MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 3/28/2012
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
Kelley Miller, Miami University
Senior, Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Coffman HS)

Miller had a stellar outing Saturday at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational, after missing indoor season due to expired eligibility. In her first meet of the year, she broke her own school record in the 1500m run, clocking 4:24.71, smashing her previous mark of 4:26.39. She finished second in the race in a field of 47, just a second behind the winner, Vanderbilt’s Kristen Findley. Her time is tops in the MAC this year (eight seconds better than anyone else) and ranks 15th nationally. She was also the runner-up in the 800m run in 2:15.57 in a field of 50. She was just a second and a half behind the race’s winner.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
Joh'vonnie Mosley, Kent State
Sophomore, Youngstown, Ohio

In the season opener for the Golden Flashes, Mosley was a two-time winner at the Catamount Classic in Cullowhee, N.C. March 24. Mosley was victorious in both the shot put and the discus, going back-to-back in her event wins. Mosley got the first of her double in the discus with an effort of 158-09, besting the field by 14 feet. Mosley then wasted little time in setting a new career mark in the shot put, as her first throw went for 51-09.00, good forfifth-best in team history and improving her career-best from last spring by two feet.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
Brad Hough, Akron
Sophomore, Imperial, Pa./Imperial HS

Sophomore Brad Hough came just fractions of a second from setting a school record Friday in winning the 5,000 meters at the prestigious LSU Relays in Baton Rouge, La. Hough, who shattered Akron's record in the 3,000 meter during the indoor season, smoked the competition with a winning time of 14:28.73, which stands as the 12th-best mark in the nation entering the week. The mark was more than 11 full seconds faster than TAMU's Kiya Dandena, who came in second with a mark of 14:39.81, and fell just short of breaking Scott Meyers' UA milestone of 14:28.34.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
Ryan McCullough, Central Michigan University
Senior, Cadillac, Mich. (Cadillac H.S.)

En route to winning the hammer throw at the season-opening LSU Relays on Friday, McCullough broke his own school record with a mark of 204-02. He had previously set the school record last season with a mark of 202-05. His mark was just shy of eight feet longer than that of the runner-up. According to the Track and Field Results Reporting System, McCullough ranks 12th in Division 1 and first among Mid-American Conference student-athletes.


Other Nominees:

Bridget Doughty, Central Michigan University
Freshman, Bay Village, Ohio (Bay H.S.)

Doughty competed in three different events for the Chippewas in her collegiateoutdoor season debut at the LSU Relays, including appearing in two finals. She finished sixth in the 400m hurdles finals in 1:03.38 and ninth in the 100m hurdles in 14.68. She also ran a leg of the fourth-place 4x400m relay team. The relay team is ranked 66th in Division 1, according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System, and she is ranked 126th in the 100m hurdles.

Stephanie Okolo, Western Michigan
Senior, Canton, Mich./Plymouth HS

Okolo took first in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.04 seconds, just .05 shy of tying a personal best. The senior sprinter also helped the Broncos to a second place finish in the 4x100 meter relay, with a team total time of 46.54 seconds. Okolo was also a part of the 800m Sprint Medley Gainey Special, helping the team to a 1:46.18 time and a second place finish.

Alexis Cooks, Akron
Freshman, Colorado Springs, Colo./Doherty HS

Freshman Alexis Cooks enjoyed a superb UA debut last weekend at the LSU Relays by winning the discus and placing fourth in the shot put. Her winning toss of 161-01.00 in the discus is the top mark recorded in the MAC thus far while her throw of 44-10.75 in the shot put is third-best in the league.

Milica Kulidzan, Central Michigan University
Freshman, Windsor, Ontario (Riverside S.S.)

In her collegiate debut in the javelin, Kulidzan recorded a fifth-place mark of 142-03 at the LSU Relays on Friday. The mark is just one foot and three inches shy of tying the CMU school record. Kulidzan is ranked 53rd among Division 1 student-athletes in the event, according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System.

Alexandra Roberts, Miami University
Senior, Hilliard, Ohio (Columbus School for Girls)

Roberts had a strong showing at her first outdoor meet of the season, the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational. After breaking the indoor school shot put record to end her indoor season, she started her outdoor campaign by breaking the school’s outdoor shot put record, which she first set last year. Roberts had a school-record toss of 51-5.75/15.69m to break her own record of 49-10.5/15.20m, placing third out of 36 competitors, however she was second among collegiate throwers. Her throw is second in the MAC so far this year and ranks 20th nationally. She also placed sixth in the discus with a heave of 133-11/40.82m in a field of 27.

Chiara Allen, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion

Allen started off the outdoor season just as hot in the triple jump as she was during the indoor campaign. At the Georgia Relays she jumped a distance of 40 feet, 3.25 inches to take fifth place in a high competitive field. Allen's record setting mark displaced former Bronco Ashley Hunault by a half inch. She also took fourth in the 100 meter hurdles and sixth place in the 400 meter hurdles.

Jarrod Eick, Miami University
Junior, Hartville, Ohio (Marlington HS)

Eick won the 1500m run Saturday at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational in 3:49.61, winning the race for the second straight year at the season-opening meet, improving his time from last year by two seconds. His time is tops in the MAC this year and ranks 20th nationally. He beat out a field of 35 to get the win and just missed his personal-best time. Eick also ran the 800m run, finishing 22nd out of 48 in a time of 1:58.57.

Brian Florek, Kent State
Junior, Matawan, N.J.

In his first event of the season, Florek won the javelin at the Catamount Classic in Cullowhee, N.C. March 24. Florek's throw of 213-11 won the event by almost 10 feet and was just seven feet off improving his career best, which ranks fifth in team history.

Tyler Yee, Miami University
Freshman, Florida, N.Y. (Don Bosco Prep)

Yee had a strong showing in his first collegiate meet as he was the runner-up in the javelin Saturday at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational. He fired a throw of 205-04/62.60m, which ranks second in the MAC and 53rd nationally this year. The throw already ranks him fourth in school history. He was the top collegiate finisher in a field of 22 as the winner was unattached. His throw was three feet better than the third-place finisher.