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Trackwire's predictions

By mrasor Published: June 1, 2006


Neither the Zips men or women are expected to be among the nation's highest scorers next weekend.

However, says three Zips will place in the nation's top 10...

  • Ashley Kaufman, third in javelin

  • Tomasz Smialek, ninth in high jump

  • John Russell, third in pole vault

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, or USTFCCCA for short, named Kaufman the top field athlete in the Great Lakes District.

ESPN the Magazine named jumper Matt Yankie to its Academic All-District first team.

Baseball has a season recap. If you like unabashedly optimistic puff pieces, I recommend it.

It has one good point: Akron will lose little after this season, and also little after next. In two years, the Zips should be in the MAC Tournament.

Football wrote quite a bit about Jordan Mabin, one of the Zips recruiting targets, who has offers from Pitt, Marshall, Indiana, Kent State, Akron and, gulp, Notre Dame.

The 5-foot-11 speedster from Macedonia plays running back in high school but projects to cornerback in college. Pitt looks to have the advantage, according to this article. says Ohio State and Cincinnati also have an edge early in the process.

As I promised, I will go over the rest of the Zips' targets as soon as I get a chunk of time.

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