MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 3/26/2013

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Aisha Hodge, Western Michigan, Middle Distance 
Junior, Bangor, Mich. (Bangor HS)In her first race of the outdoor season Hodge won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:11.73 to help Western Michigan finish in fourth overall at the Victor Lopez Classic. Hodge also competed in the 1,500 meter run.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week 
Gabriel Genovesi, Akron, Middle Distance
Junior, Mequon, Wis. (Homestead HS)
Two-time MAC 800-meter champion, Gabriel Genovesi kicked open the door to the outdoor season with a winning performance at the LSU Tiger Relays last weekend in Baton Rouge, La. The junior cruised to the finish line in 1:49.82, which represents the top 800m time recorded in the MAC and the third-best mark in the country. Genovesi also ran the third leg on the Zips' 4x400 relay team that placed fourth with a collective time of 3:13.10, which is 32nd best nationally. 

Women's Field Athlete of the Week 
Brittany Funk, Akron, Throws
Junior, Jeromesville, Ohio (Hillsdale HS)
Brittany Funk was one of six Akron event winners on the weekend at the LSU Tiger Relays in Baton Rouge, La. The junior dominated the women's hammer throw competition with a personal-record mark of 202-01, which was six feet better than any other competitor on the day. It stands as the top throw recorded in the MAC this season and the ninth-best mark nationally. Funk's winning toss was nearly 10 feet better than her previous career high of 192-50, which won the event at the MAC Outdoor Championship last May. 
 
Men's Field Athlete of the Week 
Peter Stefanski, Miami, High Jump
Freshman, Aurora, Ill. (Marmion Academy) 
Stefanksi had a great first outdoor collegiate meet as he won the high jump at the Black and Gold Invitational, hosted by Vanderbilt Saturday. He cleared 2.09m/6-10.25, which matched his personal best from indoor season. He was competing in a field of 14. His height ties for tops in the MAC this season, ties for 15th in the East Region and ties for 32nd nationally. It also qualified him for the MAC Championships.
 
Other Nominees: 

Women's 
Kyleigh Young, Central Michigan, Thrower
Freshman, Lake Oswego, Or (Lakeridge High School)
Freshman Kyleigh Young won her first ever college meet this weekend with a throw of 139-10 in the javelin.She improved her mark from earlier in the season by almost five inches. She now sits a top the javelin marks in the MAC.

Kala Allen, Miami, Sprints 
Freshman, East Amherst, N.Y (Williamsville East)
Allen had a strong meet at the Black and Gold Invitational, hosted by Vanderbilt. She placed third in a field of 23 in the 400m dash in a personal-best 55.63, which ranks her ninth in school history. She was just over half a second behind the race winner form Louisville and was edged out by a Michigan runner for second by .05 seconds. Her 400m dash time is the fastest in the MAC this season and qualifies her for the MAC Outdoor Championships. It also ranks 37th in the NCAA East Region. Allen also anchored Miami’s 4x400m relay team that won the race in a field of 12 that included teams from Michigan, DePaul, Southern Illinois and Memphis, among others. The relay team clocked 3:44.72, which is the third-best time in school history and also set a meet record. Miami finished eight seconds ahead of Austin Peay, which was the runner-up in the relay. The 4x4 relay time is the second-best in the MAC so far this year.

Tori Paterra, Miami, Throws
Junior, Elizabeth, Pa. (Elizabeth Forward) 
Paterra opened her outdoor season where she left off last year after earning All-America honors, as she won the javelin Saturday at Vanderbilt’s Black and Gold Invitational with a heave of 46.95m/154-0. Her winning throw was over 23 feet further than anyone else in the 10-woman field. She broke her own meet record with the throw that she had first set last year. Paterra’s javelin throw is by far the top throw in the MAC this year, over 12 feet further than anyone else, as she already qualified for the MAC Championships. Her mark also ranks third in the East Region and ties for eighth nationally. Paterra also competed in the shot put, taking 23rd out of 33 with a throw of 12.06m/39-7.
 
Andrea Hiler, Western Michigan, Throws 
Junior, Watervliet, Mich (Watervliet HS)
Hiler placed in two events at the Victor Lopez Classic. She took third overall in the discus with a throw of 47.96 meters (157-4). She took fourth in the shot put with a distance of 14.04 meters (46-0.75) to earn 11 of WMU's 62 points on the weekend.   
 
Men's
Calvin Jackson, Central Michigan, Thrower
Junior, Carrollton, Mich. (Carrollton HS)
Junior Calvin Jackson, competing in his first outdoor meet of the season, placed second in the hammer throw with a mark of 180-04. Jackson’s mark automatically qualified him for the 2013 MAC Outdoor Championships.
 
Jack Spilman, Miami, Mid-distance
Senior, Chagrin Falls, Ohio (Chagrin Falls) 
Spilman earned runner-up in the 800m run Saturday at Vanderbilt’s Black and Gold Invitational, as he clocked a personal-best 1:51.02. He finished less than a second behind the race’s winner from Loyola (Ill.) while running in a field of 40. His time now ranks him eighth in Miami history while the time ranks third in the MAC this year, fifth in the East Region and 15th nationally. It also qualified him for the MAC Championships. He beat his previous personal best by over a second.