By Allen Moff | Staff writer
Kent State's men's track and field team turned in seven first-place finishes, more than any of its competitors, while the women won six events at the Campbell-Wright Open last weekend in Akron.
Matthias Tayala's record-setting performance in the hammer throw highlighted the weekend for the Golden Flashes men's team. Tayala bested his own school record in the event by more than a foot with a mark of 235-1 to finish first among collegiate athletes. The throw ranks third nationally.
Miles Dunlap clocked a 51.11 to win the 400-meter hurdles and match the school record, which was first set by Bill Dobbertin in 1980.
William Barnes and Riak Reese were multiple-event winners for the Flashes. They were part of the 4x100-meter relay team along with Laron Brown and Wayne Gordon that helped Kent State claim first place with a time of 40.14.
Individually, Barnes ran a 14.11 to take first in the 110-meter hurdles. Reese won the 200 meters by clocking a 21.05, followed by Gordon (21.15).
Jared Fleming turned in the final victory on the track, running a personal-best 1:50.85 to edge teammate Jacob Swords (1:50.95) in the 800 meters.
Reggie Jagers won the discus with a personal-best toss of 194-2, just an inch short of tying assistant coach Nathan Fanger's school record set in 2000.
Michael King claimed the Flashes' final victory on the men's side in the shot put (57-11), while Justin Bailey took second in the triple jump (46-2).
Kent State's women were led by record-setting performances from Joh'Vonnie Mosley and Danniel Thomas.
Thomas won the discus with a mark of 194-10, which ranks second in the nation and broke her own school record. Thomas also took runner-up honors in the shot put (53-6.25).
Mosley broke a 25-year-old record in the shot put and took first with a throw of 55-1.
In her event debut, Dior Delophont improved in each of her first five throws and won the javelin with a mark of 147-7. C.J. Carlisle (Garfield H.S.) finished second with a throw of 143-1.
Hannah Fleck (2:10.16) and Lauren Burnett (2:10.78) each ran a personal-best in the 800 meters to capture first and second, respectively.
Taylor Wickey won the 1,500 meters by clocking a personal-best time of 4:36.57, followed by teammate Tabitha Jacofsky (4:37.71).
Roseanne Erickson captured first place in the 200 meters with a personal-best time of 24.24.
The Flashes also had second-place finishes by Jorian Ordway in the 400 meters (56.73) and Paige Foster in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:52.96).
Kent State heads to Athens next weekend to compete at the 2014 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Kent State finished 13th in the annual National Wrestling Coaches Association Division I All-Academic Top 30 with a team grade-point average of 3.159, while sophomore Mack McGuire and freshman Stephen Suglio were named to the Individual All-Academic Wrestling Team.
McGuire (27-15) earned his second straight trip to the NCAA Championships by finishing third in the 133-pound bracket of the MAC Championships.
Suglio placed in the top five at five different open tournaments this past season at 197.
Kent State senior Corey Conners was named MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week last week.
Conners, who has a 3.455 grade-point average in Actuarial Mathematics, took medalist honors while leading his team to victory at the MAC Championships. He shot 11-under 277 over four rounds at Prairie View Golf Club in Indiana to win his second MAC title.
No player has shot lower than 277 at the MAC Men's Golf Championships since Kent State's Ben Curtis in 2000, and Conners' third-round 65 was the lowest round at the event since 2005.
Kent State announced its All-Time Team, as decided on by 2,660 fan votes this past April:
n Pitchers: Andrew Chafin, Andy Sonnanstine, David Starn, Steve Stone;
n Catcher: Thurman Munson;
n First Base: Greg Rohan;
n Second Base: Jess Bechard;
n Shortstop: Jimmy Rider;
n Third Base: Andrew Davis;
n Infield: Rich Rollins;
n Outfield: Evan Campbell, Randy Bockus;
n Utility: John VanBenschoten;
n Head Coach: Scott Stricklin.
The All-Time Team is part of the 100 Years of Baseball Celebration that will take place at the game on Friday against Akron. The winners will be honored in a trading card set that will be distributed to the first 300 fans at the commemorative game.
The 100 Years of Baseball Celebration will include many throwback features in a nod to the original Kent State baseball team, the Normal Nine, which played its first season in 1914.
The 50th anniversary of Kent State's first MAC championship will be honored with recognition of the 1964 team. There will also be a re-dedication of Rollins Way at the stadium prior to the game at 4:50 p.m. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Kent State junior outfielder Dani Ramos was named to the 2014 MAC All-Tournament Team. In three games Ramos hit .455 (5-for-11).
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