MAC Announces Women's Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 4/21/2008

Track Athlete of the Week

Becky Horn, Western Michigan, Senior, Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Central

Qualified for NCAA Regionals and missed tying her WMU record by .31 seconds. 400-meter dash - 1st place - 53.06 seconds (second best in WMU history and currently eighth best in the nation). Qualified for NCAA Regionals and missed tying her WMU record by .31 seconds.


Co-Field Athlete of the Week

LeVania Henderson, Kent State, Jr., Westland, Mich./Livonia Churchill

Henderson won the women’s discus with a regional qualifying mark of (156’-2”) at the All-Ohio Championships on Saturday (4/19). She also qualified for regionals in the shot put with a toss of 50’-7.25” to place second overall.


Stevi Large, Akron, Junior, Somerset, Ohio / Sherdian HS

Large helped Akron win the All-Ohio Championships by winning both the shot put and hammer. Won the shot put with a school-record distance of 51-10.50 (15.81), breaking an eight-year-old UA mark. She additionally improved her NCAA Regional seed in the shot, now ranking 15th in the NCAA, as she beat regional qualifiers LaVania Henderson (Kent State), Veronica Jatsek (Ohio State) and TaKarra Dunning (Bowling Green) on Saturday. On Friday, Large won the hammer with a distance of 203-4 (61.98), beating defending champion Jatsek as well as other NCAA regional qualifier Whitney Harmon (Bowling Green).




Track Nominees

Brittany Hocker, Akron, Sr., Bellaire, Ohio / Bridgeport

Helped Akron win the All-Ohio Championship with a first-place finish in the 200 and 4x100, while placing second in the 100 and fourth in the 4x400. Won the 200 with a time of 24.27. Ran the second leg of the winning 4x100 relay team (46.11). Placed second in the 100 (11.93). Anchored the fourth-place 4x400 relay team (3:57.03).


Katie Johnson, Ball State, So., Evansville, Ind / Harrison

Sophomore Katie Johnson took a second place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.38. Johnson also placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.23. She was part of the 4x100 meter relay team that placed third clocking in at 48.19. Her 200 time of 25.23 is the fastest time on the team this season.


Patrice Coney, Buffalo, Sr., Lyons, NY/Lyons

Coney won the women¹s 400IH at the UB Invitational in a time of 1:03.89. This was Patrice¹s first time running the 400IH since high school, and shows that she is recovering well from a serious hamstring injury. Coney also participated in the javelin and high jump events in preparation for the women's heptathlon at the MAC Championships.


Jenaie Edwards, Central Michigan, Senior, Detroit, Mich./Denby

Bettered her own school record by three seconds with a regional qualifying mark 800m - 4th - 2:06.91 Also anchored the 4x400m relay team to a season best time of 3:44.33 with 53.1 split. Her 800m time is tops in the MAC this season.


Melissa Green, Eastern Michigan, Junior, Brecksville, Ohio/ Broadview Heights

Junior Melissa Green had an outstanding day at the EMU Invitational. She won the 5,000 meters with a career best time 17:20, an eight second personal-best. The mark breaks the EMU all-time top 10 and puts her 9th school history.


Jessica Lhotsky, Kent State, So., Medina, Ohio/Highland

Lhotsky set a personal-best when she registered a 2:11.08 to win the women’s 800 meters at the All-Ohio Championships (4/19) in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Alexis Lape, Miami, Senior, Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster

400-meter hurdles; 1:00.86; 1st 4X400 relay; 3:49.03; 2nd 100-meter hurdles; 14.36; 5th 4X100 relay; 47.46; 6th Long Jump; 18-2 1/4; 8th. NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark in the 400-meter hurdles


Jaime Gittens, Fr., Toledo, Wallaceburg, ONT/Wallaceburg

Gittens helped Toledo to a ninth place finish at the All-Ohio Championships meet in Cincinnati, Ohio over the weekend with her second place finish in the triple jump. She had a leap of 11.46m just .31m shorter than the first place finisher from Akron.



Field Nominees

Whitney Hartman, Bowling Green, Jr., Bowling Green, Ohio /Eastwood

Hartman took third place in the hammer throw at the All-Ohio Championships with her second best performance in the event. Her throw of 183-02 places her fourth in the school's history. Hartman also took home a tenth place finish in the discuss, with her throw of 133-05.


Tiffany Maskulinski, Buffalo, So., Elma, NY/Iroquois

Maskulinski won the UB Invitational with an NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark of 3.88m in the Pole Vault. Her height was a season¹s best by 18cm, and outdistanced her nearest competitor by .41cm.


Whitney Johnson, Central Michigan, Sophomore, Saginaw, Mich./Arthur Hill

Hammer - 5th -167-3 Shot - 7th - 43-5.25 Discus - 15th - 124-10. Johnson bettered her PR in the hammer by 20 feet.


Janice Keppler, Eastern Michigan, Junior, Medina, N.Y./Medina

Junior Janice Keppler continued to dominate the pole vault, clearing 13-01.50 for the win. This mark equals her outdoor best which puts her in third place in EMU history. It was also an NCAA regional mark, the second the consecutive week she has done so.


Kristina Bolterstein, Miami University, Senior, Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Midpark

High Jump; 5-8 3/4; 1st, NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark. Matched her season-best, owns the best mark in the MAC.


Meagan Guenther, Northern Illinois, Senior, Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park

Shot Put - 3rd - 39-10.75 Discus - 5th - 119-11 Hammer - 1st - 155-7. Won the hammer for the second straight week... scored 22 points for NIU.


Bahiyjaui Allen, Ohio, Sophomore, Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Southview

Allen took fourth in the shot put and seventh in the discus and her mark of 48 feet, 10.25 inches in the shot put eclipsed her outdoor season best by more than 14 inches. Her previous best, 47 feet, 5.75 inches, came at the Southern Cup, the first meet of the season. Allen’s 143 foot, two inch throw in the discus on Saturday at the All-Ohio Championships was the third best by a Bobcat so far in the outdoor season.


Joy Eloms, Western Michigan, Senior, Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia

Set a season best with 37-09.25 in her first place finish in the triple jump.