MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 2/5/2013

Women's Track Athlete of the Week 
Brooklynn Ventura, Buffalo, Hurdles
Senior, Waterloo, NY/Waterloo 

Senior hurdler Brooklynn Ventura finished second in the women’s 60-meter hurdles final in 8.46 seconds, shaving her 2012 record by .06 seconds. Ventura finished behind Jacksonville’s Shanique Walker (8.37 seconds). The time is the second-fastest in the Mid-American Conference this season. 

Men's Track Athlete of the Week 
Marteze Roper, Kent State, Middle Distance
Junior, Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding 
Junior Marteze Roper clocked a 1:50.99 in the 800-meter dash, which ranks second in the conference and 43rd nationally. Roper also helped Kent State record a MAC-best 10:06.44 in winning the distance medley relay.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Alexis Cooks, Akron, Throws
Sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo. /Doherty HS 
Alexis Cooks brought home top honors in the weight throw for the third straight weekend with a personal-record toss of 68-11.75 at the Akron Invitational. Cooks' mark is eighth-best in the nation and more than three feet better than any other competitor in the Mid-American Conference to date. The Colorado native also finished runner-up in the shot put (47-08.00) and won the discus (175-07) during the weekend.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Shawn Barber, Akron, Pole Vault
Freshman, Kingwood, Texas /Kingwood Park HS 
Shawn Barber cruised to his fourth pole vault win in as many weeks with a jump of 18-03.75, which was a foot-and-a-half better than any other competitor on the day, last weekend at the ninth-annual Akron Invitational. Moreover, Barber's mark surpassed his own Stile Athletics Field House facility record of 18-02.75, which was originally established last month, and represented a new meet standard.

 

Other Nominees:

Hannah Ciasto-Poor, Ball State, Pole Vault
Sophomore, Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South
Hannah Ciasto-Poor won the pole vault at the Tom Hathaway Challenge, hosted by the University of Indianapolis, by successfully clearing a career-best height of 3.50m (11-5.75). The mark was the second-best.
 
Kelly Truppo, Buffalo, Pole Vault
Sophomore, Alden, NY/Alden

At the Penn State Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, sophomore Kelly Truppo tied for second in the pole vault after clearing 12-3.50 (3.75m).
 
Tatijana Jacobson, Eastern Michigan, High Jump
Senior, Woodville, Ohio / Woodmore
Eastern Michigan University’s Tatijana Jacobson took home a fourth-place finish in the high jump at the Meyo Invitational, Feb. 1-2, with a leap of 5-feet, 6-inches.
 
Alexandra Roberts, Miami, Shot Put
RS Senior, Hilliard, Ohio/Columbus School for Girls 

Roberts won the gold division shot put Saturday at the Akron Invitational with a heave of 14.67m/48-1.75. Her throw ranks ninth in school history (she owns eight of the nine marks). She ranks fifth in the MAC in the shot put. She won in a field of eight that included several Akron throwers and some from Ashland. Roberts won with a throw five inches further than the rest of the field.
 
Janiece Rose, Ohio University, Shot Put
Sophomore, Franklinville, N.J./Delsea Regional 
At the YSU National Invite, Rose compiled a pair of strong performances. The talented sophomore placed fourth in the shot put (12.76m) and third in the weight throw (15.56m) to garner a total of 10 points at the meet for Ohio. Her shot put throw was the 19th-best effort in the MAC this season.
 
Jonathan Jones, Buffalo, Throws
Junior, Portville, NY/Portville
Jones won the shot put competition at Penn State's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.
Jones increased his season-best performance with a throw of 61-5 (18.72m), bettering his previous best by 8.50 inches as he took the event by three inches over Cornell’s Stephen Mozia. The throw also leads the Mid-American Conference by nearly three feet.
 
Calvin Jackson, Central Michigan, Throws
Junior, Carrollton, Michigan/Carrollton
Calvin Jackson took second in the weight throw at the Findlay Open. Jackson threw a heave of 57-03.00, a qualifying mark.
 
Max Babits, Eastern Michigan, Pole Vault
Junior, Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville

Eastern Michigan University’s Max Babits took fifth in the Pole Vault Invitational, with a leap of 16-feet, 6.75-inches, at the Meyo Invitational, Feb. 1-2. The Pole Vault Invitational was an event consisting of the meet's best pole vault athletes. Dexter Shreve, Kent State, Combined Senior, Redkey, Ind. /Jay County Senior Dexter Shreve tallied a school-record and conference-leading 5,525 points to capture the heptathlon at the Akron Invitational. His total ranks 15th in the country this season and is a Stile Athletics Field House record. Shreve finished first in both the 60-meter dash (7.02) and 1,000-meter run (2:42.97).
 
Dexter Shreve, Kent State, Combined
Senior, Redkey, Ind. /Jay County
Senior Dexter Shreve tallied a school-record and conference-leading 5,525 points to capture the heptathlon at the Akron Invitational. His total ranks 15th in the country this season and is a Stile Athletics Field House record. Shreve finished first in both the 60-meter dash (7.02) and 1,000-meter run (2:42.97).


MaryKate Mellen, Ball State, Distance
Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City
Senior distance runner MaryKate Mellen placed fifth in the mile run at the 2013 Meyo Invitational with a career-best time of 4:54.50. The effort, which qualifies Mellen for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships, was also the fourth-best individual effort in the mile in program history. With her fifth-place finish, Mellen bested runners from Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa and other schools.

Ethan Lievense, Central Michigan, Distance
Sophomore, Saugatuck, Michigan/Saugatuck HS 
Ethan Lievense finished 5th in the men's 5000m race at the Meyo Open at the University of Notre Dame. Lievense ran a 14:35.74, a qualifying time and a personal record. Lievense has also qualified in the mile and the 3000m this season.
 
Victoria Voronko, Eastern Michigan, Distance
Sophomore, Stavropol, Russia / University of Moscow
Eastern Michigan University’s Victoria Voronko turned in a personal-best 4:48.57 for sixth place in the “Meyo” Mile, an invitation-only race that featured the best distance runners at the Meyo Invitational, Feb. 1-2. Her time also is the top mark in the Mid-American Conference this season as well as the sixth best time in EMU history. Voronko was also a member of the EMU distance medley team that placed runner-up in the relay race, the best finish for the Eagles on the weekend. The team’s time of 11:33.89 ranks third in the Eastern Michigan record books.
 
Katie Reiser, Kent State, Sprints
Junior, Wayne, Ohio /Elmwood
Junior Kent Reiser ran a conference-best 7.57 in the 60-meter dash, which ranks fourth in Kent State history.
 
Anna Lamb, Miami, Distance
Sophomore, Granville, Ohio/Granville
Lamb had a stellar performance at the Akron Invitational Friday night as she won the gold division (top tier) 5000m run in a personal-best 17:04.68, which ranks her fourth in school history and is the fastest time by a RedHawk in the event since 2011. Her time is also the fastest 5K time in the MAC so far this year and ranks 49th nationally while she also automatically qualified for the MAC Championships in the event. The win was the first of her collegiate career, beating out a field of 24 that included runners from Kent State, Marshall, Bowling Green, Akron, IPFW, Florida Atlantic and others. She won the race by a whopping 12 seconds ahead of the runner-up, also from Miami, while improving on her previous-best 5K time by nearly 20 seconds.
 
Juli Accurso, Ohio University, Distance
Junior, Casstown, Ohio/ Miami East
At the prestigious Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame Saturday, Accurso placed fourth in the 3000m with a time of 9:32.92, which marked the second-fastest time in the event among MAC student-athletes this season. Accurso easily qualified for the MAC Indoor Championships later this month. In the Meyo event, the 2012 cross country All-America selection finished ahead of top runners from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Michigan, Ole Miss and Louisville, among others.
 
Iris Campbell, Western Michigan, Sprints
Senior, Emmett, Mich./Yale HS
Campbell helped WMU's 4x400 team run their fastest and the MAC's fastest time of the season of 3:42.53 at the Meyo Invitational on Saturday. Campbell helped the squad with less than an hour of recovery time after she finished fifth overall and won her heat in the 400 meter dash. Her 400 time of 55.51 is currently the second-fastest in the MAC
 
Ryan Billian, Buffalo, Hurdles
Freshman, Levittown, NY/Division Avenue
At the Penn State Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, Ryan Billian finished third in the men's 60-meter hurdles in 8.03 seconds. Billian tied his season-best of 7.98 seconds in the preliminary heats.
 
Grzegorz Kalinowski, Eastern Michigan, Mid-Distance
Junior, Lysomice, Poland
Grzegorz Kalinowski's 2:24.79 winning time in the 1,000-meter run was the top performance for the Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team at the Meyo Invitational, a non-scored meet featuring some of the nation's best track and field athletes, Feb. 1-2. The victory was the junior’s second win of the season as well as his first in the 1,000-meter run. Kalinowski's victory was one-of-six top-10 finishes for the Eagles throughout the two-day meet.