MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 4/10/2012
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Emma Kertesz, University of Toledo
Junior – Toledo, OH/Central Catholic High School

Junior Emma Kertesz set a new all-time Mid-American Conference record in the 10,000-meters at the Stanford Invitational, placing 25th. Emma's time of 33:28.58 is also a USA Olympic Trials qualifying time for this summer's Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and will also qualify her for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships First Round in Jacksonville, Florida.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week:
Alexis Cooks, Akron
Freshman, Colorado Springs, Colo./Doherty HS

Competing in just her second collegiate meet, Alexis Cooks recorded the fifth-best throw in school history in the discus at the Tennessee Challenge last weekend. Cooks, who finished fourth in the event, posted a mark of 171-01 to crack the Zips' all-time, top five. Cooks, who enters the week ranked 20th in the nation in the event, now owns the top mark in the MAC by nearly a foot. The Colorado native also placed fifth in the shot put Saturday with a mark of 46-02.50.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Miles Lewis, Buffalo     
Junior, Coram, NY/Newfield

At the Florida Relays, Miles Lewis broke the school record in the men's 100-meter dash. Lewis turned in a finish of 10.49 seconds to finish 19th in a field of 71 runners as he eclipsed Dan Schichtel's 2009 time of 10.54. Lewis also ran the opening leg of UB's 1,600-meter sprint medley relay as the Bulls finished 15th overall (first in its heat) in 3:28.43. Following Lewis on the relay were Andre Britton, Will Cole and Isaiah Mask. Lewis leads the MAC in the 100-meters.

Men’s Co-Field Athletes of the Week:
Eric Hubbard, Akron
Sophomore, Medina, Ohio/Medina HS

Eric Hubbard was the top collegiate finisher in the hammer throw last weekend at the Tennessee Challenge. The sophomore posted a huge toss of 198-09, which was second only to three-time Division III national champion Kevin Becker, who was competing unattached. Hubbard's mark was a season best and currently ranks him 31st in the nation among all Division I athletes.

Robert Robbins, Kent State
Freshman, LeRaysville, Pa.

Robbins continues his exemplary start to his collegiate career, as the freshman won the javelin throw at the Duke Invitational April 6 in Durham, N.C. Robbins threw a MAC-best 220-02.00 (67.11m) to win the event, his second event title of his career. Robbins now ranks sixth in Kent State history and he currently ranks 33rd in the nation in the javelin after his throw at Duke.

Other Nominees:
Buffalo’s 4x400-meter relay team. (McClary, Jeanty, Henry, Ventura)
At the Florida Relays, UB's 4x400-meter relay squad set its second school record of the season as the foursome of Jamiee McClary (Rochester, NY/Our Lady of Mercy), Donna Jeanty (Bay Shore, NY/Brentwood), Asia Henry (Rochester, NY/Wilson Magnet) and Brooklynn Ventura (Waterloo, NY/Waterloo) turned in a time of 3:40.62, more than two seconds faster than the previous mark set at Wake Forest. The team finished 15th among 48 squads. The foursome leads the MAC in the event.

Holly Anderson, Central Michigan University
Senior, Fruitport, Mich. (Fruitport H.S.)

Additional Information: In her outdoor season debut at the prestigious Stanford Invitational, Anderson crushed the CMU school record in the 10,000m run with a time of 34:45.70. She finished 26th in section 2 of the 10,000m run. The previous record stood at 35:23.59, and this is the second school record for Anderson this year. She previously broke the indoor 5,000m run school record.

Asia Rawls, Eastern Michigan University
Junior, Waterford, Mich. (Waterford Mott)

Junior Asia Rawls set a new 2012 Mid-American Conference standard in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2012 Spartan Invitational after completing the race in 59.65. Her time earned her a first place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, while she was also a member of the Eagles’ winning 4x400-meter relay team that completed the 1,600-meter distance in 3:42.38, also setting a new MAC standard for the 2012 campaign.

Shanequa Williams, Kent State
Sophomore, Akron, Ohio

Williams got her 2012 outdoor season off to a great start with a pair of victories at the Miami Invitational April 7. Williams captured both the 200-meter and 400-meter titles, with her effort in the 400 breaking Kent State's 23-year record in the event with a time of 53.66. That time is also best in the MAC this season, and set a new meet record and won the event by almost two seconds. In the 200-meter dash, Williams won with a time of 23.98, which is third in Kent State history. She is now second in the MAC in the 200-meter dash by one one-hundredth of a second.

Layne Baggett, Miami University
Senior, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Moon Senior HS)

Baggett had a strong meet Saturday at the Miami Invitational, as she totaled 16 points to lead Miami to the team victory at its first home meet of the season as the RedHawks won by nearly 70 points out of 18 teams. She clocked a personal-best 13.69 seconds in the 100m hurdles to place third out of 20 in the race to earn six points. Her time is the best in the MAC so far this year and ties her for second in school history. The time ties for the 10th-best time ever clocked at Miami as well and ranks 45th nationally. Baggett also ran the lead leg on Miami’s 4x100m relay team that took first out of 13 teams to earn 10 points in 46.24, which ranks fifth in Miami history. The relay team beat out runner-up WMU by a quarter of a second and also finished ahead of MAC foes Ball State and Kent State.

Roneisha Frye, Northern Illinois
Senior, Fairview Heights, Ill. (Belleville East HS)

Roneisha Frye turned in an impressive performance Friday at the Chicagoland Intercollegiate Championships with two event titles and three top four finishes. The senior from Fairview Heights, Ill., won the 100 hurdles with a 13.71 clip, which ranks second in the Mid-American Conference and puts her in prime position to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in May. She ran the third leg of the Huskies' 4x100 relay team that took first place, crossing the finish line with a facility record time of 45.98. Frye rounded out her weekend by taking fourth in the 200 meters with a personal best time of 24.95. As a team, NIU won the Chicagoland Championships with 174 points - 38 more than second-place DePaul.

Kandace Jemison, Ohio
Freshman, Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft

Jemison matched her PR time in the 100 meters with a run of 12.18 seconds. She also achieved a PR in the 200 meter event finishing in 26.98. Both times earned her top-five finishes on the day for the Bobcats. She then joined Ohio’s 4x1 team and helped them run a season-best 49.76 in the event.

Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
Junior, Emmett, Mich.

Campbell was an integral part of the Broncos’ effort this weekend, winning the 400m Hurdles and scoring points in a multitude of events.  Campbell posted a time of 1:01.08 in the 400m Hurdles to pace the field of 20 competitors.  Campbell was also part of the Broncos' second-place effort in the 4x100m Relay, teaming with Rebecca Hall, Andrea Arnold, and Stephanie Okolo to post a time of 46.50.  Campbell took fourth place in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 14.08, and also scored in the field; she took fifth in the Long Jump with a distance of 5.39m.

Erin Miller, Buffalo 
Junior, Lockport, NY/Lockport

At the Florida Relays, Erin Miller won the women's discus with a throw of 151-9 (46.26m). Miller won the event by seven inches over Miami (FL) thrower Ashley Holmes (151-2, 46.07m). The throw also increased Miller's season-best by more than 21 feet when she threw 130-7 at the Wake Forest Invitational last month.

Lydia Gomez-Diaz, Eastern Michigan University
Freshman, Tarragona, Spain (IES Collblanc)

Additional Info: Freshman Lydia Gomez-Diaz was able to take second in the hammer throw at the 2012 Spartan Invitational by recording a 187-feet and five-inch toss. The Tarragona, Spain native’s throw was good for the second best to this point by any Mid-American Conference athlete in the 2012 outdoor season.

Penina Acayo, Kent State
Senior, Kampala, Uganda

In her first outdoor meet of the season, Acayo continued her success in the triple jump from the indoor season with a mark of 41-04.50 to win the event at the Miami Invitational April 7. Her mark is fourth-best in Kent State history and is among the top 30 triple jumps this season.

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

Roberts had a stellar meet in three events for Miami at its own Miami Invitational as she totaled 16 points to help Miami win the team title by nearly 70 points out of 18 teams. She won the shot put  to earn 10 points with a heave of 50-03.25/15.32m, which is the second-best throw in school history behind her school-record throw from earlier this year, which ranks second in the MAC so far this year. She won out of a field of 22 while her throw was over three feet further than the runner-up, which included throwers from WMU and Ball State among others. Roberts also placed third out of 20 in the discus to claim six points for Miami with a season-best throw of 155-4/47.35m, which is the 10th-best throw in school history and ranks fourth in the MAC this year. Her throw also ranks 84th nationally. Roberts also finished 10th in the hammer throw with a toss of 144-7/44.07m.

Sidra Sherrill, Northern Illinois
Freshman, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Northrop HS)

Sidra Sherrill earned her first career event title Friday at the Chicagoland Intercollegiate Championships with a win in the shot put. The Huskie freshman reached an outdoor best mark of 44-09.00 (13.64m) to top second place Jaya Emerson of Chicago State by over a foot. Sherrill added to her day with a second place showing in the discus, hitting 139-02 (42.42m).

Donyelle Brown, Ohio
Freshman, Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg

Freshman Donyelle Brown won the hammer toss with a PR throw of 48.21 at the Ohio Women’s Team Challenge this weekend. The throw also put Brown eighth in the MAC. She then finished second in the shot put with a toss of 13.19 meters, which puts her just outside the Top 10 of the MAC.

Andrea Hiler, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Waterlivet, Mich. / Waterlivet

Hiler set the meet record in the Discus at the 27th Annual Miami Invitational this past weekend, tossing the discus 50.67m/166-3, breaking the previous meet record held by Winona State by 0.42m and taking first place in the event.  The toss broke Hiler’s previous PR in the event by four feet.  Hiler's performance paced the field of 20 competitors and rates as the third-best Discus toss in WMU history.  

Brad Hough, Akron
Sophomore, Imperial, Pa./Imperial HS

Brad Hough enjoyed a career day at the Tennessee Challenge Saturday, posting wins in both the 1,500-meters and 3,000-meters while making a run at some historic school marks. The Pennsylvania native ran 3:49.61 to win the 1,500m and 8:34.88 to take the 3K. Both times ranked third-fastest in UA history and represented personal records for the sophomore distance runner. His time in the 1,500 matches Miami's Jarrod Eick for the best mark in the MAC this season while his time in the 3K is four seconds better than any other competitor.

Tecumseh Adams, Central Michigan University
Sophomore, Harbor Springs, Mich. (Harbor Springs H.S.)

Adams, the 2012 3,000m run MAC Indoor champion, made his outdoor season debut in the 5,000m run at the prestigious Stanford Invitational in a time of 14:11.22. He finished 26th in section 2 of the 5,000m run.

Fontaine Holland, Eastern Michigan University
Freshman, Willingboro, N.J. (Burlington Township)

Freshman, Fontaine Holland was successful at the 2012 Spartan Invitational over the weekend as he took the top-spot in the 400-meter hurdles. Holland’s 53.96 finish is the third-best in the Mid-American Conference as he won his first race of the outdoor campaign.

Miles Dunlap, Kent State
Freshman, McDonald, Ohio

Dunlap won the 400-meter hurdles at the Miami Invitational April 7, posting a MAC-best 53.21 to beat the field. In his first 400-meter hurdles race as a collegian, Dunlap also posted the 10th best time in the event in Kent State team history. Dunlap was also part of Kent State's 4x400-meter relay team, which took second place with a time of 3:16.36.

Jahquil Hargrove, Miami University
Sophomore, Norristown, Pa. (Norristown Area HS)

Hargrove had a stellar meet for Miami at its own Miami Invitational Saturday, as he totaled 24 points in three events for the RedHawks to lead them to the meet title with 176 points, as Miami won by 50 points in a 14-team field. He was the runner-up in the 400m dash in a field of 20 in a personal-best 47.57, just four-hundredths of a second behind the race’s winner, while his time is tops in the MAC this year and ranks 76th nationally. He just missed cracking Miami’s all-time top-10 list with his mark but did earn eight points with his second-place finish. Hargrove ran the third leg on Miami’s 4x400m relay team, which won the race in a season-best time of 3:14.70, beating out runner-up Kent State by nearly two seconds to pick up 10 points while the time ranks third in the MAC this year. It was Miami’s best 4x4 time in nearly five years. Hargrove also ran the 200m dash and placed third in a personal-best 22.07 in a field of 22 while his time ranks seventh in the MAC this year as he earned another six points for that finish. He was just 0.17 seconds behind the winner.

Corey Knox, Buffalo 
Senior, Buffalo, NY/JFK

Knox won two events at the Florida Relays. On Friday, he won the men's discus with a season-best mark of 174-1 (53.06m). Knox, who played fullback on the UB football team last fall, won the competition by nearly six feet as Emmanuel Stewart of Morgan State placed second at 168-11 (51.50m). Saturday afternoon, Knox claimed the shot put with a throw of 56-6 (17.22m) as he added more than three feet to his season-best mark in the event.

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

McCullough continued his strong season in the hammer throw with a runner-up showing at the Spartan Invitational on Saturday, throwing for a mark of 199-04. McCullough has yet to record a top throw shorter than 199 feet this season. 
Andrew Meyer, Eastern Michigan University
Senior, Minster, Ohio (Minster)
Senior captain Andrew Meyer performed well at the 2012 Spartan Invitational as he took fifth in the shot put with a 52-foot and 11-inch toss, while placing sixth in the discus with a 155-foot and six-inch throw.

Nathan Hoch, Miami University
Senior, Logan, Ohio (Logan HS)

Hoch had a strong showing in the discus Saturday at the Miami Invitational as he placed third with a season-best heave of 52.02m/170-8 in a field of 24 to earn six points to help Miami win its home meet by 50 points. His throw ranks fourth in the MAC this year while he was less than two feet off his personal best. It also ranks 57th nationally and will likely qualify him for the NCAA East Regional round. Hoch also placed 10th in the shot put with a toss of 15.05m/49-4.5.