YPSILANTI, Mich — Former Covington standouts Jackie Siefring and Tara Snipes helped Akron pull of its first ever sweep of the Mid-American Conference track and field titles recently.
And it was not without drama.
Eastern Michigan trailedAkron women by two points heading to the final event — the 1,600-meter relay.
The Eagles won the race and appeared to be destined for the team title — but a protest was field on one of the exchanges and 45 minutes after the meet ended, it was upheld — giving Akron the title.
“This means so much for the program to win combined men’s and women’s championship,” Mitchell commented. “It came down to the wire for the women. There were lots of heroes on both teams. We asked a lot of the athletes and they responded. Along with super athletes, I have an amazing staff that is responsible for so much of this success.”
Siefring, a junior, won the women’s pentathlon for the second consecutive campaign cultivating a five-event cumulative score of 4,041.
Siefring opened the competition placing second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.66, before finishing fifth in the high jump eclipsing 5-4.50 (1.64m). She then closed the pentathlon with victories in the shot put (42-2.50/12.87) and long jump (18-11.75/5.79m) and placed second in the 800 meters (2:23.92) to earn All-MAC first-team accolades for the fourth time.
Siefring added a second-place finish in the long jump, with a leap of 19-10 1-2 and advanced to the finals of the 400 with a time of 56.30.
Snipes also played a key role, running a strong leg in the distance medley relay to help them to a second-place finish and earning second team All-MAC honors.
She teamed with Bailey Lack, Michalla Gordon and Mackenzie Andrews were timed in 11.42.83.
“It was a great first day as we had a lot of athletes come through today,” Mitchell said at the time. “It was a big Day for the long jumpers. Jackie (Siefring) had an amazing day qualifying for the 400 finals, while winning the pentathlon before going on to place high in the Long jump. What an amazing feat. The DMR’s were also very exciting.”
Siefring will compete in the Indoor Nationals at College Station, Tex., on March 11 and 12 in the pentathon and goes in ranked in the top 10 nationally.