MAC Announces Final Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 5/10/2011
Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Jarrod Eick, Miami
Sophomore, Hartville, Ohio (Marlington)
Eick placed eighth in the 800m run Friday at the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University, crossing in a personal-best 1:52.48. He improved his previous best time by half a second while his mark now ranks fifth in the MAC this year. Eick ran in a field of 29 and finished fourth among collegiate competitors.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Dean Wood, Kent State
Junior, North Richmond, Australia (Colo)
Wood won the men's high jump with a career-best leap of 7'-00.25" (2.14m) last Saturday (May 7) at the Campbell-Wright Open, matching current Kent State sophomore Kenneth Agee (Shaker Heights, Ohio) for the fourth-best mark in school history.

Additional Men's Nominees
Adam Hume, Buffalo
Freshman, Gansevoort, N.Y. (South Glens Falls)
Hume broke the school pole vault record in taking the title at Penn State's Jim Thorpe Open. Hume bettered Dan Simpson's old record as he cleared 16-0.75 (4.90m) to win the event. Becoming the first UB athlete to clear 16 feet, Hume broke the mark of 15-11 (4.85m) set by Simpson in 2004 and was nearly a foot and a half better than the three-way tie for second place.

Kyle Smith, Central Michigan
Freshman, Leola, Pa. (Lancaster Catholic)
Smith has competed in three javelin events this season and has won every one. In that span, he recorded a career best of 190-0 which ranks fourth in the MAC this year.

Donald Scott, Eastern Michigan
Freshman, Apopka, Fla. (Apopka)
Freshman two-sport athlete Donald Scott opened day one of the Len Paddock Invitational with a 49-00.75 leap to post a win in the triple jump event. Scott, who already owns the Mid-American Conference's best triple jump of the season, posted his second consecutive win in the event and was just shy of a new personal-best in the event.

Ryan Thomas, Kent State
Sophomore, Parma, Ohio (Normandy)
Thomas won the 400-meter hurdles last Saturday (May 7) at the Campbell-Wright Open, clokcing a 1:02.04. He also took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.55.

Matt Rudin, Miami
Junior, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (Midpark)
Rudin cleared a personal-best height of 5.10m/16-8.75 in the pole vault Friday at the Billy Hayes Invitational to earn runner-up honors. He improved on his previous best by 7.5 inches while his mark ranks second in the MAC this year. Rudin's clearance also ties for 26th in the East Region and 66th nationally while ranking him seventh in Miami history. He was the top collegiate finisher in the 16-man field, as the winner was unattached, while Rudin finished four inches ahead of the next collegiate competitor (Indiana's Derek Messmer was third).

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Emmett, Mich. (Yale)
Campbell dominated the competition at the Toledo Invitational, winning four individual event titles. She improved upon her MAC-leading time in the 400m hurdle time, turning in a personal-best of 58.99 seconds. She matched her season-best time in the 100m hurdles at 14.04 seconds and nearly tied her season-best time in the 200m dash at 24.29. Campbell also hit a new personal-best distance in the long jump at 19 feet, 9.50 inches, which ranks second best in the MAC.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Becky O'Brien, Buffalo
Junior, Cumberland, Maine (Greely)
O'Brien won the women's discus and shot put titles at Penn State's Jim Thorpe Open. O'Brien took the women's discus at 165-10 (50.56m) and won the shot put at 52-7.25 (16.03m), besting unattached entrant and UB record holder Kristy Woods by 9.25 inches. Her top discus and shot put performances this season lead the Mid-American Conference by four feet in both events. The double wins come a week after she won the Penn Relays Championships Section of the discus and she was won the discus in six meets this season. She has also won four of six shot put competitions. Nationally, she currently is ranked fourth in the East Region in the shot put and 11th in the East Region in the discus as she has dominated all competition that she has faced at this season.

Additional Women's Nominees
Brittany Cheese, Akron
Sophomore, Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Davidson)
Brittany Cheese was a double winner and threatened to break the school record in the 100 hurdles as The University of Akron track and field team hosted the annual Campbell/Wright Invitational Saturday at Lee R. Jackson Track and Field Complex. Cheese finished the hurdles in 13.93 for an easy win while posting the second-fastest time in UA history. The mark is also the top time recorded in the Mid-American Conference this season and personal best for the sophomore from Hilliard, Ohio. It was the first of two event wins on the day for Cheese, who also took first in the long jump with a leap of 18-11.25.

Asia Henry, Buffalo
Freshman, Rochester, N.Y. (Wilson Magnet)
At the Penn State Jim Thorpe Open, freshman Asia Henry finished third in the women's 800-meters in 2:12.53, improving on her season best time, as she finished behind a pair of Nittany Lion runners.

Mykal Imbrock, Central Michigan
Senior, Hamler, Ohio (Patrick Henry)
Imbrock placed second in her flight as well as overall. She holds the fifth-best hammer throw in the MAC this season with 187-0.

Beverly Elcock, Eastern Michigan
Junior, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Northrop)
Beverly Elcock had her best 800-meter run of the outdoor season this past weekend at the University of Michigan's Len Paddock Invitational as the junior runner posted an event-winning time of 2:08.22. In addition to the performance being the best of her outdoor season, it also turned out to be the best outdoor time in the Mid-American Conference this year.

Rosie White, Eastern Michigan
Junior, New Albany, Ohio (New Albany)
Rosie White had a career-day competing in her first long jump of the season as she not only won the event, but set a new personal-best at the same time. In winning the event, the third year sprinter/jumper set a new Mid-American Conference standard for the season by leaping to a distance of 19-11.75. White's previous best of 19-04 came during the 2010 indoor MAC Championships.

Melissa Kurzdorfer, Kent State
Freshman, Lancaster, N.Y. (Lancaster)
Kurzdorfer won the women's hammer throw with a toss of 197'-00" (60.04m) Saturday (May 7) at the Campbell-Wright Open, breaking her own school record in the event again. The toss ranks as the 21st best in the country this season. She also took fourth in the discus throw with a toss of 160'-08" (48.97m).

Shanequa Williams, Kent State
Freshman, Akron, Ohio (Kenmore)
Williams won the 200-meter dash Saturday (May 7) at the Campbell-Wright Open, clocking a 24.77.

Xerina Hughey, Miami
Freshman, Galloway, Ohio (Hilliard Darby)
Hughey won the 100m hurdles Friday at the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University, after qualifying for the finals in third. She posted a personal-best time of 14.16 in the finals to win the race, which ranks her ninth in school history and sixth in the MAC this year. Hughey won the 13-woman event by over a tenth of a second.

Sarah Kinnaman, Miami
Junior, Carmel, Ind. (Westfield)
Kinnaman tied for sixth in the pole vault Friday at the Billy Hayes Invitational with a season-best clearance of 3.70m/12-1.5, which matches her personal best from 2010 and ranks her fourth in school history. Her mark ties for seventh in the MAC this year and 74th in the East Region. Kinnaman was competing in a 16-woman field with athletes from Indiana, Vanderbilt, Indiana State, Illinois State and Gardner-Webb.

Amanda Kaverman, Toledo
Senior, Sylvania, Ohio (Southview)
Senior Amanda Kaverman posted a pair of top-two finishes to help lead the Rockets on their home track at the Toledo Invitational. Kaverman cruised to a first-place finish in the 100 meter dash, crossing in 11.98 and just missing her personal record. She also took second place in the 200 meter dash, finishing in 24.54. Kaverman also helped Toledo tie for second on UT's all-time list in the 4x100 relay, teaming with Sarah Woodrum, Amber Brown and Kimara Morgan to finish in first place at 46.69.

Emily Nadolny, Toledo
Senior, Toledo, Ohio
Senior Emily Nadolny once again headlined the field events for Toledo. In the hammer throw, Nadolny nearly eclipsed her school record with a throw of 169-7, good for third place. She also took seventh in the discus throw with a heave of 145-3.

Stephanie Mitchell, Western Michigan
Senior, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead)
Mitchell took first place in the shot put with a season-best distance of 47 feet, 10.5 inches. She also took second in the discus with a new personal-best distance of 158 feet, 7 inches. Both marks put her in the top eight in the MAC in each event.