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

Updated 5/6/2008

Track Athlete of the Week

Larisa Arcip, Akron, So., Vaslui, Romania / Spiru Harlet University

Qualified for the NCAA regional in two events, posting the best time by a Zip in both events this season. First, she placed fourth of 32 athletes in the 1,500 with a time of 4:27.34. Later, she was fourth of 34 athletes in the 800 meters with 2:09.73


Field Athlete of the Week

Niesha Kelly, Akron, So., Beford, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel HS

Placed eighth but her leap of 20-0.25 (6.10) qualified her for the NCAA Mideast Regional and is second only to UA’s All-American Christi Smith’s leap of 25-5.75 on the UA all-time list. Kelly added a seventh-place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 38-7 (11.76). This was the first time this season Kelly has posted an NCAA regional mark in the long jump. He jump was a foot better than her previous best this season. Each of the top nine all posted NCAA regional marks and the field included six that were nationally ranked heading into the meet, including two in the top 20.



Track Nominees

Tempestt Stanford, Central Michigan, Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne HS

Stanford won the 100m at the Toledo Invitational with a time of 12.08.


Andrea Wheeler, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Suffolk, Va.-Lakeland

Senior Andrea Wheeler had an outstanding day in the 100-meter hurdles at the Jack Shaw Invitational. Not only did she win the event, she did so in an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 13.63 seconds. This mark improves her collegiate-best by almost four-tenths of a second, leads the Mid-American Conference by more than two-tenths of a second and is tied for fifth all-time in school history.


Jessica Lhotsky, Kent State, So., Medina, Ohio/Highland

Lhotsky finished third in the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 8.91 seconds.


Margarita Pogorelov, Miami, So., Bat Tam, Israel

Ran the second-fastest 100/200 meter doubles in Miami University history, running her fastest 100 meters ever and recording a legal 24.87 in the 200 meters.


Carime Reinhart, Bascom, Ohio - Senior

Reinhart took first in both the 1,500 meters and the 800 meters, setting new Bobcat season-best times in the process. She crossed the finish line in 2:26.00 in the 800, the first time she has ran the event this season, and then recorded a time of 4:45.10 in the 1,500.


Joy Eloms, Western Michigan, Sr., Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia HS

Eloms scored 31 points in her final home meet as a Bronco to help lead the Broncos to a 175.5-94-89.5 victory over Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois at the Jack Shaw Invitational.




Field Nominees

Whitney Hartman, Bowling Green, Jr., Bowling Green, Ohio/Eastwood

Whitney Hartman had a Regional qualifying mark of 182-07 in the hammer throw and stormed past the competition in the discus with a throw of 145-09. She finished first in both events a the Toledo Invitational.


Allison Jakubowski, Central Michigan, Jr., Anchor Bay, Mich./Anchor Bay HS

Jakubowski won the javelin at the Toledo Invitational with a PR mark of 133-10


Jessica Novakowski, Eastern Michigan , So., Wixom, Mich.-Walled Lake Western

Sophomore Jessica Novakowski leaped to 11-5.75 in the pole vault to win the Jack Shaw Invitational, just two inches off her career-best.


Anne Zakelj, Kent State, Sr., Willoghby Hills, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin

Zakelj elevated herself to a height of 5-7 in the women’s high jump to take second place in the event.


Kristina Bolterstein, Miami, Sr., Middleburg, Ohio/Midpark

Moves to #9 nationally this season Equalled her all-time outdoor best Cleared NCAA Qualifying Height. Defeated jumpers from Michigan, Purdue, Indiana, Penn State, and Kentucky. Made attempts at 6-0 after clearing 5-10 3/4 on her third attempt. She won the event with her first two jumps, which cleared 5-5 and 5-7.


Cora Caulfield, Northern Illinois, So., Fox Lake, Ill./Grant

Discus, 152-03, 1st Shot Put, 166-03, 3rd. Set a personal best in the discus. Won in the discus for the second time this season. Also took first at the Chicagoland Championships (4/6).


Bahiyjaui Allen, Ohio, Sylvania, Ohio

Sophomore Allen took first place in the shot put with a throw of 15.12 meters, third in the discus with a toss of 45.10 meters and then capped off her day at the Green and White Invite with a fourth place finish and a throw of 45.54 in the hammer.


Irene Cooper, Western Michigan, So., Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser

Cooper improved her NCAA ranking in the hammer throw and set a new WMU and Kanely Track record and a personal best with a throw of 194-feet seven-inches. She also set a season best in the shot put.