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Pretty big news

By mrasor Published: April 2, 2006

Golf


Maybe this winning stuff is contagious. The golf team won its first tournament in nine years this weekend in Greenville, N.C. at the 16-team Bradford Creek Intercollegiate.


Freshman Vaughn Snyder was tournament medalist at 2-under. The team was 8-over as a whole. The next closest was St. John's at 15-over.


Remember when I said we will see surprises from sports other than basketball this spring? This is definitely one of them.


Baseball


Tom Farmer, the Zips started who was roughed up by Ball State last weekend, threw a complete game in Akron's 6-5 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday.


Kurt Davidson also blasted a three-run home run.


The Zips lost the first game, 4-2. The series finale is starting just about now.


Track


Akron dominated in Charlotte this weekend. The Zips broke four school records, won six events and notched 14 NCAA-qualifying marks. Here are some highlights...


  • All three of Akron's hammer throw participants qualified for the NCAA regionals. Jenna Strouse even set a school record with a throw of 181-07. Stevie Large and Amy Lavalley also will go to regionals.

  • Strouse, a senior, also qualified in the discus and shot put.

  • Liz Mangen broke the school record in discus. She will go to regionals, too.

  • Auston Papay broke the school record for discus. He will go to regionals in that event and also shot put.

  • Not surprisingly, Randall Hafner (no relation to Pronk) and John Russell will go to regionals in hammer throw and pole vault, respectively.

  • Beata Rudzinska won the 8000-meter race. She qualified for regionals.

  • Tomasz Smialek won the high jump.

  • The meet was not scored by teams, so it's hard to say exactly how the Zips stacked up against the elite field. Several other athletes won events and qualified for regionals. Click the link above to read about them.

The Zips will compete next weekend at the All-Ohio Championships in Columbus. The men and women won that competition last year.


This is a pretty big weekend for Akron athletics. However, it's also something you'll probably never read about in the Beacon Journal or see on the evening news. I don't blame those media sources; unfortunately, it's hard to get fan support for minor college sports.


Football


MACReportOnline.com has some interesting tidbits about last season and next. For example, it talks about a quarterback that transferred to Kent from a juco in California. Julian Edelman looks like a good catch for coach Doug Martin. He will have three years of eligibility.

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