Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
BATON ROUGE, La. – University of Akron sophomore Alexis Cooks captured her second event win of the weekend and senior Brittany Cheese made a run at the school record in the 100-meter hurdles to highlight the second and final day of the LSU Tiger Relays at Bernie Moore Stadium Saturday.
After dominating the women's shot put Friday night with a top mark of 48-09.50, Cooks enjoyed a similar result in the discus competition Saturday with a winning toss of 169-09, which stands as the top mark in the nation to date. It has been an exceptional first weekend for the sophomore and reigning Mid-American Conference discus champion whose throw was nine feet better than the rest of the field.
In all, Cooks was one of three Akron winners on the day and one of six for the weekend. Also besting the field Saturday were Gabriel Genovesi, who took first place in the men's 800-meters with a time of 1:49.82, which was just shy of the Zips' all-time top five list, and Gabriela Szkolnicka, who won the women's high jump with a personal-record clearance of 5-10.00. Szkolnicka's winning mark easily surpassed her previous career high of 5-05.75, established last May.
Cheese, who brought home gold in the women's pentathlon at the MAC Indoor Champioships last month, began her outdoor campaign on a high note, finishing the 100 hurdles in 13.96 – which is the fifth-fastest time in school history – as the fourth-fastest collegiate competitor on the day. Three-time All-American, Jasmin Stowers from the hometown Tigers won the event with a time of 13.39.
Backed by Genovesi's winning time in the 800m, the Zips men commanded the event overall as Jake Hiltner finished runner-up with a time of 1:50.55 and Marcus Mazzaferri took fifth place after crossing the line in 1:53.75.
It was also an impressive debut for freshman Natalie Zidd in the women's 800m. Competing in her first collegiate meet, Zidd took third place with a strong time of 2:11.79, while teammate Kayla Whitlow finished closely in sixth place with a mark of 2:12.63.
Other standout performers on the track included Nick Owens, who finished sixth in the 400-meters (48.61), Kyle Walker, who placed fourth in the 110 hurdles (14.70), and the Zips' 4x400 relay team of J'Lani Pryce, Hiltner, Genovesi and Owens, which came in fourth with a time of 3:13.10.
In the field, Martel Durant, the 2013 MAC Indoor High Jump Champion, tied for second place in the outdoor event (6-09.75), Nick Banke, who was a two-time runner-up Friday night, placed fourth in the men's discus (171-02), and Jessica Delic made her 2013 debut by taking seventh in the women's javelin (141-08).
It will be a short turnaround for some of the Zips' performers this weekend as Akron will send a contingent of athletes to the annual Texas Relays, which begin next Wednesday in Austin. The rest of the group will have some time to prepare for the home portion of UA's outdoor season, which begins on April 5-6 with the Northeast Ohio Quad at Lee R. Jackson Track & Field Complex.
MARION, Ind. - - The Ball State women’s track and field team opened its 2013 outdoor campaign by scoring nine first-place finishes at the Polar Bear Invitational hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University Saturday.
In addition to the nine individual event victories, the meet was scored between Ball State (331) and limited competitors from IUPUI (65) and several unattached entrants (40).
Other teams competing in the meet, but not scored were host IWU, Adrian, Albion, Grace, Goshen, Hillsdale, Huntington and St. Francis (Ind.).
Sophomore Hannah Ciasto-Poor successfully defended her individual title from last year’s Polar Bear Invitational in the pole vault, clearing a height of 10-5.50/3.19m.
In her first meet since the 2012 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships, senior sprinter Janae Taylor took the top spot in the 100m dash with a time of 12.58. She also finished second in the 200m dash, an event she won at last year’s meet, with a time of 25.94.
Freshman Danielle Dahl would take home top honors in the 800m run with a time of 2:22.26, while also placing 12th in the 1500m run at 5:10.65.
Sophomore Courtney Edon win the 5000m run, crossing the finish line in 17:57.21, while senior Allison Blanck win the 10,000m run in 38:55.30.
In the hurdles, freshman Becca Kropf won the 400m event in 1:08.63, while placing second in the 100m event at 16:09.
Going back to the field events, sophomore Haley Austin took top billing in the high jump by clearing 5-3.75/1.62m.
Sophomore Christina Crawford added a win in the long jump at 17-1.25/5.21m, while freshman Michaela Hull rounds out BSU’s event winners by placing first in the discus at 139-6 (42.51m).
The Ball State outdoor track & field team is scheduled to return to action Friday, when it travels to West Lafayette, Ind., for the Poehlein Invitational hosted by Purdue.
Norman, Okla. - The Central Michigan track and field’s throwing squad shined this weekend as the Chippewas placed at least third in every event they competed in at the John Jacobs Invitational at the University of Oklahoma this weekend.
Junior Calvin Jackson, the only male thrower to compete, placed second in the hammer throw with a mark of 180-04. Jackson’s mark automatically qualified him for the 2013 MAC Outdoor Championships.
Freshman Kyleigh Young won her first ever college meet this weekend with a throw of 139-10 in the javelin.
Freshman Devene Brown took third in both the shot put, 47-02.25, and the discus, 160-06. Her mark in the discus qualified her for the Championships as well.
Sophomore Kyla Walworth and senior Kayla Brindley both competed in the shot put and the discus. Walworth placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 39-09.25, and fifth in the discus with a personal-best 150-03. Brindley took fifth in the shot put, 38-07.75, and ninth in the discus, 132-07.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind two individual event wins and a relay victory, the Miami University women’s track and field team capped the Black and Gold Invitational in strong fashion Saturday at Vanderbilt University's track and field complex. Several RedHawks posted personal bests while three also cracked Miami’s all-time top-10 lists.
Miami dominated the 3000m run, placing three in the top nine, including sophomore Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio), who won the race while smashing her personal best in 9:48.48, which ranks her sixth in school history. She won the race by over five seconds while classmates Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) were sixth and ninth, respectively. Frazier clocked 10:02.45, an outdoor personal best, while Hoover crossed in 10:04.75, also an outdoor PR.
The RedHawks also won the 4x400m relay as seniors Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio) and Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.), sophomore Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) and freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) combined to clock 3:44.72, which is the third-best time in school history and is also a meet record. Miami finished eight seconds ahead of Austin Peay, which was the runner-up in a field of 12.
In field action, junior Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) blew away the field in the javelin with a heave of 46.95m/154-0, as she threw over 23 feet further than any other competitor while breaking her own meet record that she set last year. Redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 1.65m/5-5, while junior Erica Mudd (Cincinnati, Ohio) tied for seventh with the same height but in more attempts. Sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) was 10th in the discus with a toss of 44.09m/144-8.
In the 100m hurdles, senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took second in 13.69 while Zaper placed seventh in 14.58. In the 400m hurdles, freshman Kathie Wollney (Cary, Ill.) was seventh in 1:03.30 in her first such race.
Graves earned another runner-up in the 100m dash in 11.87 while Allen captured third in the 400m dash in a personal-best 55.63, which ranks her ninth in school history. Scannell was not far behind in sixth in the 400m in a season-best 56.58. Myers was 14th in a field of 30 in the 200m dash in a personal-best 25.43.
In the 1500m run, freshman Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) finished third in 4:33.33, her first time running the event as a RedHawk. In the 800m run, sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) placed seventh in a personal-best 2:12.85 while running against a field of 49. Two RedHawks were in the top 10 in the 2000m steeplechase as junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) was eighth in 7:06.86 while sophomore Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) was right behind in ninth in 7:13.83.
Miami competed against several regional teams at the meet, including Michigan, DePaul, Louisville, Bradley, Southern Illinois, Loyola (Ill.) and Western Kentucky, as well as several schools in Tennessee, including Memphis, Belmont, Austin Peay, Middle Tennessee State and Lipscomb, along with the host Commodores.
For a recap of Friday’s action at the Black and Gold Invitational, which included the 3000m invitational run and multiple throws events, click here.
Miami stays closer to home next weekend, as the RedHawks take part in the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati, Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, just an hour down the road from Oxford.
HOUSTON -- The Western Michigan track and field team opened up the 2013 outdoor season taking fourth place at the Victor Lopez Classic hosted by the Rice University on Saturday.
WMU finished with 62 points on the weekend behind third-place Harvard, Rice and champions Notre Dame. Junior Aisha Hodge was the lone Bronco to win an event, taking first place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.73. Senior Rachel Whitley also placed seventh with a time of 2:14.61.
Despite the lack of outdoor practice due to snowy weather in Kalamazoo, head coach Kelly Lycan liked the overall effort of his team.
"We had some pretty good performances," said Lycan. "It was a pretty decent start to the season for us."
Lycan had expressed some concerned for the 4x100-meter relay and the 400 meter hurdles, due to the inability to replicate them in practice indoors. But the Broncos performed well in both events.
Rebecca Hall, Andrea Arnold, Iris Campbell and Daijah Ruffin combined for a time of 46.57 in the 4x100 to take eighth overall.
"They ran really well for the first meet of the season," Lycan added. "The first two exchanges of the race went really well."
Sophomore Lindsey Hufnagel ran the 400-meter hurdles for the first time in her career, taking seventh overall with a time of 1:01.10. Campbell placed third in the event with a time of 1:00.16 to earn eight total points in the event for the Broncos.
Junior Andrea Hiler took third in the discus put and fourth in the shot put. The Watervliet tossed 47.96 meters (157-4) to earn six points. In the shot put she threw 14.04 meters (46-0.75) to edge out teammate and fellow junior Chelsea Gerbers. Gerbers took fifth with a distance of 13.89 meters (45-7).
WMU also took third and fourth in the triple jump with Chiara Allen placing third just ahead of Whitney Freeman. Allen jump 11.78 meters (38-7.75), while Freeman finished just behind her at 11.72 meters (38-5.5).
Western Michigan's 4x400-meter relay squad of Arnold, Hall, Hufnagel and Campbell took fifth overall with a time of 3:41.41, just .51 seconds shy of second place. Fatigue factored in as all four had competed in other events on the day.
"I was pretty pleased with our time but wasn't happy where we finished," concluded Lycan. "It was a very tight race but I think we were a tired group because of all the events they ran in but think our time is pretty good to start the season."
The Broncos head to Purdue on Friday and Saturday for the Mike Poehlein Invitational.