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AKRON ? The University of Akron dominated the first three completed events ? the women’s hammer, women’s pole vault and men’s javelin ? to lead both the men’s and women’s team standings at the 2009 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at UA’s Lee Jackson Track & Field.
The Akron men have 29 points after day 1, followed by Eastern Michigan (15), Central Michigan (13), Kent State (12), Buffalo (6) and Miami (3). The UA women, who set a MAC record with 208.5 points last season, have 40 points, followed by Ohio (32), Kent State (17.5), Buffalo (14), Bowling Green (14), Ball State (10.5), Toledo (9), Miami (6), Western Michigan (5), Northern (3), Eastern Michigan (3) and Central Michigan (2).
The day started with the women’s hammer dodging the rain. However, UA senior Stevi Large broke her own MAC Championships meet record with a winning throw of 213-10 (65.19). (Last week at Akron’s Campbell/Wright Invitational, Large broke her own UA and MAC all-time record in the hammer with a throw of 221-1.)
Large, a senior, won the event for the fourth consecutive year, while teammate and sophomore Valerie Wert was MAC runner-up for the second-straight year as she threw a personal-record 198-2 (60.41) ? second-best on the UA all-time performers list. Large is just the fourth women’s student-athlete in MAC history to compete a career sweep in an event as LaTasha Jenkins (Ball State) won four 200m titles from 1996-99; Akron’s Beata Rudzinska won four 800m titles from 2003-06 and Laura Murphy (Bowling Green) won four 1500m titles from 1982-85.
\Akron took the top two spots in the men’s javelin, as well as placing fourth. Sophomore Tyler Sweet defended his title with a throw of 213-8 (65.14), while classmate Nick Erdesky placed second with a throw of 210-3 (64.09), bettering his sixth-place finish from last season. Junior Daniel Kinsey placed fourth with a throw of 198-9 (60.59) although he passed on all his attempts in the final as he had just finished the 100m and was competing the long jump of the decathlon.
Akron's Carrie Kayes made it a season sweep, winning both the indoor and outdoor pole vault. The junior from Green cleared 13-1.50 (4.00) with UA freshman Katherine Lee placing third with a vault of 12-7.50 (3.85).
The Zips also got a strong performance in the women’s javelin. For the third consecutive year, junior Lauren Whitehill scored in the event as she placed third with a personal record and her first NCAA Regional mark of 143-10 (43.84). That distance is also third-best on the UA all-time performers list.
Also capturing individual titles today was Ohio's Kari Summers with a time of 35:39.67 in the women's 10,000 meters and Eastern Michigan's Josh Perrin with a run of 30:43.06 in the men's 10,000 meters.
Kimberly Hamilton of Kent State took the women's javelin with a winning throw of 159-11.
Also on this first day, the first half of the multi events ? heptathlon and decathlon ? were held.
The heptathlon finished its first four events of day 1 with Akron's Katie Nentwick running a personal record in the 200m (26.66). Bocicor, who has qualified for the NCAA Regional in the high jump, won the heptathlon high jump with a clearance of 5-8.50 (1.74), just a quarter inch off her personal record.. Through four events, UA's Alina Bocicor is fourth overall with 2,975 points with KSU's Diana Dumitrescu’s leading with 3,387 points. Nentwick stands in eighth (2,802 pts.) and Felicia Close is ninth (2,624 pts.
Daniel Kinsey won the decathlon shot put with a personal-record distance of 50-0.50 (15.25) and out-distanced the field by 57 points in the event. Through three decathlon events, Through four events of the decathlon, Kinsey took the overall lead, tying for third in the high jump with a clearance of 6-5 (1.96). He had 3,006 points through four events and was able to take the lea as Miami's Kevin Dwyer did not clear a height. Dwyer entered the MAC Outdoors ranked seventh in the NCAA in the decathlon while Kinsey entered the meet ranked 11th nationally. Day 1 of the decathlon concluded with the 400m and Kent State's Mike Schober ran a field-best 49.06 to take the Day 1 lead with 3,829 pts. Kinsey slipped to third, finishing Day 1 with 3.685 pts, while Lott is fifth with 3,414 pts.
Day two of three of the championships will begin Friday at 10 am with the men’s hammer, then the conclusion of the multi events. The afternoon will see a number of other field event finals as well as the preliminaries for a majority of the running events.