. For the second straight week, Cheese recorded a PR in the long jump with a winning leap of 19-07.00. It is the Zips' top mark of the season and the third-longest reported jump in the MAC. Cheese then capped off her big day by taking first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.75, which represented the second-fastest time of the season.

Cassie Schenck, Akron
Senior, Mantua, Ohio (Crestwood)
Cassie Schenck was a winner in the women's mile for the second straight week with a time of 4:52.33 at the Zips Invitational last Friday in the Stile Athletics Field House. Her time was the fourth-fastest mark in school history.

Rebecca Lomax, Ball State
Freshman, Indianapolis, Ind. (Southport)
Won the high jump competition at the Ball State Quadrangular with a height of 5-7, topping jumpers from Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Miami. Also placed 12th in the 60m hurdles (9.89) and ran an exhibition heat in the 200m dash (26.96). 1st in the High Jump - 5-07 12th in the 60m hurdles - 9.89 Exhibition in the 200m Dash - 26.96

Ra'Jae Marable, Ball State
Senior, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pioneer)
Won the 60m hurdle competition at the Ball State Quadrangular with a season-fast time of 8.701, edging out Miami's Layne Baggett by 0.006 of a second. Also placed 8th in the 60m dash with a time of 7.97.

Ariel Edwards, Bowling Green
Freshman, Ansonia, Ohio (Ansonia)
As one of eight Falcons competing at the 2011 Silverston Invitational at the University of Michigan, Ariel Edwards posted a leap of 1.55 meters in the high jump on Saturday (Feb. 19). Her jump earned eighth place in the event.

Allison Weimer, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Pittsboro, Ind. (Brownsburg)
Falcon sophomore Allison Weimer placed third in the 600 meter run at the 2011 Silverston Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 19). Weimer finished six seconds ahead of the other MAC runner in the event.

Molly Coakley, Buffalo
Sophomore, Lockport, N.Y. (Newfane)
At the Cornell Denault Invitational, Coakley established a new personal best with her second-place finish in the women's pole vault as she cleared 11-9.75 (3.60m), six inches better than her previous 2011 top mark.

Jamiee McClary, Buffalo
Sophomore, Rochester, N.Y. (Our Lady of Mercy)
Jamiee McClary broke the UB record in the women's 300-meter dash at the Cornell Denault Invitational. McClary shattered the record set in 1994 by Tonya Reid, in 39.61, winning the race by .34 seconds. Already the holder of the 60-, 200- and 400-meter indoor records, set last season, she shaved nearly two seconds off the previous record for the 300-meters of 41.40.

Katie Christensen, Central Michigan
Senior, Lakeview, Mich. (Lakeview)
Christensen was runner-up in the weight throw at CMU's Jack Skoog Meet with a career-best throw of 53-6. She eclipsed her previous career-best by one inch to finish second in the field of nine throwers.

Raquel Gibbs, Central Michigan
RS Freshman, Lansing, Mich. (Sexton)
Gibbs won both the 200m and 400m at CMU's Jack Skoog Meet on Friday. Her time in the 200m (26.68) was a new personal best. She was first in a field of nine runners in the 200m, while in the 400m she finished more than 3 seconds ahead of the event's runner-up.

Audrey Maheu, Kent State
Junior, Bristolville, Ohio (Kennedy)
Maheu won the 800-meter run with a career-best time of 2:10.83, which currently ranks as the sixth-fastest time in the conference this season.

Kim Preston, Kent State
RS Junior, Greenville, Pa. (Reynolds)
Preston won the pole vault last Saturday (Feb. 19) at the Kent State Tune Up with a vault of 12'-11.75" 3.96m), which was a career best and puts her in second place on Kent State's all-time performance list. She also currently ranks fourth in the conference and 47th in the nation with that vault.

Samantha Gable, Miami
Junior, Greenfield, Ind. (Greenfield Central)
Gable led Miami to a second-place finish at the Ball State Quadrangular Friday, as she won the weight throw with a season-best toss of 53-11/16.43m to earn 10 points for the RedHawks. She was Miami's only entry in the 14-woman event. Gable also took fifth out of 15 in the shot put with a heave of 41-10/12.75m. Miami was competing against three other MAC schools at the meet in Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and the host Cardinals.

Diona Graves, Miami
Junior, Fenton, Mo. (Kirkwood)
Graves spurred Miami to a runner-up finish at the Ball State Quadrangular Friday, as she won the 60m dash in 7.67 seconds to earn 10 points for the 'Hawks. She also had the top qualifying time during prelims, earning the top seed with a time of 7.69 seconds. Graves won the finals race by four-hundredths of a second.

Courtney Weiss, Ohio
Junior, Perrysburg, Ohio (Perrysburg)
Won the 500 meters and was a part of the winning 4x4 team at the Capital Invitational, helping the Bobcats win the two-day meet.

Alexandra Afloari, Toledo
Senior, Deva, Romania (Grambling)
At the Silverston Invitational this past weekend, Afloari took first place in the triple jump with a distance of 40-04.00. The jump was the second-best distance in the all-time UT record book, set a career-high and was the second-longest in the MAC this season.

Amanda Kaverman, Toledo
Senior, Sylvania, Ohio (Southview)
Kaverman led the Rocket sprinters at the Silverston Invitational, earning first place in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.67, just .02 off her personal best. Kaverman also placed second in the 200 meter dash with a season-best time of 24.00.

Ashley Hunault, Western Michigan
Senior, Alpena, Mich. (Alpena)
Hunault took first place in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, six inches and second place in the high jump with a height of five feet, five inches. It was the third win in the long jump this season for Hunault and it was also the first time she competed in the high jump this year. Her time in the 60m dash was the fastest of the season by any Bronco. She scored 26 of WMU's 158.50 points in WMU's win at the Ball State Triangular.

Sam Tomerlin, Western Michigan
Senior, Allegan, Mich. (Allegan)
Tomerlin took first place in the 800m run, running outside her usual longer distance comfort zone, at the Ball State Triangular on Saturday. Her time of 2:12.19 was a huge personal best performance and helped the Broncos with their seventh straight Ball State Triangular. It was the only time she had run in the 800 this season and finished with currently the second best time on the team.