MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/29/2013

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Shanequa Williams, Kent State, Sprints
Junior, Akron, Ohio (Kenmore)
Junior Shanequa Williams posted conference-best times in three events on the track Saturday at the Redbird Invitational. Williams clocked a 24.04 in the 200-meter dash, which ranks 37th in the nation and her time of 54.64 in the 400-meter dash ranks 29th nationally. She also anchored the 4x400 relay team with a 54.50 split, helping the Flashes record the 23rd-fastest time in the nation (3:43.01).

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Gabriel Genovesi, Akron, Mid Distance
Junior, Mequon, Wis. (Homestead HS) 
Genovesi broke the school record in the 800-meters last weekend at the Penn State National, crossing the line in 1:49.63. The historic time surpassed the Zips' previous standard of 1:50.08, which was established in 2011 by Willie Brown, and is the 13th-fastest mark recorded in the country this season. It is also nearly two full seconds faster than any other MAC athlete in 2013. 


Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Dior Delophont, Kent State, Jumps/Multi
Freshman, Nancy, France (Lycee Henri Poincare) 
Freshman Dior Delophont won the long jump with a mark of 19’-10.75”, which is second in the conference this year, as well second in Kent State history. The mark is tied for 24th in the nation this season. Delophont posted conference-best performances in both the high jump and triple jump previously this month, ranking in the top 10 in the nation in both events. She also competed on the track Saturday, finishing fifth in the 60-meter hurdles in a personal-best 9.02. 

 
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Jonathan Jones, Buffalo, Throws
Junior, Portville, NY/Portville
At the SPIRE Midwest Open, Jonathan Jones finished second in the men’s shot put behind former UB All-American Rob Golabek, representing the Syracuse Chargers club program. Jones turned in a top throw of 60-8.50 (18.50m) for a new season-best which puts him in second on UB’s all-time list and 12th in the nation this season. 
 
Other Nominees: 
 
Alexis Cooks, Akron, Throws
Sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Doherty HS)
Cooks claimed her second win in the weight throw in as many weekends with a toss of 66-04.25 at the Penn State National. The sophomore, who is competing in the event for the first time as a collegian in 2013, defeated the next closer competitor by four feet, two inches. 
 
Zenée Gadson, Ball State,  Jumps & Sprints
Fr., Glassboro, N.J. (Glassboro)
Freshman Zenée Gadson turning in a career-best triple jump of 11.39m/37-4.5 to win the event at the IWU Invitational by 0.99m/3-3. Gadson would also place 10th in the long jump (5.17m/16-11.5) and ninth in the 60m dash (8.17)
 
Allison Weimer, Bowling Green, Sprints
Senior, Pittsboro, Ind. (Brownsburgh)
Senior Allison Weimer set a new personal best in the 400 and anchored the winning 1600 relay team as Bowling Green hosted the Tom Wright Classic Friday night. Weimer won her first individual event of the year with a time that just missed the MAC automatic qualifying mark in the 400. Her time of 57.67 (converted to 56.92) was almost a full second better than any other competitor. Weimer's 1600 relay team was also three seconds better than any other at the meet, finishing in 3:56.97.
 
Shante’ White, Buffalo, Throws
Senior, Syracuse, NY (Henninger)
At the SPIRE Midwest Open, Shante’ White led a trio of UB women to the top three slots in the weight throw. White won with a toss of 63-6 (19.35m). Her personal best throw places her third on the MAC list and was the best performance this weekend among the MAC schools.
 
Tatijana Jacobson, Eastern Michigan, High Jump
Senior, Woodville, Ohio (Woodville) 
Eastern Michigan University’s Tatijana Jacobson took home the lone victory in the field events for the Eagles at Saturday’s Grand Valley State Quad, Jan. 26. The team captain leaped 1.74 meters to take top honors in the high jump as the Eagles scored 166.50 points to win the quad meet hosted by Grand Valley State, the current No. 1 ranked team in Division II and the defending indoor and outdoor track and field national champions.
 
Kori Tatman, Miami, Pole Vault
Junior, Amanda, Ohio (Amanda-Clearcreek) 
Tatman won the pole vault at the Tom Wright Classic Friday, hosted by Bowling Green. She cleared 3.80m/12-5.5 to win the event in a field of six that included athletes from rival Ohio and Wayne State. She won by nearly six inches ahead of anyone else. Her mark of 3.80m/12-5.5 is a season best as she has improved her height each meet so far this year. Tatman now ranks eighth in the MAC this year in the pole vault, while her clearance automatically qualified her for the MAC Championships.
 
Sidra Sherrill, Northern Illinois, Shot Put
Sophomore, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Northrop HS)
Sherrill keeps reaching new heights in her sophomore campaign, as she broke her personal record in the shot put for the third time in four meets at the Indiana Relays over the weekend. The sophomore tossed 46-09.00 (14.25m), beating out Western Michigan's Andrea Hiler and Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Sireta Roach to take seventh place in the invitational section. Sherrill's mark also puts her just under three feet from the school record - a 49-05.50 mark set by Ashley Morrow in 2007.
 
Chelsea Gerbers, Western Michigan
Junior, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Concordia Lutheran HS)
Gerbers took sixth in the invitational weight throw at the Indiana Relays with a distance of 56 feet, 5.25 inches. She also took third place in the open shot put with a distance of 44 feet, 6.75 inches. 
 
MEN’S
Martel Durant , Akron, Jumps
Sophomore, Akron, Ohio (Copley HS/College of the Desert)
Durant, who has established personal records in the high jump in each of the last two weekends, finished second individually in the event at the Penn State National last Friday night with a huge jump of 7-00.25, which matched the fifth-best mark in school history. In all, it stands as the top jump in the MAC thus far and 27th among all Division I athletes. 
 
Solomon Ijah, Eastern Michigan, Multis
Sophomore, Murrieta Calif. (Murrieta Valley) 
Eastern Michigan University’s Solomon Ijah won his first triple jump event of the year with a 14.41-meter leap. The sophomore also jumped 6.40 meters in the long jump to take sixth place as Ijah’s 13 total points paced the Eagles to a runner-up finish in the Grand Valley State Quad, Jan. 26.
 
Michael King, Kent State, Throws
Freshman, Salem, Ohio (Salem) 
Redshirt freshman Michael King posted a personal-best 58’-08.75” in the shot put to finish first among attached competitors, which ranks second in the conference and 36th in the nation this year. King also competed in the weight throw and recorded a toss of 50’’05.50”.
 
WOMEN’S
MaryKate Mellen, Ball State, Distance
Sr.,  Michigan City, Ind. (Michigan City)
Senior MaryKate Mellen continued her strong season by placing first in the mile run (5:08.38), second in the 3,000m run (10:26.89 which ties her career-best time) and running anchor for the first-place distance medley relay (12:26.83) at the IWU Invitational hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University.
 
Meghan Manley, Buffalo, Middle Distance 
Sophomore, Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park
At the SPIRE Midwest Open, Meghan Manley led a trio of women’s finishers among the top five in the 800-meters. Manley turned in a season-best mark of 2:12.68 to win the race to earn an automatic MAC qualifying time. The time was also the top 800-meter performance in the MAC during the weekend.
 
Victoria Voronko, Eastern Michigan, Distance 
Sophomore, Moscow, Russia (University of Moscow) 
Eastern Michigan University’s Victoria Voronko raced to the top of the podium in the mile and the 3,000-meter run at the Grand Valley State Quad, Jan. 26.  Voronko’s two victories helped the Eagles score 166.50 points to win the quad meet hosted by Grand Valley State, the current No. 1 ranked team in Division II and the defending indoor and outdoor track and field national champions. Her mile time of 4:50.43 marked the sixth fastest time in school history. The Moscow, Russia native recorded a 9:44.40 in the 3,000-meter run, good enough for fourth in the EMU record books.
 
Layne Baggett, Miami, Sprints/Hurdles
Senior, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Moon Senior)
Baggett had a stellar meet Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial, hosted by the University of Kentucky, running against top competition, including athletes from Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Louisville, Memphis, Cincinnati and the host Wildcats, among several others. In the 60m hurdles, Baggett took third in the prelims out of 39 competitors, qualifying for the finals in a personal-best time of 8.47, which is the second-fastest time in school history and second-best in the MAC this year. The time also ties for 42nd nationally while she missed the school record by just one one-hundredth of a second. She was second among collegiate competitors in the prelims behind only a runner from Kentucky while finishing just ahead of two Buckeye hurdlers. Her time also automatically qualified her for the MAC Championships. She then placed fourth in the 60m hurdles finals in 8.54, which is another all-time top-10 mark at Miami, finishing again just behind the UK runner and ahead of the same two Buckeyes. Baggett also ran the 60m dash at the meet and took 16th out of 63 sprinters with a time of 7.79, which was tops in her heat.
 
Rebecca Cronin, Northern Illinois, 
Senior, Bartlett, Ill. (Bartlett HS)
Cronin turned in an impressive performance Friday, winning the 600 meters at the Indiana Relays in her 2013 debut. The Bartlett, Ill., native won the third heat with a near career-best time of 1:35.71. That mark vaulted her past Indiana's duo of Ashley Seymour and Elise Hunter, along with Amber Lalla of Notre Dame, to earn top honors.
 
Melissa Thompson, Ohio Distance 
Junior, Westerville, Ohio
Thompson captured the mile run title at the Tom Wright Classic Friday in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Westerville, Ohio, native crossed the finish line in 4:57.98 to earn a berth in the event at the MAC Indoor Championships in February. Thompson finished more than eight seconds in front of the second-place finisher on Friday. 
 
Aisha Hodge, Western Michigan, 
Junior, Bangor, Mich. (Bangor HS)
Hodge ran her season-best time of 2:13.31 in the 800 meters, taking second place at the Indiana Relays. She currently ranks fourth in the MAC and has taken time off of her previous season-best each week she has run the 800. 
 
MEN’S
 
Ryan Billian, Buffalo, Hurdles
Freshman, Levittown, NY/Division Avenue
At the SPIRE Midwest Open, Ryan Billian led four Bulls to the top seven spots in the 60-meter hurdles final. Billian won the race in 7.98 seconds, taking .16 seconds from his previous top mark.
 
Kyle Stacks, Central Michigan, Distance
Sophomore, Concord, Mich. (Concord) 
Stacks won the 3000m invitational run at the Indiana Relays at the University of Indiana on Friday. Stacks won with a time of 8:18.81, a personal record and MAC Indoor Championship qualifying time. Stacks also took second in the Mile race on Saturday at the GVSU Quad with a time of 4:09.36, also a qualifying time and new personal record. 
 
Cameron Bolton, Eastern Michigan, Sprints
Sophomore, Missouri City, Texas (Hightower) 
Eastern Michigan University’s Cameron Bolton recorded two victories at the Grand Valley State Quad Saturday, Jan. 26. Bolton crossed the finish line first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.15. The sophomore sprinter was also a member of the victorious 4x400-meter relay team that completed the relay in 3:14.67. Bolton’s performances on the track helped the Eagles to a runner-up finish in the quad meet.
 
Marteze Roper, Kent State, Middle Distance
Junior, Warren, Ohio (Warren G. Harding) 
Junior Marteze Roper captured victory in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.69. That time was just short of a personal-best 1:51.43 that Roper recorded the previous week at the Kent State-Akron Dual, which is third in the conference and 43rd in the nation this year.