UT runner sets new MAC record

4/11/2012
BLADE STAFF
UT-runner-Emma-Kertesz

UT runner Emma Kertesz.

The Blade

UT runner Emma Kertesz.
UT runner Emma Kertesz.

University of Toledo junior distance runner Emma Kertesz set a new all-time Mid-American Conference record in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational last weekend.

Her time of 33:28.58 qualifies her for the USA Olympic Trials this summer in Eugene, Ore., as well as the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Jacksonville, Fla. Kertesz finished 25th and was named the MAC Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

Also turning in a strong performance at 10,000 meters was sophomore Megan Vogelsong. Vogelsong was well under the former school record (Katherine Smyth's 34:43.10 in 2000) with her NCAA qualifying performance of 34:15.00. Vogelsong's time is the sixth-fastest time in MAC history.

INGERSOLL SELECTED: UT senior women's basketball player Courtney Ingersoll has accepted an invitation to play in the fourth-annual Jump25.com/Ohio College All-Star Classic on Saturday at Ohio Dominican University. The contest will feature Ohio's top Division I, II, III, and NAIA seniors and will tip off at 1:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall Gymnasium.

A 2011-12 third-team All-Mid-American Conference selection, Ingersoll averaged 11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals in a squad-best 35.0 minutes per game.

SPIRIT AWARD: UT sophomore women's basketball player Andola Dortch recently received the Chuck Ealey Undefeated Spirit Award at the UT's Songfest at Savage Arena. The award was presented in conjunction with the Chuck Ealey Foundation. Dortch becomes the third straight women's basketball player to garner this prestigious award, joining Allie Clifton in 2010 and Melissa Goodall in 2011.

The primary criteria for this honor was displaying an inspiring drive and leadership with their teammates, campus, community, and/or youth. The person must also possess strong family values with strong family support, as well as a strong focus on education and community/campus involvement.

The 2011-12 Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team all-league selection, Dortch has battled through two torn ACL injuries since arriving on campus.

BASEBALL HITS ROAD: The UT baseball team will travel Wednesday to Michigan for a 6:05 p.m. game. The Rockets, who are 14-18 after Tuesday's home win over Dayton, lost four of five games last week but closed the weekend with a 10-9 come-from-behind win over Central Michigan.

Michigan is 15-18 after losing Tuesday against Bowling Green.