Track & field
The University of Akron sent a program-high eight athletes and Kent State sent seven to Eugene, Ore., to compete in the Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
On the men’s side, Zips senior Bryan Jones and junior Alex McCune participated in the first five events of a two-day decathalon. McCune finished in 11th place with 3,961 points and Jones recorded 2,987 points, but was disqualified from the last event of the day (the 400-meter dash). Akron sophomore Shawn Barber was the runner-up in the pole-vault competition with a high jump of 5.65 meters.
Kent State junior Miles Dunlap placed 20th in the 400-meter hurdle semifinals with a time of 52.6 seconds.
In the women’s competition, Zips senior Alexis Cooks and junior Brittany Funk competed in the hammer throw. Funk finished fourth with a mark of 64.29 meters and Cooks was 17th with a 59.23-meter throw.
Golden Flashes junior Roseanne Erickson participated in the long jump and took 11th place with a 6.17- meter mark.
Today, Matthias Tayala will represent Kent State in the men’s hammer throw.
Akron’s Jones and McCune will compete in day two of the decathalon, and Cooks will participate in the discus throw for the Zips.
Devan Ahart, an outfielder from the University of Akron, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 16th round of the 2014 MLB first-year player draft Saturday. He was the 24th pick and taken 489th overall. Ahart is the 12th player in school history and fourth Zip in the last four years to be drafted, joining Akron alumni Andrew Brown (2012 to Colorado Rockies), Chris Bassitt (2011 to Chicago White Sox), and Drew Turocy (2011 to Boston Red Sox).
Twinsburg native and Case Western Reserve University junior pitcher Rob Winemiller was selected in the draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Winemiller was taken in the 25th round and 744th overall. He is the second player in Case Western history to be selected. (The other was Eric Macha in 2003 by the Oakland Athletics,)
The University of Akron men’s team announced it would be adding two more players to its team for the 2014-2015 season.
George Baylis of Ascot, England, and Yann Pfeiffer of Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France, joined the team on Wednesday morning.
Baylis joins the Zips squad after signing his national letter of intent. Pfeiffer is a transfer from Alabama State University and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
The 2014-2015 recruiting class also includes Elliot Grayson of Shelby, N.C., who signed his letter of intent in November.