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By mrasor Published: March 5, 2006


Akron has three athletes going to the NCAA Championships in Arkansas this weekend. They are each experienced in the national competition, so they won't be peeing down their legs, like I certainly would be if I had a chance to be a national champion. They are...

  • Tomasz Smialek - senior high jumper. He is ranked ninth in the nation.

  • John Russell - senior pole vaulter. He has the nation's fourth-highest jump this year.

  • Natalie Sako - junior high jumper. She is also ninth in the nation.

Unfortunately, Jennie Castle and Beata Rudzinska will not qualify. They are elite athletes who were expected to make it to nationals.

As far as the team aspect goes, Akron's women have a chance to do something that has never been done in the MAC -- win the triple crown. To do that, a team must win the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track championships in one school year. Akron is two-thirds of the way there. The women will begin outdoor competition at the end of March in North Carolina.

Swimming and diving

After speaking with one of the players, I have heard that coach Brian Vereb resigned because his wife got a good job in another area. From what I hear, a replacement probably is not already on the staff. Good luck hunting, Mack.


Akron has split so far against Eastern Kentucky this weekend. The Zips are now 5-2, having played series against Arkansas State and Morehead State. The Zips play again this afternoon against Eastern Kentucky before heading to Knoxville, Tenn. to play a two-game series against the nation's ninth-best team, Tennessee.

First baseman Kurt Davidson continues to mash. He has five homeruns this season. Meanwhile, Ross Liersemann leads the team with a 1.88 ERA.


Akron moved to 5-4 after splitting two nonconference games at the Red and Black Classic this weekend. Today, the Zips will play Louisville, which is ranked No. 21 nationally.

Megan MacKenzie threw a shut out to beat Wright State, further proving she can strike out more than a college student with a flimsy bat. In the next game, Akron lost to Western Kentucky.


Akron won its home opener Friday against California (Pa.), 6-1. The Zips are a young team and will hit the road for five-straight matches away from LaTuchie Tennis Center in Stow.

Friday's singles winners include Kerry Langworthy, Amy Sherlock, Jenna Larson, Alyssa Carlson and Jennifer Ales.

Men's basketball

Keith Dambrot received the first of several honors he is sure to get in the next few months. named Dambrot its MAC Coach of the Year. For these awards, it will come down to Dambrot or Kent State's Jim Christian.

Other awards include...

  • Player of the Year - Joe Reitz, center from Western Michigan

  • Freshman of the Year - Carlos Medlock, guard from Eastern Michigan

  • Sixth Man of the Year - Kevin Warzynski, forward from Kent State

  • Defensive Player of the Year - Nathan Peavy, forward from Miami


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