MAC Announces Indoor Track & Field Athletes Of The Week

Updated 2/18/2009

MAC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week

Princeton Bryson, Kent State

Event: Tyson Invitational

Bryson ran the second-fastest time in school history in the indoor 200 meters when he crossed the finish line in 21.35 to finish ninth at the Tyson Invitational (2/14). Bryson’s time moved him in front of US Olympian Thomas Jefferson who ran a 21.37 in 1985. Bobby Cruse established the Golden Flashes’ school record with a time of 20.79 in 2000. Six of the eight runners who finished ahead of Bryson are currently ranked in the top 20 in the 200 meters for NCAA Division I.    


MAC Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week

Daniel Kinsey, Akron  

Event: Akron Invitational

Placed second in the heptathlon with a school-record 5.324 points, finishing behind Pat Woods, who was Kinesy's high school teammate and current athlete at Ohio State. Kinsey set a UA record with 5.324 points, breaking a mark set in 1999. Also, he posted an NCAA provisional mark. In the seven-event discipline, won the shot put and placed second in the long jump, high jump and pole vault. Kinsey leads the MAC in the heptathlon, 437 points ahead of second, Akron's Weston Lott.     


MAC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week

LaTalia Jones, Akron  

Event: Akron Invitational

Jones won the women’s 60m dash with a time of 7.49, a personal record, third on the UA all-time performers list, five one-hundreths from an NCAA provisional mark and nine one-hundreths from the school record. Later, Jones won the 200 with a time of 24.52, both a PR and the best time by a UA runner in ’09. Jones now leads the MAC in the both the 60 and 200 meters.


MAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week

Irene Cooper, Western Michigan       

Event: Tyson Invitational 

For the fifth time this season Cooper finished in first overall or was the top collegiate finisher in the weight throw. Cooper only lost out to Krystal Yush of the New York Athletic Club. Cooper finished ahead of student-athletes from Oklahoma, LSU, Indiana, Michigan, Florida State and Ole Miss. Cooper has now finished either first or as the top collegiate finisher in the weight throw five times this season.