If not for one measley point, Akron's men would have joined the women as MAC Champions.
Still, it was the highest finish ever for the men, and the fifth championship in the last six track seasons for the women.
Akron's Dennis Mitchell earned the Women's Coach of the Year Award. Stevi Large was the Women's Outdoor Athlete of the Year.
The women extended a two-point lead they held after day two to a 19-point trouncing of second-place Western Michigan. The men nearly completed a comeback after being in third place early in the weekend. Eastern Michigan (182 points) edged the Zips by one point in a three-team race that Kent State (178) was in, as well.
The men's title came down to the final event of the weekend -- the 4x400 relay, which the Eagles won by nine-tenths of a second over Akron's foursome.
Natalie Sako helped the Zips mount their lead by winning the high jump conference championship.
I plan to have more on this tomorrow.
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