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MVC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week Akis Medrano, Sr., Indiana State (Boswell, Ind.)

Adding on to his stellar senior campaign at the Drake Relays, Akis Medrano put together the best 5K race of his career on Thursday at the distance carnival. The distance standout crossed the finish line with the secondfastest time in school history of 14:10.96, just .16 away from John Mascari’s school record, which was good enough for a seventh-place finish. Medrano now owns the top time in the Missouri Valley Conference by seven seconds.

Upcoming Schedule/Recent Results Weekend Results Lewis Twilight LUC.................................................................... NTS Lenny Lyles/ Clark Wood Invitational UE/ILS/LUC/SIU/Valpo................................ NTS Drake Relays BU/DU/INS/MSU/UNI.................................. NTS

MVC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week Bri’Anna Branch, Sr., Southern Illinois (Chicago, Ill.)

Branch won the 100-meter dash at the Lenny Lyles Invitational with a personal-best time of 11.51. The Chicago, Ill. native clocked the secondfastest time in school history to win the event and also helped SIU win both the 4x100 and the 4x400 relays. SIU’s 4x100 relay team clocked the third-best time in program history at 44.89. Branch now leads the Valley in both the 100m and 200m dashes.

Hillsdale College Gina Relays Valpo................................................................. NTS Kip Janvrin Open BU....................................................................... NTS Hillsdale College Gina Relays Valpo................................................................. NTS Jesse Owens Relays INS...................................................................... NTS

Friday, May 3 Bill Hayes Invitational (BU/INS) Wisconsin Invitational (ILS/LUC/UNI)

MVC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week Francis Ehigbai, Sr., Illinois State (Fishers, Ind.)

At Saturday’s Lenny Lyles-Clark Wood Invitational, hosted by Louisville, Ehigbai made up for lost time, winning the high jump competition in his first meet of the 2019 outdoor campaign. Using a short approach, Ehigbai cleared 2.06m (6-09.00) to claim the victory in the men’s seeded high jump. With the jump, Ehigbai not only finds himself atop the MVC standings, but 48th in the NCAA West Region as well.

Saturday, May 4 Nebraska Invite (DU) Crusader Open (Valpo)

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MVC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week Charde Golliday, Jr., Illinois State (Mount Vernon, Ill.)

On the first day of the Lenny Lyles-Clark Wood Invitational, hosted by Louisville, Golliday shattered ISU’s long jump school record that had stood for 32 years and set a new meet record. Golliday seized the moment, winning the long jump competition with a jump of 6.30m (20-08.00) and breaking the ISU school record in the process. With the leap, Golliday took down Angie Taylor’s previous school record of 6.24m (20-05.75) that had stood since 1987. Golliday’s jump, which sits her atop the Valley standings, places her in prime position to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary round, as it ranks 14th in the region. As if this wasn’t enough, Golliday came back on Saturday and leaped a lifetime personal-best 12.26m (40-02.75) in the triple jump to finish fourth. Not only does her jump rank eighth all-time in Redbird history, but it sits third in the MVC and 61st in the NCAA West Region.

May 10-12, 2019 Terre Haute, Indiana

MVC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD WEEKLY RELEASE u Noteworthy In addition to the league’s Track & Field Athlete of the Week selections, several other notable performances are recongnized, and they include:

MEN’S TRACK Greg King, Evansville - Continuing a strong first collegiate season, freshman Greg King lowered his team-best time. The Aces again saw their team-best men’s 100 meter time lowered as Greg King ran a 10.86 in the prelims, marking the fastest 100 meter time by an Evansville student-athlete this season. Cole Maguire, Illinois State - At the Lenny Lyles-Clark Wood Invitational, hosted by Louisville, Maguire got straight to business in the 400-meter hurdles. In just his first outdoor season as a Redbird, Maguire has already proven that the sky’s the limit, making ISU’s top-10 list in the first week of the season. After finishing second among 22 competitors with a time of 52.74 on Saturday, Maguire improved his position on the list, advancing to sixth all-time in Redbird history. In addition, Maguire ranks second in the MVC and 58th in the NCAA West Region after clocking the top Valley time of the weekend in the event. Adam Clayton, Loyola - Loyola freshman Adam Clayton moved to fourth all-time in program history in the 100m dash this past weekend at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky. Clayton, out of Glasgow, Scotland, notched a scintillating 10.59 in a preliminary heat on Friday night that elevated him into a tie for fourth on The Valley leaderboard in the event. He also saw action in the 4x100m relay, helping Loyola to a sixth-place finish in 42.00. Cole Phillips, UNI - Cole Phillips finished 10th in the 110-hurdles with a season-best time of 14.19. He is now fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference. He also ran as a member of the Panther 4x100-meter relay team that finished sixth in the prelims. Josh Maier, Southern Illinois - Josh Maier won for the second-straight meet, this time in the 5,000 meter run, at the Lenny Lyles Invitational with a personal-best time of 14:17.73. Maier’s time ranks him third in the Valley in addition to leading the MVC in the 10K. Connor Hickey, Valparaiso - Hickey led three Valpo runners in the 1500-meter run. He finished 10th out of 52 runners at the Lenny Lyles/ Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky., and his time of 3:57.75 marked a new career best.

MEN’S FIELD Michael Boots, Evansville - In two field events, freshman Michael Boots tallied a pair of top 10 finishes. Adding to a strong showing for the Aces’ throwers, Michael Boots tallied the best throw by an Evansville studentathlete since 1981 in the men’s shot put competition. Boots finished in seventh in the event on the meet’s opening night with a throw of 13.71 meters. Boots also competed well in the men’s discus, finishing second in the open competition with a throw of 48.03 meters, the fourth-best throw by both open and seeded competitors. Nathan Kiger, Indiana State - Sophomore Nathan Kiger had a respectable day in the men’s high jump at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, placing third in the event with a mark of 2.00m (6-06.75). His mark of 2.03m (6-08.00) is fourth in the Valley. Constantine Beniaris, Loyola - Loyola junior Constantine Beniaris matched his outdoor personal best in the high jump at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky. last Saturday. A native of Northbrook, Ill., Beniaris cleared 6-05.00 (1.95m) to place fourth overall in the open section of the event. He enters the final week of the regular season ranked 11th in the Missouri Valley Conference in the high jump. Austin Heitland, UNI - Heitland took third in the decathlon at the Drake Relays with a a score of 6644. He took second in the high jump and second in the shot put to highlight his field performance. He also won the 100-meter dash and took second in the 400 at the event. Adam Kessler, Southern Illinois - Adam Kessler won the seeded division of the men’s shot put at the Lenny Lyles Invitational. Kessler won for the second time this outdoor season after he threw 62’-5.25” (19.03m). The Lansing, Ill. native ranks first in the Valley, and ninth in the NCAA West Region, in his signature event. T.J. Weinzimmer, Valparaiso - Weinzimmer finished seventh in the triple jump finals. He landed with a mark of 45-3½ (13.80m)- just a half-foot shy of earning a spot in Valpo’s top-5 all-time.




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Olatoye who owns the fifth-best mark in the NCAA.

McKenzie Altmayer, Bradley - McKenzie Altmayer led the Bradley women’s team at the Drake Relays, establishing a new program record in the 3,000m steeplechase on Thursday. The sophomore clocked a time of 10:31.57 and topped the previous Bradley standard by more than five seconds. Her time also ranks third in the Valley this season and 44th in the West Region.

Sarah Olojo, Loyola - Loyola freshman Sarah Olojo posted her second personal best in the triple jump in as many weeks this past Saturday at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky. Olojo turned in an impressive series of jumps that was highlighted by a leap of 40-05.00 (12.32m) to ultimately place third. The freshman’s jump maintained her hold on the number two spot on The Valley leaderboard and moved her to 57th in the NCAA West Region.

Anna Lowry, Evansville - Sophomore Anna Lowry led the Aces at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational. One of many highlights of the meet came in the women’s 5000 meters. Competing in her first event of the meet, Anna Lowry ran to a ninth-place finish with a time of 17:52.44. Running in the fast heat, Lowry ran in the lead pack through the opening mile before running much of the middle portion of the race between the lead pack and main group. Using a fast final lap, Lowry closed to finish inside the top 10 as the top MVC finisher. Lowry also finished just outside the top 10 in the 1500 meters, adding to her program record with a time of 4:42.02 as Lowry finished 11th.

Jamilah James, Missouri State - Jamilah James shined in the jump events again for the Bears at the prestigious Drake Relays this weekend. James took seventh place in the triple jump, marking a 12.26-meter leap. The sophomore added a 22nd place finish in the long jump with a 5.59m jump. Both marks were just off her season bests that rank high in the Missouri Valley. A’veun Moore-Jones, Southern Illinois - A’veun Moore-Jones, who had four throws over 50-feet in the shot put coming into the Lenny Lyles Invitational, had five throws Saturday over 50-feet, including her mark of 51’-3” (15.62m) to finish fourth. Moore-Jones ranks second in the Valley and 29th in the NCAA West Region in the event.

Ashleigh Wilson, Illinois State - At Saturday’s Lenny Lyles-Clark Wood Invitational, hosted by Louisville, Wilson ran her way to a season-best in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 55.23 to finish sixth out of 40 student-athletes. With the time, Wilson not only claimed the top-MVC mark of the weekend in the event, but she ranks third in the MVC and 89th in the NCAA West Region. Wilson also finished 21st out of 54 competitors in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.96 and ran a leg on the Redbirds’ 4x100-meter relay team that finished fifth in 46.88. DeAndra Greer, Indiana State - The lone finalist for the Sycamores at the Drake Relays, DeAndra Greer, ran a tough race to capture third in the 100-meter dash finals. The senior held off Tatiana Aholou of Kentucky and Valley rival Taryn Smiley of Missouri State to claim third with a time of 11.89. Greer’s time of 11.83 from the Ole Miss Classic is fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference. Rita Maurais, Loyola - Loyola junior Rita Maurais recorded her third straight personal best in the 3,000m steeplechase this past Saturday at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky. The Hopedale, Mass. product came through in 10:45.29, the second fastest time in program history, to earn a runner-up finish. Maurais’time, an 18-second improvement from her previous top time in the event, moved her to sixth on the MVC’s 3,000m steeplechase chart and ranks 75th in the NCAA West Region. Grace Breiten, Missouri State - Putting her stamp on the record book, Grace Breiten posted the third fastest 3,000-meter steeple chase time in Missouri State program history at the prestigious Drake Relays. The junior took the title among collegiate runners and second place overall in the event in 10:28.67, setting a new personal best by almost 30 seconds. Breiten’s 3K steeple chase time was the fastest in the Missouri Valley Conference this weekend and second overall. It also sits as the 34th best in the West NCAA Region. Patrice Watson, UNI - Watson ran a career-best time of 13.72 in the Drake Relays 100-meter hurdles prelims to earn a trip to the finals where she finished sixth overall. She moved into fourth-place in the MVC and is just a quarter of a second off the time in the league. She also ran a leg of the 4x100-meter relay that finished eighth in the prelims with a time of 46.67 and led the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay team to a fifth-place finish with a time of 100.04. Sierra Fischer, Valparaiso - Fischer set a new personal best Saturday in Louisville in the 400 and furthered her spot in the Valpo record book. Her time of 59.89 ranks fifth in program history. This race makes two meets in a row in which Fischer recorded a time that ranks in the top-5 all-time.

Taiza Alexander, Evansville - Freshman Taiza Alexander was featured in a pair of season best performances. Alexander bettered her program record in the women’s long jump competition, jumping a distance of 5.24 meters. Along with Alexander’s record-breaking jump, Alexander also set a season-best in the 100 meters, finishing in a time of 13.04 in 32nd place. Alexander was also a member of the Aces’ 4x100 meter relay team that finished 10th at the invitational and set a new program record with a time of 49.86. Erin Reese, Indiana State - A star in the field for the Sycamores, Erin Reese had another stellar weekend in the discus throw at the Jesse Owens Track Classic. The redshirt senior reset her own school record in the discus with a phenomenal mark of 56.45m (185-02) en route to claiming victory in the championship section of the event at Ohio State. Reese still boasts the second-best mark in the MVC, is sixth in the East Region and 16th in the NCAA. She also placed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 62.23m (204-02), only falling to Ohio State’s Sade

Indiana State

u Athletes of the Week Men’s Track DATE M26 A2 A9 A16 A23 A30

NAME Josh Maier Haran Dunderdale Evan Long Jack Anstey Jack Anstey Akis Medrano

Men’s Field DATE M26 A2 A9 A16 A23 A30

NAME Adam Kessler Eric Burns Isaac Holtz Willie Rodgers Nate Dyer Francis Ehigbai

Women’s Track DATE M26 A2 A9 A16 A23 A30

NAME Brooke Moore Bri’Anna Branch Brooke Moore Savannah Long Lindsey Brewis Bri’Anna Branch

Women’s Field


Sydney Bronner, Valparaiso - Bronner continued her career, adding her name among Valpo’s all-time best finishes in the high jump. Her height of 5-3¼ was good for third place in the meet and marks a new career best and is now the second best mark in program history.


Missouri State

DATE M26 A2 A9 A16 A23 A30

NAME A’veun Moore-Jones Sydney Laufenberg Erin Reese Jessica Heims Shauniece O’Neal Kameesha Smith Charde Golliday

SCHOOL Southern Illinois Bradley UNI Illinois State Illinois State Indiana State SCHOOL Southern Illinois Loyola UNI Southern Illinois Southern Illinois Illinois State

SCHOOL Indiana State Southern Illinois Indiana State Southern Illinois Loyola Southern Illinois

SCHOOL Southern Illinois Illinois State Indiana State UNI Southern Illinois Illinois State Illinois State

MVC Track & Field Athletes of the Week are selected each week during the Outdoor Track & Field season. The athletes are announced on Tuesday afternoon and appear in a weekly press release. Nominees are provided by each school’s sports information contact and voted on by a panel appointed by the league office.

Northern Iowa

Southern Illinois


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