MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 5/6/2010
Men's Track Athlete of the Week
David Brent, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Monroe, Mich./St. Mary's

David Brent shattered the existing top-time in the MAC this season in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as the senior completed the race in 8:50.04, more than 12 seconds faster than the second-fastest time in the MAC. Brent finished second in the 30-man field, less than two seconds behind the winner from the event's host school, Ohio State.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Ari Fisher, Toledo, So., Lebanon, OH/Lebanon

Ari Fisher continued her remarkable season as the Lebanon, OH native won her heat in the 5000-meter run at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, CA, setting an NCAA qualifying time in the process. Fisher crossed the line in 16:24.27, which is the second-fastest time in school history and the seventh-best mark in Mid-American Conference history. It's the best time in the MAC this spring by 20 seconds. Fisher also holds the MAC's best time in the 3000 by five seconds. The Payton Jordan Invite is one of the most prestigious distance events in the country. American records fell Saturday night in the men's 10,000 and the women's 5000.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Matthew Pfleger, Kent State, RJr., Garrettsville, Ohio/James A. Garfield
At the 2010 Jesse Owens Track Classic among numerous elite throwers in the country, Pfleger finished seventh (third among collegiate participants) in the hammer with a throw of 205'-02" (62.54 meters). He and fellow teammate James Eric are the only conference throwers to have eclipsed the 200' mark this season and he has the 12th-best thrown in the NCAA East Region and is 23rd in the nation in the hammer throw.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Erika Schroll, Central Michigan, Sr., Union, Mich./Three Rivers
Schroll put together a pair of season-best performances at the prestigious Jesse Owens Classic over the weekend. She improved on her MAC-best high jump height with a leap of 5-10 1/2, the highest by a collegiate athlete and the second best overall height. Schroll is now tied for 27th in the country. Schroll also took 11th in the javelin throw with a career-best 121-10.

Additional Nominees for Men's Athlete of the Week
Joe McCoy, Akron, So. Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / Woodridge

Shattered the UA mark in the 3k Steeplechase, placing 10th overall at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, but was fourth among the collegiate competitors. Shattered a 16-year-old Akron record in the Steeplechase, turning in a time of 9:02.42. It better McCoy's previous (9:06.98 when winning the All-Ohio Championships steeplechase earlier this season).best by over four seconds, as well as the previous UA record of 9:06.71, set in 1994 by Craig Reese. McCoy now has the best time in the MAC for the steeplechase by nine seconds.

Collister Fahie, Akron, Jr., Akron, Ohio / Firestone
Placed second in the long jump - but first among the collegiate competitors - at the Jesse Owens Track Classic. His leap of 24-6.50 was just a half-inch shy of his seasonal best (24-7), which leads the MAC. Also turned in a season-best leap of 46-10.25 in the triple jump, which ranks third-best in the MAC for 2010. At the Jesse Owens Classic, he placed eighth overall - sixth among the collegians.

Rob Golabek, Buffalo, So, Hamburg, NY/Frontier
At the Jesse Owens Classic, Golabek was the top MAC finisher in the shot put with a throw of 58-8.75, finishing behind throwers from Ashland, Penn State and N.C. State. He also placed 22nd in the hammer throw.

Brian Smith, Buffalo, Sr., North Tonawanda, NY/Nichols
At the Ohio State Jesse Owens Classic, Smith ran the opening leg of UB's 4x100-meter relay as the Bulls posted a season-best time of 41.08 to take seventh overall.

Riak Mabil, Central Michigan, Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge
Competing in a tough field at the Stanford Invitational, Riak Mabil put together a career performance in the 5000m. Mabil finished the race in 14:23.03, a new career-best. His time is currently the top mark in the event in the Mid-American Conference.

Oliver Walther, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Erfurt, Germany / Pierre-de-Coubertin Gymnasium
Jesse Owens Invite; Long Jump, Triple Jump; Long Jump- 21-11.00 (22nd place); Triple Jump- 46-09.00 (9th place) En route to a ninth place finish at the Jesse Owens Classic in the triple jump, Oliver Walther hit a season-best mark with his 46-09.00 leap in the event. It was also the fourth-best triple jump in the conference during the outdoor season.

Destin Heasley, Kent State, Jr., Massillon, Ohio/Massillon Washington
Heasley finished second behind a non-collegiate runner from the Indiana Invaders in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.17 at the 2010 Jesse Owens Track Classic. His personal-best time of 1:49.17 is nearly 1.5 seconds faster than his nearest conference competitor and is 20th in the the NCAA East Region and 34th in the nation overall.

David Serrano, Miami, Jr., Pickerington, Ohio/Central
Serrano was the top MAC finisher in the high jump at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, hosted by Ohio State Saturday, in a field of 27, finishing behind athletes from Purdue, Penn State and Ohio State. Serrano placed eighth in the event by clearing a height of 6-7.50/2.02m.

Michael McCarty, Miami, Hudson, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
McCarty posted a pair of top-20 finishes in both hurdles races on Saturday at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, hosted by Ohio State. In the 110m hurdles, he finished 16th in 14.84 seconds out of 43 sprinters. In the 400m hurdles, McCarty placed 20th in 55.25 seconds against a field of 39 hurdlers. The junior also competed in the long jump and placed third overall with a personal-best leap of 24-2.25/7.37m, which ranks him third in the MAC and ties for fifth on Miami's all-time list. At the meet, he competed against athletes from most MAC schools and several Big Ten schools, among other teams.

Additional Nominees for Women's Athlete of the Week
Larisa Arcip, Akron, Sr., Vaslui, Romania / Spiru Haret University

Placed fourth in the 1500 meters at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, but was second among the collegiate performers. Her time of 4:25.04 is her best for the season, best in the MAC for 2010 and 37th-best in the NCAA East this spring.

Jenna Schmitmeyer, Ball State, Sr., Celina, Ohio/Celina
For the second straight weekend, senior Jenna Schmitmeyer (Celina, Ohio/Celina H.S.) won the 400m hurdles event with a career-fast time crossing the finish line in 1:01.14. The effort currently stands as the third-best in the Mid-American Conference this season, bettering her previous career-best time of 1:01.91 set last weekend at the Stan Lyons Invitational.

Paige Lane, Bowling Green, Jr., Bowling Green, OH / Bowling Green
Junior Paige Lane competed in two events at the 2010 Toledo Invitational. In the first, she came within one inch of matching her career record with a toss of 119-00 in the javelin. The throw is her season-best and is one of the top 20 recorded in the MAC this season. Lane also competed in the 400 meter dash, recording a 9th place finish with a time of 1:01.38.

Jeanette Pettigrew, Bowling Green, Fr., Cuyahoga Falls, OH / Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Freshman Jeanette Pettigrew claimed a season and personal-best time of 12.08 seconds in the 100 meter dash at the 2010 Jesse Owens Track Classic. The time is one of the 20 best in the MAC for the season to date, and she earned a top-20 finish in the event. Pettigrew also helped the 4x100 meter relay team to a strong finish. The team completed the relay in just 47.18 seconds. The time was not a season best for the group, but it is still one of the best times in the MAC for the entire season. In fact, Pettigrew and her teammates now own two of the MAC's top six times in the 4x100 relay.

Jamiee McClary, Buffalo, Fr., Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy
At Ohio State's Jesse Owens Classic, McClary won her heat and broke her school record in the 400-meters with her finish of 55.05. The time was three-hundredths of a second faster than the previous mark she had set earlier this season at the Florida Relays.

Kristy Woods, Buffalo, So., Mercer, PA/Grove City
At the Ohio State Jesse Owens Classic, Woods was the top MAC finisher in the women's shot put with a throw of 52-0.

Raeanne Lohner, Central Michigan, Jr., Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids
Lohner shattered her career best in the 5000m by nearly 20 seconds in a competitive field at the Stanford Invitational over the weekend. The junior crossed the line in 16:30.47 to finish runner-up in her section of the race. Her new top time is currently the second fastest in the Mid-American Conference.

Jessica Novakowski, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Wixon, Mich./Walled Lake Field
Senior pole vaulter Jessica Novakowski also had a stellar outing this weekend at the Jesse Owens Classic. She was able to clear a height of 12-07.50, the fifth-best clearance in the conference this year and just one inch shy of her season-best. She placed fourth in the event out of more than 35 competitors.

Diana Dumitrescu, Kent State, So., Campulung, Arges Romania/LNPA Campulung Muscel
At the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio, Dumitrescu placed fourth amongst numerous Big Ten competitors in the triple jump with a distance of 40'-2.00" (12.24 meters). She also finished ahead of all fellow MAC competitors.

Jessica Lhotsky, Kent State, Sr., Medina, Ohio/Medina Highland
Senior Jessica Lhotsky finished second (highest collegiate runner) in the 800 meters at the 2010 Jesse Owens Track classic in Colusbus, Ohio. Her time of 2:09.68 is the second-best in the MAC by only 0.03 seconds.

Rasheta Butler, Northern Illinois, Jr., Chicago, Ill./Percy L. Julian
Rasheta Butler raced to first-place finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash at the second-annual Huskie Open last Thursday. Butler set a school record in 100-meter dash when she crossed the finish line in a time of 11.83. Her time in the 100m is second-fastest in the MAC during this outdoor season. Butler then raced to a time of 24.66 in the 200-meter dash, a finish that places her eighth among MAC competitors this season.

Deidra McIntosh, Northern Illinois, So., Rockford, Ill./Christian Life
Deidra McIntosh leapt to a personal-best 19-00 (5.79m) at the Huskie Open Thursday. McIntosh leap lead her to claim the first-place title in the event.

Emily Amendola, Ohio, Sr., Beach City, Ohio / Fairless
Amendola (Beach City, Ohio) competed in the shot put and the discus throw on Saturday. She took 15th place in the discus throw with her toss of 44.72m (146-09.00 feet), a mark that exceeded the prior top team mark by 15 full inches.

Kristi Sturges, Ohio, Sr., Parma, Ohio / Normandy
A junior from Parma, Ohio, Sturges had a well-rounded day. She took 21st in the 100 meter dash, crossing the line in 12.19 seconds. This time beat the prior team season best (also held by her) by .13 seconds. In addition to running the aforementioned sprint event, she took 34th in the long jump competition with a leap of 5.22m (17-01.50).

Michelle Sutherland, Toledo, Sr., Maumee, OH/Maumee
Michelle Sutherland won the high jump and set a meet record at the 26th Annual Toledo Invitational on Friday. She cleared a height of 5-08, which is the second-best in the conference this spring, and the victory was her first in outdoor competition this year. The Toledo Invite featured 23 schools and over 600 athletes.


Victoria Chatman , Western Michigan, Jr., Taylor, Mich./Taylor Kennedy
Chatman performed well despite high winds at the Illinois Twilight. She took fourth place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.83 seconds, that would have improved upon her MAC-leading time of 23.93 if not for a high wind rating. Wind didn't stop Chatman in her win in the 400 meter dash and improved upon her season-best time, being clocked in at 53.89 seconds. The time took .10 seconds off of her previous season-best and MAC-best time of 53.99.

Irene Cooper, Western Michigan, Sr., Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser
Cooper's second place distance of 49 feet, 4.50 inches in the shot put was not only a new personal best but was also the second-best performance in the outdoor shot put in Western Michigan history. The throw also bumped Cooper up in the MAC shot put rankings to fifth. Cooper also took first place in the hammer throw with a distance of 179 feet, nine inches.