Track and Field hosts final home meet of season

Jody Michael

Kent State’s track and field teams host their final home meet of the season tomorrow to prepare for next week’s Mid-American Conference indoor championships.

Last week, the Flashes finished in first or second place in nine different events at the Akron Invitational. The MAC rewarded junior Destin Heasley and sophomore Diana Dumitrescu for their performances with athlete-of-the-week honors. Both set field house records in their respective events.

Dumitrescu is the MAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after winning the women’s pentathlon with 4016 points, surpassing her personal best of 3,902. She finished 278 points ahead of the nearest competitor and also set a school record.

“One of the highlight performances of the meet was Diana Dumitrescu smashing the school record,” said head coach Bill Lawson. “She punched her ticket to the national championships.”

Her total is the fourth-best in the nation so far this season and second-best in MAC history.

Heasley won the men’s 800 meter run with a 1:49.06 time that was not only the best ever recorded at Stile Field House, but also an improvement of the personal best he set last week.

“Destin Heasley ran incredibly well,” Lawson said. “He ran a good, clean race.”

This is Heasley’s second consecutive MAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week performance.

The Kent State Tune-Up runs from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the field house.

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