MAC Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Updated 3/19/2013
Women's Track Athlete of the Week 
Juli Accurso, Ohio University, Distance 
Junior, Casstown, Ohio / Miami East
Accurso blew past the rest of the field while breaking the Ohio school record at the Wake Forest Open Friday evening. Accurso crossed the finish line in a blistering 16:21.56 to win the race. The time was 46 seconds faster than the second-place finisher and more than a minute better than the second best time among MAC competitors in the 5,000m this season. The time should qualify Accurso for NCAA Regional competition this spring.

Men's Track Athlete of the Week 
Miles Lewis, Buffalo, Sprints
Junior, Coram, NY/Newfield
At the season-opening Wake Forest Open Miles Lewis won a pair of sprint events for the UB men, including breaking the 100-meter dash mark. Lewis took the 100-meter dash in 10.37 seconds, lowering his school mark of 10.48 set last season. He then followed with a win in the 200-meters in 21.30 seconds. Lewis’s 100m time ranks sixth in the nation.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week 
Emma Siuciak, Buffalo, Jumps
Sophomore. Fenwick, Ontario/E.L. Crossley

At the season-opening Wake Forest Open, Emma Siuciak set a new UB and Kentner Stadium record with her victory in the high jump. Siuciak cleared 6-0 (1.83m) to take the title and break Shelly Hamilton’s 1999 UB mark of 5-11.25 (1.81m). Siuciak’s height is currently tied as the best in the country.
 
Men's Field Athlete of the Week 
Jacob Sunday, Buffalo, Javelin
Sophomore, Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny
At the season-opening Wake Forest Open, Jacob Sunday finished third in the men’s javelin with a throw of 222-11 (67.96m). The throw ranks ninth in the nation and was 14 feet better than his 2012 season best.
 
Other Nominees: 
 
Women's Track 
Erica Howes, Miami, Mid-distance
Junior,  Fairfax, Va.
Howes had a great season-opening outdoor race Saturday at Central Florida’s Black and Gold Challenge, as she earned her first collegiate win, capturing the 1500m run in 4:37.96. She won in a field of 12, also running against athletes from Central Florida, who is nationally ranked, and St. John’s. She won the race by over a second and was nearly six seconds ahead of the third-place finisher. Her time ranks third in the MAC so far this year while she was just over a second behind her personal-best time despite being her first race of the outdoor season.
 
Meghan Heuer, Northern Illinois
RS Sophomore, St. Charles, Ill. /North HS
Heuer started her first outdoor campaign with the Huskies in impressive fashion at the USF Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Fla. The redshirt sophomore won the 1500 meters with a 4:36.63 clip, outpacing teammate Jamie Burr by just under one second. Heuer's mark ranks first in the MAC and 49th in the nation.
 
Juli Accurso, Ohio University, Distance 
Junior, Casstown, Ohio
Accurso blew past the rest of the field while breaking the Ohio school record at the Wake Forest Open Friday evening. Accurso crossed the finish line in a blistering 16:21.56 to win the race. The time was 46 seconds faster than the second-place finisher and more than a minute better than the second best time among MAC competitors in the 5,000m this season. The time should qualify Accurso for NCAA Regional competition this spring.
 
Men’s Track 
Renaldo Powell, Central Michigan, Sprint Hurdles
Senior, Wayne, Mich./ Wayne Memorial HS
Senior Renaldo Powell competed in the 4x100 relay (4th, 41.96, Clay Holman, Dee Smith, William Askew) and qualified for the MAC meet in the 110mH (4th, 14.45) at the USF Bulls Invitational.
 
Women's Field 
Sam Stein, Central Michigan, Jumps 
Junior, Flushing, Mich./Flushing HS
Junior Sam Stein finished third in the high jump at the USF Bulls Invitational this weekend, all while qualifying for the 2013 MAC Outdoor Championships. Stein both jumped 5-06.
 
Sherrill, Northern Illinois 
Sophomore, Fort Wayne, Ind./ Northrop HS
Sherrill brought her momentum from the indoor season outdoors with strong showings in the shot put and discus. The sophomore placed fourth in the shot put with a personal best mark of 46-06.75 (14.19m), besting her previous top mark by over a foot and defeating Marquette's Kristen Gaffey by five inches. In the discus, Sherrill took eighth place with a toss of 138-03 (42.15m).