Jake Madonia Wins MAC Shot Put Crown

MT. PLEASANT, MI – Jake Madonia won the Mid-American Conference's men's shot put title as the league championships concluded Saturday at Central Michigan University's Jack Skoog Track.


Madonia claimed his first MAC indoor title after finishing third in the shot put in 2007 and 2009 with his final toss of the competition. Madonia's throw of 59-2.25 (18.04m) was 14 inches better than the second-place throw and the only throw to exceed 18 meters. He also added nearly seven inches to his NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the event. UB's Rob Golabek finished third at 56-8 (17.27m).

The Bulls picked up five second-place finishes on Saturday. For the men, Tomarris Bell took second in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 48-8.75 (14.85m), earning an IC4A qualification standard.Jamal Norward finished second in the men's 60-meter hurdles in 8.12 whileAustin Archibald was sixth in 8.27. 


For the women, Tiffany MaskulinskiKristy Woods and Jamiee McClary had second-place finishes. Maskulinski was second in the pole vault at 12-11.50 (3.95m) while Woods was the runner-up in the shot put at 52-1.75. McClary was in the final heat two races on Saturday, scoring a second-place showing in the 200-meters in 24.64. She also took seventh in the 60-meters (7.68).


Eugene Kennedy posted a pair of season-best performances in his two jumping events. Kennedy placed third in the men's high jump at 6-10.25 (2.09m) and fourth in the triple jump at 45-9.25 (13.95m).

Both of UB's 4x400-meter relay teams turned in third-place performances. The men's foursome of Ezekiel PorterIsaiah Mask,Shaun Brummert and Brian Smith finished in 3:19.15. The women's team of Allison GrimesJackie BurnsNatalie Fildes and McClary finished in 3:52.21. 


On the track, Brummert and Ryan Zillmann finished in fifth place in the 800-meters and mile, respectively. Brummert completed the 800-meter race in 1:55.19, Brummert crossed the finish line in 4:19.10 for the mile. Finishing in sixth place were Dan Harris in the 60-meters (6.94) and Smith in the 200-meters (22.52). Porter and Will Cole finished seventh (50.01) and eighth (50.77), respectively, in the 400-meter finals.


The UB men scored 72 total points in the two-day meet to place fourth among five schools. The UB women scored 46 points for a seventh-place showing as all 12 MAC schools competed. Eastern Michigan's men and Kent State's women won the team titles.


Final men's scores: Eastern Michigan 173, Akron 120, Kent State 113, UB 72, Central Michigan 49.


Final women's scores: Kent State 107, Central Michigan 100, Western Michigan 92, Miami (OH) 79.50, Eastern Michigan 75, Akron 61, UB 46, Toledo 44, Ohio 26.50, Ball State 25, Bowling Green 6, Northern Illinois 1.