Erickson, Delophont shine for KSU track & field

By allen moff | STAFF WRITER Published:

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Superb efforts by sophomore Roseanne Erickson and freshman Dior Delophont led the Kent State women's team to an 89-62 victory over rival Akron on Friday at the Stile Athletics Field House.

Erickson cemented her name in the Kent State record book by recording a school-record mark of 19-11 to win the long jump. The mark topped the previous record set by redshirt senior Diana Dumitrescu in 2010 by more than an inch.

Delophont followed an impressive collegiate debut last week at the Doug Raymond Invitational with an even more stellar performance on Friday, winning the high jump and triple jump. Delophont cleared 6-0.75 in the high jump, which is the second-best mark in the nation this season. In the triple jump, the reigning Mid-American Conference Women's Field Athlete of the Week recorded a leap of 42-5.25. That mark ranks third in school history and fourth in the nation this season. Delophont holds the top mark in the MAC in both events this season.

Sophomore Ann Marie Duffus won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.47, the second-best time in school history, and was second in the long jump (19-7).

The Golden Flashes took top honors in 10 of 14 events. Other winners included junior Katie Reiser (60 meters, 7.67), junior Shanequa Williams (200 meters, 24.90), freshman Taylor Farquhar (400 meters) and junior Joh'vonnie Mosley (shot put, 50-6.75).

The Kent State men's team dropped an 80-71 decision to the Zips.

Sophomore Matthias Tayala won the weight throw with a toss of 64-6. Freshman Wayne Gordon clocked a 21.96 to win the 200-meter dash and took second in the 60-meter dash with a 6.94.

Junior Laron Brown earned a victory in the 400-meter dash (49.05), while redshirt senior Michael Heller (Stow H.S.) won the 1-mile run in 4:17.64.

WRESTLING

Kent State continued to roll through Mid-American Conference competition Friday night with a 26-11 victory over rival Ohio at the M.A.C. Center, then knocked off Clarion 29-10 on Sunday in Kent. Senior Dustin Kilgore, the nation's top-ranked 197-pounder, recorded a pair of pins on the weekend to run his total to 13 on the season, including one in each of his last seven dual meets. Kilgore (29-0) ran his winning streak to 48 and dual-meet winning streak to 58 and now has 45 career pins, one shy of the school record.

Against Ohio, Kilgore gave the Golden Flashes their first lead (9-3), which they kept throughout the dual.

"I thought our guys wrestled hard and were the more aggressive team," KSU coach Jim Andrassy said. "Our young guys are learning to win and our older guys are doing what we expect them to do."

Kilgore's win came on the heels of a 6-0 shutout by senior Casey Newburg, who used a third-period takedown and tilt to secure his victory.

Senior Stevie Mitcheff turned Tyler Heminger twice in each period, cruising to a 21-3 tech fall at 125. Freshman Mack McGuire appeared to be in control of his 133-pound bout before giving up a four-point move in the third period. McGuire stayed aggressive late in the third and into overtime as he finished off a shot for a 9-7 victory.

Two matches later, the Flashes found themselves in another nail-biter at 149. Redshirt freshman Nick Carr trailed 6-2 after the first period and 7-5 late in the third before a takedown with under 20 seconds to go also helped secure 1:06 of riding time and an 8-7 win.

Senior Tommy Sasfy countered a Sparty Chino shot for a key takedown in the first period and hung on for a 5-2 victory. Sophomore Caleb Marsh closed out the night with a 2-1 victory over Harrison Hightower.

Against Clarion, freshman Mack McGuire (19-12) notched his fourth pin of the year while Kilgore secured his patented cradle 2:09 into the first period against Justin Ortega.

Also collecting bonus points for the Flashes was Newburg (27-4) with a 21-5 technical fall following a relentless third period. Mitcheff was also dominant form the neutral position, scoring five takedowns in an 11-4 win.

Marsh (16-6) claimed a comfortable 6-0 victory at 165, freshman Sam Wheeler earned a 7-2 win with takedowns in each period, and senior Keith Witt put the finishing touches on Kent State's weekend sweep with a 6-1 victory over Phillip Catrucco at heavyweight.

GYMNASTICS

Kent State took second place at Penn State with a team score of 195.450, defeating the host Nittany Lions (194.300) and Towson (192.175) while falling to No. 11 Minnesota (195.525) on Saturday.

Leading the way for the Golden Flashes were sophomore Amiah Mims and junior Marie Case. Mims' top score of the night was a career-best 9.800 in the uneven bars, good for second overall in the event. She also tied another personal record with a 9.750 on the balance beam. Mims earned a 9.750 on vault and a 9.775 on the floor exercise to take third place in the all-around with a personal-best 39.075.

Case took third on the balance beam with a score a 9.875 and fourth in the all-around with a total score of 39.025.

Senior Rachel Guida was the only individual winner for the Flashes, taking the uneven bars crown with a personal-best 9.875. Other personal bests were turned in by sophomore Kelsey Lawless (uneven bars, 9.800), junior Ashley Transue (uneven bars, 9.775), freshman Katlin Isaacs (floor exercise, 9.750), freshman Nicolle Eastman (9.725 on beam, 9.750 on floor), sophomore Chelsea Drooger (uneven bars, 9.775 and beam, 9.725) and senior Felicia Charles (vault, 9.700).

Kent State will have its first home meet of the season Friday against Western Michigan and George Washington.

ACADEMICS

On the playing fields and in the arenas, Kent State athletics had its most decorated calendar year in history. The Golden Flashes also had their best calendar year in the classroom, including an unparalleled fall semester (2012), which saw 257 student-athletes achieve a 3.0 grade-point average or higher. Collectively, Kent State's teams combined for a 3.07 grade-point average this past semester, raising its cumulative GPA to 3.05.

"Our student-athletes have done a great job of taking advantage of campus resources and athletic academic support services," Director of Student-Athlete Development Angie Hull said. "And our coaches continue to recruit with high academic standards."

Ten Golden Flashes teams recorded term GPAs over 3.0 and carry cumulative GPAs over 3.0. Of those 10 teams, four notched GPAs over 3.4, including softball and women's cross country, which eclipsed 3.6. Softball, football and baseball all had their best fall semesters in school history.

Baseball's 3.265 was its highest term GPA in team history in any semester. Football's 47 players (41%) with a 3.0 or higher GPA was its highest in-season amount in program history. Volleyball's 3.351 was its highest in-season GPA since 2006.

Individually, 25 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA this past fall. Those elite members were also among the 30 percent of student-athletes (135) with a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Of the nearly 450 student-athletes at Kent State, 58 percent had a fall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Each student-athlete from that group will be recognized at halftime of the Feb. 13 men's basketball game against Miami.

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