MAC Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 4/26/2011
Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Willie Brown, Akron
Sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio (John Adams)
Willie Brown, who matched the school standard in the 800m at the Duke Invitational earlier this month, ran 1:48.13 Sunday at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio, to rewrite the UA milestone - eclipsing Bill Heideman's mark of 1:49.40 set in 1962. It is the 10th-fastest time recorded in the nation and the top mark in the MAC.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Collister Fahie, Akron
Senior, Akron, Ohio (Firestone)
Collister Fahie easily cleared 25 feet in the long jump for the second time this season, going 25-09.25 for a third-place finish at the LSU Alumni Gold Saturday in Baton Rouge, La. The senior went 25-11.50 - the seventh-longest jump in the nation - at the Texas Relays earlier this month.

Additional Men's Nominees
Ryan Bloom, Buffalo
Senior, Spencerport, N.Y. (Spencerport)
At Princeton's Larry Ellis Memorial Invitational on Friday night Ryan Bloom set a new school record in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Bloom finished 11th in his section in 9:04.60, taking nearly two seconds off the mark set by Tony David in 1999.

Matt Gac, Buffalo
Senior, Newark Valley, N.Y. (Newark Valley)
Matt Gac won two events at the Cornell Upstate Challenge. He set the Cornell Kane Complex record to win the discus with a throw of 173-7 (52.92m). He also won the hammer at 183-0 (55.79m).

Ross Parsons, Central Michigan
Freshman, DeWitt, Mich. (DeWitt)
Parsons continued his breakout freshman season by finishing first in the 200m and second in the 100m and running a leg on the 4x100m relay team at the Lenny Lyles Invitational. His 21.56 in the 200m was good for first in a field of 11 runners, while his 10.76 in the 100m was second of 11 runners. Parsons posted the second fastest 200m time in the MAC this season, while his 100m time is the fourth-fastest non-wind-aided mark in the event this season. Parsons also helped the 4x100m relay team post a season-best mark of 41.71. Parsons' performance came against a field that included Louisville, the runner-up at the 2010 Big East Outdoor Championships, and Western Kentucky, the three-time defending Sun Belt outdoor champions.

Kyle Smith, Central Michigan
Freshman, Leola, Pa. (Lancaster Catholic)
Smith won the javelin throw at the Lenny Lyles Invitational, throwing 190-0. It is the fourth best mark in the MAC this season. Smith, also a defensive back on the CMU football team, was making his collegiate track and field debut. His performance came against a field that included Louisville, the runner-up at the 2010 Big East Outdoor Championships, and Western Kentucky, the three-time defending Sun Belt outdoor champions.

Clint Allen, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Muskegon, Mich. (Orchard View)
Clint Allen stood out as one of the most impressive Eagles at this weekend's EMU Twilight, winning the 100-meter dash and running the lead leg for the winning 4x100-meter relay team. Allen ran a time of 10.67 in the 100-meter race, finishing .21 seconds sooner than the second-place finisher. In the 4x100-meter relay, Allen jetted out of the blocks and provided his team with a formidable lead, which competitors were unable to close, en route to a first-place, 41.31 finish.

Andrew Meyer, Eastern Michigan
Junior, Minster, Ohio (Minster)
Andrew Meyer competed in multiple events for the Eagles this weekend, as weather conditions (40 degrees with wind gusts up to 40mph) and the field conditions played into the outcomes. Meyer overcame elements, however, winning the shot put event with a toss of 54-04.00. He also competed in the hammer throw, placing ninth with a throw of 154-05, and with a toss of 128-02 in the discuss, Meyer finished 13th.

Princeton Bryson, Kent State
Junior, Toledo, Ohio (Bowsher)
Bryson clocked a career-best 48.07 to take seventh in the 400-meter dash Sunday (April 24) at the Jesse Owens Classic. He also helped the 4x400-meter relay team cross the finish line in 3:-07.71, the second-fastest in school history.

Matthew Pfleger, Kent State
Senior, Garrettsville, Ohio (James A. Garfield)
Pfleger recorded a hammer throw of 207'-01" (63.13m) to take third and a discus throw of 157'-06" (48.01m) to place 10th at the Jesse Owens Classic last weekend (April 23-24). Pfleger currently ranks first in the conference and 22nd in the nation in the hammer throw .

Jahquil Hargrove, Miami
Freshman, Norristown, Pa. (Norristown Area)
Hargrove clocked a personal-best 47.69 seconds in the 400m dash Saturday at the Polytan Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. to place fourth out of 21. He was just 0.55 ticks behind the winner. Hargrove's time ranks third in the MAC so far this year and 61st in the East Region while he improved his time by over half a second. He also qualified for the U.S. Junior National outdoor meet in the event with his time.

Michael McCarty, Miami
Senior, Hudson, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
McCarty posted a season-best leap of 7.25m/23-9.5 in the long jump to take first place out of 15 competitors Saturday at the Polytan Invitational, hosted by Indiana University. He was competing against athletes from Cincinnati, Marquette, South Florida and the host Hoosiers to name a few while winning the event by 10 inches. His distance ranks fifth in the MAC so far this year and ties for 59th in the East Region. McCarty also ran the 400m hurdles Friday at Indiana and clocked a season-best 54.27 to place fourth out of 16.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Ashlee Abraham, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Southfield, Mich. (Renaissance)
Sophomore standout Ashlee Abraham had two sensational races this past weekend at the EMU Twilight in Ypsilanti, Mich., winning the 100-meter dash and finishing second in the 200-meter dash and setting personal-best times in each race. In taking the 200, Abraham ran the fastest time in the conference this year (23.86) and the fastest time by a MAC athlete in nearly three years. Abraham shaved 1.3 seconds off of her PR in the process, with 25.16 being her previous best. Her winning time of 11.84 in the 100-meter dash is only .01 off of the fastest time in the MAC this year, and also shattered her previous PR of 11.94 from two weeks prior.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Sarah Morris, Western Michigan
Senior, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Mt. Pleasant)
Morris won the discus at the EMU Twilight Meet with a distance if 167 feet, 3 inches. Her title-winning distance placed her seven feet ahead of second place Allison Liske from Michigan.

Additional Women's Nominees
Katherine Lee, Akron
Junior, Alexandria, Va. (West Potomac)
Katherine Lee cleared 13-07.25 in the pole vault for a third-place finish at the Triton Invitational on the campus of UC San Diego last weekend. It was a personal record for the junior and represented the fifth-best vault in school history. Additionally, Lee's clearance ranks her 17th in the nation entering the week.

Rebecca Lomax, Ball State
Freshman, Indianapolis, Ind. (Southport)
Multievent specialist Rebecca Lomax continued her stellar freshman campaign, placing third in the high jump at the Polytan Invitational hosted by Indiana with a season-best leap of 5-5.75 (1.67m). The height was the event-winning height, but Lomax lost out in a judge's decision as she needed two leaps to clear the previous height (1.62m). Lomax also placed 11th in the 100m dash (12.60 w/0.2) and ran the first leg for the third-place 4x100m relay which posted a time of 47.66. Lomax's high jump effort currenlty ranks fourth in the league.

Christine Talhelm, Ball State
Junior, Indianapolis, Ind. (Franklin Central)
With a career-best time of 2:12.60 in the 800m run, Christine Talhelm place ninth among 41 runners at the Polytan Invitational hosted by Indiana. The effort is currenlty the seventh-best in the league this season.

Heather Conger, Bowling Green
Senior, South Euclid, Ohio (Charles F. Brush)
Heather Conger, a senior from South Euclid, Ohio, ran the 800 meters faster than anyone for Bowling Green State University in the last 20 years. At the Eastern Michigan Twilight meet, Conger earned the fifth-best time in BGSU history when she crossed the finish line in 2:11.01, giving her eighth place in the invitational race. Conger also competed in the Falcons' 4x400 relay team as the second leg. Conger helped the team finish the race in 3:55.13 and place sixth overall.

Jessie Rowland, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Germantown, Ohio (Valley View)
Jessie Rowland, a sophomore from Germantown, Ohio, won the hammer throw and placed in the top ten of the other three throwing events last weekend at the Eastern Michigan Twilight meet. Rowland's hammer throw mark (188-11) falls less than one foot shy of her career-best mark, set one week ago at the All-Ohio Championships. She currently ranks 17th in the hammer in the NCAA Division I East Region. At EMU, Rowland also placed third in the javelin, fifth in the discus and sixth in the shot put. She currently ranks in the East Region's top 100 in each of the four throwing events -- as of last week, she was the only thrower who could make that claim.

Jamiee McClary, Buffalo
Sophomore, Rochester, N.Y. (Our Lady of Mercy)
At the Cornell Upstate Challenge, Jamiee McClary won the women's 200-meters in a season-best 24.28 and broke Janelle Callender's 2000 record in the 100-meters, finishing third in 11.90 and bettering the mark by eight-hundredths of a second. McClary also was part of the 4x400-meter foursome along with Donna Jeanty, Crystal Graham and Asia Henry. The team broke the UB record and set a Cornell Kane Complex mark in taking the event in 3:42.98. She was also part of UB's winning 4x100-meter relay squad.

Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Junior, Cumberland, Maine (Greely)
At the Cornell Upstate Challenge, Becky O'Brien was a double winner as she took the shot put at 52-5.50 (15.99m) and added the discus to her win total with a throw of 170-10 (52.08m).

Shanaye Carr, Central Michigan
Senior, Lansing, Mich. (Waverly)
Carr tied for second in the long jump with a mark of 19-3 1/2, her season best and the best non-wind-aided mark in the MAC this season. She finished tied for second in a field of 13 entrants. Carr's performance came against a field that included Louisville, the three-time defending Big East outdoor champion, and Western Kentucky, the three-time defending Sun Belt outdoor champion. Carr also was runner-up in the 100m hurdles; she finished second to teammate Tamica Harbour.

Charnele Lyons, Central Michigan
Junior, Traverse City, Mich. (Traverse City Central)
Lyons won the 1500m with a career-best time of 4:31.59 at the Lenny Lyles Invitational. Her mark is the fourth-best time in the MAC this season. Lyons also finished seventh in the 800m at the event. Lyons' performance came against a field that included Louisville, the three-time defending Big East outdoor champion, and Western Kentucky, the three-time defending Sun Belt outdoor champion.

Jessica Hemingway, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Wixom, Mich. (Walled Lake Western)
Jessica Hemingway continued to shine as an elite pole vaulter, clearing a height of 13-05.25 and winning the event at the EMU Twilight. The height would have set a stadium record, however, with the extreme winds and rain, the event was moved to EMU's indoor track, Bob Parks Track, making the mark ineligible for the Rynearson Stadium record.

Melissa Kurzdorfer, Kent State
Freshman, Lancaster, N.Y. (Lancaster)
Kurzdorfer topped her career best and own school record in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 195'-05" (59.57m) for third place last weekend (April 23-24) at the Jesse Owens Classic. She also recorded the ninth-best women's discus throw, posting a toss of 163'-06" (49.77m) for sixth place. Kurzdorfer currently ranks first in the conference and 22nd in the nation in the hammer throw and fourth in the conference and 52nd in the nation in the discus throw.

Shavae Wright, Kent State
Senior, Lima, Ohio (Shawnee)
Wright posted the sixth-fastest women's 100-meter dash time in school history, clocking an 11.90 to take sixth at the Jesse Owens Classic Sunday (April 24). That time currently ranks as the fifth-fastest in the conference this season.

Layne Baggett, Miami
Sophomore, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Moon Senior)
Baggett clocked a season-best 14.14 in the 100m hurdles Saturday at the Mississippi Open in Oxford, Miss. to place ninth out of 26 while competing against athletes from SEC schools Alabama, Mississippi and Auburn among other participants. Her time ranks fourth in the MAC so far this year. Baggett also ran on Miami's 4x100m relay team that placed sixth in a season-best 46.32, which is the sixth-best time in school history. The 'Hawks finished behind four SEC schools and Southeast Missouri State.

Emily Nadolny, Toledo
Senior, Toledo, Ohio (Southern Utah)
Senior Emily Nadolny continued her strong senior season with a pair of events this past weekend. In the hammer throw event at the EMU Twilight, Nadolny launched a distance of 169-09 to surpass her existing school record and take third place. She also competed at the Sparky Adams Invite at Baldwin-Wallace, earning an eighth-place finish in the discus event with a throw of 132-05, good for sixth on UT's all-time outdoor list.

Megan Wright, Toledo
Freshman, Miamisburg, Ohio (Miamisburg)
With most of the team competing in Ypsilanti, several Rocket distance runners traveled to Columbus for the highly-competitive Jesse Owens Classic hosted by Ohio State. Highlighting Saturday's performances was freshman Megan Wright , whose eighth-place time of 4:33.81 in the 1500 meter race bumped her to No. 8 on UT's all-time list.

Rachel Whitley, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Leroy, Mich. (Leroy Pine)
Whitley was the top collegiate finisher and finished third overall in the 800m invite race at the EMU Twilight. Her time of 2:09.44 was the top time in the MAC and she defeated Beverly Elcock, who previously held the MAC's top spot. For Whitley it was the second-straight week she ran a sub 2:10 time in the 800m run.