Ohio Track and Field turned in some strong performances at the Youngstown State Invitational.
Jan. 27, 2012
Youngstown, Ohio - Juli Accurso and Melissa Thompson each won their respective races and Ohio earned 14 top-five finishes at the Youngstown State Invitational this evening.
Thompson, competing in the 3k for the first time this winter, was one of four Bobcats to crack the top 10. Freshman Morgan Reichert finished second, setting her personal best by almost 10 seconds. Abbie Selhorst and Ashley Waddington finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the same event.
Accurso won the mile, besting her own personal best by two seconds. Emily Pifer finished fourth and Hope McCarty placed eighth, attaining a new personal best by almost a full 10 seconds. Allison Stillwell missed winning the 5k by less than a second as the sophomore finished with a time of 18:09.40. Lauren Adkins was fourth with a run of 18:44.07.
In the field events, Alexis Geiger finished second in the long jump by .08 meters. Serena Warner placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 1.64 meters.
Three Bobcats placed in the top 10 of the 800 with McCarty leading the way. The senior finished third with Courtney Weiss finishing right behind her with a time of 2:19.63. Erin Gale ended in ninth place.
A trio of throwers placed in the top 10 of the weight as Kristen Mason, Brianna Allen and Lauren McCullough finished fifth, sixth and seventh. Freshman Janiece Rose had her best performance in the shot with a throw of 12.72 meters and Kristen Mason also cracked the top 10 with a throw of 12.18 meters.
Freshman Chanda Cuckler had an impressive third-place performance in the pentathlon and Ohio's 4x4 team finished fourth with a time of 4:02.75
Delaney Bolger earned a top-five mark in the 500 while Kiley Mathews finished seventh in the 400. Sophomore Olivia Vitou earned a personal best in 60 hurdles with a time of 9.61 seconds.
Next weekend the Bobcats will compete in the Meyo Invitational held at the University of Notre Dame. Competition begins Friday and will conclude on Saturday.