MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 3/31/2010

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Kelley Miller, Miami, Jr., Dublin, Ohio/Coffman

Miller wasted little time rewriting Miami's record book, as she broke the school record in the 1500m at the season-opening Vanderbilt Black & Gold meet in 4:26.47, while finishing first in the race. She won the race by nearly five seconds in the 18-person field and improved her personal-best time by over 3.5 seconds. Her time is also the best in the MAC so far in the 1500m run.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Becky O'Brien, Buffalo, So., Cumberland, ME/Greely

O'Brien smashed the women's discus record with her victory. O'Brien turned in a throw of 166-3 (50.67m) to break Sarah Vance's 2007 record by more than five feet. O'Brien also finished second in the shot put with a personal best toss of 51-1.75 (15.59m).

Track Athletes of the Week
Adam Stackpole, J'Lani Pryce, Zachary Goulet and Willie Brown, Akron

This quartet set a total of five records in two relay races at the LSU Tiger Relays. First, they won the 4x800 relay with a time of 7:36.93, setting UA, LSU Tiger Relays and LSU Bernie Moore Stadium records. The broke the four-year-old UA record by nearly four seconds and the LSU meet and facilty record by nearly three seconds. Second, they won the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 10:11.26, setting UA and LSU Tiger Relays records. They broke the seven-year-old UA record by 16 seconds and the LSU Tiger Relays meet record by three seconds. Adam Stackpole is a sophomore from North Canton, Ohio/North Canton Hoover HS J'Lani Pryce is a freshman from Kingston, Jamaica/Bensalem (Pa.) HS Zachary Goulet is a freshman from North Canton, Ohio/North Canton Hoover HS Willie Brown is a freshman from Cleveland, Ohio/John Adams HS.

Field Athletes of the Week
Casey Garbaty, Buffalo, So., Sarnia, Ontario/Northern

Garbaty won the men's javelin at the Raleigh Relays with a school-record heave of 224-6 (68.43m), shattering his mark from last season of 209-9 (63.93m). Garbaty's throw was more than 10 feet better than the second-place throw. The throw was also 20 feet better than his previous season high set at the Seahawk Invitational.
Additional Nominees
Valerie Wert, Akron, Jr., Lexington, Ohio/Lexington

Finished fourth in the hammer - second among collegiate competitors, with a mark of 190-8 and second in the discus with a mark of 163-6 at the LSU Tiger Relays. She was five inches from the title in the discus and her mark in the hammer is the best in the MAC to date this season. Her mark in both events ranks sxith-best in the NCAA East, while ranking 10th overall in the nation in the discus and 12th overall in the nation in the hammer.


Thekla Lorenz, Ball State, Jr., Hamburg, Germany
Thekla Lorenz carried a big work load in the first outdoor meet of the season, competing in five events, including the victorious 4x400m relay. She added second-place finishes in both the javelin throw (112-9/34.38m) and 100m hurdles (14.95), while placing third in the high jump (5-1.75 / 1.57m) and 200m dash (25.73).

Brittany Ade, Ball State, R-Jr., Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger
Ball State's third event win at the Polar Bear Invitational came in the 1500m run, with redshirt junior Brittany Ade (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger H.S.) posting a winning-time of 4:50.03. Ade also placed fourth in the 800m run with a time of 2:23.09.

Jamiee McClary, Buffalo, Fr., Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy
McClary broke the women's record in the 200-meters at the Raleigh Relays. McClary competed in the invitational portion of the event, turning in a time of 24.18 for a seventh-place finish overall. The finish broke a 10-year old record set by Janelle Callender. It was the first outdoor mark set by the freshman after her impressive indoor season in which she broke records in the 60-, 200- and 400-meter races. McClary also helped the Bulls to a victory in the women's sprint medley relay in 3:59.96.

Brooke McCombs, Bowling Green, Bucyrus, OH / Bucyrus Wynford
Freshman Brooke McCombs out-threw her competition in the discus throw by over five feet, as she won the event in her first attempt as a Falcon. In her three events, McCombs scored a total of 14 points for BGSU.

Heather Conger, Bowling Green, Jr., South Euclid, OH / Charles F. Brush
Heather Conger, a junior from South Euclid, Ohio, helped the Falcons to a second-place finish at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge. In the 800 meters, she finished in 2:21.25, winning the race by four seconds. Conger's time in the 1500 meters (4:41.24) was 1.6 seconds faster than her nearest competition.

Raeanne Lohner, Central Michigan, Jr., Grand Rapids, Mich
Raeanne Lohner opened up her outdoor season with a strong seventh place finish in the 5,000 meter at the Raleigh Relays. The junior led the CMU women on the track with her 16:50.1 finish in a highly competitive race with 70 athletes. Lohner's time is the top 5,000 meter time this season for the women.

Kayla Brindley, Central Michigan, West Brach, Mich./ Ogemaw Heights, Mich.
Freshman Kayla Brindley opened up her collegiate outdoor season with a strong tenth place finish in the discus at the competitive Raleigh Relays. The CMU freshman threw 136-4 on the day only five inches short of her personal best. Brindley's tenth place finish boast well in a pool of 60 athletes in the discus.

Magda Wikar, Miami, Jr., Winnetka, Ill./New Trier
Wikar won the long jump at the season-opening Vanderbilt Black & Gold with a personal-best leap of 18-9.75 (5.73m), which ranks her sixth on Miami's all-time performers list. She won the eight-person event by four inches and improved her personal best by over four inches.

Jenielle Hunt, Ohio, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills
Jenielle set a program record with her 10:39.77 in the 3000 meter steeplechase, shattering the previous record by almost 20 full seconds.

Emily Amendola, Ohio, Sr., Beach City, Ohio/Fairless
Emily earned 17 points in three events for the Bobcats on Saturday, taking first in the hammer throw and second in both the shot put and the discus competitions.

Kimara Morgan, Toledo, Jr., Columbus, OH/Eastmoor
Junior Kimara Morgan had a busy and productive afternoon in helping to lead Toledo to victory over Bowling Green and Ohio on Saturday at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge. Individually, Morgan won the 100 meter dash (12.42) and took third in the 200 (25.98). She also ran on Toledo's first-place 4x400 relay team (3:58.73) and was on UT's second-place 4x100 relay (47.34). The 100 dash effort was the first individual victory of the indoor or outdoor season for the junior, and it was also the relay team's first win of the year as well.

Kiah Douglas, Toledo, Fr., Saginaw, MI/Arthur Hill
Freshman Kiah Douglas jumped her way to a win at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge, as her mark of 19-08.00 in the long jump won the event by over a foot. Douglas' effort was also the best in the MAC this spring as she helped guide the Rockets to a win at the Challenge over Bowling Green and Ohio. Douglas also placed third in the triple jump (36-03.50) and ran on Toledo's second-place 4x100 relay team (47.34).

Irene Cooper, Western Michigan, Sr., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Cooper opened up the outdoor season by winning the hammer throw at the Alabama Relays.

Victoria Chatman , Western Michigan, Jr., Taylor, Mich./Taylor Kennedy
Chatman started the season on a good note with a second place finish in the 400 meter dash and helped lead the 4x400 meter relay team to a fourth place finish.

 Additional Nominees
Tyshaun Peoples, Akron, So., Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville

Finished sixth in the long jump - fifth among the collegians - at the LSU Tiger Relays with a leap of 24-02.50. However, his leap ranks best in the MAC to date ninth-best in the NCAA East and 15th-best in the NCAA. Also competed in the 110m hurdles, placing second with a personal-record time of 14.21. That time too ranks best in the MAC and ninth-best in the NCAA East.

Will Cole, Buffalo, Fr., Hamburg, NY/Hamburg
Cole finished fifth in a field of 57 racers at the Raleigh Relays, one of the largest competitions in the East. Cole won his heat by a full second over a hurdler from Ohio State.

Greg Pilling, Central Michigan, Sr., London, Ont./ Sir Fredrick Banting
Senior Greg Pilling showed well at his first outdoor meet of the season, taking second place in the discus with 168-0 throw. The CMU senior saw 60 competitors in the discus at the competitive Raleigh Relays.

Christopher Thomas, Central Michigan, Detroit, Mich./ Martin Luther King
Sophomore Chris Thomas finished 20th out of 113 athletes in the 400m at the Raleigh Relays. Thomas posted a 48.64 time in the 400m just a tenth of a second away from his career best. Thomas was also a part of the 1,600 sprint medley team(3:31.84) and the 4X200 relay team(1:26.53) both finished ninth on the day.

Michael McCarty, Miami, Jr., Hudson, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
McCarty opened the 2010 outdoor season with a bang, taking first place in the 110m hurdles at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold meet in a personal-best 14.47 seconds. His time is the top time in the MAC so far this year in the high hurdles and ranks him eighth all-time at Miami in the event.

John Brockman, Miami, So., Granville, Ohio/Granville HS
Brockman had a strong showing in the season-opening Vanderbilt Black & Gold meet, winning the javelin with a personal-best throw of 199-06 (60.82m). The throw is the best in the MAC so far in the javelin while his mark ranks him fourth on Miami's all-time top-10 list in the event. He improved his personal best by over 15 feet with the throw on Saturday.