Taking six athletes to nationals is pretty good, and in fact, it ties a school record.
But coach Dennis MItchell wanted more.
He would've liked to see Beata Rudzinska advance, and he thought Ashley Kaufman and John Russell -- who still advanced -- could have done better.
"I felt we could have come away with three regional titles," Mitchell said. "However, the most important part of the regional meet is to qualify for the NCAA Championships."
Mitchell was happiest with Randall Hafner and Auston Papay who took fourth and 10th respectively in the discus.
"I was very proud of our male discus throwers," Mitchell said. "What a day they had. Our throws coach Brian Forrester does an amazing job with his athletes."
Although six national qualifiers ties a school record, four male qualifiers is a new Akron high. With Tomasz Smialek's first-place showing in the high jump, Akron has had a regional champion in each of the last three years (Russell in 2005; pole vaulter Kira Sims in 2004).
Natalie Sako has perhaps the most experience of all the qualifiers. She will high jump at nationals for the fourth time.
The event begins two weeks from now in Sacramento. CSTV will air Friday's action at 8 p.m. CBS will show Saturday's finals at 3:30 p.m.
Speaking of recruits, I want to go over some of the players to whom coach J.D. Brookhart has offered a scholarship.
It's just too nice of a day to stay in my room typing.