MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 4/16/2013

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Layne Baggett, Miami, Sprints
Senior, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Moon Senior HS) 
Baggett had a stellar showing at the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee over the weekend. On Friday, she won the 100m hurdles while tying a school record time of 13.31. Her time tied a Miami record set by Miami Hall of Famer Becca Williams back in 1996 while it is the fastest time in the MAC this year by 0.36 seconds. Her time also ties for ninth in the East Region and 17th nationally as she improved on her previous PR by 0.12 seconds. Baggett won the race by 0.15 seconds, blowing away a field of 40 that included runners from Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois, as well as Tennessee, Purdue, East Carolina, Indiana State and more. Saturday, Baggett ran on Miami’s winning 4x400m relay team that set another school record with a time of 3:39.82, topping the previous mark of 3:40.90, set last year. Miami’s relay team finished ahead of UConn, Purdue, Tennessee, and WMU, which were all in the top five. EMU was also in the race that included 21 teams, as Baggett ran the third leg and moved Miami from fifth to first during her leg. The time is the top 4x4 time in the MAC this year, ranks 21st in the East Region and 43rd nationally. She also ran on Miami’s 4x100m relay team that placed sixth in the showcase race in 46.46.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Renaldo Powell, Central Michigan, Hurdles 
Senior, Wayne, Mich. (Wayne Memorial HS)
With a new personal best time of 14.15, senior Renaldo Powell finished fifth in the 110m hurdles at the Sea Ray Relays. Powell’s 14.15 gives him the 28th best time in the east regional, 47th best time in the nation, according to TFRRS.com. Powell followed that performance up with a second place finish at the Hilltopper Relays in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.39.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Alysha Newman, Eastern Michigan, Pole Vault/Hurdles
Freshman, Delaware, Ontario, Canada (Mother Teresa)
Eastern Michigan University freshman Alysha Newman tied a Canadian Junior National outdoor record in the pole vault at the Sea Ray Relays, April 11-13. The MAC Indoor champion jumped 13-feet 9.25-inches (4.20 meters) to secure a victory in the meet held at the University of Tennessee. Newman already holds the Canadian Junior National indoor record as well as the EMU indoor record in the pole vault, and her mark at the Sea Ray Relays was just two inches short of the EMU outdoor record set back in 2011.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week 
Nick Banke, Akron, Throws
Senior, Mishawaka, Ind. (Mishawaka HS)
Nick Banke was a double winner at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships last weekend, taking first place in both the men's shot put and discus competitions. The senior from Mishawaka, Ind., claimed gold with personal-record marks in both events as he went 58-04.25 to win the shot put and 183-11 to win the discus. With those marks, he enters the week ranked No. 1 in the MAC for discus and No. 2 for shot put. 

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Women (Field) 
Shante’ White, Buffalo, Throws
Senior, Syracuse, NY (Henninger)
At the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, Shante’ White won the women’s hammer throw at 190-2 (57.96m) as the Bulls posted three of the top four finishers. White also placed second as the top collegiate entrant in the women’s discus with a season-best throw of 155-2 (47.29m) finishing behind former UB All-American Becky O’Brien in the event as O’Brien threw 162-0 (49.37m). Earlier in the week, White was named to the Academic All-MAC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Team.  

Joh’vonnie Mosley, Kent State, Throws
Junior, Youngstown, Ohio (McDonald) 
Junior Joh’vonnie Mosley won the shot put with a toss of 52 feet, 9.25 inches and placed third in the discus at 157-05 to help the Kent State women’s outdoor track and field team place second at the All-Ohio Track and Field Championships at Ohio University.  The Golden Flashes totaled 148 points to finish runner-up to Ohio State’s 212 in the 13-team field.  Mosley’s shot put mark is fifth best in Kent State history and first in the MAC this season.  It also ranks 13th in the East Region and 30th in the nation.
 
Tori Paterra, Miami, Throws
Junior, Elizabeth, Pa. (Elizabeth Forward HS) 
For the third time in three outdoor meets this season, Paterra won the javelin at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio University, with a school-record heave of 50.51m/165-8. It was her first time topping 50 meters as she bested her own school record of 49.91m/163-9 that she set as a freshman in 2011. Her mark is tops in the MAC this season by nearly 13 feet, ranks fourth in the East Region and ninth nationally. Paterra won in a field of 17, which included throwers from Kent State, Akron and Ohio, winning the event by 12 feet, 9 inches. She actually had the three best throws of the day, as three of her six attempts surpassed 49 meters. She earned 10 points with the event win to help Miami in the team standings.
 
Ida Burbulla, Northern Illinois, Jumps
Freshman,  Leutkirch, Germany (Hans-Multscher-Gymnasium)
Burbulla put herself into the MAC's Top 20 in the high jump with a mark of 5-03.00 (1.60m). The jump was good enough for a tie for seventh at the Sea Ray Relays and gave the freshman her second consecutive top 10 finish in the event.
 
Alexis Geiger, Ohio University, Long Jump 
Senior, Gallipolis, Ohio (Gallia Academy) 
Geiger earned eight points for the Bobcats at the All-Ohio Championships with a second-place finish in the long jump. The Gallipolis, Ohio, product nearly hit her career mark in the event with a stellar jump of 5.80m. Her leap was the fourth-highest in the MAC this season and her best jump in more than two years. 
 
Men (Field)
Chris Reape, Buffalo, High Jump
Sophomore, Rochester, NY (Brighton) 
At the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, men’s high jumper Chris Reape extended his school record in winning his event. Reape won the high jump at 6-11 (2.11m), to add three-quarters of an inch to the record he set at the Wake Forest Open earlier this season. 
 
Max Babits, Eastern Michigan, Pole Vault
Junior, Fowlerville, Mich. (Fowlerville)
Competing against the top pole vaulters at the Sea Ray Relays, Max Babits set a new personal-best, leading to a fifth-place finish as the Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team ended competition at the three-day meet down on the campus of the University of Tennessee, April 13. Babits jumped 17-feet 0.75-inches (5.20 meters), keeping him at the fourth-best mark in EMU laurels and a few inches short of the outdoor record of 17-feet 5-inches (5.31 meters) by Mark Smith  back in 1991.
 
Dexter Shreve, Kent State, Combined
Senior, Redkey, Ind. (Jay County) 
Senior Dexter Shreve won the decathlon with 6,750 points.  As part of the decathlon, Shreve won the 100-meter run in 10.95 seconds and the 400 in 50.19.  The effort helped the Kent State men’s outdoor track and field team win the All-Ohio Track and Field Championships at Ohio University.  The Golden Flashes scored 216 points to best runner-up Akron’s 190 in the 12-team field.  Shreve’s decathlon total is seventh best in Kent State history.
 
John Cantwell, Miami, Jumps
Senior, Holland, Pa. (Council Rock South HS)
Cantwell posted a pair of personal bests at the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by Tennessee, over the weekend as he took third in the long jump (second among collegiate finishers) with a leap of 7.34m/24-1, which ties him for eighth in school history. His jump is tops in the MAC this year by over eight inches and qualifies him for the MAC Championships. The mark also ties for 26th in the East Region while he smashed his previous best by 5.5 inches. In the triple jump, Cantwell placed eighth (out of 20) with a personal-best leap of 14.55m/47-9, which is the second-best mark in the MAC this year and also qualified him for the MAC Championships. He now ranks 70th in the East Region in the triple jump while improving his previous best in that event by 3.75 inches .
 
Women (Track) 
Skyler Willis, Akron, Multis
Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio (Withrow University HS)
For the second straight week, Skyler Willis broke the school record in the 400-meter hurdles with a winning time of 1:00.84 last Saturday at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships. After taking down a Zips record that had stood for nine years at the Northeast Ohio Quad on Apr. 6, Willis shaved one-hundredth of a second off that time against the best competition in the state to rewrite the record book once again. In all, it was one of four events on the day for the multi-talented athlete. Willis also placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (14.53), ran the third leg of the Zips' 4x400-meter relay team that finished third (3:50.12) and competed in the high jump (5-02.25). 
 
Camaria Long, Buffalo, Sprints
Freshman, Rochester, NY (Aquinas Institute)
At the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, Camaria Long won the 100-meters in 12.13 seconds, the fastest time by a UB woman this season, and the 200-meters in 24.28, a season-best time. Long also teamed with Jamiee McClary, Malayah White, and Crystal Graham set the Bucknell facility record with a 45.88 second clocking to win the 4x100-meter relay.
 
Bridget Doughty, Central Michigan, Hurdles
Sophomore, Bay Village, Ohio (Bay HS) 
Bridget Doughty finished third in the women’s 400m-hurdle race at the Sea Ray Relays with a time of 1:02.06. Following a third-place finish at Tennessee on Friday, sophomore Bridget Doughty was able to claim first in the 400m hurdles at the Hilltopper Relays with a season-best time of 1:01.24.
 
Morgan Churchwell, Eastern Michigan, Distance
Senior, Ada, Mich. (Forest Hills Central)
Eastern Michigan University team co-captain Morgan Churchwell mentioned she wanted to put together a good run in the 1,500-meter run at the Sea Ray Relays, April 11-13, that would automatically qualify her for the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships. She did just that, turning in a personal-best time of 4:31.38 in the meet’s showcase event to place third. That time not only breaks Churchwell's personal record by two seconds, but it also is the fastest time by a MAC runner this outdoor season. The EMU senior also helped the Eagles’ 4x1,500-meter relay team finish second with a time of 18:43.52.
 
Chanitta Westbrooks, Kent State, Sprints
 Sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio (John Hay) 
Sophomore Chanitta Westbrooks won the 200-meter run in 24.26 seconds and placed sixth in the 100 at 12.20 to help the Kent State women’s outdoor track and field team finish second at the All-Ohio Track and Field Championships at Ohio University.  The Golden Flashes totaled 148 points to finish runner-up to Ohio State’s 212 in the 13-team field.  Westbrooks’ time in the 200 is fifth best in the MAC this season and is an automatic qualifying time for the MAC Championships in May.
 
Megan Gregory, Northern Illinois, Sprints  
RS Senior, Chicago, Ill. (Plainfield North HS)
 Gregory improved on her season-best time over the weekend with a time of 13.83 in the 100 hurdles at the Sea Ray Relays. The senior wound up in eighth place on the day, beating out Eastern Michigan's Vanessa Clerveaux and Purdue's Cierra Brown. In addition, Gregory's mark puts her in a tie for fourth place in the Mid-American Conference's performance list.
 
Melissa Thompson, Ohio University, Distance  
Junior Westerville, Ohio (St. Francis DeSales)
Thompson earned 18 of the Bobcats 67.5 points to help Ohio earn a fifth-place finish among a competitive field at the All-Ohio Championships. She won the 1,500m run in a season-best 4:34.97, just two seconds off of her personal best. It marked the fourth-fastest time among MAC competitors this season. In the 5,000m, Thompson completed an incredible surge in the final lap of the race, passing six runners to move from eighth to second place with a time 17:42.52. 
 
Aisha Hodge, Western Michigan, Distance 
Junior, Bangor, Mich. (Bangor HS) 
Aisha Hodge took third place in the 800-meter run after winning the fast heat at the SeaRay Relays. She ran her fastest time of the year at 2:10.47, third fastest in the MAC. Hodge also helped the 4x800-meter relay team to a third place finish after her 2:10 split led to the Broncos nearly breaking the nine-minute mark at 9:00.81.
 
Men (Track)
Ryan Billian, Buffalo, Sprints
Freshman, Levittown, NY (Division Avenue)
At the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, Ryan Billian finished second in the men’s 100-meters in 10.78 seconds He was also part of UB’s victorious 4x100-meter relay team as he combined with Darien Johnson, Micah Oliver and Miles Lewis to win the timed final in a season-best 41.32 seconds. 
 
Cameron Bolton, Eastern Michigan, Sprints
Sophomore, Missouri City, Texas (Hightower)
Eastern Michigan University’s Cameron Bolton led the Eagles on the second day of the Sea Ray Relays, April 12, finishing runner-up in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.74. On the final day of the meet in Knoxville, Tenn., April 13, competed on a pair of EMU relay teams. He helped the 4x100-meter relay team place fourth, crossing the finish line in 41.12 along, and the sophomore teamed up with fellow Eagles to run the 4x400-meter relay in 3:11.20 for a sixth-place time.
 
Jacob Swords, Kent State, Distance
Sophomore, Akron, Ohio (St. Vincent-St. Mary)
 Sophomore Jacob Swords won the 800-meter run in 1:50.94 and placed second in the 1,600 relay in 3:16.03 to help the Kent State men’s outdoor track and field team win the All-Ohio Track and Field Championships at Ohio University.  The Golden Flashes scored 216 points to best runner-up Akron’s 190 in the 12-team field.  Swords’ time in the 800 is third best in the MAC this season and 46th in the East Region.
 
Jarrod Eick, Miami, Distance
Senior, Hartville, Ohio (Marlington HS)
Eick placed third in the 1500m run showcase at the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee, on Saturday as he clocked a season-best time of 3:48.95. Eick’s time is tops in the MAC this year and ranks 61st in the East Region. He finished just behind a runner from No. 9 Wisconsin and a runner from D-II power Ashland. He was ahead of two EMU runners, as well as one from Wisconsin in the 11-man field. Eick also ran the third leg on Miami’s third-place 4x800m relay team that clocked 7:30.85. The RedHawks were just edged out by less than a second by East Tennessee State and Middle Tennessee State, while Miami was four seconds ahead of EMU out of eight teams.