MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 4/13/2011
Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Clint Allen, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Muskegon, Mich. (Orchard View)
Clint Allen was the lone Eagle to run at the Texas Relays, where hundreds of the nation's top athletes competed in the annual showcase. Allen finished 13th in the 100-meter dash with a conference-best time of 10.39 in the event. No other athlete in the MAC has posted a better time since the 2006 season when Johnie Drake of Central Michigan ran a 10.14 (4-15-06) and Marc Johnson of Kent State posted a time of 10.38 (5-26-06).

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Rob Golabek, Buffalo
Junior, Hamburg, N.Y. (Frontier)
Rob Golabek broke his own UB school record with his winning throw at the Texas Relays. Golabek's toss of 62-7.75 (19.09m) on his fourth of six attempts in the competition was enough to win the event by more than a foot over Arizona's Bozidar Antunovic, who finished second at 61-7.50 (18.78m). Golabek actually broke the mark twice on Saturday as he added four centimeters to the previous record when his first throw of the day went for 18.75m. His current throw is the top toss in the nation bettering Nebraska's Luke Pinkelman by one centimeter.

Additional Men's Nominees
Collister Fahie, Akron
Senior, Akron, Ohio (Firestone)
Collister Fahie recorded the second-best outdoor long jump in school history to highlight the third day of the Texas Relays for The University of Akron track and field team at Myers Stadium in Austin last week. With a jump of 25-11.50, which is the fourth-best mark recorded in the country entering the week, Fahie was an easy winner in the 'B' flight competition while becoming just the second Akron athlete to clear 25 feet in the event. Furthermore, the mark shattered his previous high of 24-07.00 and threatened to break the school's all-time record of 26-02.25, set in 2008 by Cadeau Kelley.

Joe McCoy, Akron
Senior, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Woodridge)
Joe McCoy broke his own school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase last Saturday at the Duke Invitational. With a time of 9:00.22, the senior bettered his mark of 9:02.42, set last spring, by more than two full seconds. He enters the week ranked 16th in the nation in the event.

Ross Parsons, Central Michigan
Freshman, DeWitt, Mich. (DeWitt)
Parsons posted a personal-best time of 22.05 in the 200m at the Mid-Major Challenge in Sacramento. His time ranks fifth in the MAC in 2011. Parsons also ran a leg on CMU's 4x100m relay team that finished third in 42.18.

Alex Rose, Central Michigan
Sophomore, West Branch, Mich. (Ogemaw Heights)
Rose set a new personal-best with his throw of 192-7 at the Ed Adams Invitational on Saturday. It was the second straight week and third time this season Rose has set new a PR in the discus. His mark of 192-7 ranks fifth in the country and second in the East Region this season.

Brandon Bailey, Kent State
Sophomore, Verona, Pa. (Penn Hills)
Bailey finished second in the men's 100-meter dash with a time of 10.98 to help Kent State place second with 115 points last weekend (April 8-9) at the Miami Invitational. Bailey also placed third in the men's 200-meter dash by clocking a 21.93.

Rob Falchi, Kent State
Junior, Winmalee, Australia
Falchi won the men's long jump with a leap of 24'-01.75" (7.36m) to help Kent State place second with 115 points last weekend (April 8-9) at the Miami Invitational.

Jarrod Eick, Miami
Sophomore, Hartville, Ohio (Marlington)
Eick posted a pair of third-place finishes Saturday at the Miami Invitational to earn 12 points and help the RedHawks win the team title. In the 1500m run, he clocked a personal-best time of 3:48.56, which is the top time in the MAC this year and ranks him eighth in school history. The time also ranks 70th nationally while he was the top MAC finisher in the race in a field of 47. In the 800m, he crossed in 1:53.17 to take third, also as the top MAC finisher in a field of 47.

Matt Rudin, Miami
Junior, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (Midpark)
Rudin earned 14 points to help Miami win the team title at the Miami Invitational Saturday. He earned eight points in the javelin with a runner-up finish out of 25 throwers with a heave of 54.98m/180-4 as he was the top MAC finisher at the meet. In the pole vault, Rudin earned another six points with a third-place finish, clearing a season-best 4.85m/15-11, which ranks sixth in the MAC this year. He cleared the same height as the winner, however it took Rudin more jumps so he ended in third. He was the top MAC finisher in that event as well.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Emmett, Mich. (Yale)
Campbell ran the fastest time in the MAC to take second place in the 400m dash at the Miami Invitational. Her time of 54.32 seconds was also a personal best. She also took fourth place in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.36 seconds, took fifth in the long jump and helped the 4x100m relay team to a third place finish with a time of 46.36.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Alexandra Roberts, Miami
Junior, Hilliard, Ohio (Columbus School for Girls)
Roberts led Miami to the team title at its own Miami Invitational on Saturday, as she earned 14 points for the RedHawks in two events. In the shot put, she claimed first to earn 10 points by breaking the school record with a throw of 15.20m/49-10.5, shattering the old record from 2003 by 10 inches. Her mark ranks 48th nationally and third in the MAC. She also picked up four points for Miami in the discus, placing fourth with a personal-best heave of 47.12m/154-7, which ranks her fourth in school history. Her throw ranks 85th nationally in the discus and sixth in the MAC.

Additional Women's Nominees
Cassie Schenck, Akron
Senior, Mantua, Ohio (Crestwood)
Cassie Schenck broke her own school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase last Saturday at the Duke Invitational, finishing in 10:31.69. The senior enters the week ranked 31st in the nation after bettering her previous high (10:31.81) in the event.

Valerie Wert, Akron
Senior, Lexington, Ohio (Lexington)
Valerie Wert finished second in the women's hammer throw among a talented field of 17 competitors to highlight day two of the Texas Relays for The University of Akron track and field team last week. With a throw of 188-08, Wert, an NCAA All-American in the hammer in 2010, recorded the Zips' top throw of the outdoor season and enters the week ranked 31st in the nation.

Jeanette Pettigrew, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy)
Jeanette Pettigrew, a sophomore from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, won each of the three events in which she participated at the Ohio Women's Team Challenge on Saturday (April 9). In the 100 meter dash, she posted one of the top MAC times of the season and a top-100 time in the NCAA's East region when she crossed the finish line in 0:11.98. Pettigrew then duplicated the victory in the 200 meter dash, where she finished in 0:25.44. She rounded out her day by running the second leg for the winning 4x100 meter relay team. The team completed it's run in 0:47.83 to earn ten points for the meet-winning Falcons.

Jessie Rowland, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Germantown, Ohio (Valley View)
Jessie Rowland, a sophomore from Germantown, Ohio, was the Falcons' top scorer at the Ohio Women's Team Challenge on Saturday (April 9). She accounted for 29 of BGSU's 194 points as Bowling Green won the meet by a margin of 56 points. Rowland won the hammer throw with a personal-record toss of 184-01.00 (56.10m). The throw currently ranks 25th in the NCAA's East region. She also won the discus, securing a distance of 144-07.00 (44.06m). That mark also ranks in the East region's top 100. Rowland finished the meet by placing second in the shot put (43-08.75) and sixth in the javelin (107-01.00).

Anna Holmes, Buffalo
Junior, Freedom, N.Y. (Pioneer)
Holmes was a double winner at the Robert Morris Bennie Benson Invitational. Holmes won both the women's 200- and 400-meter races. Holmes won the 200-meter distance in 25.70 seconds and claimed the 400 in 57.85, establishing a new personal best in the event.

Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Junior, Cumberland, Maine (Greely)
At the Texas Relays, O'Brien competed in both the women's shot put and discus throws. O'Brien had a sixth-place finish in the A flight of the discus with a top throw of 172-2 (52.48m), a foot shy of her school record throw. O'Brien competed in the women's shot put event on Saturday and finished fifth with a top mark of 53-9 (16.38m). O'Brien added nearly four feet to her top throw of the season.

Megan Heffner, Central Michigan
Freshman, Port Austin, Mich. (North Huron)
Heffner finished fifth in the high jump with a mark of 5-5 at the Mid-Major Challenge. Her mark was a career-best and ranks tied for second in the MAC this season. Heffner added a seventh-place finish in the 400m hurdles with a 1:02.87, a new PR by 0.01 seconds.

Brittnee Shreve, Central Michigan
Senior, Romulus, Mich. (Romulus)
Shreve ran anchor for the 4x100m relay team, which posted the top time in the MId-American Conference in 2011. Her time in the 200m also was a new personal best.

Kelly Gephart, Kent State
Senior, Oak Harbor, Ohio (Oak Harbor)
Gephart recorded the sixth-fast time in Kent State history in the women's 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:19.34 to finish second and help Kent State finish fifth with 60 points at the Miami Invitational last weekend (April 8-9).

Melissa Kurzdorfer, Kent State
Freshman, Lancaster, N.Y. (Lancaster)
Kurzdorfer placed second in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 192'-05" (58.66m) and also finished third in the women's discus throw with a toss of 155'-10" (47.51m) to help Kent State finish fifth with 60 points at the Miami Invitational last weekend (April 8-9).

Rachel Patterson, Miami
RS Junior, Rochester, Mich. (Adams)
Patterson earned six points for Miami to help the RedHawks win the Miami Invitational Saturday as she placed third in the 1500m run in a personal-best 4:27.56 out of a field of 72. She was the top MAC finisher in the race out of 17 MAC athletes who ran while her time is the top 1500m time in the MAC this year and ranks 76th nationally. Her time is also the fourth-best time in school history.

Rasheta Butler, Northern Illinois
Senior, Chicago, Ill. (Julian)
Rasheta Butler won the 100-meter dash at the Tom Botts Invitational with a school-record tying time of 11.83 seconds. She was also a part of the school-record breaking 4x100-meter dash quartet, taking first with a time of 46.54 seconds. Butler also took second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.53 seconds.

Lauren McCullough, Ohio
Sophomore, Lancaster, Ohio (Fairfield Union)
Lauren McCullough just missed out on the top spot in the javelin, finishing second and also finished third in the hammer throw, one of five Bobcats in the top-10. She picked up another top-10 finish in the discus. She owns the top marks of the spring for Ohio in the hammer and the javelin and has racked up eight top-10 finishes so far in the outdoor season.

Danielle Winningham, Ohio
Sophomore, Barboursville, W.Va. (Cabell Midland)
Winningham ran a season-best time of 57.25 seconds in the 400m and was part of the 4x4 relay team that ran a season-best time of 3:52.71. She has finished in the top 10 during three of the four outdoor events this year, with her lowest showing being 12th at the Shamrock Invitational.

Ashley Hunault, Western Michigan
Senior, Alpena, Mich. (Alpena)
Hunault took first place in the long jump with a MAC-best distance of 19 feet, 6.25 inches. She also became the first Bronco in school history to break the 40-foot mark in the outdoor triple jump, finishing in second place with a distance of 40 feet, 2.75 inches. Hunault now owns school records in both the indoor and outdoor long jump and the outdoor triple jump. She also finished in fourth place in the 100m dash with a season-best time of 12.06 seconds and helped the 4x100m relay team to a third place finish. Hunault's performances across the board helped the Broncos take third at the Miami Invitational.