Jan. 24, 2014
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Behind a quartet of MAC qualifying performances, the Ohio University track & field team earned 71 points at the Tom Wright Classic Friday at Perry Field House.
The Bobcats were led by junior Donyelle Brown (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) who set a new school record in the weight throw after putting forth a MAC-qualifying throw of 17.83m. The mark was more than half a meter further than her previous high.
Senior Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) made her indoor season debut in convincing fashion, winning the one mile run in a MAC-qualifying time of 4:56.96. The Westerville, Ohio, native also finished eighth in the 800 meter run in a time of 2:28.13.
Sophomore Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) captured the high jump title after matching her personal best mark with a jump of 1.70m. The outstanding performance earned her a spot in the event at the 2014 MAC Indoor Championships at Kent State.
Cuckler also recorded a personal best in the 60m hurdles, where the Athens, Ohio, native placed third in 8.96. The time was less than two tenths of a second off the MAC qualifying mark. Sophomore Kristin Winkel (Avon Lake, Ohio) finished a spot behind Cuckler in fourth place after placing in 9:22.
Sophomore Caroline Hildebrand (Hilliard, Ohio) put forth a career performance in the 5,000m run, finishing second in a personal-best time of 17:33.48. The mark qualifies Hildebrand for the event at MAC Indoors.
“We had some outstanding MAC-qualifying performances from Melissa, Caroline, Chanda and Donyelle,” head coach Clay Calkins said. “I’m proud of their efforts today and look forward to them representing Ohio at the league meet.”
The Bobcats’ 71-point output placed Ohio third out of four teams at the event. Miami won the meet with a total of 132 points.
A number of Ohio student-athletes also put forth solid efforts to earn points for the Green & White.
Freshman sprinter Tajah Smith (Copley, Ohio) finished fourth in the 200m dash (27.20), while senior Kara Jackson (Bidwell, Ohio) placed fourth in the 400m dash in 1:00.15.
Junior Karissa Conrad (Lancaster, Ohio) finished fourth in the 600m in 1:40.93, while junior Delaney Bolger (Lebanon, Ohio) earned a fifth-place finish in the 800m run in 2:22.04.
In addition to Thompson’s strong performance in the one mile run, sophomore Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) placed fifth in the event in 5:19.05.
In other distance events, sophomore Krista Roehlig (Uniontown, Ohio) placed second in the 3,000m run in a time of 10:29.95.
In field events, sophomore Hayley Stegemiller (Lebanon, Ohio) competed with Cuckler in the high jump and placed fifth with a mark of 1.50m.
Olivia Mayfield placed third in the long jump (5.14m), while sophomore Erika Armstead (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished fourth with a mark of 5.13m. Mayfield also finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 10.13m.
Junior Janiece Rose (Franklinville, N.J.) paced the Bobcats in the throws department, placing fifth in the shot put in 12.59m. Rose also finished fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 15.27m.
Ohio splits up to compete in a pair of events in two weeks (Feb. 7-8). The ‘Cats will send a group of distance runners to take part in the elite Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., and also bring a contingent to the YSU Mid-Major Invitational in Youngstown, Ohio.