Jan. 14, 2012
KENT, Ohio - Juli Accurso set a new school mark in the 1000m, Abbie Selhorst ran away from the field in the 5000m and the Ohio distance medley relay team took first place at the Doug Raymond Invitational on the campus of Kent State University this afternoon.
Accurso, a sophomore, bested her mark in the 1K by more than two seconds and won the event with a time of 2:56.45. Selhorst, a senior, won the 5K with a time of 18:16.26. Teammate Emily Skidmore placed second in the event with a time of 18:56.30. Ohio's DMR "A" squad was also victorious against teams from Dayton, Kent State and Robert Morris, finishing in a time of 12:07.92.
In the 800m, Ohio placed five runners in the top 12 and senior Hope McCarty finishing second with a time of 2:18.21. Brittany Tyree finished fourth, (2:19.59), Courtney Weiss finished sixth (2:20.21), Erin Gale finished 10th (2:23.63) and Delaney Bolger came in 12th (2:24.37).
In other distance events, the Bobcats received a second-place finish in the mile from sophomore Melissa Thompson and placed three runners, Ashley Waddington, Hannah Charbel and Lauren Adkins in the top 20.
In field events, Ohio had its most success in the weight toss with four individuals in the top 15. Junior Kristen Mason led the way, placing ninth with a throw of 15.76m. Donyelle Brown (11th), Brianna Allen (12th) and Lauren McCullough (15th) completed the quartet. Alexis Geiger had Ohio's best field finish of the day, placing sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.15m and a total of 16-10.75. Freshman Chanda Cuckler also finished in the top 20.
Cuckler was joined by new two-sport standout Serena Warner in the high jump. The duo placed 12th and 11th respectively. Brown and fellow freshman Janiece Ross were eight and 11th respectively in the shot put, Katie Eastman was 14th in the triple jump and Jamie Fisher was 20th in the pole vault.
In the sprints, Kaylah Howard and Geiger earned top-20 finishes in the 50m and Cuckler earned another solid finish, placing 11th in the 60m hurdles.
Ohio Track and Field is off next weekend before competing in the Youngstown State Invitational on January 27.