CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced Monday the predictions for the 2018-19 Indoor Track and Field season. The Akron Zips have been selected by the league's coaches to take both the Men's and Women's MAC Championship titles.
The Akron Men will be looking for their seventh team championship title in program history. The Zips return several veterans to this year's squad including 2017 NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault Champion and four-time MAC Champion Matt Ludwig, two-time MAC High Jump Champion Curtis Richardson and 2018 heptathlon champion Kamar Majid.
Eastern Michigan was selected to finish second at the championship, with Buffalo completing the top-3. Central Michigan and Kent State round out the men's preseason rankings, tied for fourth.
In their quest to capture their seventh MAC Indoor Track & Field crown, the Akron Zips bring back to the field Lucy Bryan (Outdoor Pole Vault MAC Champion, First-Team All-America) and Jenna Frantz (2018 Freshman Field Performer of the Year – Pole Vault). UA also returns plenty of depth in the running events with two-time MAC hurdle Champion Dara Perry, Member Mackenzie Andrews (mid-distance), Bailey Lack (sprints), and Haley Hess (distance).
Eastern Michigan was selected to finish second. Kent State was voted to finish third, with Central Michigan and Toledo respectively round out the top five. Bowling Green fills in the sixth spot and Northern Illinois follows behind in seventh. Miami picks up eight, Western Michigan in ninth, and Ball State takes tenth. Completing the preseason rankings is Buffalo in eleventh and Ohio twelfth.
2018-19 Men's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll
1. Akron (5 first place votes) - 30
2. Eastern Michigan - 21
3. Buffalo - 17
T4. Central Michigan - 16
T4. Kent State - 16
2018-19 Women's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll
1. Akron (7 first place votes) - 132
2. Eastern Michigan (3) - 126
3. Kent State - 104
4. Central Michigan (1) - 95
5. Toledo - 89
6. Bowling Green - 78
7. Northern Illinois - 74
8. Miami - 67
9. Western Michigan - 59
10. Ball State - 57
11. Buffalo - 41
12. Ohio - 21