MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/11/2011
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Mike Uhle, Akron
Senior, Powell, Ohio (Olentangy Liberty)
Uhle cleared 17-04.50, which remains the top mark in the nation entering this week, to win the pole vault competition as the Zips defeated Temple in a dual meet last Friday night at Stile Athletics Field House. Uhle, who earned NCAA Indoor Pole Vault All-American status a year ago, is a six-time Mid-American Conference individual champion (three indoor and three outdoor).

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Tyshaun Peoples, Akron
Junior, Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)
Peoples notched a pair of first-place finishes last Friday to help lead the Akron men's team to a victory over Temple at Stile Athletics Field House. The junior set a PR with a time of 22.16 to claim first in the 200-meter dash and crossed the line first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.97.

Additional Men's Nominees
Vanier Joseph, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Redford, Mich. (Thurston)
The reigning two-time MAC Hurdles Champion picked up in 2011 where he left off in 2010, winning his first race in a time of 7.93. It was the fastest time in the conference this year and also is a career-best for the sophomore.

Kevin Lanier, Eastern Michigan
Junior, White Lake, Mich. (Lakeland)
Lanier, who broke the school's record for points in the heptathlon less than a month ago, hit his personal best marks in the long jump with a winning leap of 24-02.50 and a shot put toss of 40-03.50. Lanier also had a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles in the preliminaries with a time of 8.08, but was disqualified in the finals due to a false start.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Stephanie Mitchell, Western Michigan
Senior, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead)
Mitchell pulled the double, becoming the first thrower in the history of the WMU vs Toledo Icebreaker meet to win both the shot put and the weight throw. Mitchell set a personal-best distance, and Icebreaker record, 46-09.50 to take first place in the shot put. She followed it up with a distance of 49-01.50 in the weight throw for her other win. Mitchell contributed 10 of WMU's 75 points in the meet win.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Ashlee Abraham, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Southfield, Mich. (Renaissance)
Sophomore sprinter Ashlee Abraham stole the show at the EMU Invitational, as she won the 60-meter dash in record fashion. The Waterford, Mich. product came just two-one hundredths of a second away from setting a Bowen Field House record as she raced to a first-place, 7.47 second finish over a host of competitiors from the University of Michigan and other schools. She also finished the 200-meter dash in a time of 24.75, good for a second-place finish. 

Additional Women's Nominees:
Brittany Cheese, Akron
Sophomore, Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Davidson)
Cheese claimed first in a pair of events last Friday night in a tri-meet with Cincinnati and Temple at Stile Athletics Field House. Cheese cleared 1.65m (5-05.00) to win the high jump before recording a distance of 5.68m (18-07.75) in the long jump for her second victory of the evening.

Kim Lorentz, Akron
Senior, Mayfield, Ohio (Mayfield)
Lorentz took first in the women's mile, clocking a time of 5:01.85 in Akron's season-opening tri-meet with Cincinnati and Temple last Friday. The senior from Mayfield, Ohio, also recorded a fourth-place finish in the 800 meter on the day with a time of 2:19.11.

Angela Scarber, Eastern Michigan
Junior, Waterford, Mich. (Waterford Kettering)
Scarber was able to capture a win in the shot put with a toss of 43-05.75 and a second-place finish in the weight throw with a throw of 53-11.75. The weight throw toss was the best on the young season for the junior.

Alexis Gieger, Ohio
Sophomore, Gallipolis, Ohio (Gallia Academy)
Geiger won the triple jump with a leap of 12.21 meters and also finished ninth in the long jump.

Amanda Kaverman, Toledo
Senior, Sylvania, Ohio (Southview)
Senior Amanda Kaverman took first in both the 60 meter dash (7.66) and 200 meter dash (24.84) - breaking the the WMU track record in the latter. She improved on her time from last year's first-place effort in this meet by .60 seconds and her time in the 60 meter dash was just .01 off her lifetime best.

Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Emmett, Mich. (Emmett)
Campbell set the Icebreaker meet record in the 60m hurdles with a first-place time of 8.89 seconds and was also a part of the 4x400m relay team that broke the meet record with a first-place time of 3:54.82. Campbell also added a win in the high jump in her first ever time competing in the event and a third-place finish in the long jump. Individually she scored 12 of WMU's 75 points to help WMU defeat Toledo 75-63.