AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron track and field team returns to competition this weekend hosting the first of two home meets this season as the Zips welcome Ashland, Kent State and Youngstown State to the Lee R. Jackson Track and Field Complex for the Northeast Ohio Quad this Friday and Saturday, April 14-15.
Competition gets underway on Friday with the women's and men's hammer being contested starting at 3:30 p.m. Day two of the Northeast Ohio Quad commences with the women's javelin at 10 a.m. Running events kick off with the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 1:30 p.m. and are scheduled to conclude with the men's and women's 4x400 relays at 4:55 p.m.
The meet will be scored in a triple-dual format with scoring for events going 5-3-2-1 for individual events and 5-3 for relays.
A year ago, sparked by 14 first-place performances and a pair of school records from Clayton Murphy and Jackie Siefring (Covington, Ohio), the Akron men's and women's track and field teams each registered a trio of dual-meet victories to lead the Zips on the second day of the Northeast Ohio Quad at the Lee R. Jackson Track and Field Complex.
The Akron men's track and field team enters the week ranked No. 26 in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Team Rankings released on Monday, April 10.
The Zips are the highest-rated team in the Mid-American Conference and sit second in the latest Great Lakes Regional poll released this week. The Akron women's squad is ranked third in the most recent regional tally.
Additionally, the Zips' women's and men's teams are ranked 21st and 23rd, respectively, in the second men's and women's collegiate dual meet rankings of the 2017 outdoor campaign, as compiled by Jesse Squire for Track and Field News.
Akron currently has eight student-athletes ranked in the top-25 nationally by the Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS), including senior Phil Jagers (Solon, Ohio), who owns the best mark nationally in the discus (203-6).
Also rated among the top-25 is sophomore Matt Ludwig (Chardon, Ohio) (fourth in the men's pole vault – 18-4.50/5.60m), junior Terrell McClain (Youngstown, Ohio) (sixth in men's long jump – 25-6.25/7.78m), senior Matt Rowland (Bellevue, Ohio) (11th in the men's pole vault – 17-7/5.36m), senior Nikki Manson (Glasgow, Scotland) (12th in the women's high jump – 5-11.25/1.81m), senior Mike Ohiembor (Dayton, Ohio) (12th in men's triple jump – 51-11/15.82m), senior Joe Oduho (Erie, Pa.) (16th in men's long jump – 25-1.25/7.65m) and sophomore Curtis Richardson (Blacklick, Ohio) (18th in men's high jump – 7-1/2.16m).