Mt. Pleasant, MI - Following the conclusion of the 2012 Mid-American Conference outdoor track and field championships held at Central Michigan University, the Toledo track and field team had a school-record eight women named to the All-MAC team. The total was also the most of any team in the conference at this year's championship meet.
Headlining the awards was Emma Kertesz, who received the 2012 MAC Women's Outdoor Most Valuable Performer Award on top of being named first-team All-MAC. With winning times of 10:33.45 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 16:35.87 in the 5,000 meters, Kertesz led the Rockets to the only two distance-event sweeps in the history of the MAC Championships. She also placed third in the 1500-meters with a time of 4:28.16.
The Women's Outdoor MVP award comes just over two months after Kertesz was also named the conference MVP for her performance at the MAC indoor championships, as well.
Also being named to the All-MAC first-team were Ari Fisher in the 10,000-meters and Huijun Jing in the high jump. Fisher topped the field with a winning time of 35:23.10, while Jing also stood atop the number-one podium after successfully clearing a mark of 1.72 meters (5-07.75).
Five Rocket student-athlete earned second-team All-MAC accolades for their second-place performances at the championship meet. In the distance events, Mackenzie Chojnacky cruised to a runner-up finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:42.93, while Megan Vogelsong finished second in the 10,000-meters in 35:42.03 and Megan Wright placed second in the 1500-meters in 4:26.65. In jumps, Kiah Douglas reached a second-place distance of 5.98 meters (19-7.50) in the long jump, while Julie Snyder got second in the high jump after clearing a height of 1.72 meters (5-07.75).
As indicated by the high number of student-athletes on the All-MAC team, Toledo was able to capitalize on its depth to produce 132 points at the meet, the highest point total ever recorded by UT at the outdoor championships.
MAC Runner-up ties the highest-ever finish at the outdoor championships as the Rockets also finished as MAC Runner-up in 1990 (out of nine teams) scoring 114 points. The Midnight Blue and Gold have made a steady climb to the top of the MAC standings since finishing last in the conference in 2005 (out of 13 schools) in head coach Kevin Hadsell's first full year as Director of Track and Field.
2012 Women's Outstanding Track Performer: Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
2012 Men's Outstanding Track Performer: Jahquil Hargrove, Miami
2012 Women's Outstanding Field Performer: Alexis Cooks, Akron
2012 Men's Outstanding Field Performer: Ryan McCullough, Central Michigan
2012 MAC Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year: Bill Lawson, Kent State
2012 MAC Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year: Dennis Mitchell, Akron
2012 MAC Women's Outdoor Most Valuable Performer: Emma Kertesz, Toledo
2012 MAC Men's Outdoor Most Valuable Performer: Terefe Ejigu, Eastern Michigan
2012 Women's Track and Field All-MAC First Team
Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron (Pole Vault)
Alexis Cooks, Akron (Discus)
Brittany Funk, Akron (Hammer)
Thekla Lorenz, Ball State (Heptathlon)
Anna Holmes, Buffalo (400 H)
Beverly Elcock, Eastern Michigan (800 M)
Penina Acayo, Kent State (Triple Jump)
Roseanne Erickson, Kent State (Long Jump)
Joh'vonnie Mosley, Kent State (Shot Put)
Sara Oczypok, Kent State (Javelin)
Layne Baggett, Miami (100 H)
Kelley Miller, Miami (1500 M)
Rasheta Butler, Northern Illinois (4X100)
Roneisha Frye, Northern Illinois (4X100)
Chanel Kellyman, Northern Illinois (4X100)
Janay Mitchell, Northern Illinois (100 M, 4X100)
Ari Fisher, Toledo (10000 M)
Huijun Jing, Toledo (High Jump)
Emma Kertesz, Toledo (Steeplechase, 5000 M)
Andrea Arnold, Western Michigan (4X400)
Iris Campbell, Western Michigan (200 M, 4X400)
Victoria Chatman, Western Michigan (400 M, 4X400)
Leya Munwam, Western Michigan (4X400)
2012 Women's Track and Field All-MAC Second Team
Claire Lucas, Akron (Pole Vault)
Milica Kulidzan, Central Michigan (Javelin)
Beverly Elcock, Eastern Michigan (4X400)
Lydia Gomez-Diaz, Eastern Michigan (Hammer)
ReJeana Marigna, Eastern Michigan (100 M, 4X400)
Asia Rawls, Eastern Michigan (400 H, 4X400)
Shantavia Williams, Eastern Michigan (400 M, 4X400)
Keri Dantley, Kent State (Triple Jump)
Shanequa Williams, Kent State (200 M)
Alexandra Roberts, Miami (Shot Put)
Ashley Zaper, Miami (Heptathlon)
Roneisha Frye, Northern Illinois (100 H)
Mackenzie Chojnacky, Toledo (Steeplechase)
Kiah Douglas, Toledo (Long Jump)
Julie Snyder, Toledo (High Jump)
Megan Vogelsong, Toledo (10000 M)
Megan Wright, Toledo (1500 M)
Rebecca Hall, Western Michigan (4X100)
Andrea Hiler, Western Michigan (Discus)
Aisha Hodge, Western Michigan (800 M)
Contact: Brad Pettiford
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