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

Updated 1/14/2009

MAC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete Of The Week

Ezekiel Porter, Buffalo, Junior

Rochester, NY (East)

Porter helped the Bulls to a 1-2 finish in the 400-meter run at the Akron Quad Meet with freshman teammate Isaiah Mask placing second in 49.70.  The Bulls finished second at the Akron Quad meet. UB scored 99 points and finished behind Akron (113) and in front of Pittsburgh (66) in the season opener.


MAC Men’s Indoor Field Athlete Of The Week

Matt Gac, Buffalo, Sophomore

Newark Valley, NY (Newark Valley)   

Gac posted a weight throw mark at the Akron Quad Meet of 62-1.75 (18.94m), breaking his own school record with the throw. He also earned an IC4A qualifying mark for his throw.


MAC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete Of The Week

Kim Lorentz, Akron, Sophomore

Mayfield, Ohio (Mayfield)

In the 3k at the Akron Quad Meet, sophomore Kim Lorentz had an impressive final lap to win with a time of 9:50.47. Michigan was second with Michigan All-American Danielle Tauro (9:55.95) and Kelly Sampson (9:57.59) with UA’s Carol Eckerly placing fourth (10:00.92).


MAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete Of The Week

Stevie Large, Akron, Senior

Somerset, Ohio (Sheridan)

Won the 20-pound weight throw at the Akron Quad Meet with an NCAA provisional mark of 66-8.75 (20.34). She defeated her teammate and runner-up Valerie Wert (60-5.25) by six feet. Large also placed fourth in the shot put with a distance of 48-0, although she only threw twice and passed on her last three rounds. She reached NCAA provisional mark in the 20-pound weight and her distance of 66-8.75 is third in the nation to date.



Other Nominees

Mike McCall, Akron, Sophomore

Richfield, Ohio (Revere)

McCall cleared 6-11 in the high jump to win, just missing an NCAA provisional mark of 7-1 on his third attempt. He beat Buffalo's Greg Tarshus by 6.25 inches.


Tyshaun Peoples, Akron, Freshman

Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)

In his first collegiate meet, won the 60-m hurdles with a time of 8.30, beating a pair from Buffalo by 0.2. Also placed second (behind teammate Collister Fahie in the long jump with a leap of 23-2.50.


Tina Villa, Buffalo, Senior

Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Springs)

Shot put. 48-9 (14.86m), second. ECAC qualifying distance. All-American Stevi Large (Akron) finished fourth. Villa is the defending MAC indoor shot put champion.  


Jackie Burns, Buffalo, Freshman

North Tonawanda, N.Y. (North Tonawanda)

400-meters 58.34, second place. set personal best. First collegiate meet. Finished second behind Michigan's Shana Vinson (58.14).


Joe Jankowski, Central Michigan, Freshman  

Byron, Mich. (Byron)  

In his second collegiate meet, Jankowski shattered his mark from the season opener. Cleared 15-5, 14 inches better than the MSU Open in December and 20 inches better than his high school career best. Finished tied for runner-up in the event. A pair of Chippewas won events at the Chippewa Open on Friday. Freshman Chris Thomas won the 400m in his first collegiate meet with a time of 50.92. Sophomore Oz Lifshitz took the triple jump by clearing 49-9.


Charity Sunderman, Central Michigan, Senior           

Jackson, Mich. (Jackson )      

Finished runner-up in the weight throw at the Chippewa Open with a toss of 57-1 1/2.


Danielle Dakroub, Central Michigan, Sophomore       

Okemos, Mich. (Okemos )       

Won the 800m at the Chippewa Open with a time of 2:20.29 ... also anchored the winning 4x400m relay team.         


Gerald Gersham, Eastern Michigan, Senior    

Southfield, Mich. (Lane College)

Gersham won the shotput at the EMU Open, goin 57-09.75, in an EMU sweep of the event. His mark is the fifth farthest in EMU School history.


Lauren Quaintance, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore   

Walled Lake, Mich. (Walled Lake Northern)

Quaintance led the Eagles to a strong showing at the EMU Open. She was one of five event winners, finishing first in the mile with a time of 5:12.21. She also took a runner-up finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.53.


Rosie White, Eastern Michigan, Freshman     

New Albany, Ohio (New Albany)        

Rosie White was successful in her first outing wearing the Green and White, as she won the long jump (18-05.75), took fourth in the 200 (25.86) and seventh in the 60 (8.06). 


David Brent, Eastern Michigan, Senior          

Monroe, Mich. (St. Mary's Catholic)

was won of three individual event winners at the EMU Open, running 1:54.31 in the 800. Was also a member of the second-place 4x400-meter relay team.


Nicki Mitchell, Miami, Junior    

Lake Forest, Ill.

Long Jump -- 1st (18-02.50) Triple Jump -- 4th (36-06.25) 60 Hurdles -- 23rd (9.94) Shotput -- 27th (32-10.50) High Jump (NH)           


Margarita Porgorelov, Miami, Junior  

Bat Yam, Israel          

Won both her events, plus posted the fastest qualifying time in the 60-meter dash. She opened the day with a qualifying time of 7.65 seconds in the 60, then followed it up by winning the final by 0.01 seconds with a time of 7.70. She turned in a time of 25.68 in the 200.        

Jessie Tanner, Ohio, Senior    

Newark, Ohio (Newark Catholic)

Senior Jessie Tanner won the women's weight throw at the Capital Invitational with a heave of 52-07.50, over two feet better than teammate and second-place finisher Emily Amedola. Tanner also placed fourth in the shot put.                    


Irene Cooper, Western Michigan, Junior       

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Lahser)

Cooper's weight throw beat the NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark by by over a foot. Cooper started off the season strong, winning both events she threw in, including beating the NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark in the weight throw.                      


Jenna Matthews, Western Michigan, Sophomore     

Otsego, Mich. (Otsego)

Matthews finished over four seconds ahead of the second place finisher in the 3,000-meter run to finish in first place in her first event of the indoor season.