MAC Awards Women's Track and Field Weekly Honors

Updated 4/22/2009

Women’s Track

Amanda Mirochna ? Miami

Junior - Naperville, Ill./Nequa Valley

At the All-Ohio Championship (Kent State, Akron, Ohio, BG, Cincinnati, Dayton) she won the 1500 (4:26.77), seeting a school record.  Her effort broke by over two seconds the former standard (4:29.14 by Julie Rhoda in 1993). She qualified for the regionals in a second event (also 3000 Steeplechase two weeks ago). Her time is the second best in the MAC this season by just .07 seconds behind Akron’s Larisa Arcip.

 

Women’s Field

Stevi Large ? Akron

Senior - Somerset, Ohio / Sheridan HS

For the fourth time in four outdoor meets, won the hammer (212-10). Placed second in the discus (161-7) and third in the shot (49-4.50) At the All-Ohio Championships. She helped Akron win its fifth straight women's team title, scoring 24 points on her own. All three marks were NCAA Regional marks. In winning the hammer, she defeated a field that had a total of six regional qualifiers. Also, her throw was the second-best throw in MAC history behind her own 215-0, set earlier this year. Her mark of 215-0 is second-best in the NCAA and her mark of 212-10 would also rank third had she not thrown 215-0. Placed second in the discus with each of the top four reaching NCAA regional marks. Placed fifth in the shot with each of the top five posting NCAA regional marks. Large has won the hammer in all four outdoor meets this season, all with regional marks. In fact, three of the four have been over 200 feet and the fourth, a "season-low" 199-5 would still rank 11th-best in the NCAA and tops in the MAC.

 

THIS YEAR'S HONOREES

 

Women’s Track

Mar. 24 - Allison Grimes ? Buffalo

Apr. 1 ? Danielle Brown, Western Michigan

Apr. 8 ? Amanda Mirochna ? Miami

Apr. 15 - Danielle Brown, Western Michigan

Apr. 22 - Amanda Mirochna ? Miami

 

Women’s Field

Mar. 24 - Bahiyjaui Allen, Ohio

Apr. 1 ? Stevi Large, Akron

Apr. 8 ? Kim Hamilton ? Kent State

Apr. 15 ? Alexis Brown, Western Michigan

Apr. 22 - Stevi Large, Akron

 

 

ADDITIONAL NOMINATIONS

Track

Katie Johnson ? Ball State

Junior - Evansville, Ind./Harrison H.S.

Competed at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational  (4 Teams: Ball State, Arkansas State, Louisville, Western Kentucky). Ran in the 100m Hurdles; 1st (14.25); 400m Hurdles; 2nd (1:01.79); and 4x100 Relay; 2nd (46.94).

 

Brittani McNeal ? Bowling Green

Sophomore - Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville

McNeal would be the only multiple event scorer for the Falcons at the All-Ohio, running as an anchor for the 4x400 meter relay team and in the long jump. The 4x400 meter relay team would place fifth, timing in at 3:58.37 and McNeal's long jump would reach a distance of 5.75 meters placing her fourth.

 

Kara Black ? Buffalo

Junior - Grand Island, NY/Grand Island

At the UB Invitational (5 teams) competed in the 200m; 25.14; 1st; and  100m; 12.01; 2nd. Lowered her team-best times in both the 100-meters and 200-meters. Part of a UB women's team that won 13 events at the UB Invitational.

 

Sarah Squires ? Central Michigan

Junior - Sebewaing, MIch./Unionville-Sebewaing Area HS

Posted a season-best 1500m time of 4:33.94 in the EMU Twilight over the weekend to finish fourth place ... her top time is the sixth best in the MAC.

 

Beverly Elcock ? Eastern Michigan

Sophomore - Ft. Wayne, Ind.-Northrop

Sophomore Beverly Elcock ran her second fastest time in the 800, running 2:09.82 on her way to winning the event at the EMU Twilight. She had previously qualified for the NCAA Regional meet a few weeks prior

 

Jessica Lhotsky ? Kent State

Junior - Medina, Ohio/Highland

Set the All-Ohio record in the 800 and qualified for NCAA regionals, winning the  800 meters, 2:07.31.

 

Rasheta Butler ? Northern Illinois

Sophomore - Chicago, Ill./ Percy L. Julian

At the UD Spartan Open with 8 teams competing, Butler won two events -  the 100M Dash; 12.81; 1st place; and the  200M Dash; 25.51; 1st place.

 

Kristen Altenburger ? Ohio

Freshman - Troy, Ohio/Troy

Freshman Kristen Altenburger picked up Ohio's only win at the All-Ohio Championships, taking first place in the 10,000 meters in a time of 38:30.47 for the best finish of her young career. She helped the Bobcats to a fifth-place team showing.

 

Field

  

TaKarra Dunning ? Bowling Green

Senior - Kalamazoo, Mich./Central

TaKarra Dunning finished second the the shot put at the All-Ohio Championships with a mark of 15.05 meters.

 

Fatimah Hill ? Buffalo

Senior - Waterport, NY/Lyndonville

At the UB Invitational (5 teams) she was UB's top women's finisher with three individual victories in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. (HJ; 1.62m; 1st; LJ; 5.72m; 1st; TJ; 11.82m; 1st).

 

Norianna Brown ? Central Michigan

Sophomore - Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron HS

Won the shot put at the EMU Twilight with a toss of 47-0 3/4, good for a regional qualifying mark ... also took seventh in the discus with a mark of 129-5.

  

Jessica Novakowski ? Eastern Michigan

Junior - Wixom, Mich.-Walled Lake Western

Junior Jessica Novakowski cleared 11-11.75 to finish second in the pole vault at the EMU Twilight.

 

Brittni Borrero ? Kent State

Junior - Cumberland, Ohio/Buckeye Trail

Won the discus for a fourth consecutive meet and reached the regional national qualifying standard once again at the All-Ohio Championships with a throw of 52.18 meters.

 

Hope Alexander ? Miami

Sophomore - Wilmington, Del./Tower Hill

At the All-Ohio Championship (Kent State, Akron, Ohio, BG, Cincinnati, Dayton) competed in the Triple Jump --   2nd (11.93m/39-1.75); Hammer -- 9th (51.08m/167-7); and Long Jump --  14th (4.95m/16-3).

 

Jessie Tanner ? Ohio

Senior - Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic

Senior thrower Jessie Tanner turned in two top-five performances and one top-10 among her four events for the Bobcats at the All-Ohio Championships. Tanner took fourth in the javelin and fifth in the discus with a season-best toss, and also placed 10th in the hammer and 20th in the shot put. Her results were - Javelin: 4th - 126-08; Discus: 5th - 151-05; Hammer: 10th - 161-04; Shot Put: 20th - 42-01.50.