MAC Announces Men's and Women's Track and Field Weekly Honors

Updated 4/14/2010
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Victoria Chatman, Western Michigan, Jr., Taylor, Mich./Taylor

Chatman finished first in the 400 meter dash among collegiate finishers and second in the 200 meter dash among collegiate finishers. Her 200 meter dash time was her top time of the season so far and she helped the 4x400 meter relay to its top time on the season.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Valerie Wert, Akron, Jr., Lexington, Ohio / Lexington

Won the hammer and the discus at the Northeast Ohio Invitational. Winning mark in the hammer was 189-3 (57.68), battling bouts of snow on Friday, and her winning mark in the discus was 169-6 (51.66) on Saturday. Her mark in the discus was just five inches shy of her personal record. The discus mark ranks sixth-best in the NCAA East, 13th-best in the nation overall and best in the MAC. Her season best of 190-8 in the hammer ranks 12th-best in the NCAA East and her mark of 189-3 from Friday would rank 13th-best in the NCAA East had she not throw 190-8 earlier in the season. She owns the top two throws in the hammer in the MAC for 2010.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Phil Ferguson, Akron, So., Copley, Ohio / Copley

Helped Akron to four first-place finishes at the Zips' Northeast Ohio Invitational. Won both the 100m (10.51) and the 200m (20.91). Was also on the winning 4x100 (41.06) and 4x400 (3:13.33) relay teams. Phil's time in the 100 is his best for the season, best in the MAC this season, 38th-best in the NCAA East and 53rd in the NCAA overall. His time in the 200 is a personal record, the fourth-best in UA history, best in the MAC this season, 17th-best in the NCAA East and 19th in the nation. The 4x100 time is the best by a UA quartet this season and second-best in the MAC this season.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Marucs Breidinger, Central Michigan, Sr., Alama, Mich./ Alma

Senior Marcus Breidinger captured the pole vault event at the Sun Angel Classic Saturday in Tempe, Arizona. Breidinger won the event with a height of 17-2 3/4.



Additional Nominees for Men's Track and Field Athletes of the Week
Collister Fahie, Akron, Jr., Akron, Ohio / Firestone

Won both the long and triple jumps at the Northeast Ohio Invitational. Winning leap in the long jump was 23-6.25, beating second place by nearly a foot and a half. Won the triple jump with an effort of 44-2, defeating reigning MAC Indoor triple jump champion Oliver Walther.

Rob Golabek, Buffalo, So., Hamburg, NY/Frontier
Golabek broke his own UB record and established a Bucknell facility record with his shot put victory at the Bucknell Outdoor Classic as the Bulls swept the top three spots in the event. Golabek obliterated his old mark, which he had set at the season-opening Seahawk Invitational, by more than a foot with his winning toss of 59-11.75 (18.28m). Golabek also took second in the men's hammer throw at 180-2 (54.92m).

Brian Smith, Buffalo, Sr., North Tonawanda, NY/Nichols
Smith won his heat and finished third overall in field of 58 in the 400-meters at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic. Smith turned in a time of 48.12 in his first 400-meter race of the season. The time is also the fastest for a UB men's athlete this season.

Brian Florek, Kent State, So., Matawan, N.J./Old Bridge
In the Sea Ray Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee this past weekend, Florek threw a personal-best mark (fifth-best in school history) with a distance of 218'-06." It is the 12th-best throw in the East Region and the 29th-best mark in the nation.

Destin Heasley, Kent State, Jr., Massillon, Ohio/Massillon Washington
At the Sea Ray Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee, Heasley ran a personal outdoor best of 1:50.21 to finish third behind runners from Alabama and Tennessee. The mark is currently best in the Mid-American Conference, 20th in the East Region and 42nd in the nation. It is also the sixth-fastest time in school history.

Michael McCarty, Miami, Jr., Hudson, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
McCarty totaled 30 points for Miami by winning three events Saturday at the Miami Invitational to help the RedHawks runaway with the team title. He finished first in the 110m hurdles in a personal-best time of 14.45 seconds, which ranks him eighth all-time at the school and is the top time in the MAC so far this year. He also won the 400m hurdles in a time 53.68 (second in the MAC so far) and took first in the long jump among 21 competitors with a season-best leap of 23-6.25 (7.17m), which also ranks second in the MAC in 2010.

David Serrano, Miami, Jr., Pickerington, Ohio/ Central
Serrano finished second in the high jump at the Miami Invitational after losing a jump-off for first place. He cleared a personal-best height of 6-9.75 (2.08m), which is the top height in the MAC so far this year. Serrano earned seven points for the RedHawks to help them easily win the team title on Saturday. His height ranks 29th nationally in the East Region, as well.

Additional Nominees for Women's Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Brittany Chesse, Akron, Fr., Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson
Won the 100-meter hurdles at the Northeast Ohio Invitational with a time of 14.10. The mark was a personal record and ranks third-best on the UA all-time list. Added a second-place finish in the high jump with a clearance of 5-6 (1.68).

Thekla Lorenz, Ball State, R-So., Hamburg, Germany
Redshirt sophomore Thekla Lorenz (Hamburg, Germany) was the Cardinals' top performer at the Miami Invitational, logging a team-high 30 points, including 10 for a first-place and season-best leap of 18-9.75 (5.73m) in the long jump. Lorenz also placed second with a season-best javelin throw (126-4/38.51m), fifth with a season-fast 100m hurdles (14.85) time, ninth in the high jump (4-11.75/1.52m) and 13th in the 200m dash (26.17) to add 12 more individual points. Lorenz's final eight points of the meet came in the 4x400m relay when she ran the second leg for the second-place squad which crossed the finish line in 3:50.40.

Jenna Schmitmeyer, Ball State, Sr., Celina, Ohio/Celina
Member of the second-place 4x400m Relay Team which posted a time of 3:50.40 Senior Thekla Lorenz posted a season-fast time of 1:03.12 in the 400m hurdles to place second in the event at the Miami Invitational. She also ran a season-best tie of 58.19 in the 400m dash to place second overall, while anchoring the second-place 4x400m relay team that finished in 3:50.40.

Ashley Fischer, Bowling Green, So., Fremont, Ohio / Fremont Ross
In her first attempt at the 5000 meters as a Falcon, Ashley Fischer won the event at the Ohio Women's Team Challenge by an astonishing 20 seconds. No one, except her two Falcon teammates who finished second and third, finished within 30 seconds of her. Fischer's time of 17:55.98 ranks third in the MAC for the 2010 outdoor season.

Sabrina Forstein, Bowling Green, Sr., Geneva, Ohio / Geneva
Bowling Green senior Sabrina Forstein won the pole vault on Saturday at the Ohio Women's Team Challenge. The victory marks the third time in three meets that Forstein has won the event during the 2010 outdoor season. Overall in 2010, Forstein has won six of the eight pole vault events she has entered; in one of the two non-victories, she finished second. Forstein's jump of 11-05.75 on Saturday matches her leap from the Toledo Collegiate Challenge and is tied for fifth-best in the MAC this outdoor season.

Allison Grimes, Buffalo, Sr., Georgetown, TX/Georgetown
Grimes won her heat in the 400-meters at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic and finished fourth overall among a field of 48 runners, running a personal best time of 56.29. This was almost a full-second better than her previous best. She also ran the opening leg on UB's 4x400-meter relay squad as the team finished third overall among 20 teams setting a season-best time of 3:51.78.

Tiffany Maskulinski, Buffalo, Sr., Elma, NY/Iroquois
While the rest of the team was in Pennsylvania, Tiffany Maskulinski competed in the women's pole vault competition at the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee. Maskulinski added a full foot to her season-best vault, winning the event at 13-5.50 (4.10m). Maskulinski and second-place finisher and Western New York native Mary Saxer both cleared the height, with Maskulinski doing it on her first attempt and Saxer, competing unattached, on her second. Neither vaulter cleared the final height of 13-9.50 (4.20m) and Maskulinski was declared the winner.

Andreea Patrasc, Kent State, So., Bacau, Romania/LPS Bacau
In her first meet of the year, sophomore Andrea Patrasc went out and ran a personal-best 59.99 in the 400 hurdles, the fifth-fastest time in school history. Her mark also all but guarantees her a spot in the NCAA Regional meet as she is 26th in the East Region and 39th in the nation overall.

Diona Graves, Miami, So., Fenton, Mo./Kirkwood
Graves led Miami to the team title at the Miami Invitational Saturday, earning 18 points individually while also helping earn an extra 10 points by winning a relay. The sophomore won the 200-meter dash in a personal-best 24.82 seconds, which ranks her eighth all-time at Miami, while placing second in the 100m dash in 12.09 ticks, just .03 of a second behind the race's winner. Graves also ran the anchor leg on Miami's winning 4x100m relay team that finished in a team season-best 46.93 seconds, which is second in the league in 2010.


Jenner Sio, Northern Illinois, So., Rockford, Ill./Christian Life
This past weekend, Jenner Sio shattered the NIU school triple jump record, when she leapt 38-10.50 at the Tennessee Relays. Sio career-best finish secured her an eighth-place finish in the event.

Megan Gregory, Northern Illinois, So., Chicago, Ill./Plainfield North
For the third-consecutive meet, Gregory has set and reset the Northern Illinois school record in the 100-meter hurdles. This past weekend, Gregory raced to a personal best in the 100m hurdles, setting a school record time of 14.12 to finish 12th in the event. The sophomore was also a member of the 4x200-meter relay team that set a school record with a time of 1:40.06 to place sixth.

Emily Amendola, Ohio, Sr., Beach City, Ohio / Fairless
Emily had a great day for the Green and White on Saturday, scoring 25 of a possible 27 points in her three throwing events. She took first in both the discus and hammer throw competitions, setting team-best marks in both events. She then took second place in the shot put competition to teammate Bahiyjaui Allen.

Danielle Winningham, Ohio, Fr., Barboursville, W.Va / Cabell Midland

Freshman Danielle Winningham had a fantastic day for the Bobcats at the Ohio Women's Team Challenge on April 10. She earned 18 of a possible 18 points in the two events in which she competed, earning first place in both the 400 meter dash and the 4x400 meter relay. Her time in the 400 meter dash was a Bobcat season best (by almost two full seconds) and beat the second-place finisher by over half a second. She followed that up later in the day by running the all-important anchor position on the winning 4x400 meter relay team, a group that beat the second-place team by more than three seconds. Winningham helped the Bobcats, traditionally known for strong throwing and long distance performances, pick up important points in the mid-distance events to help power the team to victory on Saturday.


Amanda Kaverman, Toledo, Jr., Sylvania, OH/Southview
Amanda Kaverman was a double-winner as she helped guide the Rockets to a second-place showing at the OU Team Challenge on Saturday. The junior won both events she entered, the 100 and 200, and her time in the 100 was the sixth-fastest in the MAC. It was the first time she competed in the event this spring. Kaverman, the 200 meter champion at the MAC Indoor Championships, also won the event for the first time in outdoor competition this spring.

Yuhong Fu, Toledo, Fr., Beijing, China
Yuhong Fu scored her first collegiate victory as the freshman finished first in the triple jump on Saturday, helping lead UT to a second-place effort at the Ohio University Team Challenge. Her jump of 38-04.00 is the third-best in the MAC this spring.

Ashley Hunault, Western Michigan, Jr., Alpena, Mich./Alpena
Hunault broke the school long jump record on the way to her Sea Ray Relays title. The record, formerly held by WMU Hall of Famer Phyllis Brooks, stood for 13 years before Hunault finally over took it. She also played a key part in the 4x400 meter relay team running its best time of the season so far. Hunault now owns both the indoor and outdoor long jump records at Western Michigan.