Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Brycen Spratling, Eastern Michigan
Freshman, Webster, N.Y. (Schroeder)
Newcomer Brycen Spratling picked up where he left off after capturing MAC gold during the indoor season, in winning his first collegiate outdoor 400-meter dash with a time of 47.89. He also took second place in the 200-meter dash, narrowly missing out on the win (.07 seconds separated first and second place) as he crossed the finish line in 21.79. Spratling also teamed with three other Eagles as the quartet won the 4x100-meter dash with a time of 41.11.
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Alex Rose, Central Michigan
West Branch, Mich. (Ogemaw Heights)
Rose won the discus at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge with a career-best throw of 189-10. His mark ranks fifth nationally and third in the East Region this season. He eclipsed his previous career best by more than five feet, and his mark is 13 feet better than the second-best mark in the MAC this season. Rose also added a third-place finish in the shot put (53-9) at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge. Rose's effort helped CMU to the team title at the meet.
Additional Men's Nominees
Mike McCall, Akron
Senior, Richfield, Ohio (Revere)
Senior Mike McCall cleared 6-10.75 to win the high jump at the Northeast Ohio Quad Meet last weekend. It was McCall's top jump of the young season and the best mark among reported scores in the MAC, entering the week. His winning jump also ranks 32nd nationally among all Division I athletes.
Brian Smith, Buffalo
Senior, North Tonawanda, N.Y. (Nichols)
Smith won the 200-meters in 21.72 at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge. He was also part of both of UB's second-place relay squads.
David Ashcraft, Central Michigan
Harrison, Mich. (Harrison)
Ashcraft ran on the winning 4x400m relay team and finished second in the 400m to help lead CMU to the team title at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge on Saturday. Ashcraft teamed with Clay Norman, Christopher Thomas and Ross Parsons to win the relay in 3:19.12. In the 400m, Ashcraft was second in 49.78. Ashcraft's performance helped CMU amass 250 team points to finish first in the nine-team field, which included four other programs that will compete at the Mid-American Conference Championships.
Andrew Meyer, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Minster, Ohio (Minster)
Andrew Meyer's performance at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge helped the Eagles capture third-place at the event. Meyer was able to string together a stellar series of throws, taking first place in the shot put, fifth place in the hammer throw and seventh place in the discuss, scoring in each event for his team.
Matthew Pfleger, Kent State
Senior, Garrettsville, Ohio (James A. Garfield)
Pfleger took second in the men's hammer throw at the Northeast Ohio Quad with a toss of 196'-10" (60.01m) Friday. He currently ranks 25th in the country in the event. He also finished sixth in the men's discus throw Saturday with a toss of 154'-00" (46.93m).
Robbie Fisher, Miami
Senior, Grosse Pointe, Mich. (Grosse Pointe North)
Fisher led Miami to a runner-up finish at the Oliver Nikoloff Open, hosted by the University of Cincinnati, Saturday, as he earned 10 points for the 'Hawks by winning the 3000m steeplechase. He finished in a personal-best time of 9:12.15, improving on his previous best by eight seconds. Fisher won the race by two seconds ahead of Marquette's Blake Johnson while his time ranks 37th nationally and second in the MAC this year.
Nathan Hoch, Miami
Junior, Logan, Ohio (Logan)
Hoch helped Miami to a runner-up finish at the Oliver Nikoloff Open Saturday, as he was the top collegiate finisher in the discus with a personal-best heave of 166-2/50.65m, which ranks him ninth in Miami history. Hoch took third overall out of 26 behind two unattached throwers. His toss ranks fourth in the MAC this year and 80th nationally. Hoch also placed 10th out of 20 in the shot put with a throw of 46-8.25/14.23m Saturday.
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Emmett, Mich. (Emmett)
Campbell claimed three event titles at the EIU Big Blue Classic, taking first in the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and 200m dash. Her times of 14.04 and 1:01.29 in the hurdles events rank first in the MAC. She also helped the Broncos to a title in the 4x400 meter hurdle relay with a time of 4:16.65. It was the first time in program history that the team had competed in the event. She also helped the 4x100m relay team to a second place finish with a time of 47.91.
Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Melissa Kurzdorfer, Kent State
Freshman, Lancaster, N.Y. (Lancaster)
Kurzdorfer won the women's hammer throw Friday (April 1) on the first day of competition at the Northeast Ohio Quad, posting a toss of 194'-07" (59.31m) to win the event for the second week in a row. She set a school record in the hammer throw last weekend at the Raleigh Relays and currently ranks 14th in the nation in the event. She also won the women's discus Saturday (April 2) with a toss of 163'-00" (49.69m), the ninth-best throw in Kent State history.
Additional Women's Nominees
Katherine Lee, Akron
Junior, Alexandria, Va. (Potomac)
Junior Katherine Lee cleared 13-03.50 to win the pole vault then recorded a leap of 18-00.50 to take third place in the long jump at the Northeast Ohio Quad Meet last weekend. Lee's winning clearance in the pole vault is the 16th-best mark in the nation and a personal record.
Rebecca Lomax, Ball State
Freshman, Indianapolis, Ind. (Southport)
Freshman multi-event specialist Rebecca Lomax (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport H.S.) was BSU's top performer at the Mike Poehlein Invitational hosted by Purdue, recording a pair of top 10 efforts. She opened the meet with a second-place leap of 5-5 in the high jump, while completing the 100m dash in 12.60 to place sixth overall. Lomax also ran the first leg of the third-place 4x100m relay which posted a time of 47.90.
Janae Taylor, Ball State
RS Sophomore, Richmond, Ind. (Richmond)
Janae Taylor placed second in the 100m dash (12.51) and seventh in the 200m dash (25.82) at the Mike Poehlein Invitational hosted by Purdue. Taylor also ran the anchor for the third-place 4x100m relay (47.90) and the third leg for the sixth-place 4x400m relay (4:06.32).
Jeanette Pettigrew, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy)
Jeanette Pettigrew, a sophomore from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, won the 100 meter dash at the 2011 Toledo Collegiate Challenge and competed in three other events. Pettigrew posted the second-best time in the MAC thus far in the outdoor season by running the sprint in 12.03 seconds. She then placed second in the 200 meter dash, completing the run in 25.42 seconds. Pettigrew also competed in the meet's two relays. Her team finished third in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 47.44 seconds, while she helped her 4x400 meter relay team place fourth overall (4:00.09).
Jessie Rowland, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Germantown, Ohio (Valley View)
Jessie Rowland, a sophomore from Germantown, Ohio, excelled in all four throwing events at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge on Saturday (April 2). Rowland won the javelin throw with a mark of 124-04; the throw is the fifth-best in the MAC thus far in the outdoor season. Rowland placed third in the hammer throw after a toss of 178-01. This ranks fourth in the MAC and 30th in the NCAA's East Region. Rowland also finished third in the shot put competition. Her total distance of 45-10 is fifth in the MAC and gives her top-five status in three different events. The mark also ranks 63rd in the East region. She completed her day with a sixth place finish in the discus throw. Her 136-05 toss ranks in the MAC's top 20 for the season to date.
Ellen Muster, Buffalo
Junior, Marion, N.Y. (Marion)
Muster finished second to EMU's Rachel Quaintance by just two-tenths of a second in the 3,000-meters at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge.
Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Junior, Cumberland, Maine (Greely)
In the women's discus at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge, Becky O'Brien continued her impressive outdoor season with another school record in winning the event. O'Brien threw 52.82m, adding more than 1.75 meters to her record set two weeks ago at the season-opening Wake Forest Invitational. as the Bulls took the top three spots in the women's discus. O'Brien was also part of a 1-2 sweep in the shot put, finishing second at 15.19m.
Jordan Dunn, Central Michigan
Senior, Lansing, Mich. (Waverly)
Dunn teamed with Brittnee Shreve, Dierra Riley and Kirlene Roberts to win the 4x100m relay at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge on Saturday. The CMU foursome finished ahead of four other MAC relay teams. Dunn also placed runner-up in the 100m at the meet.
Mykal Imbrock, Central Michigan
Senior, Hamler, Ohio (Patrick Henry)
Imbrock posted CMU's top field-event finish at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge on Saturday, placing runner-up in the hammer throw with a mark of 180-10. She also tallied a seventh-place finish in the shot put.
Asia Rawls, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Waterford, Mich. (Waterford Mott)
Asia Rawls pulled a trifecta for EMU this weekend as the sophomore competed in three races and was a three-time winner. Rawls won both the 400-meter run and the 400-meter hurdles with times of 57.67 and 1:01.39, respectively. She returned to anchor the 4x400-meter relay team win first place during the women's final race of the day.
Shnell Wishart, Eastern Michigan
Freshman, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Medgar Evers College Prep)
Shnell Wishart had a career-best long jump on the weekend with a mark of 18-06.50 feet, in a second-place finish at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge. The freshman followed up by winning the triple jump with a mark of 37-08.75. Her performance helped the Eagles capture an overall first place as a team at the Challenge.
Maggie Bingham, Miami
Junior, Carmel, Ind. (Westfield)
Bingham helped Miami to a third-place finish at the Oliver Nikoloff Open Saturday by winning the 3000m steeplechase in a season-best 11:02.02. She picked up 10 points for the RedHawks while winning the 17-woman race by over five seconds. Her time ranks third in the MAC this year and 74th nationally.
Alexandra Roberts, Miami
Junior, Hilliard, Ohio (Columbus School for Girls)
Roberts posted a pair of top-five finishes at the Missouri Relays Saturday. She was the top collegiate finisher and third overall (behind two unattached throwers) in a field of 29 in the shot put. She threw the shot a personal-best 48-11.5/14.92m, which is the second-best throw in school history and the top mark in the MAC this year. It also ranks 54th nationally. She finished ahead of Missouri's Laura Greenfield, who was the second collegiate finisher, by over a foot and a half while improving her previous best by nearly 11 inches. In the discus, Roberts placed fifth with a personal-best toss of 149-11/45.71m, which ranks her fifth in school history and fifth in the MAC this year.
Emily Nadolny, Toledo
Senior, Toledo, Ohio (Southern Utah)
Redshirt senior Emily Nadolny is entering her last season of outdoor eligibility and made the most of her 2011 debut, breaking the school record in the hammer throw at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge on Saturday. Nadolny recorded a distance of 168-6 to overcome the previous UT record of 159-9 set in 2004 by Megan Vaillant. The throw was good for fifth place in her inaugural event of the season. She also placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 130-2.
Megan Wright, Toledo
Freshman, Miamisburg, Ohio (Miamisburg)
With most of the distance crew held out of the meet, freshman Megan Wright stepped up and excelled on her home track, taking first place in the 1500 meter event. Wright won with a time of 4:36.37, the eighth-fastest time in the UT outdoor record book. She also competed in the 4x400 meter relay, running the fourth leg and finishing eighth in 4:07.41.
Sarah Morris, Western Michigan
Senior, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Mt. Pleasant)
Morris finished in second place in the discus at the EIU Big Blue Classic with a distance of 169 feet, one inch. Her distance is the top in the MAC and was also just six inches shy of tying her school record that she set last season.