Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
AKRON, Ohio – With one more week before the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships, members from The University of Akron track and field program hit their stride Friday night with a number of athletes establishing personal records at the Zips Invitational.
In all, the Zips captured 20 combined event wins in a meet that also featured competitors from Bowling Green, Malone, Youngstown State and others.
Among the several UA athletes posting big marks on the evening was Joe Wesley, who won the men's pole vault competition with a career-best jump of 17-09.25, which represents a top-10 mark nationally and ranks him second in the MAC. Furthermore, his jump was six-and-a-quarter inches better than his previous high of 17-03.00, which was established earlier this season.
Brittany Cheese shared the spotlight with Wesley, achieving personal records in the 60-meter hurdles (8.60) and the high jump (5-06.50). Her mark in the hurdles was the third-fastest time in school history. Furthermore, Cheese won the long jump with a leap of 18-11.75.
It was also an impressive evening for four Zips sprinters; Bryce Cheek and Malachi Freeman from the men's team, and Shauniece Steele and Rachel Christian from the women's side.
Cheek recorded the fifth-best time in school history in the 200-meters with a mark of 21.91 while Freeman just missed Akron's top five with a time of 6.83. Both Cheek and Freeman joined the Zips track team this semester after competing for the football team at Akron last fall.
Christian continued to improve by recording personal records in the 60-meters (7.67) and the 200-meters (24.66) while Steele nearly made the school's top-five list in the 400-meters with a time of 55.42.
Meanwhile, the Zips throwers notched a couple of PRs of their own as Nick Banke won the weight throw with a toss of 62-03.25 and Brittany Funk did the same on the women's side with a mark of 67-06.25. Banke doubled up on the night with the top throw in the shot put (56-10.25) as well. Alexis Cooks earned a fourth individual win for the Zips' throwers as she recorded the top throw in the shot put with a mark of 47-01.50.
Other event winners on the men's side included Gabriel Genovesi, who posted a PR in the 400-meters with a time of 48.32, and double-winner Tyshaun Peoples, who notched a season-best time of 7.96 in the 60-meter hurdles and a leap of 23-10.25 to win the long jump. Additionally, Jakob Leon cleared 6-08.00 to win the high jump and Kyle Cochrun ran 9:03.76 to win the 3,000-meters.
A trio of distance runners claimed wins for the women's team, including Kayla Whitlow, who ran a PR time of 4:59.61 in the mile, Lea Suess, who shaved nearly 19 seconds off her previous season high in the 3,000-meters with a time of 10:07.92, and Karlie Lieberth, who ran 2:16.26 in the 800-meters. Continuing the trend for the night, Gabriela Szkolnicka won the high jump with a personal record clearance of 5-09.25.
The Zips men's and women's teams will next head to the MAC Indoor Championships, which will be hosted by Eastern Michigan University from Feb. 22-23.
Akron, Ohio – The Bowling Green track and field team took limited student-athletes to the Zips Invite Friday night looking to better their season-best times.
Freshman Tiera Parker ran in the 60 entering with a season-best time of 7.89 seconds. She finished fifth at the meet but was unable to improve upon her time, running a 7.98.
Junior Brea Tinny placed second in the 3000 with a time of 10:12.42 and freshman Andrea Alt ended third in 10:13.80. Both runners were less than two seconds off their season-best times.
Bowling Green will compete next in the MAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Eastern Michigan, Friday and Saturday.
ITHACA, NY – The University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field teams made final preparations for next week's Mid-American Conference Championships with their final regular season meet, the Cornell Denault Invitational at Barton Hall on Saturday. The Bulls won four events and placed second in five events on the day.
Sophomore Craig Howard broke the UB record in winning the men's pole vault on Saturday. Howard cleared 16-0.75 (4.90m) to win the event. Sophomore Jenna Van Dusen won the women's pole vault at 12-5.50 (3.80m). Teammates Kaytlin Mack and Molly Coakley tied for fourth with vaults of 12-1.50 (3.70m).
The UB women also took the top three spots in the women's 400-meters. Freshman Gina Carnovale won the race in 59.48 seconds with sophomore Kyla Kenyon in second in 1:00.69 and freshman Tiffany Vera third in 1:00.75.
Shante' White also led three UB women in taking the weight throw. White won with a toss of 62-10 (19.15m). Erin Miller was second at 59-0.75 and Kristy Woods was third at 58-7.25 (17.86m). Miller also finished second in the women's shot put at 48-5.50 (14.77m) with Rachel Roberts placing third at 44-11 (13.69m). Former UB All-American Becky O'Brien, competing unattached, won the shot put at 52-0 (15.85m).
Tomarris Bell finished second in the men's triple jump at 47-4.50 (14.44m). He also took third in the 300-meters in 37.05 seconds. John Strickland was second in the men's high jump (6-6.25, 1.99m).
For the UB women, Sam Beim was second in the mile in 5:04.49. She also placed sixth in the 1,000-meters in 3:04.89.
The Bulls travel to Ypsilanti, MI for the MAC Championships on Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan track and field squads strengthened their competition armies at the Jack Skoog Invite Friday as they prepare to head into the battle that is the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships next weekend.
"It's like you're going into battle, and knowing you have more weapons to fire, you should have more confidence heading out," Director of Track and Field Willie Randolph said.
One of those new battle pieces is junior Michael Johnson who qualified in the triple jump with a mark of 46-00.75, topping his previous personal record by more than three feet.
"It's great to get it flowing right before conference championships. Going into that big of a meet, it's setting the bar high and setting the tone for what is to come," said Johnson.
Two more athletes who are in contention to compete at the MAC Indoor Championships are freshmen long jumpers Shaya Wilkerson and Markala Goodson. Both jumped personal bests, tying at 18-01.5. Wilkerson was awarded first on a judge's decision.
Wilkerson also won the women's triple jump with a mark of 38-02.00.
Freshman Craig Mauldin, who already qualified in the triple jump, increased his chances to help bring in points for the team next weekend by qualifying 22-06.25 in the long jump. If the standings hold, Mauldin's new personal best will move him into contention for Championship competition.
Throwers junior Calvin Jackson and senior Alex Rose finished second and third, respectively, in the men's weight throw. Jackson threw a 58-02.00, while Rose threw a 57-00.00, a new personal best.
Freshman Devene Brown finished first in both the weight throw and shot put. She threw a 51-00.00 in the weight throw, and a 45-08.5 in the shot put.
Seniors Jason Drudge and Charnele Lyons also won their respective events. Drudge won the men's 3000m race with a time of 8:57.81. Lyons won the women's mile with a time of 5:05.32.
"We are focused on moving forward with a positive energy. The team, the supporters and those competing, they gave everything they had for each other. So the marks came, but the bottom line is that the support and work put in together aided these improvements," Randolph said.
Friday night also marked Senior Night for the Chippewas. They honored Veronica Garcia, Misha Lamphere, Charnele Lyons, Kayla Brindley, Emily Dienhart, Jackie McEnhill and Maddie Ribant on the women's side. Jason Drudge, Nathan Sanchez and Matt Lutzke were recognized for the men.
These seniors will be looking to help lead their teammates heading into the 2013 MAC Indoor Championships.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team recorded seven individual victories Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16, at the Silverston Invitational in the University of Michigan Indoor Track Building.
EMU two-sport athlete Ryan Brumfield led the Eagles with two wins on the afternoon, taking the high jump and long jump with leaps of 6-feet 6-inches and a season-best 22-feet 1-inch, respectively. Brumfield's teammate in both football and track, Donald Scott, secured victory in the triple jump with a jump of 47-feet 10-inches, Scott's fourth victory in the event this indoor track season. Solomon Ijah took runner-up behind his teammates in a pair of jumping events, the triple jump and long jump.
In the 200-meter dash, the Eagles swept the top three spots on the podium as Matthew Williams' time of 21.74 was the top mark in the race. Jason Ervin and Chris Scott finished behind Williams in their respective second-place and third-place positions.
EMU also saw runners in green and white finish in the top three positions in the 400-meter dash. Tyler Ross barely edged out teammate Chris Scott with a 49.45 as Scott ran a 49.48. Fontaine Holland placed third in 50.06.
Sophomore sprinter Cameron Bolton took the 60-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 6.93 as another two-sport star for the Eagles, Bronson Hill, placed third. EMU also saw a win from Mason Waynes in the 600-meter dash (1:22.91), and Khalil Boussi finished in a close second (1:24.34).
Two other second-place finishes capped off a strong invitational for the Green and White. Jeff Elam's 8.34 in the 60-meter hurdles was a runner-up time as well as a leap of 16-feet 10.75-inches from Max Babits in the pole vault.
The biggest meet of the year awaits the Eagles as they host the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, Feb. 22-23, at Bob Parks Track in Bowen Field House.
ANN ARBOR, Mich.– The Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team saw wins in four events at the Silverston Invitational this afternoon, Feb. 16, inside the University of Michigan Indoor Track Building. While some Eagles rested in preparation for the conference championship meet, the athletes who competed performed at a high level.
Freshman Vanessa Clerveaux continued her strong debut season for the Green and White, winning the 60-meter dash in 7.60 along with the 60-meter hurdles in 8.30, a personal-best and the third best mark in EMU history.
EMU swept the top three spots in the 200-meter dash and Danielle Clark crossed the finish line first in 24.88. A pair of freshman, Aaliyah McKinney and Morgan Yeadon finished behind Clark in second and third, respectively.
Latipha Cross was victorious in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.02.
In the field events, Tatijana Jacobson finished runner-up in the high jump of a leap of five-feet 10.75-inches. Teammate Kate Wolanin followed in third, jumping five-feet five-inches. Lydia Gomez-Diaz took fourth in the weight throw, and Adrienne Waisner finished seventh with a career-best toss of 49-feet 10-inches, good for fourth place in the school record books.
The biggest meet of the year awaits the Green and White as they host the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, Feb. 22-23, at Bob Parks Track in Bowen Field House.
KENT, Ohio—The Kent State track and field teams saw a school record broken for the second consecutive weekend at Saturday's Kent State Tune Up.
The meet featured athletes from 35 schools and served as final preparation for the Golden Flashes as they get set for next weekend's Mid-American Conference Championships. Several Flashes had standout performances, resulting in victories in eight events
The highlight of the meet happened halfway through the day in the finals of the women's 60-meter dash. After running the top time during prelims (7.57), junior Katie Reiser (Wayne, Ohio) sprinted her way into the record books by clocking a Kent State record 7.50 in the finals to claim first place. Shavae Wright, who ran a 7.51 in 2011, previously held the record. Junior Roseanne Erickson (Alexandria, Minn.) finished second in 7.59.
The women's 200-meter dash was dominated by the Flashes as they finished in the top three places. Junior Shanequa Williams (Akron, Ohio) won the race in 24.14, sophomore Chanitta Westbrooks (Cleveland, Ohio) clocked a 24.82 for second, and senior Olivia Hallstein (Long Island, N.Y.) took third with a time of 24.95.
That was the second win of the day for Williams, who clocked a 54.43 in the 400-meter dash earlier in the meet. Senior Melinda Sawnor (Rochester, N.Y.) finished in 56.30 for fourth place.
The women's team won a pair of field events. Senior Keri Dantley (Imperial, Pa.) recorded the sixth-best mark in school history to win the triple jump. Her mark of 40'-11.50" was more than two feet longer than the second place finisher. Erickson and junior Ann Marie Duffus (North Clarendon, Jamaica) took the top two spots in the long jump with distances of 19'-07.00" and 19'-06.75", respectively.
On the men's side, a pair of freshmen took top honors in field events. Jesse Oxley (Sugar Grove, Ohio) posted a mark of 16'-04.75" in pole vault and Cody Jones (Canton, Ohio) cleared 6'-09.00" to win the high jump.
Senior Brandon Bailey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led Kent State in a strong performance in the men's 60-meter dash. Bailey clocked a 6.88 in the finals, narrowly edging freshman Wayne Gordon (Amherst, N.Y.), who finished in 6.89. Bailey's time ranks ninth in Kent State history while Gordon's is tied for tenth. Junior Laron Brown (Dayton, Ohio) ran a 6.92 for fourth place. It was a busy day of competition for Bailey, who finished third in both the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash.
Kent State will look to build off its performances at today's meet and have a strong showing at next weekend's MAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The women have won two of the last three conference crowns while the men have taken second place to years in a row.
MUNCIE, Ind. - Behind eight top-three finishes, the Miami University women's track and field team finished third Friday night at the Ball State Quadrangular, held at BSU's Field Sports Building, which served as a final tune-up for next weekend's Mid-American Conference Championships.
The RedHawks, who rested several of their top performers in preparation for the MAC meet, totaled 90 points Friday. All four teams competing were MAC schools as Western Michigan took first with 181.5 points while Northern Illinois was second (106) and the host Cardinals fourth (87.5).
In field action, sophomore Taylor Brown (Hilliard, Ohio) won the pole vault with a clearance of 3.58m/11-9 to grab nine points for the 'Hawks. It was also her first collegiate win. Freshman Jess Baker (Aurora, Ohio) placed third in the high jump, topping the bar at a personal-best 1.60m/5-3 to nab six points while sophomore Jasmine Watts (Carmel, Ind.) was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 5.37m/17-7.5 for another six points.
Redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) took runner-up in the weight throw with her personal-best heave of 17.20m/56-5.25, collecting seven points, while she already ranked third in school history in the event. Classmate Alexandra Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio) also earned runner-up, doing so in the shot put with a toss of 14.78m/48-6, which is the seventh-best throw in school history, all of which Roberts owns.
On the track, Miami nabbed two of the top three spots in the mile run to earn a combined 13 points as senior Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) placed second and third, respectively, in 5:04.63 and 5:05.04.
In the 800m run, sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) was the runner-up in 2:14.64 to nab seven points while freshman Megan Beaver (Brecksville, Ohio) took fifth in 2:18.34 for another four points.
Freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) captured third in the 200m dash in 25.61 to gain six points while sophomore Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) claimed fourth in the 400m dash in 57.85 to pick up six more points.
Sophomore Gretchen Walter (Piqua, Ohio) earned a spot in the finals of the 60m dash with her clocking of 7.87 while placing fourth in the prelims, as she also finished fourth in the finals in 7.88. In the 60m hurdles, junior Xerina Hughey (Galloway, Ohio) qualified for the finals, clocking 9.17 to take seventh in prelims, while she crossed in eighth in the finals in 9.50.
Miami is back in action next weekend when the RedHawks head to Ypsilanti, Mich. for the 2013 MAC Indoor Championships, hosted by Eastern Michigan University Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23.
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Northern Illinois track & field team placed second Friday at the Ball State Quadrangular.
NIU’s 106 points trailed only Western Michigan in the final team standings. Miami (Ohio) finished third with 90 points, while the host Ball State Cardinals scored 87.5 points.
“Today, the ladies competed hard,” said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. “This is a tough meet because of the schedule. The ladies had little rest between events, which makes their performances impressive. We had explosive showings from Meghan Heuer, Megan Gregory and Janay Mitchell. Meghan showed confidence in the mile and Megan ran with consistency in the 60 hurdles and 60 meters, while Janay exhibited the ability to execute in the 60 meters and 200 meters.”
“The staff was pleased overall and feel the ladies ran with passion. We’re looking forward to seeing the MAC qualifiers compete next week.”
Sprinter Janay Mitchell looked to be back in 2012 form with a pair of top two finishes. The senior from Teaneck, N.J., dominated the 60 meters, leading wire to wire for the event title. Mitchell won the prelims with a time of 7.59, then held on to the win with a 7.57 mark in the final to outdistance Western Michigan’s Iris Campbell by 0.12 seconds. She would claim second in the 200 meters, clocking in at a season-best 25.42.
Fellow sprinter Megan Gregory also took home a win with a first place showing in the 60 hurdles. After finishing second in the prelims behind WMU’s Campbell, the senior squeaked past her MAC rival in the finals with a time of 8.77 – beating Campbell by one-hundredth of a second.
Meghan Heuer earned her first event title in NIU’s cardinal and black with a convincing win in the mile. The sophomore ran a 5:02.75 clip, beating Miami (Ohio)’s Monica Fischer to the line by over two seconds.
Beyond Mitchell, Gregory and Heuer, there were several other Huskies with successful nights in central Indiana. Jamie Burr obliterated her personal-best in the mile with a time of 5:06.49 to place fifth. Meanwhile, fellow distance runner Leah Raffety earned a fourth place showing in the 3000 meters behind a 10:34.42 clip.
In sprints, Jenelle McCalla broke her personal record in the 60 hurdles, clocking in at 8.99 in the prelims en route to a fifth place finish. Alexandra Rowe recorded a sixth place showing in the 200 meters at 26.87, while Julianne Cronin took eighth in the 400 meters at 58.98.
The quartet of McCalla, Kristal Pitts, Cronin and Erica Miller posted a third place finish in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:01.57.
Off the track, Sidra Sherrill took fourth in the shot put with a toss of 46-06.75 (14.19m), likely solidifying her spot in next weekend’s conference meet. Ida Burbulla and Michaela Dwyer placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the high jump with a pair of 5-01.00 (1.55m) marks. Ellen Renk was fifth in the triple jump with a 36-07.00 (11.15m), while Renk and fellow Huskie jumper Alex Schad tied for sixth in the long jump.
The Huskies move into the indoor postseason next weekend, as they head to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 22-23. The action starts Friday at 9 a.m. CT on Bob Parks Track on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Juli Accurso captured the one mile run title to highlight competition for the Ohio University women’s track & field team Friday at the Buckeye Tune-Up. Accurso crossed the finish line in 4:53.33 and automatically qualified for the event in next week’s MAC Indoor Championships with her time.
It was the second-fastest time in the mile for an Ohio student-athlete this season and the third-best time among all MAC competitors. In sprints competition, senior Danielle Winningham (Barboursville, W. Va.) finished sixth in the 400m dash (58.65).
"This meet was a step forward for much of our team," Head Coach Clay Calkins said. "We had multiple season-best performances and performances that moved athletes higher on the MAC qualifying list. The meet was good preparation for the MAC Indoor Championships next weekend."
The Bobcats received a pair of strong finishes in the 800m run, as senior Erin Gale (Wadsworth, Ohio) and freshman Tessa Weigand (Akron, Ohio) placed fourth and fifth with times of 2:19.24 and 2:19.25, respectively.
In the 3,000m run, freshman Krista Roehlig (Uniontown, Ohio) placed sixth in a personal-best time of 10:28.22, while fellow freshman Allison Roeth placed 11th in 10:58.20.
The quartet of Winningham, senior Kiley Mathews (Cortland, Ohio), sophomore Delaney Bolger (Lebanon, Ohio) and sophomore Karissa Conrad (Lancaster, Ohio) finished fourth out of 11 teams in the 4x400 medley relay. The squad crossed the finish line in a time of 3:59.84.
In field events, sophomore Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) placed third in the high jump with a leap of 1.63m, while freshman Hayley Stegemiller (Lebanon, Ohio) finished fifth with a 1.48m performance in the final.
Senior Alexis Geiger (Gallipolis, Ohio)posted a season-best 5.52m jump in the women’s long jump, which currently ranks as the 12th best jump in the MAC this season. Fellow Bobcat Erika Armstead (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished ninth in the long jump at 5.20m.
Sophomore Janiece Rose put up a pair of strong performances in her field events. The Franklinville, N.J., native placed fifth in the shot put with a season-best throw of 13.79m, and finished ninth in the weight throw with a 15.37m performance.
Kent State Tune-Up
In addition to Friday's performances, the Bobcats also sent one student-athlete to the Kent State Tune-Up in Kent, Ohio, on Saturday. Senior Ashley Waddington (Sandusky, Ohio) finished 19th in the 5,000m run (18:54.44).
The Bobcats return to action next weekend at the MAC Indoor Championships Feb. 22-23 in Ypsilanti, Mich.
ANN ARBOR, MI - The Toledo women's track and field team competed at the Silverston Invitational hosted by Michigan on Saturday. The Midnight Blue & Gold put forth a solid effort in the final competition before the Mid-American Conference championships next weekend.
Junior Ashley Phillips ran to an eighth-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a final time of 7.79. Freshman Lexis Williams followed Phillips with a time of 25.54 in the 200 meter for fourth place, while freshman Ciara Dickerson finished third in the 400 meter with a final time of 58.22.
In the 60-meter hurdles, junior Jillian Sledge finished tied for fourth place with a finals time of 8.90. Freshman Elena Cerdan finished right behding Sledge with a final mark of 9.12 in sixth place.
Seniors Kiah Douglas and Katie Bollin led the field events with a first-place finish and second-place finish in the long jump, respectively. Douglas leaped 18-07.25 feet, while Bollin recorded a final distance of 18-05.25 feet.
Senior Yuhoung Fu finished second overall in the triple jump and junior Sarah Garvin finished ninth in both throwing events.
Toledo will now focus its attention on preparing for next week's conference championship meet on Feb. 22-23. The Rockets finished in second place last season and will look to avenge that with 13 automatic qualifiers in this year's meet.
MUNCIE, Ind. -- In its final meet before the Mid-American Conference Championship the Western Michigan track and field won its ninth straight Ball State Quadrangular, racking up 181.50 points at the Ball State Field Sports building on Friday night.
The Broncos finished ahead of second-place Northern Illinois by 75.50 points with the Huskies racking up 106. Miami finished in third with 90 and the host Cardinals finished in last with 87.50.
"I think the meet definitely served its purpose," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "Besides winning the meet you want to get a nice tune up and get some momentum going into the MAC Championships and we did that today."
Two personal-best performances in the weight throw and the shot put helped the Broncos build their lead early in the meet. Chelsie Gerbers threw a distance of 58 feet, 10 inches to take first place. Stephanie Negrete finished just over two feet behind her to take third place with a distance of 56 feet, 4.75 inches. Fellow junior Andrea Hiler tossed the second best distance in program history in the shot put at 48 feet, 8.75 inches. Her first-place throw edged out Miami's Alexandra Roberts by 2.75 inches. Gerbers also took second place with a distance of 46 feet, 9.50 inches.
"It was a really good day for those two," said Lycan on the performances by Gerbers and Hiler. "We are going to be counting on them to score us some points next week and they did a great job getting after it today."
Whitney Freeman picked up her first collegiate win by taking first place in the triple jump with a distance of 38 feet, two inches with teammate Chiara Allen finished just shy of 38 feet to take second place. Sophomore Kathryn Pickett had a career-best performance in the high jump with a height of five feet, five inches.
The Broncos also won the long jump with Iris Campbell picking up one of her two wins on the day in the event. Campbell also took first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.09 seconds, while Cha'nese Mendenhall finished in fourth with a time of 26.12. Campbell also took second in the 60 meter dash with the fifth fastest time in program history at 7.69 seconds. Sophomore sprinter Rebecca Hall finished just behind her with a time of 7.80.
WMU picked up wins the 400 meter dash and the 3,000 meter run with sophomore Becca Peacock being the top distance performer for the Broncos on the night. WMU finished first, second and third in both events with Peacock winning the 3,000 with a time of 10:33.76. She was followed by Alex Forsythe in second and Tiffany Rauch in third.
Andrea Arnold took first place in the 400 and was followed by Lindsey Hufnagel and Alexis Hull. Hufnagel also had a personal-best performance in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.92.
Western Michigan heads to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the 2013 Indoor MAC Championships at Eastern Michigan next Friday.