OXFORD, Ohio – With the 2012-13 Miami Athletics season winding down, the final Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the week of May 20-26 are senior runner Jarrod Eick and junior pitcher Seth Varner on the men’s side and junior thrower Tori Paterra for the women.
Eick (Hartville, Ohio) had a strong showing at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C. in the 1500m, as he clocked a personal-best time of 3:44.12 in the first round on Thursday, which earned him a spot in the quarterfinals two days later. His time was the sixth-fastest qualifying time among the 48 runners in the first round and moved him up to fifth in school history. He entered the race seeded 36th with a time of 3:46.07, but vastly improved on both his seed and time. In Saturday’s quarterfinal, he posted a time of 3:51.58 to place 20th, finishing 16 spots ahead of his seed and improving on his 37th-place finish at last year’s East Prelims. It was his final race as a RedHawk, as only the top 12 advanced, but he finished his career with a Mid-American Conference title in the 1500m earlier this month.
Eick has now earned Miami Male Athlete of the Week six times in his career, including three times this year. He first collected the honor this year for cross country and has now garnered it for track twice this season and three times in his career.
Varner (Batavia, Ohio) earned Miami's win during the 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament, leading Miami to a 6-5 victory over Central Michigan in 10 innings. The left-handed reliever took the mound to start on Friday morning after the contest was suspended in the sixth inning on Thursday night due to rain with the game tied 5-5. Varner held CMU in check, allowing no runs or hits while retiring all 12 batters he faced, allowing the RedHawks to win in extra innings. He conceded just one walk, but picked the runner off trying to steal third base, while striking out four in four innings of work.
The Miami Male Athlete of the Week honor is the first of Varner’s career. He is the seventh different baseball player to be recognized as Miami Athlete of the Week this year.
Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) qualified for the NCAA Championships in the javelin on Saturday, the third straight year she punched her ticket to the NCAA meet. She becomes just the third RedHawk in program history to make the NCAA Championships three times. She qualified on her third and final attempt of the NCAA East Preliminary first round. Stuck in 23rd place heading into her last throw, and needing to finish in the top 16 to move on to the finals, Paterra rifled the javelin 47.22m/154-11 to make the finals in ninth. She then finished in 10th after the final round as the top 12 moved on to Eugene, Ore., which hosts the 2013 outdoor championships. She will compete at the NCAA Championships at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field on Wednesday, June 5 at 8:15 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. PT (local) and looks to repeat on her First-Team All-America honors from last year.
Paterra has now claimed Miami Female Athlete of the Week twice in her career, also earning the honor once last year.
With Paterra the lone RedHawk still competing this season, this is the last Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the season. For a list of this season’s winners, click here.
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