MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 4/17/2012
Female Track Athlete of the Week
Shantavia Williams, Eastern Michigan University

Senior, Homestead, Fla. (South Dade)
Senior Shantavia Williams displayed her speed at the Jesse Owens Classic over the weekend by helping the Eagles to second place finishes in both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays in Columbus, Ohio, as well as setting a new standard for the Mid-American Conference by placing second in the 400-meter dash. Williams completed the 400-meter race in 53.26, which is the best in the outdoor season to this point. EMU’s relay teams finished the 4x400 in 3:45.12, while they completed the 4x100 in 45.80.

Female Field Athlete of the Week
Katherine Lee, Akron
Senior, Alexandria, Va./West Potomac HS

After missing the indoor season with a broken wrist, Katherine Lee, a USTFCCCA All-American in the pole vault in 2011, returned to form in a big way last weekend at the Northeast Ohio Quad. The senior took first place in the pole vault with a clearance of 13-03.50, which ranks her 31st in the country and is the second-best reported mark in the MAC (to UA's Ariane Beaumont-Courteau). The senior then capped off her big day by finishing second - to teammate Brittany Cheese - in the long jump with a leap of 18-05.00. 

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

Eick ran a strong 1500m Friday at the Jesse Owens Classic, as he clocked a personal-best 3:46.32, which earned him sixth out of 41 runners in the race. He was fourth among collegiate finishers, including two Big Ten runners in front of him and several behind him, and was less than a second behind the winner of the race. His time moves him into sixth in school history in the 1500m, as he improved his previous-best time by over two seconds, as he was eighth in school history. Eick now ranks second in the MAC this year and 46th nationally in the 1500m.

Male Field Athlete of the Week
Rob Golabek, Buffalo
Senior, Hamburg, NY / Frontier

Rob Golabek finished second in the men's shot put and fifth in the hammer throw. Golabek turned in a shot put of 63-4.75 (19.32m), adding more than two feet to his previous season-best as he finished behind Penn State's Joe Kovacs (63-10.25, 19.46m). He had a top hammer throw of 184-1 (56.10m), adding an inch to his top mark.

Other Nominees:
Brittany Cheese, Akron
Sophomore, Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson HS

Brittany Cheese was a double winner for the Zips last weekend at the Northeast Ohio Quad. The sophomore captured first place in both the high hurdles and long jump to lead UA to dual-meet scoring wins over visiting Ashland and Youngstown State at Lee R. Jackson Track and Field Complex. Her performance in the 100 hurdles was most impressive however as she came just fractions of a second from breaking a five-year school record with a winning time of 13.82. UA's all-time milestone in the event currently belongs to Jessica Bright, who ran 13.75 in 2007. 

Brooklyn Ventura, Buffalo
Brooklynn Ventura  won the women's 100-meter hurdles in a personal-best 13.80 and finished fifth in the 200-meters in 24.52, posting UB's fastest time in the event this season. She was part of UB's winning 4x100-meter relay team setting school and Bucknell stadium records in 45.94.

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

Hamilton finished fifth in both the 100m and 200m dashes at the Western Kentucky Hilltopper Relays on Saturday with wind-aided career-best times of 12.02 and 24.85, respectively.

Shanequa Williams, Kent State
Sophomore, Akron, Ohio

In her first running of the women's 100-meter dash this season, Williams cruised to a victory at the Northeast Ohio Quad Meet April 14 at the University of Akron. Williams crossed the line in 11.79, good for fourth best in team history and is the fastest time in the MAC this season. It's the second event Williams leads the MAC in this outdoor season (400m, 53.66) and third she is in the top two (2nd, 200m, 23.98).

Rachael Clay, Miami University
Senior, Rossford, Ohio (Rossford HS)

Clay had a strong showing at the Jesse Owens Classic Saturday despite cold and rainy conditions, clocking a personal-best 400m dash time of 54.43, which moves her into second in school history in the event, less than a second behind the record holder (53.58). She finished sixth out of 28 in the race but was fourth among collegiate runners, which included a pair of Big Ten athletes. Clay shaved over a full second off her previous-best time, which ranked her eighth all-time at Miami (55.77). The 54.43 is the fourth-fastest time ever run at Miami in the 400m, ranks fourth in the MAC this year and ranks 77th nationally.

Janay Mitchell, Northern Illinois
Junior, Teaneck, N.J. (Teaneck HS)

Janay Mitchell added to her breakout 2011-12 season Saturday at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational by winning two event titles for the Huskies. The junior from Teaneck, N.J. opened her day with a commanding win in the 100 meters, clocking in at 11.88 to outdistance teammate Rasheta Butler by nearly three-tenths of a second. Mitchell followed that up with a win in the 200 meters with a time of 24.35. Including the indoor season, Mitchell has won seven event titles during the season with three more weekends to go.

Hope McCarty, Ohio
Senior, Hudson, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit

McCarty finished with two top-10 finishes at the prestigious Jesse Owens Classic held at Ohio State University. She finished seventh in the javelin with a toss of 36.54 meters and then set a PR in the 800 with a time of 2:13.66, moving her into the top 10 among MAC runners. McCarty was also a member of the Bobcat 4x4 relay team that finished fifth with a time of 3:57.40

Aisha Hodge, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Bangor, Mich./Bangor

Hodge took first place in the open 800m run with an outdoor personal-best time of 2:11.58. She also helped the Distance Medley Relay team to a Sea Ray Relays title, combining with her teammates for a first-place time of 11:56.73. Hodge was also a part of the third place 4x800m relay team that ran the second-fastest time in program history at 8:59.15.

Erin Miller, Buffalo
Erin Miller threw a personal best in the hammer throw at 186-3 (56.76m), placing her third currently on the MAC leaderboard.  In addition, she placed 4th in the discus throw at 145-4 (44.30m).

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

Senior, Angela Scarber took seventh for the Eagles in the hammer throw over the weekend at the Jesse Owens Classic held by the Ohio State University. Scarber recorded a 183-feet and 10.75-inch toss.

Joh'vonnie Mosley, Kent State
Sophomore, Youngstown, Ohio

Mosley won the women's shot put at the Northeast Ohio Quad Meet April 14 at the University of Akron. Currently the leader in the MAC in the shot put, Mosley won her third meet in four outings with her throw of 50-05.50. Mosley also took fourth in the discus at the event, throwing for 152-07.

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

Paterra was the runner-up in the javelin Friday at the Jesse Owens Classic, recording a season-best throw of 151-9/46.25m, which is the second-best throw in the MAC this year and ranks 41st in the country. She now owns the top eight throws in school history in the javelin under the new rule (since 1999). She was the top collegiate finisher at the meet, throwing over 15 feet further than Michigan State’s Stephanie Bochenek, who was the second collegiate finisher, while a total of 13 competitors were in the event.

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

Sidra Sherrill grabbed two top-five finishes for the second consecutive weekend, doing so this time at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational at Western Illinois. The Fort Wayne, Ind. freshman took second place in the discus with a 134-07 (41.02m) mark, then followed that up with a 42-07.50 (12.99m) heave in the shot put to take fifth. The two top-five finishes are the fifth and sixth this outdoor season.

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

Allen broke the WMU triple jump record for the second time this season, jumping a distance of 41-2.5 at the Sea Ray Relays. Allen took third overall but was the second collegiate finisher in the event. She broke her previous record of 40-3.25 that she set earlier this season at the Alabama Relays. She is the only Bronco in program history to break the 40 foot mark in the outdoor triple jump.

Tyshaun Peoples, Akron
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville HS

Tyshaun Peoples enjoyed a dominant day last Saturday at the Northeast Ohio Quad in leading the Zips to dual-meet scoring wins over visiting Kent State, Ashland and Youngstown State. The senior, who missed the indoor season due to an injury, hit his stride in winning both the 110 hurdles and long jump. His winning time of 14.17 in the high hurdles was most impressive as it is the top mark reported in the MAC to date and ranks him 57th in the nation. 

Miles Lewis, Buffalo
Miles Lewis had a first-place performance in the men's 100-meters on Sunday in Lewisburg. Lewis and Shippensburg's Herman Kirkland both turned in clockings of 10.59 seconds. Lewis also finished second in the 200-meters in 21.42 and was part of UB's second-place 4x100-meter relay team (season-best 41.19).

Josh George, Eastern Michigan University
Sophomore, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Frontinac Secondary)

Sophomore, Josh George took the crown in the 800-meter run at the Jesse Owens Classic held by the Ohio State University over the weekend. George’s 1:51.55 finish was first by 14-hundredths of a second and was the second-best mark in the Mid-American Conference this season.

Miles Dunlap, Kent State
Freshman, McDonald, Ohio

Dunlap improved is Kent State Top 10 time in the 400-meter hurdles with his victory at the Northeast Ohio Quad Meet April 14 at the University of Akron, finishing the race in 53.11. Now tied for second-best in the MAC, it was Dunlap's second 400-meter hurdles win of the season. Dunlap also anchored the men's 4x400-meter relay, leaning at the end to help the team win the race by two one-hundredths of a second.

Shawn Light, Akron
Sophomore, Senecaville, Ohio/Meadowbrook HS

Shawn Light established a new personal record in winning the pole vault competition at the Northeast Ohio Quad last weekend. The sophomore cleared 17-00.00 to smash his previous best of 16-00.75, established a year ago, and post the top mark reported in the MAC to date. On the strength of his vault, Light enters the week ranked 48th in the country.

Alex Rose, Central Michigan University
Junior, West Branch, Mich. (Ogemaw Heights H.S.)

Rose won both the shot put (55-11) and the discus (171-08) at the Northwood Open on Saturday. Rose is currently ranked 51st among NCAA Division 1 student-athletes in the discus and 68th in the shot put, according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System.

Max Babits, Eastern Michigan University
Sophomore, Fowlerville, Mich. (Fowlerville)

Sophomore pole vaulter Max Babits took fourth at the Jesse Owens Classic after leaping 16-feet and 6.75-inches. The Fowlerville, Mich. native’s jump was good for the fourth best in the MAC during the outdoor season.

Matthias Tayala, Kent State
Freshman, McDonald, Ohio

Tayala had a pair of third-place finishes at the Northeast Ohio Quad Meet April 13-14 at the University of Akron. Tayala turned in the team's best hammer throw of the season April 13 with a throw of 195-00, which is 50th nationally and third in the MAC. The freshman then took third in the discus on Saturday with a mark of 163-02.

Rob Stein, Miami University
Sophomore, Villa Park, Ill. (Timothy Christian HS)

Stein logged a personal-best throw in the discus Friday at the Jesse Owens Classic with a heave of 170-7/51.99m, which earned him sixth out of 20 in the event. His throw ranks him 10th in school history as he improved on his previous best by an inch. The throw also sits fifth in the MAC this year and 74th nationally. His distance easily made the NCAA East Preliminary field last year and puts him in good position to make the NCAA Preliminary Round this year.