MAC Announces Men's Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 4/7/2008

Track Athlete of the Week

Nick Ivancic, Kent State, Sr., Mentor, Ohio/Mentor

Ivancic had a regional qualifying mark of third in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 52.28 at the Duke Invitational. He also finished 11th in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.24.


Field Athlete of the Week

Auston Papay, Akron, Sr., Sharon, Pa./Sharon

Papay had already qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional with his throw of 170-7 in the team's opener. However, after a week off, he was able to far surpass that effort with his winning distance of 182-11 (55.76) in the “A Section of College/Open” Division at the Florida Relays. The mark was nearly nine feet better than runner-up Beau Burroughs (Florida), who threw the discus 174-0. The next day, He placed fifth in the shot put with a distance of 54-2.50 (16.52).

Track Nominees

Matt Erdmans, Central Michigan, Fr., Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center

Took first in the 800-meter with a time of 1:55.24.


David Brent, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Monroe, Mich./ St.Mary's Catholic

Brent was one of five NCAA regional qualifiers for the Eagles this past weekend. At the Stanford Invitational, he qualified in the two events that he ran in. In the 1,500 meters, he finished sixth with a time of 3:47.64 and in the steeplechase, he finished 13th with a time of 9:03..53. This is the second year in a row that he has qualified for the NCAA Regional.


Michael Veatch, Miami, Sr., Middletown, Ohio/Middletown

Took first in the 5000 meter with a time of 14:33.77.


 Field Nominees

Joe Hasler, Central Michigan, Sr., Tawas City, Mich./Tawas Area

Hasler finished first in the pole vault clearing a height of 15-0.


Gerald Gersham, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Southfield, Mich./Southfield

Gersham was a double winner for the Eagles up in Mount Pleasant, qualifying for the NCAA Mideast Regional meet in the shot put, throwing 55-04.25 for the win. It moves Gersham to within 1 foot on the EMU all-time list ranking of 5th. In his hammer debut, he won, throwing 148-08. Gersham's hammer win was his first and also his debut in the event. (first time ever throwing in a competition). Gersham has improved close to 10 feet in the event since coming EMU just over a year ago.


Jaroslaw Zakrzewski, Kent State, Sr., Gdansk, Poland

Zakrzewski placed third with a regional qualifying mark of 214’-4” in the men’s hammer throw. Zakrzewski’s mark also established a personal best.


Dan Beach, Miami, Sr., Arlington, Ohio/ Arlington

Beach had in the hammer met the NCAA Regional Qualifying mark and is the fourth longest throw in Miami history. He placed second in the hammer throw with a throw of 192-1.