The Kent State University Department of Athletics hosted its third annual Athletics Scholarship Auction on Friday, April 25, at the M.A.C. Center. The event featured celebrity co-host Julian Edelman, a former star quarterback for the Golden Flashes who currently starts at wide receiver for the New England Patriots.
With Edelman's help, Kent State raised over $100,000 to benefit student-athlete scholarships -- over $70,000 more than last year.
"Over the past three years this event has grown substantially, both in attendance and in the number of items donated for the event," said KSU Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen. "Through the efforts of our organizing committee and staff, this event has provided resources that support and enhance the student-athlete experience."
The event featured both a live and silent auction that boasted over 100 items, including trips to Orlando (Fla.), Lake Tahoe and Cabo San Lucas, a bus trip with sideline passes for the Kent State vs. Ohio State football game that will take place Sept. 13, and a dinner for two with football legend and KSU alumnus Lou Holtz.
"This scholarship event was another great example of the passion our supporters, community, fans and alums have for Kent State athletics," said Flashes Senior Associate Athletic Director, Executive Director of Athletic Advancement Matthew Geis. "The support of our constituencies continues to play a vital role, ensuring our student-athletes realize success nationally in class, in competition and in life."
Kent State's Alex Miklos was named to the Capital One Academic All-District baseball team. The junior outfielder qualified by having a cumulative grade point average above 3.30. Miklos entered last weekend batting .360. with 18 doubles and 35 RBI.
n Senior first baseman Cody Koch was named MAC East Player of the Week after batting .600 in five games last week. Koch ripped four doubles and two home runs while piling up eight RBI.
Kent State sophomores Mack McGuire and Tyler Buckwalter were among 10 wrestlers named to the 2014 Academic All-MAC squad.
McGuire, a speech pathology major, earned his second straight trip to the NCAA Championships by finishing third in the 133-pound bracket at the MAC Championships. He finished second on the team in victories (27-15).
Buckwalter, a health and physical education major, carries a 3.92 cumulative grade point average in his third academic year at Kent State. After sitting out the beginning of the season with an injury, Buckwalter placed fifth at the MAC Championships.
Fifth-year senior T.J. Keklak was an honorable-mention choice.
TRACK AND FIELD
Jesse Oxley set a school record in the pole vault, earning one of 15 first-place finishes for Kent State at the Ohio Open last weekend in Athens.
Oxley cleared 17-3.75, edging the previous record of 17-3 set by Jamie Clymer in 1998.
Michael King won the shot put with a mark of 59-4; Jeremy Jancso took first in the high jump (6-0); Reggie Jagers won the discus (184-10); and Xavier Braxton won the long jump with a personal-best leap of 23-1.25.
Donovan Tolbert claimed the triple jump title by clearing 48-0.75, a personal best, while Granton Onken won the 1,500 meters in 3:58.35. William Barnes was a double-winner, capturing the 110-hurdles (14.26) and the 200 meters (21.67).
Miles Dunlap took first in the 400 meters (48.39), Riak Reese won the 100 meters in a personal-best 10.68, and Danny Young captured the 400-meter hurdles in 54.60.
The men's 4x100 relay team of Laron Brown, Reese, Nate Scales and Cody Seifert was also victorious (41.62).
On the women's side, former Garfield High School star C.J. Carlisle won the javelin throw with a heave of 150-5. Morgan Estes took first in the pole vault (12-5.5), and Erica Hutson notched a win in the 400 meters (55.76).
n Kent State took three of four MAC Athlete of the Week honors last week on the strength of stellar performances at the prestigious Drake Relays. Dior Delophont and Matthias Tayala were chosen MAC Field Athletes of the Week, while Wayne Gordon was named Track Athlete of the Week.
Delophont finished second in the high jump by clearing a personal-record 6-0.5, which is tied for sixth in the nation. She also finished seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 40-7.75 that leads the MAC.
Gordon placed sixth in the finals of the 100 meters with a time of 10.43, while Tayala finished first out of 27 participants in the hammer throw (231-6).
Kent State's Andrew Christopher and Max Plunkett were named to the 2014 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, comprised of football players from all divisions who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better throughout their college career.
Plunkett contributed to the offensive line and special teams last fall. Christopher entered the program as a walk-on, but earned a scholarship and played a major role on the Flashes' defensive line in his last two seasons.