MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 2/8/2011

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Rob Golabek, Buffalo
Junior, Hamburg, N.Y. (Frontier)
For the second consecutive week on the campus of Penn State University, a UB shot putter has broken a school and Mid-American Conference record. Men's thrower Rob Golabek broke his own UB record in the shot put for the fourth time in four weeks as he finished second in the competition with a throw of 62-0.50 (18.91m). Golabek's best throw came on his last attempt in the final round after fouling on his previous two throws. The junior uncorked a throw that surpassed his record set last Saturday in the same facility of 60-6.50 (18.45m). Penn State's Adam Eaton won the event by just three-quarters of an inch ahead of Golabek as he threw 62-1.25 on his final attempt. Golabek's throw also broke the Mid-American Conference indoor record by 1.25 inches set in 2006 by Eastern Michigan's David Adamak.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Terefe Ejigu, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Wellington, New Zealand (Wellington College)
Sophomore runner Terefe Ejigu showed why he is the reigning Mid-American Conference Most Valuable Performer as the distance runner won the men's 3,000-meter run at the famed Notre Dame Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The event hosted more than 1,700 athletes. Ejigu's time of 8:08.58 was the best time in the MAC in the event since January 2007.

Additional Men's Nominees
Ryan Bloom, Buffalo
Senior, Spencerport, N.Y. (Spencerport)
Ryan Bloom set a season-best time with his eighth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup. Bloom took 15 seconds off his previous best with the finish.

Ross Parsons, Central Michigan
Freshman, DeWitt, Mich. (DeWitt)
Set a career-best in the preliminaries of the 60 meter dash at the Meyo Invitational with a time of 6.85. That time is the fifth best in the MAC. He went on to finish 11th in the finals. Also, the 3:19.76 time posted by his 4x400m relay team took 10th at the meet. It is also the fifth best in the MAC.

Andrew Meyer, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Minster, Ohio (Minster)
In the field, Andrew Meyer posted 10th and 11th place finishes, respectively, in the shot put and the weight throw. His weight throw was a season-best for the senior captain.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Shanaye Carr, Central Michigan
Senior, Lansing, Mich. (Waverly)
Carr set a career-best in the long jump with a leap of 19-10.25. The jump is the best in the MAC this year. It is also an inch-and-a-half shy of tying the school record of 19-11.75.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Ari Fisher, Toledo
Junior, Lebanon, Ohio (Lebanon)
With only one Rocket represented at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame on Saturday, the Toledo women's track and field team received another brilliant performance from junior Ari Fisher, who took first in the 3000 meter race. Fisher, the reigning Mid-American Conference Cross Country Champion and 2010 All-American, finished first with a time of 9:29.95 in her first time running the event this year. It was the sixth best time in MAC history, third-best on the UT all-time list and fastest time in the MAC this season.

Additional Women's Nominees
Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron
Freshman, Montreal, Quebec (College Jean-Eudes)
Beaumont-Courteau matched a PR - clearing 13-01.75 in the pole vault - to take third place at the Virginia Tech Elite last weekend.

Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Sophomore, Cumberland, Maine (Greely)
After breaking the UB and MAC marks in the women's shot put last weekend, Becky O'Brien won the women's event as the Bulls finished with the top two places at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge. O'Brien threw 54-5.25 (16.59m) on her first attempt of the day and the mark stood up for the win. O'Brien had set the school and league marks of 56-1.25 (17.10m) at last week's Penn State National Meet.

Shanaye Carr, Central Michigan
Senior, Lansing, Mich. (Waverly)
The 8.61 posted by Carr in the 60 meter hurdles is tops in the MAC this year. Carr is the defending 60m hurdle indoor MAC champion. The 8.61 is a season-best time.

Asia Rawls, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Waterford, Mich. (Waterford Mott)
Sophomore sprinter Asia Rawls prevailed as the winner in the 500-meter run by crossing the finish line with a career-best and school-record time of 1:13.38, beating 42 other runners who participated in the race at the famed Meyo Invite. Rawls also ran the fourth-best time in the MAC this year in the 400-meter run, placing 10th among the field of runners at Meyo. The speedster also helped the 4x400-meter relay team finish sixth in a field of 31 teams. The quartet's time was the third-fastest in the conference this year.

Angela Scarber, Eastern Michigan
Junior, Waterford, Mich. (Kettering)
Angela Scarber had a huge day at the Meyo Invitational, breaking a 10-year-old school record in the weight throw. The junior thrower hurled her 20-pound apparatus 55-07.00, farther than any thrower in EMU history. The mark broke the previous school record of 53-07.75 set by Becky Leevey in 2000. Scarber finished seventh in the event.

Erica Hutson, Kent State
Freshman, Akron, Ohio (St. Vincent-St. Mary's)
Hutson made her season debut in the 800-meter run, clocking a 2:15.73 to finish 20th at the Meyo Invitational Saturday (Feb. 5).

Erica Mudd, Miami
Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio (Anderson)
Mudd posted a pair of seventh-place finishes Friday at the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. In the long jump, she was seventh in a field of 53 with a personal-best and Miami season-best jump of 5.91m/19-4.75 with the leap ranking her third in school history. In the high jump, she was seventh out of 31 with a clearance of 1.68m/5-6 while she was the top MAC placer out of seven MAC athletes.

Rachel Patterson, Miami
RS Junior, Rochester, Mich. (Adams)
Patterson ran to a runner-up finish in the 5000m run Friday at the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame, as she clocked in at a season-best 16:43.49, just three seconds off her school-record time that she set last year. It is the second-best 5K time in school history and is the top time in the MAC in the event this year. Her mark is also the 16th-best time in the country so far this season. Patterson was competing in a field of 53 runners, which included athletes from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Louisville, Alabama, and Notre Dame to name a few while also running against girls from MAC foes Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Kent State and Ball State.

Annie Beecham, Ohio
Senior, Granville, Ohio (Granville)
At the Meyo Invitational, senior Annie Beecham obliterated the Ohio record in the 3000m by a full 16 seconds. Running stride-for-stride amid a field filled with All-Americans, Beecham earned a fourth-place finish in the event with a time of 9:32.89. Her time was also the second-best by a MAC competitor in the event this season. Beecham was also part of the distance medley relay team for the Green & White that finished eighth with a time of 11:57.84. That time broke the season-high mark and set a new 2011 standard for the Bobcats. Last season, Beecham qualified for the NCAA East Regionals in the 10,000m and competed in the 5000m after finishing second and third respectively in those events at the MAC Championships.