AKRON, Ohio — Akron claimed its third consecutive Mid-American Conference Outdoor championship and fifth outdoor title in six seasons on Saturday at Lee R. Jackson Track and Field Complex.
The Zips are the first men’s program to win three consecutive MAC outdoor championships in the league since 1999.
A force throughout the course of the three-day meet, senior Nick Banke was named MAC Most Valuable Performer after tallying 26 points for the men’s team. He captured the second MAC title of his career Saturday, winning the discus with a mark of 182-09 and finished runner-up in the shot put and hammer Friday.
Freshman Shawn Barber, the league’s indoor champion in the pole vault, made it a clean sweep Saturday by winning the event with a championship meet record jump of 17-08.50, which earned him the MAC’s Most Outstanding Field Performance award.