By Allen Moff | Staff Writer
Kent State track and field athletes continued to notch personal bests in bunches last weekend at the Tennessee Relays.
William Barnes took second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.99, moving into third on the school's all-time list with his new personal-record.
Wayne Gordon (20.57) and Riak Reese (20.89) took second and fifth, respectively, in the 200 meters with personal-best times.
Jailyn Twitty finished sixth in the triple jump with a personal-best leap of 49-5.5. Jacob Swords set a new PR in the 800 meters, taking fifth in 1:53.13, while Reggie Jagers finished fourth in the discus (180-5).
Matthew Tobin (48.25) and Laron Brown (48.51) went fifth-sixth in the 400 meters, while Michael King took fifth in the discus with a personal-best heave of 167-8. In his first 5,000-meter run, Julian Meyer took fourth with a time of 14:35.07.
Kent State's relay teams also fared well. The 4x400-meter relay squad of Tobin, Miles Dunlap, Swords and Brown set a school record while finishing third with a time of 3:08.97.
The Flashes' 4x800 relay group of Swords, Marteze Roper, Grant Onken and Jared Fleming won in 7:33.89, while the 4x100 relay team of Nate Scales, Reese, Barnes and Gordon was also victorious in 40.33.
On the women's side, Roseanne Erickson broke a 26-year-old school record while taking second in the long jump with a leap of 20-8. Ann Marie Duffus set a new school record while winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.49, and was fourth in the long jump (19-8.75).
Danniel Thomas was a double-winner, claiming the discus (184-2) and shot put (personal-best 53-7). Dior Delophont also won an event for KSU, claiming the high jump by clearing 5-11.25.
Erickson took second in the 100 meters in a personal-best 11.64 that's tied for second on Kent State's all-time list. Raquel Smiddy (personal-best 146-11) and Ada Nicholson-Burley (146-4) went 3-4 in the discus.
Joh'Vonnie Mosley placed second in the shot put (personal-best 53-1) and fifth in the discus (162-2). Former Garfield High School star C.J. Carlisle was fifth in the javelin (142-7), and the 4x800-meter relay team of Lauren Burnett, Tabitha Jacofsky, Taylor Wickey and Hannah Fleck placed second (8:53.94).
Gordon (sophomore) was named MAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week after finishing first in the 100 meters at the Northeast Ohio Quad on April 4 in Akron with a time of 10.22, which leads the MAC and ranks eighth in the country.
Thomas was chosen MAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week after placing first in the discus at the Northeast Ohio Quad on April 5. The sophomore broke a 19-year-old record at Kent State in the discus with a toss of 186-6, which ranks first in the MAC and fourth in the country.
Kent State senior star Marie Case was named MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week after earning a trip to the NCAA Gymnastics Championships as an individual on April 5.
Case, an exercise science major who maintains a 3.515 grade point average, scored a 39.325 in the all-around at the Baton Rouge Regional to qualify for the NCAA Championships this weekend in Birmingham, Ala.
Case earned her best score in the floor exercise with a 9.900, good for fifth at the regionals. She was also named the NCAA Central Region Co-Gymnast of the Year.
Former Kent State guard Mike Roberts was one of 10 officials selected to work the 2014 Final Four at AT&T Stadium in North Texas. Roberts, who played 89 games for the Flashes from 1982-86, served as the standby official for Saturday's national semifinal contests and Monday night's championship game.
Beef 'O'Brady's is the sponsor of Kent State's 2014 spring game and youth clinic on Saturday, April 26. Both events at Dix Stadium are free.
The Flashes will take the field at 1 p.m. Live action can be heard on WHLO 640 AM, with Ty Linder and Rob Polinsky on the call.
Kent State's football and cheer clinic begins at noon and is open to kids ages 4-14. Participants will receive free meal vouchers for Brimfield's Beef 'O' Brady's. To register, call Dennis Watson at 330-672-8830.
On Monday, April 21, the Water Street Tavern in downtown Kent will host a Spring Football Radio Show. Fans can meet head coach Paul Haynes and other coaches beginning at 5:30 p.m., then Haynes and Linder will go on air at 6 p.m. Giveaways and prizes will be available throughout the show, including a signed Kent State football helmet.
Kent State junior centerfielder Alex Miklos was named MAC East Division Player of the Week a week ago. He batted .526 with a 1.105 slugging percentage and .609 on-base percentage in five games last week.
Miklos had an inside the park home run and a pair of stolen bases while lifting his conference batting average to .500.
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