Male Scholar Athlete of the Week: April 2-8

Updated 4/16/2012
Male Scholar Athlete of the Week: Jordan Goffena, Miami, Outdoor Track and Field

Jordan Goffena (sprints/pole vault, Sr., 3.51, life science education and zoology) had a very strong meet for the RedHawks Saturday at its own Miami Invitational, as he totaled 28 points to lead Miami to the meet title in a field of 14, as the RedHawks won by nearly 50 points. Goffena won the 110m hurdles in 14.52 despite running into the wind as he earned 10 points for the first-place showing. He won by 0.15 seconds in a field of 17. He also anchored Miami’s winning 4x400m relay team that clocked a season-best 3:14.70, which beat out runner-up Kent State by nearly two seconds and ranks third in the MAC this year. It was Miami’s best 4x4 time in nearly five years. Goffena earned second place in the pole vault as well, clearing a personal-best 4.71m/15-5, which was the same height as the winner but in more attempts, to pick up another eight points for Miami. 

The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week’s competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference’s faculty athletic representatives.

Other Male Nominees:

Akron: Brad Hough (outdoor track and field, distance, So., 3.12, chemistry) who owns a 3.12 GPA as a chemistry major at UA, 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 to date.

Buffalo: Matt Pollock
(baseball, outfield, Jr., 3.198, undecided) had a solid five-game stretch in the week, recording nine hits and batting .375 over the team's five games. In a doubleheader against St. Bonaventure, Pollock was a combined 5-9 with a home run and two RBI. In the series opener against Kent State on Friday, the junior outfielder had three hits that included a solo home runs to lead off the game.

Eastern Michigan: Brent Ohrman
(baseball, IF/OF, Sr., 3.69, sport management) went 2-for-5 Sunday with a run scored to complete a 10-for-15 (.667) weekend at the dish with a slugging percentage of .776. The Adrian, Mich. native scored eight runs over three games and posted three RBI as the Eagles valuted into first place in the MAC west with a sweep of Western Michigan. He went 4-for-5 in each of the first two games to become the first Eagle to have more than three hits in multiple contests this season. Ohrman has now registered a hit in 16 straight games (a career high) and is the first EMU ballplayer to do so this season.

Northern Illinois: Maksym Bartiuk
(tennis, Jr., 3.059, corporate communications) finished the weekend a flawless 4-0 with two wins a apiece in singles and doubles play against Ball State and Marquette. Bartiuk won at No. 3 doubles with partner Roman Turtygin against the Cardinals with a dominant 8-2 score and rallied in three sets at No. 5, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, to help the Huskies defeat BSU, 6-1, and improve to 2-0 in the MAC after beating Western Michigan, 5-2, on March 23. Against Marquette, he rallied again in singles with a three set victory at No. 4, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, and claimed a clutch victory at No. 2 doubles, 8-7. With the win over Ball State on Saturday, it marked the first time since 1974 that the NIU men's tennis team defeated the Broncos and the Cardinals in the same season.

Ohio: Dan Schmidt
(baseball, designated hitter/infield, Jr., 3.74, health services administration) had a strong week for Ohio Baseball, helping the ‘Cats to a perfect 3-0 record against Mid-American Conference foe Northern Illinois. The junior belted three hits and scored four runs during the weekend, also adding one RBI to the team’s scoring efforts. Two of Schmidt’s hits were doubles and he also showed strong discipline at the plate, walking once on Friday.

Toledo: Leo Sarria
(tennis, Sr., 3.705, finance & accounting) helped Toledo’s men's tennis team hold serve in its first home Mid-American Conference match of the season on Friday, sweeping all three doubles matches and all six singles matches en route to a 7-0 win over Chicago State. Playing at No. 2 singles, Sarria defeated CSU’s Sergiu Muresan by a score of 6-2, 6-2. In No. 1 doubles play, Sarria teamed with Tomas Stillman and defeated Mario Noboa/Muresan by a margin of 8-5.

Previous Male Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 9) Scott Caldwell, Akron (soccer)
Week 2 (Sept. 16) Tyler Merkel, BSU (golf)
Week 3 (Sept. 23) John Potter, WMU (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 30) David Eichenberger, Miami (cross country)
Week 5 (Oct. 7) Dylan Conway, Buffalo (cross country)
Week 6 (Oct. 14) Jay Karutz, EMU (football)
Week 7 (Oct. 21) Scott Kovanda, BSU (football)
Week 8 (Oct. 28) Marlon Pollard, EMU (football)
Week 9 (Nov. 4) Terefe Ejigu, EMU (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 10) Spencer Keith, KSU (football)
Week 11 (Nov. 17) Alex Gillett, EMU (football)
Week 12 (Nov. 26) Noah Keller, Ohio (football)
Week 13 (Nov. 30) Ryan Neir, NIU (football)
Week 14 (Dec. 7) Nabal Jefferson, NIU (football)
Week 15 (Dec. 14) Zach Filzen, Buffalo (basketball) and Jeremy Johnson, Ohio (wrestling)
Week 16 (Dec. 22) Kevin Smith, Buffalo (wrestling)
Week 17 (Jan. 11) Aaron Sulzer, EMU (wrestling)
Week 18 (Jan. 18) Michael Cavanaugh, Miami (swimming & diving)
Week 19 (Jan. 25) Kevin Smith, Buffalo (wrestling)
Week 20 (Feb. 1) Rian Pearson, Toledo (basketball)
Week 21 (Feb. 8) Brad Dieckhaus, NIU (wrestling)
Week 22 (Feb. 15) Wes Schroeder, EMU (wrestling), Rian Pearson, Toledo (basketball) and
Matt Stainbrook, WMU (basketball)
Week 23 (Feb. 22) Jeremy Johnson, Ohio (wrestling)
Week 24 (Mar. 1) Terefe Ejigu, EMU (indoor track and field)
Week 25 (Mar. 8) Jake Thomas, BGSU (baseball)
Week 26 (Mar. 15) Matt Pollock, Buffalo (baseball)
Week 27 (Mar. 21) Jordan Goffena, Miami (outdoor track and field)
Week 28 (Mar. 28) Wojciech Starakiewicz, Buffalo (tennis)
Week 29 (Apr. 4) Brent Ohrman, EMU (baseball)
Week 30 (Apr. 11) Jordan Goffena, Miami (outdoor track and field)