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The Zips were picked to sweep the Mens and Womens titles in indoor Track and Field, and if you want to see something kinda cool this weekend, Saturday is the Pole Vault Convention, the 6th since its inception, and of course Akron has produced a world champion, a few NCAA champions, and many National team vaulters from Germany, England and the U.S.  The Elite competition is Saturday night at 7, and then on Sunday there is a full collegiate indoor meet to kick off the home season, starting at 3 pm.  Too early for great performances, but lots to showcase for the season.

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Kind of a low key affair this past weekend, T & F held their first Open Meet to coincide with the Annual Pole Vault Convention, but some nice results.  On the women's side Dara Perry had a nice 60 dash, and it looks like having Olympian Bridget Franek on the staff is paying off in the distances, with Haley Hess winning the mile, Ashley Murray taking the 3,000 and freshman Lean Recker winning the 800.  Multis talent Jackie Siefring got some workout in the individual events and won the long jump, and Olivia Snyder took the win in the shot put.  Lucy Bryan is a real class vaulter and placed 3rd in the Elite group.

 

Taron Slone took the 200 on the men's side, while Garret Crichlow won the mile, Freshman Marc Migliozzi won the 3k and Preston Fillman took home a double with wins in the 60 Hurdles and the Long Jump.  NCAA finalist Curtis Richardson got the season off with a nice win in the high jump and NCAA champ Matt Ludwing won the Elite PV in a jump off against former Zip and World Champion  Shawn Barber.  One of the Zips Football team members OL Nick Fazio threw int he weights, but no sign of Jovann Letuli or Kwadarrius Smith...too early to get them back in if they come at all. 

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Zippys do well at U of Kentucky Invitational on weekend, with Matt Ludwig winning the pole vault, Lucy Bryan taking second in the PV, Mackenzie Andrews in 2nd in the 3K.  Kwadarius Smith was at 6.72 in the 60, 3rd fastest Zip time ever.  Andrews time was 2nd fastest in the nation this season, and Ludwig's vault 2nd best in nation as well.  Dual with Portage Community College this Friday at Kant State, Wagon Wheel points achievable.

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Well that really sucks.  We lost to the Golden Flashes, and Wagon Wheel points, in botht eh men's and the women's cometitions in a freakin' dual meet. And watching Coach Mitchell's post meet interview, he looks worried.  Evidently lots of guys and gals out with injury or sick, but he made it sound like he was semi-blaming the injuries and illnesses on the athletes not training right.  Okay, well the Akron Invitational is two weeks away... 

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The wagon wheel competition only counts team scores at the MAC championships on Feb 24th.  Thankfully, the dual meet won't count against us.  

 

I keep the wikipedia page updated, and included the dates that points will be counted this time around : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagon_Wheel_(trophy)

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On 1/23/2018 at 8:58 AM, Aaron said:

The wagon wheel competition only counts team scores at the MAC championships on Feb 24th.  Thankfully, the dual meet won't count against us.  

 

I keep the wikipedia page updated, and included the dates that points will be counted this time around : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagon_Wheel_(trophy)

Thanks Aaron!  Appreciate the update.

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After watching the debacle that was the Zips vs. Toledo basketball game yesterday, wandered into Stile Field House and watched the finals of the Akron Invitational Track meet.  A needed pick-me-up.  To say Coach Mitchell and staff have their hands full to rebuild this squad is fair.  Only a few bright spots, not as deep as past teams.  Lucy Bryan, who I referred to as a "beast" earlier was all of that yesterday setting a new school record in the Pole Vault.  Mackenzie Andrews had a solid win in the 800.  Cody Stine cleared 7' in his High Jump win.  Matt Ludwig took the men's Pole Vault, and is #2 in the nation at this point.  Abby Wilson is getting stronger int he throws and won the discus and the shot.  Phil Jagers won the discus and the weight throw.  Jackie Siefring won the pentathalon with the #2 best performance indoors in the nation this year.  All good stuff.  But not a lot of depth on this year's team which will probably cost them the MACs, atleast on the women's side.  Lots of youngsters, but that's okay.  This staff always "coaches 'em up" with the best of them.  

 

And speaking of "minor" sports - the Swimming and Diving team got their first ever National NCAA ranking last week, breaking into the Top 25!  There is life near the JAR right now, just not in it!  :D

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So, GoZips.com has an article on it about the Men's and Women's track teams being ranked Nationally.  Good for them.  However, don't expect much news from the post season.  As far as the NCAA Indoor Championships are concerned,  it will be a lonely group that goes.  Cody Stine has a shot at qualifying  for High Jump, he's at 7'1" now, #23, but has to hit 7' 2 1/2" right now by end of the MACs.  Matt Ludwig is a shoo-in for PV sitting #2 now and Lucy Bryan is as well, sitting #4.  Freshman Jenna Franz might have a shot at PV but must improve to 11' 11 3/4" (now at 13' 8 1/2") to make top 16 right now.  Jordan Latimer is at #11 in Long Jump and is probably safe, and Jackie Siefring is #3 in the Pentathalon, but is also #17 now in the LJ.  Slim pickins' after record number of Zips going last few seasons.....

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Not much to do on campus as far as sports were concerned last night, but the track and field team hosted Buffalo and Youngstown State at the Zips Invitational with a week to go until MACs.  Low keyed affair for the most part, but that gave the underclassmen and "second teamers" a chance to perform against their previous best efforts and it seemed like a dozen or more athletes rang toe cowbell signifying new PRs.  Looking at rankings for the top Zips in the MAC this indoor season, I'd be surprised with a better-than-third-place performance for the men as well as the women, with Eastern and Kent probably going 1-2 on both sides.  But the Zips are always up for the challenge, and a few surprises would help.  Phip Jagers, the #1 discus thrower ever in the MAC was honored last night as the lone Senior from Indoors....but unfortunately there is no Discus indoors for the MAC.  But still....GO ZIPS!

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