Akron men, KSU women win MAC track titles

Beacon Journal staff report

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University of Akron pole vaulter Shawn Barber clears 17' 8" to win the MAC Track & Field Championships at the University of Akron's Lee Jackson Field on Saturday in Akron. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

The University of Akron men won the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Lee Jackson Field, holding off Kent State by 12 points.

Winning events for the Zips were Shawn Barber in the pole vault with a jump of 17 feet, 8½ inches, Nicholas Banke with a 182-9 in the discus throw, and Martel Durant with a high jump of 6-11.

Finishing runner-up for the Zips were Vince Turnage in the 100 meters, Sean Weems in the 400 hurdles, and the 1,600-meter relay team of Weems, Jake Hiltner, Gabriel Genovesi and Nick Owens.

Taking home top honors for the Golden Flashes were Michael Heller in the 5,000 (14:39.72), Wayne Gordon in the 100 (10.48) and the 200 (21.00), Brandon Bailey in the 400 (47.47), Jacob Swords in the 800 (1:49.93) and the 1,600-meter relay team of Miles Dunlap, Laron Brown III, Jacob Swords and Brandon Bailey (3:11.11).

The Kent State women’s team won its fourth consecutive MAC outdoor title, finishing 50 points ahead of second-place UA.

Winning events for the Flashes were freshman Hannah Fleck in the 1,500 with a time of 4:24.22 and freshman Dior Delophant, who was named the women’s most valuable performer, with a high jump of 5-10½ and a triple jump of 41-0.

Earning second-place honors for KSU were Ann Marie Duffus in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.69, Danniel Thomas with a 172-8 discus throw and Keri Dantley with a triple jump of 40-0.

The runner-up Zips won events with the performances of Shauniece Steele in the 400 with a time of 54.11 and Alexis Cooks with a discus throw of 175-0.


• Cale Giddings hit two home runs, scored three runs and drove in three runs to lead UA to an 11-2 MAC win over host Central Michigan.

Zips starter John Valek (4-7) took a shutout into the ninth inning before the Chippewas (22-27, 9-14) got their two runs.

Valek allowed two runs on five hits and one walk and struck out five for the Zips (15-32, 10-12).

The Zips got four runs in the third, two in the fourth, one each in the fifth and eighth and three in the ninth.

Joey Havrilak finished a homer shy of a cycle, scored two runs and had two RBI and Jared Turocy had a double, a single and two RBI for the Zips.

• Kent State pounded out 13 hits in a 13-4 win over host Western Michigan (15-34, 7-16).

George Roberts hit a two-run homer and Tommy Monnot had three hits for the Golden Flashes (29-21, 16-7).

Tyler Skulina (5-3) went six strong innings to get the win for the Flashes.

Skulina allowed one run on four hits and two walks and struck out six.

• Case Western Reserve seniors and Tallmadge graduates Matt Keen and Paul Pakan were two of five Spartans named to the 2013 All-University Athletic Association Baseball Team.

Keen has started all 173 games in his four seasons and holds the school record in runs.


• Kent State’s women’s team finished 12th out of a field of 24 in the NCAA Division I West Regional at Stanford’s par-71 golf course with a team score of 45-over 897. The top eight teams advance.

Leading the Golden Flashes was Jennifer Ha with a 1-over 143, earning her a tie for eighth place. She advanced as an individual to the NCAA championship.

Erin Hawe tied for 39th with a 10-over 223. Josee Doyon tied for 87th with a 19-over 232 and Natalie Goodson tied for 94th with a 20-over 233.

• University of Mount Union men’s golf coach Dan MacDuffie was named Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Coach of the Year.

In his nine seasons as the Purple Raiders’ coach, they have never finished worse than third in the OAC, with a second-place finish this season.

MacDuffie has now earned the award for the third time in his nine years as coach (2008, 2011).


• Hiram College sophomore outfielder Miranda Wright was named to the 2013 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Team as an honorable mention.

Wright started all 36 games for Hiram this season, finishing second on the team in batting average, runs scored and doubles.

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