The University of Akron menís and womenís track and field team combined to win four events on the opening day of the Mid-American Conference championships at the Stile Athletics Field House in Akron.

Senior Alexis Cooks won the weight throw with a toss of 66 feet, 3 inches to win the third championship in her Akron career, and sophomore Jackie Siefring turned in a school-record performance in the pentathlon.

Siefring had a cumulative score of 4,215 to lead the Zips women to an overall one-point lead over Eastern Michigan after five events.

Matt Rowland won the pole vault with a jump of 17ĺ, and the menís distance medley of Garrett Crichlow, Taron Slone, Dan Zupan and Clay Murphy set a conference meet record with a time of 9:45.38.

The Zips men trail Eastern Michigan by 27 points in the overall standings.

Kent State senior Roseanne Erickson won the womenís long jump to lead the Golden Flashes.

The final day of the MAC championships begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Softball

The University of Akron defeated Nebraska Omaha 5-4 with a walk-off run in the second game of a doubleheader Friday at the Alabama State Tournament in Montgomery, Ala.

The Zips (3-9) lost 6-3 to Eastern Kentucky in their first game Friday. Carley Childress and Gabrielle Fredericks each had an RBI, and Erin Seiler struck out nine but allowed six runs on nine hits for her fifth loss of the season.

The Zips took a 4-1 lead over the Mavericks in the fifth inning of the second game, but the Mavericks rallied with three runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score 4-4.

Junior Savannah Fruin tripled to begin the bottom of the seventh inning and advanced to third when the Mavericks walked the bases loaded. Childress walked on four consecutive pitches to force in the winning run and give the Zips the win. Seiler (3-5) earned the win in relief.

ē Kent State defeated Louisville 13-9 on Friday at the Red and Black Classic in Louisville. Maddy Grimm hit two home runs and Shelbi Tilton, Erika Warren and Jen Cader each hit a solo home run to lead the Golden Flashes (10-1).

Baseball

Kent State defeated George Washington 6-4 in 11 innings Friday at the RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla. The Golden Flashes scored three runs in the top of the 11th inning on a throwing error for the win.