MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 4/3/2012
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Shantavia Williams, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Homestead, Fla. (South Dade)

Senior Shantavia Williams set a new 2012 Mid-American Conference standard on the season in the 400-meter dash Friday, March 30, at the North Florida Invitational. Williams completed the race in 53.96, while the previous best for the outdoor season was 54.35. Williams was also a member of the EMU 4x100-meter relay team that took first at UNF after crossing in 45.97, which is the second best mark by a MAC team in the outdoor campaign.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron
Sophomore, Montreal, Quebec/College Jean-Eudes

Sophomore Ariane Beaumont-Courteau cleared 13-05.25 to match a personal record and claim a third-place finish in the "B" section of the pole vault competition at the 85th annual Texas Relays last weekend. Beaumont-Courteau's mark, which easily represents the top vault in the conference, ranks her 18th nationally among all Division I female athletes. 

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Jarrod Eick, Miami University
Junior, Hartville, Ohio (Marlington HS)

Eick had a spectacular race in the 5000m for Miami Saturday at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati. He clocked a personal-best time of 14:19.85, knocking over 20 seconds off his previous best time, while his time ranks 23rd in the country and tops in the MAC, nine seconds better than anyone else. He finished second in the race in a field of 32 but was less than half a second behind the race’s winner, Cincinnati All-American Eric Finan (14:19.46). Eick was then nearly 10 seconds ahead of the third-place finisher from Marquette. He earned eight points for Miami by taking second, which helped the ‘Hawks finish second at the meet.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Tyshaun Peoples, Akron
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville HS

Senior Tyshaun Peoples shined at the prestigious Texas Relays last weekend with a seventh-place finish in the highly-competitive "A" section of the men's long jump. The Cleveland native went 24-11.00, which ranks him 13th in the country, in just his second meet of the year. Peoples, who advanced to the NCAA Regionals in the event in 2011, missed the indoor season this year due to an injury. His mark also represents the top mark recorded in the MAC this season. 

Other Nominees:
Asia Henry, Buffalo
At the Toledo Collegiate Challenge, Henry won the 800m run in chilly conditions posting the leading time in the MAC of 2:11.67.  She led the UB women to a 1 - 2 - 3 finish in the event as the Bulls placed second to Toledo in the team scoring.

Diamond Hamilton, Central Michigan University
Freshman, Auburn Hills, Mich. (Avondale H.S.)

In just the second meet of her collegiate outdoor career, Hamilton won the 200m dash in a time of 25.33, finished runner-up in the 100m dash in a time of 12.35, and ran the anchor leg of the runner-up 4x100m relay team at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge on Saturday.

Diona Graves, Miami University
Senior, Fenton, Mo. (Kirkwood HS)

Graves helped Miami earn 18 points en route to a third-place finish Saturday at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati. She won the 100m dash in 11.86 seconds to pick up 10 points in a field of 22. She won the race by three-tenths of a second. Her time ranks second in the MAC so far this year as she was running the event for the first time all season. Graves also ran the third leg on Miami’s runner-up 4x100m relay team that clocked 46.76 to pick up another eight points for the RedHawks in a field of eight.

Juliane Totzke, Northern Illinois
Sophomore, Graefenroda, Germany (Carl Zeiss Gymnasium)

Northern Illinois distance runner Juliane Totzke blazed her way into the record books Friday at the adidas Raleigh Relays with a record-setting run in the 5000 meters. Totzke ran the first sub-17 minute mark in NIU history with a 16:57.17 clip to finish in fifth place. The run toppled Alicja Czajka's 17:02.45 that the former Huskie set in 2005 at the Mid-American Conference Championships. Her performance was also her first 5000 meter run at a collegiate meet.

Devyn Ramsay, Toledo
Junior, Benzonia, Michigan (Benzie HS)

Ramsay scored a key first-place finish for Toledo in the 3,000-meter run, finishing in a time of 9:53.60, at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge. The mark moves her into sixth-place on the all-time outdoor performance list for the Rockets. The win helped UT place first in the meet, topping runner-up Buffalo by eight points.

Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Junior, Emmitt, Mich. / Yale

Campbell broke the school record in the 200m at the Big Blue Classic hosted by Eastern Illinois, winning the event with a time of 23.97.  Campbell is the first Bronco to record a sub-24.00 in the 200m, and her mark is the best to date in the Mid-American Conference in 2012.  Campbell was also part of the Broncos’ 4x100m Relay that took second at the Big Blue Classic and turned in the third-fastest time in program history, crossing the line at 45.71.  That mark also stands as the fastest to date in the conference.  Campbell rounded out the weekend when she took fourth place in the 100m Hurdles, finishing with a time of 14.11.

Rachel Roberts, Buffalo
At the Toledo Collegiate Challenge, Roberts scored her first win in the shot put since having back surgery last spring. Her distance of 14.61m was a season's best and topped off the 1 - 2 finish of the UB women in the event as the Bulls placed second to Toledo in the team scoring.

Kyla Walworth, Central Michigan University
Freshman, Holt, Mich. (Holt H.S.)

Additional Information: Walworth recorded a career-best mark of 143-01 in the discus en route to a fourth-place finish at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge on Saturday. Saturday's competition marked just the second collegiate outdoor meet for Walworth, yet she is ranked 158th in Division 1 in the discus, according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System.

Angela Scarber, Eastern Michigan University
Senior, Waterford, Mich. (Kettering)

Senior Angela Scarber was able to take third in the hammer throw with a 179-feet and one-inch toss at the North Florida Invitational. The mark is the fourth best by a Mid-American Conference athlete in the 2012 outdoor track and field season.

Sarah Oczypok, Kent State
Junior, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Oczypok was the champion in theTexas Relay's Women's Javelin Section B University/College Division. Oczypok threw for 152-08, improving her PR that also ranks 10th in team history by over four feet.

Tori Paterra, Miami University
Sophomore, Elizabeth, Pa. (Elizabeth Forward HS)

Paterra had a strong showing in the javelin Friday at Cincinnati’s Oliver Nikoloff Invitational as she finished fourth out of 14 with a season-best throw of 147-11/45.10m, which ranks 39th nationally and second in the MAC this year. She earned five points in the event to help Miami place third overall. She also placed 12th out of 25 in the shot put Saturday with a toss of 42-3.25/12.88m.

Jenner Sio, Northern Illinois
Senior, Rockford, Ill. (Christian Life HS)

Jenner Sio took the highest finish of any Huskie at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas with a sixth place showing in the triple jump. The Rockford, Ill., native leapt 39-08.50 (12.10m) for her best mark of the season.

Yuhong Fu, Toledo
Junior, Beijing, China

Fu placed first in the triple jump at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge, recording a mark of 12.08 meters (39-07.50 feet). The performance moves her into fifth-place on the all-time Toledo performance list. The win helped UT place first in the meet, topping second-place Buffalo by eight points.

John Inzina, Buffalo
At the Toledo Collegiate Challenge, Inzina won the men's 5000m running a patient and tactical race.  His time of 14:50.26 was a personal best by over 20 seconds.  He also led the majority of the race and helped his four other teammates also run personal best times as the Bulls finished second to Central Michigan in the team scoring.

Ian Hancke, Eastern Michigan
Redshirt-Freshman, Haslett, Mich. (Haslett)

In the Eagles’ opening meet of the 2012 outdoor season, redshirt freshman Ian Hancke set an Toledo Collegiate Challenge meet record in the 1,500-meter run as he crossed the finish line in 3:54.91. The first place finish earned EMU 10 points and helped them to a third place finish in the 12-team field at UT.

Kent State's 4x800 team (Joshua Schmidt, Marteze Roper, Colin Pettiford, Destin Heasley)
Kent State's team of Joshua Schmidt (Ashwood, Australia), Marteze Roper (Warren, Ohio), Colin Pettiford (Toledo, Ohio) and Destin Heasley (Massillon, Ohio) took third in men's 4x800 relay at the Texas Relays March 29, clocking a time of 7:26.36. That mark broke Kent State's team record set in 2005 by .3 seconds.

Corey Knox, Buffalo
At the Toledo Collegiate Challenge, Knox set a personal best in the discus at 50.99m, finishing second and currently tying him for 3rd in the MAC.  Knox also finished fourth in the men's shot put at 16.15m helping the Bulls to a second-place finish in the team scoring behind Central Michigan.

Ryan McCullough, Central Michigan University
Senior, Cadillac, Mich. (Cadillac H.S.)

McCullough won the hammer throw for the second consecutive weekend, this time taking the crown at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge on Saturday with a mark of 199-06. His mark broke his own Toledo Collegiate Challenge meet record, which he set during the 2011 outdoor season. McCullough is currently ranked 15th in the nation in the hammer throw, according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System.

Anthony Bradley, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Southfield, Mich. (Southfield-Lathrup)

Senior Anthony Bradley took seventh in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge, March 31. Bradley’s 13.13-meter leap in the triple jump was good for a personal record by the Southfield, Mich. native, while he was able to bound 6.45-meters for his seventh place finish in the long jump.

Robert Robbins, Kent State
Freshman, LeRaysville, Pa.

In just his second collegiate competition, Robbins was triumphant at the Texas Relays, where he was first place in the men's javelin section B University/College Division with a throw of 217-10, a mark that is seventh in Kent State records.

Matt Rudin, Miami University
Senior, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (Midpark HS)

After suffering an injury in the pole vault during indoor season, Rudin returned to the pole vault for the first time Saturday and tied for second in a field of 16, clearing 15-5/4.70m to earn six points for Miami, helping them take second at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati. His vault ties for fourth in the MAC this season. Rudin also picked up another 1.5 points for the RedHawks in the high jump as he tied for seventh with a season-best leap of 6-0/1.83m.