MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/18/2011
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Rob Golabek, Buffalo
Junior, Hamburg, NY (Frontier)
Broke his own school record in the men's indoor shot put en route to winning the competition at Kent State's Doug Raymond Invitational.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Willie Brown, Akron
Sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio (John Adams)
Willie Brown broke the school record in the 800 meters to lead the men's team to a victory over Kent State in dual meet action Friday night at Stile Athletics Field House. Brown posted a winning time of 1:51.37 to top the previous record of 1:51.66 set by Joe Mummert last February in the Zips' 82-69 victory. Brown's time of 1:51.37 is the 12th-best mark in the nation entering the week. Brown also ran the second leg of the Zips' 4x400 relay team, which logged a winning time of 3:15.93.

Additional Men's Nominees
Collister Fahie, Akron
Senior, Akron, Ohio (Firestone)
UA senior Collister Fahie was a double winner last Friday as the men's team defeated Kent State in its dual meet at Stile Athletics Field House. Fahie posted the second-best mark in school history with a leap of 50-02.50 in the triple jump then recorded another PR by jumping 24-08.25 in the long jump, which was the third-best mark in UA history.

Brian Smith, Buffalo
Senior, North Tonawanda, NY (Nichols)
Finished behind two Norfolk State sprinters in the 200m at the Doug Raymond Invitational. Won his heat.

Tecumseh Adams, Central Michigan
RS Freshman, Harbor Springs, Mich. (Harbor Springs)
Adams finished second in the mile run at the Chip Invite, just 0.13 behind Eastern Michigan's Terefe Ejigu, the reigning MAC cross country champion and the 2010 MAC outdoor champion in the 5,000m and 10,000m.

Kevin Mays, Central Michigan
Junior, Flint, Mich. (Carman-Ainsworth)
Mays won the weight throw with a personal best toss of 62-10 at the Chip Invite on Friday. His mark was 5-1 3/4 further than the runner-up in the event.

Matt Pfleger, Kent State
RS Senior, Garrettsville, Ohio (James A. Garfield)
Pfleger had a career day in the weight throw last Friday (Jan. 14) in Kent State's dual meet at Akron, winning the event with a toss of 67'-1.50" (20.46m).

Kiplangat Tisia, Kent State
Junior, Koibey, Kenya (Youngstown State)
Tisia finished second in the men's 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:22.66 at last Saturday's Doug Raymond Invitational (Jan. 15), which ranks as the fifth-fastest in school history in the event.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Melissa Kurzdorfer, Kent State
Freshman, Lancaster, NY (Lancaster)
Kurzdorfer won the weight throw in Kent State's dual meet against Akron last Friday (Jan. 14), recording a toss of 59'-10.25" (18.24m). She also finished second in the shot put with a throw of 44'-3.25" (13.49m).

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Kim Lorentz, Akron
Senior, Mayfield, Ohio (Mayfield)
Kim Lorentz recorded a PR in the mile with a winning time of 4:56.90 then finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:17.09 as The University of Akron women's team swept its dual meet with visiting Kent State at the Stile Athletics Field House last Friday.

Additional Women's Nominees
Brittany Cheese, Akron
Sophomore, Hilliard, Ohio (Davidson)
Sophomore Brittany Cheese won three events to lead the Zips to a dual meet victory over visiting Kent State at the Stile Athletics Field House last Friday. Cheese jumped 18-09.25 to win the long jump, 5-05.00 to win the high jump and then won the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.91.

Thekla Lorenz, Ball State
Senior, Hamburg, Germany
Senior Thekla Lorenz (Hamburg, Germany) scored the Cardinals' first event victory of the day, posting a distance of 18-10.5 to win the long jump by 4.75 inches and earn 10 points for BSU.

Janae Taylor, Ball State
Junior, Richmond, Ind. (Richmond)
Junior Janae Taylor (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) was BSU's top overall scorer, picking up 11 points with a third-place effort in the 200m dash (25.93) and a fourth-place showing in the 60m dash (7.87).

Ashley Harris, Bowling Green
Junior, Toledo, Ohio (Bowsher)
Ashley Harris set two personal records and earned 12 points as the BGSU Falcons finished third at the 2011 BGSU Challenge. In the weight throw, Harris' toss of 53-11.25 earned third place and tied her for third-best throw thus far amongst MAC competitors. Harris also placed third in the shot put after posting a mark of 45-9.75 in the event. That toss is fourth-best in the MAC to date.

Jeanette Pettigrew, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Christian)
Falcon sprinter Jeanette Pettigrew won the 60 meter dash at the 2011 BGSU Challenge in near-record fashion. While establishing a personal record of 7.55 seconds in the event, Pettigrew fell just two-hundredths of a second short of the school record (7.53). Her time is third best in the MAC thus far. Pettigrew earned or shared in a team-high 23 points as the Falcons finished third at their first home meet of the season. She also placed fourth with a converted time of 25.44 in the 200 meter dash, and she helped the 4x400 meter relay team place third with a converted time of 3:51.62.

Jamiee McClary, Buffalo
Sophomore, Rochester, NY (Our Lady of Mercy)
The top MAC finisher in both the women's 60m and 200m at Kent State's Doug Raymond Invitational. She also was part of the second-place women's 4x400m relay, running the opening leg.

Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Junior, Cumberland, Maine (Greely)
Finished second behind UB's Kristy Woods (who competed as an unattached athlete, taking her redshirt season) in the women's shot put at the Doug Raymond Invitational. Her throw ranks second in the MAC in her first competition since May.

Jordan Dunn, Central Michigan
Senior, Lansing, Mich. (Waverly)
Dunn led a one-two-three finish for CMU in the 60m at the Chip Invite. Her time in the 60m was just 0.01 off her personal best. She also was part of a one-two finish for CMU in the 200m.

Whitney Johnson, Central Michigan
Senior, Saginaw, Mich. (Arthur Hill)
Johnson won the weight throw at the Chip Invite with a personal best throw of 56-6.5. Her mark was 2-3 3/4 feet ahead of the runner-up in the event and more than six feet ahead of the next closest collegiate competitor.

Shanequa Williams, Kent State
Freshman, Akron, Ohio (Kenmore)
Williams won the women's 400-meter dash with a time of 56.44 Saturday (Jan. 15) at the Doug Raymond Invitational at the Kent State Field House. She was also part of the 4x400-meter relay squad that earned a victory over Akron Friday (Jan. 14) with a time of 3:52.40 in Kent State's dual meet against the Zips.

Hope Alexander, Miami
Senior, Wilmington, Del. (Tower Hill)
Alexander picked up her first event win of the season as she took first in the triple jump at the BGSU Team Challenge Saturday. She posted a leap of 11.28m/37-00.25, winning by over two and a half feet in a field of six, which included five MAC competitors.

Katie Scannell, Miami
Sophomore, Cortland, Ohio (Manitoulin)
Scannell earned 12 points for Miami in her two events at the BGSU Team Challenge Saturday. She won an event for the second straight meet, claiming first in the 500m in 1:16.09, nearly three ticks faster than the runner-up in a field of 16. She also qualified for the 60m dash finals where she earned two points by taking seventh in 7.96 seconds. It was her first time running in either event in her career.

Janay Mitchell, Northern Illinois
Freshman, Teaneck, NJ (Teaneck)
Freshman Janay Mitchell claimed the Huskies top finish Saturday afternoon when she raced to a first-place time of 7.75 in the 60-meter dash at Wisconsin's Badger Track Classic. The sprinter outpaced competition from Wisconsin, Marquetter and Eastern Illinois in her first-place finish.

Sarah Woodrum, Toledo
Sophomore, Marion, Ohio (Harding)
Woodrum picked up her first win of the young season, capturing the top spot in the 400 meter dash with a time of 59.69. She helped Toledo win three out of four dual meet matchups at the Chippewa Invitational.

Andrea Arnold, Western Michigan
Freshman, Maple Heights, Ohio (Maple Heights)
Arnold took the 400m dash title with a time of 57.03 and nearly won the 200m dash but finished in second place with a time of 25.81. She also contributed to the 4x400m relay team's title and time of 3:52.89. Individually, she tallied 18 of WMU's 168 points in their win at the BGSU Challenge.

Stephanie Mitchell, Western Michigan
Senior, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead)
For the second straight week this season Mitchell took first place in the shot put. Her distance of 47-03 bested competitors from Dayton, Ball State, BGSU and Ball State. Mitchell's title helped the Broncos win the BGSU Challenge, improving to 2-0 in scored meets this season.