Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Men's Complete Release
AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron senior long jumper Tyshaun Peoples recorded the top mark in the Mid-American Confenence and a top-15 mark nationally on a day in which 19 Zips were competing in three different states.
Peoples, who is a four-time MAC champion in the event after winning the outdoor title in 2012, finished third among all collegiate competitors at the "Doc" Hale Virginia Tech Elite in Blacksburg, Va., and fourth overall with a leap of 24-07.25. The jump was more than a foot better than the next closest challenger and nearly two inches better than his previous season high. Florida's Marquis Dendy cruised to the win with a huge mark of 26-02.75, which is the top jump in the country to date.
Meanwhile, junior Shauniece Steele represented the women's team well in the 400-meter competition at the SPIRE D1 Team Invitational at the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio. Steele ran the fifth-fastest time in school history, crossing the line in 55.33 to earn a runner-up finish. Ohio State's Alexandria Johnson escaped with the narrow victory, finishing just better in 55.13.
Also sharing the spotlight in Geneva was rising newcomer Bryce Cheek, who recorded the school's fifth-fastest time in the men's 200-meters with a time of 22.01. It was the first time Cheek, who is a two-sport star as a corner back on the Zips football team, competed in the event.
As one of three Akron throwers in action at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, Mich., Alexis Cooks, who is the MAC's reigning Women's Field Athlete of the Week, placed fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 64-03.00.
The split-squad Zips will continue preparations for the 2013 MAC Indoor Championships, which will be held at Eastern Michigan in two weeks, Saturday as 39 more athletes will be in action. Seven Akron pole vaulters will compete at the VT Elite while the rest of the squad will be at the Spire Institute.
Women's/Split Meet Complete Release
AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron senior Brittany Cheese became just the second athlete in school history to surpass the 20-foot barrier in the women's long jump as a host of Zips achieved personal records at two different meets Saturday.
Cheese, who was one of 32 Zips competing at the SPIRE D1 Team Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, captured first place in the long jump with a huge leap of 20-00.25.
With the mark, Cheese recorded the second-best jump in school history and joins Christi Smith, who won the NCAA National Championship in the women's heptathlon in 2000, as the only female athletes in the history of the Zips' program to clear 20 feet in the event. Smith is the school's all-time record holder with a jump of 20-04.25.
Cheese cruised to the win as her jump was nearly four inches better than the next closest competitor among 35 athletes. As if that wasn't enough, Cheese also posted the third-fastest time in school history in the 60-meter hurdles – crossing the line in 8.61 – during the preliminary round.
In all, Cheese was one of two event winners on the day for the Zips as Shawn Barber picked up a similarly easy victory in the men's pole vault as one of seven UA athletes in action at the "Doc" Hale Virginia Tech Elite in Blacksburg, Va.
Barber cleared 18-01.00 to earn his fifth win in as many meets this winter and was named Athlete of the Meet as a result. Virginia Tech's Stephan Munz finished a distant second with a top jump of 17-05.00.
On the women's side, Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, the defending Mid-American Conference Outdoor Pole Vault Champion, placed fifth with a season-best vault of 13-02.25 while Claire Lucas matched the height to establish a personal record.
A number of UA runners also turned in strong performances on the day, led by sophomore Kyle Cochrun and freshman Bryce Cheek. Cochrun ran the 3,000-meters in 8:22.23 to record the fourth-fastest time in school history and Cheek just missed the top-five list in the 60-meters while finishing first in the preliminary heat with a time of 6.84. It has been an impressive two days for Cheek, who recorded the school's fifth-fastest time in the 200-meters (22.01) Friday night.
Posting personal records on the women's side, Kayla Whitlow finished the 800-meters in 2:10.91 and Morgan Willis ran the mile in 4:56.32.
The Zips also saw continued improvement from their two 4x400 relay teams. The men's squad, which was comprised of Julius Ruby Jr., Jake Hiltner, Gabriel Genovesi and Nick Owens, finished in 3:14.12 while the women's foursome of JaQuana Threats, Shauniece Steele, Skyler Willis and Mycah Mason ran a time of 3:48.49. Both marks represented season bests.
Akron's preparation for the 2013 MAC Indoor Championships, which will be hosted by Eastern Michigan University from Feb. 22-23, continues next weekend it hosts the Zips Invitational at Stile Athletics Field House on Fri., Feb. 15.
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Northern Illinois track & field team started their weekend Friday at the GVSU Big Meet with several big performances on the track.
In the meet's invitational portion, the Huskies notched three top 10 finishes and got Mid-American Conference Indoor Championship-qualifying marks from sprinters Janay Mitchell and Megan Gregory.
"The ladies got off to a great start in our first day of competition at Grand Valley," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "Megan Gregory and Janay Mitchell sealed automatic MAC Championship qualifying times in the 60 hurdles and 60 meters. Along with them, we had impressive efforts from Jamie Burr, Julie Cronin and Ashley Lucas, who achieved PRs in their events. Meghan Heuer, in her first race as a Huskie, notched the third fastest time in NIU history in the 3000 meters. Tomorrow, we need these ladies' efforts and continue to leave it on the track."
Mitchell placed seventh in the 60 meters with a pair of excellent runs. After running a 7.67 in the prelims, she crossed the finish line at 7.63, securing her an automatic spot into the conference indoor meet in two weeks. Mitchell's run is currently tied for the fifth-fastest in the conference and just six-hundredths of a second behind the MAC's top mark of 7.57.
In the 60 hurdles, Gregory clinched a berth into the MAC indoor meet with a stellar run in the prelims. The senior clocked in at 8.65 to post the fourth-fastest time in the first run. However, Gregory fell back to seventh in the finals with a time of 8.69. Her season-best time of 8.65 puts her in seventh in the conference performance list.
Julianne Cronin blasted her personal record in the 400 meters with a time of 58.08 to finish 21st. Previously, the sophomore's best time in the event was 59.26.
Over in the distance events, Meghan Heuer made her NIU debut in the 3000 meters. Despite having last competed in a collegiate meet nearly two years ago while at Kansas State, the sophomore showed little rust by racing to a time of 10:12.23 and a 17th place finish.
Freshman Ali Olson and sophomore Jamie Burr both came away with strong showings in the mile. Olson, making her collegiate debut, placed 31st with a 5:10.92 clip, while Burr followed behind with a mark of 5:11.13.
Juliane Totzke led the NIU contingent in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:59.61 to place 37th in the 109 runner field. Following behind were Leah Raffety timing in at 18:19.29 and Ashley Lucas at 18:46.83.
Sidra Sherrill, the lone field athlete competing on the day, took eighth in the shot put with a toss of 44-00.00 (13.41m).
The competition continues at Grand Valley tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. CT with the open half of the meet.
Allendale, Mich. – Taylor Rambo set two new personal bests, Dana Gates set new season bests in two events and Brooke Pleger set another PR in the weight throw Saturday on the second day of the GVSU Big Meet, hosted by Grand Valley State University.
Rambo set a pair of personal bests as well, finishing 12th in the 60 with a time of 8.02 and finishing the 400 in eighth place with a time of 57.35.
Gates set season bests in the long jump and the triple jump, finishing in the top 10 in both events at one of the largest indoor track and field meets in the country. Gates placed fifth of 36 competitors in the long jump with a distance of 17-feet-7.50 and then ended 10th of 25 in the triple jump with a leap of 35-8.00.
Pleger pushed her personal best in the weight throw to 62-1.25, three inches further than her toss at the Harvey-Simmons Invitational, which was her previous best. She placed fourth out of 62 competitors at the GVSU Big Meet.
Megan Monte posted the best 800 time for a BGSU runner this year in 2:21.36 and Demetra Taylor was just .01 seconds shy of her best in the 60 hurdles, sprinting to a time of 9.06 seconds.
BGSU will have the next weekend off before competing in the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Eastern Michigan Feb. 22-23.
BUFFALO, NY — University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field athletes were in action on Saturday at both the SPIRE Division I Invitational in Geneva, OH and the Cornell Kane Invitational in Ithaca. There was no scoring in either meet.
At the SPIRE meet, sprinter Miles Lewis led the Bulls with a second-place finish in the men's 60-meters. Lewis turned in a 6.82 clocking in the final to better his preliminary time of 6.86 which placed him sixth of ten qualifiers. Lewis also finished seventh in the men's 200-meters in 21.81.
Jonathan Jones scored a fourth-place finish in the men's shot put. Jones had a top throw on Saturday of 60-5.25 (18.42m). Austin Price also had a fourth-place finish in the men's triple jump as he cleared 48-10.25 (14.89m) tying him for the spot with Jarred Gambrell of Michigan State.
For the UB women, Shante' White picked up a fifth-place showing in the women's weight throw at 63-3.50 (19.29m). Erin Miller and Rachel Roberts finished ninth and 10th, respectively in the women's shot put. Miller posted a season-best throw of 47-9 (14.55m) while Roberts had a top mark of 45-9.75 (13.96m). Kelly Truppo finished 10th in the women's pole vault at 12-0.50 (3.67m).
On the track, Will Cole finished sixth and Brian Cummiskey took ninth in the men's 400-meters. Cole posted a season-best time of 49.28 while Cummiskey finished in 49.45. Brian Crimmins was sixth in the men's 1,000-meters in 2:24.16 and broke the UB record previously held by Paul Riley (2004) by more than three seconds. For the UB women, Meghan Manley had a season-best time in the women's 800-meters in 2:06.97, breaking Asia Henry's 2012 mark (2:07.56).
At the Cornell meet, freshman Mike Morgan won the men's high jump at 6-6.25 (1.99m) while Danielle Anderson finished third in the women's high jump at 5-3 (1.60m). Micah Oliver took fifth in the men's 60-meters final in 7.04 and sixth in the 200-meters in 22.88. Sabrina Bush was seventh in the women's 60-meter hurdles final in 9.18.
UB athletes will return to Ithaca next weekend for the Denault Invitational on Saturday, February 16.
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Central Michigan track and field squad put on a frigid performance this weekend at the Big Meet at Grand Valley State University.
"It was not a weekend we were looking for, but it is a weekend we will grow from. We will continue to move forward as a team toward the conference meet," said director of track and field Willie Randolph.
On Friday, the Chippewas failed to have any athletes finish in the top 10 in any 'invite' competitions.
Junior Ben Wynsma was the closest, finishing 11th in the men's mile race. Wynsma ran a 4:11.60, .04 seconds away from qualifying for the MAC Indoor Championships. Currently with this time, Wynsma ranks fifth in the mile in the MAC standings.
Other personal highlights included sophomore Katelyn Maylee and senior Charnele Lyons running personal records in the women's mile. Maylee ran a 5:20.30 mile, while Lyons ran a 5:02.81.
On Saturday, Freshman Marsielle McBeam won the 'open' high jump competition with a mark of 5-05.00. Teammate junior Sam Stein finished third with a jump of 5-03.00.
Junior Kelly Morrissey finished second in the 'open' pole vault with a personal record of 11-11.75.
"Adversity is something that every team faces. The difference is how we choose to grow from it. We will grow from it together, with persistance, focus and as a family."
The Chippewas host the Jack Skoog Invite on Friday, Feb. 15.
GENEVA, Ohio – The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team five Eagles record marks that rank in top-10 in EMU history, Feb. 8-9, at the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.
Terefe Ejigu recorded the lone victory for the Eagles, setting a SPIRE record of 14:05.73 in the 5,000-meter run, a mark that ranks as the sixth best in school history. His distance teammate, Grzegorz Kalinowski, almost became the sixth runner in EMU history to run a sub-4 minute mile, finishing the one-mile race in second with a 4:00.29.
Solomon Ijah was the top Eagle in the heptathlon finishing with a score of 4937, good enough for seventh in the Eastern record books as well as a runner-up finish in the meet. Ijah won four out of the seven events against his fellow competitors.
Two more Eagles brought home second place finishes. Freshman Tyler Ross crossed the finish line in 1:19.40 in the 600-meter run, ninth best in school history. Donald Scott continued his stellar 2012-13 campaign by taking second in the triple jump with a leap of 49-feet, 3.75-inches.
In another field event, team co-captain Teron Turner recorded a personal-best 56-feet, 10-inches throw in the weight throw, placing him tenth of the all-time list at Eastern Michigan.
The EMU relay teams competed well as the distance medley team of Ian Hancke, Darrell Butler, Scott Bradley and Cameron Trinh finished in third with a 9:59.52, and the 4x400-meter team of Jason Ervin, Cameron Bolton, Jeff Elam and Chris Scott took sixth.
Other top-10 finishes included Max Babits in the pole vault (fourth) and Matthew Williams in the 400-meter dash (ninth).
The Eagles return to the track, Feb. 16, for the Silverston Invitational at the University of Michigan.
Women's Complete Release
GENEVA, Ohio and ALLENDALE, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan women's track and field team competed in both the SPIRE Invitational and the Grand Valley State University Big Meet this weekend, Feb. 8-9.
EMU's Victoria Voronko shattered the school record in the 3,000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 9:23.33. The sophomore shattered the previous mark of 9:32.61 set by Carrie Gould back in 1999. Also at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, freshman Vanessa Clerveaux took fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.32.
In Allendale, Mich. at the GVSU Big Meet, the Eagles turned in three of top-10 finishes. The 4x400-meter relay team of Danielle Clark, Aaliyah McKinney, Morgan Yeadon and Latipha Cross ran in 3:48.35 for fifth place in the race. Kate Wolanin finished fifth in the pentathlon with a score of 3333, and Rebecca Quaintance recorded a 1:38.55 in the 600-meter run, good enough for an eighth place finish.
The Green and White will be back on the track, Feb. 16, for the Silverston Invitational at the University of Michigan.
GENEVA, Ohio—The Kent State track and field teams saw several athletes perform well at the SPIRE Division I Invitational, but the highlight of the was the record-setting run in the 60-meter hurdles by junior Ann Marie Duffus (North Clarendon, Jamaica)
Duffus clocked an 8.38 in the finals of the women's 60-meter hurdles to finish in sixth place. The record was previously held by Aja Farris, who ran an 8.43 in 2002. That was not the only event of the day for Duffus, who finished second in the long jump with a mark of 19'-06.75".
Freshman Dior Delophont (Nancy, France) was the only Golden Flash to win an event on the weekend and her mark of 42'-09.00" in the women's triple jump ranks second in school history. Delophont finished as runner-up in the women's high jump by clearing 5'-10.75".
Two other Kent State athletes turned in performances that rank second all-time in Kent State history. Senior Melinda Sawnor (Rochester, N.Y.) finished third in the women's 800-meter run by clocking a 2:06.50 and senior Michael Heller (Stow, Ohio) finished sixth in the men's 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:08.81.
Top performances on the men's side came from sophomore Jacob Swords (Akron, Ohio) and freshman Jesse Oxley (Sugar Grove, Ohio). Swords finished fourth with a time of 1:50.61 in the men's 800-meter run, which ranks fourth in school history. Oxley cleared 16'-06.75 in the men's pole vault to finish seventh and rank fifth in school history
On the women's side, several athletes had performances that ranked in the top 10 in program history. Freshman Hannah Fleck (Celina, Ohio) ran a 4:55.26 in the women's one-mile run to rank sixth all-time. Freshman Rebecca Herte (Spencer, Ohio) ranks seventh in school history with a mark of 12'-00.50" in the women's pole vault. Sophomore Jackie Leppelmeier (McComb, Ohio) was runner-up in the shot put with a toss of 50'-11.00". Leppelmeier is now tied for seventh in program history.
Kent State will be back at home next weekend when it hosts the Kent State Tuneup on Saturday, Feb. 16.
. - Senior Layne Baggett set a school record and freshman Megan Beaver was victorious on the track to highlight the Miami University women's track and field team's showing Friday at the GVSU Big Meet, hosted by Grand Valley State at the Kelly Family Sports Center. The RedHawks' throwers, however, competed separately at the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Friday, hosted by Indiana University at Gladstein Fieldhouse.
The GVSU Big Meet featured over 50 teams, including multiple nationally ranked teams in both Division I and Division II, as well as seven other Mid-American Conference schools.
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Northern Illinois track & field team wrapped up their stay in Michigan Saturday with several top performances at Grand Valley State's Big Meet.
In addition to eight personal record performances, the Huskies posted eight top 10 performances in the open half of the meet. Overall, NIU recorded 11 top 10 finishes in the two-day competition.
"Day two continued with the ladies exhibiting solid efforts," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "The staff looks for athletes to improve on their performances from the weeks prior and several ladies competing today accomplished personal and season-best times. We have one meet until conference and we have several ladies that are on the borderline of qualifying. With the strong performances this weekend, we are hopeful to have additional ladies qualify next weekend at Ball State."
Senior sprinters Janay Mitchell and Megan Gregory once again found themselves near the top in their respective events. After taking seventh in the 60 meters Friday, Mitchell earned a sixth place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 25.40. Meanwhile, Gregory capped off her weekend by placing seventh in the 60 meters, clocking in at 7.96. Rounding out the top sprint performances was Natalie Tarter, who took eighth in the 60 hurdles with a 9.24 clip.
Jamie Burr recorded the highest finish of the day with a third place finish in the 800 meters. The sophomore from Onalaska, Wis., set a new personal record with a time of 2:14.80. Meanwhile, fellow Wisconsinite Ali Olson took 12th at 2:18.93, while Kristal Pitts placed 14th at 2:19.90. Hannah Savage nearly broke her PR with a 5:15.69 run in the mile, placing 10th.
In the relays, Jenelle McCalla, Erica Miller, Burr and Julie Cronin teamed up in the 4x400 relay for a sixth place finish. The quartet clocked in at 3:56.78, easily beating NIU's previous best of the season.
For field events, Ellen Renk tallied an eighth place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 36-01.50 (11.01m). Fellow jumper Alex Schad earned a 10th place showing in the long jump at 16-10.00 (5.13m). In the throws, Olivia Herzog posted a PR in the shot put, reaching 41-07.75 (12.69m).
The Huskies close out their indoor regular season Friday, Feb. 15, when they head to Muncie, Ind., for the Ball State Quadrangular.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Ohio University women's track & field team completed the final day of competition at Hoosier Hills in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday afternoon, as three runners earned berths into the MAC Indoor Championships later this month.
The Bobcats earned strong finishes in the 3,000m run and placed three runners in the top-14 of the event. Junior Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) finished fourth in 9:44.36, freshman Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) placed fifth in 9:46.78, while sophomore Morgan Reichert (Pataskala, Ohio) earned a ninth-place finish in 9:55.63.
All three runners qualified for the MAC Indoor Championships in the event with their times on Saturday.
Two Bobcats also competed in the 60m hurdles Saturday. Sophomore Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) finished 11th in 9.03 while freshman Kristin Winkel placed 12th in 9.06. Cuckler's time was a top-25 performance in the event among MAC student-athletes this season.
For a summary of day one results at Hoosier Hills, click here.
The Bobcats return to action Friday (Feb. 15) at the OSU Open in Columbus, Ohio.
ALLENDALE, MI - Toledo sophomore runner Mackenzie Chojnacky broke the 5,000-meter meet record at the Grand Valley State Big Meet on Friday. Chojnacky finished second among 113 runners and was one of the three to break the record of 16:28.71, finishing with a final mark of 16.25.38. Freshman Brooke Tullis nearly broke the record as well, posting a final time of 16:32.56 for fourth place.
Chojnacky's time is the fourth-best in UT history and ranks her above former All-Americans Brianna Shook and Emma Kertesz. Tullis' time puts her in fifth place behind Shook and one spot ahead of Kertesz. Both runners now sit at the top of the Mid-American Conference performance list.
Juniors Kaylin Belair and Devyn Ramsay each hit their automatic qualifying marks while finishing 10th and 17th place in the 5,000-meter, respectively. The Rockets now hold four of the top-five MAC times, as freshman Liz Weiler hit her qualifying mark of 17:05.12 at the Indiana Gladstein Invite on Jan. 18.
Sarah Woodrum finished 10th in the 400-meter dash with final time of 57.23. Freshman Ciara Dickerson ended up 28th at 59.25.
Known as one of the strongest events for UT, freshman Megan Gaysunas was the only runner in the mile and finished 20th overall with a time of 5:02.20.
Junior Jillian Sledge finished ninth in the prelims and finals of the 60-meter hurdles, finishing with a mark of 8.78 in the later. Junior sprinters Amber Brown (14th place; 7.80) and Ashley Phillips (T-27th; 7.89) both ran the 60-meter dash at GVSU. Brown qualified for the 60-meter in the first meet of the season at Eastern Michigan on Dec. 7.
Freshman Lexis Williams posted a time of 25.28 in the 200-meter dash to finish 24th overall.
Dickerson, Williams, Woodrum and Sledge also finished 10th overall in the 4x400-meter relay at 3:53.42.
UT will compete in their final indoor meet at Kent State on Saturday, Feb. 16, before the conference championships the following week on Feb. 22-23.
GENEVA, Ohio/ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The Western Michigan track and field team turned in some quality performances at the SPIRE Invitational, with several Broncos turning in their best marks of the season.
Junior Aisha Hodge earned a spot on WMU's all-time performance list after running the third-fastest time in program history in the 800 meter run. Hodge took 17th overall in an elite field with a time of 2:08.84. Senior Rachel Whitley also ran her fastest time of the season with a time of 2:13.07.
"It was a really good performance by both Aisha and Rachel," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "It's the time of the year when you have to get things going and it was good to see them step it up and run really good races."
Senior Iris Campbell turned in her best mark of the season so far in the long jump. Campbell made the finals with a distance of 18 feet, six inches. She also ran her fastest 200 meter dash time of the year along with sophomore Rebecca Hall. Campbell finished with a time of 24.35 while Hall turned in a time of 24.81. Hall also turned in her fastest time of the year in the 60 meter dash with a mark of 7.76 secodns but just missed out on the finals.
Junior Ariel Arnold ran her fastest time of the year in the 400 meter dash with a time of 56.29 to round out the highlights at the SPIRE Invitational.
Over in Allendale, Mich., at the GVSU Big Meet the Broncos shined in several events.
Stephanie Okolo and Cha'nese Mendenhall both placed in the top eight of the 60 meter dash. Okolo took fourth overall with a time of 7.84 seconds and Mendenhall was just behind her in sixth with a time of 7.94. The two also competed in the 200 meters but finished outside of the top 10.
Senior Ariel Arnold took fourth overall in 400 meter dash with a time of 56.40 seconds. Sophomore Alexis Hull also placed int he top eight, taking seventh with a time of 57.24. For Arnold it was the first time in her career she had run under 57 seconds.
"Ariel is fighting for a spot at the MAC Championships right now," said Lycan. "She is doing the right stuff, getting faster and getting after it."
In the middle distance events the Broncos placed in the 800 meter run and just missed the top 10 in the mile run. Jeriesha Tucker took fourth overall in the 800 with a time of 2:16.92. In the mile Tiffany Rauch took 15th overall with a time of 5:19.13.
Becca Peacock and Alex Forsythe both finished in the top eight of the open 3,000 meter run. Peacock was the top collegiate finisher not running as unattached and took second overall with a big personal-best time of 10:15.95.
"We had some pretty good improvements this weekend," added Lycan. "This is the time of year where you want to get the momentum going and it looks like everyone is getting a little bit sharper. Looking forward to head down to Ball State and get some good performances under our belt before the MAC Championship."
Western Michigan heads to the Ball State Quad meet in their final meet before the 2013 Indoor MAC Championships at Eastern Michigan.