Feb. 4, 2006
KENT, Ohio - The Central Collegiate Championships concluded Saturday with a strong performance by 2005 Academic All-MAC honoree Dan Bailey that included two first-place finishes, guiding the Bobcat men to second, while Brittany Vinson's long jump victory helped the women's squad also claim second-place.
With Scott Mayle (Philippi, W.Va.) resting this weekend, the Ohio men scored 116.50 points as Kent State easily won the team title with 201 points. Grand Valley State placed third with 98.50 points, followed by Youngstown State and Detroit-Mercy.
In the women's division, Kent State dominated the competition with 181.50 points to end the day with both team titles. At 103 points, Ohio narrowly finished second by one point with Youngstown State taking third. Grand Valley State, Detroit-Mercy and Wright State rounded out the six-team championships.
Bailey's star shined the brightest for the Bobcats today as he finished the meet with a total of 28 points. A junior, Bailey won the 200m and 400m with a personal indoor-best time of 22.00 and 48.94 seconds, respectively. After the two victories, Bailey finished the day running anchor for the 4x400 squad alongside Dustin Holm (Thornville), John Willis (Troy) and Kevin Kappers (Cincinnati). The squad took second at 3:17.76. All three times are season-best marks for the Bobcats after four weeks.
"He had the top performance of the day at the meet," said Head Coach Clay Calkins. "He's only beginning to reach his full potential, so that's exciting to see."
On the track, Chip Cox (Columbus) recorded a career-best 6.95 to take second in the 60m dash. Holm claimed fifth in the 200m dash, and Willis took fourth in the 400m. Austin Schiele (Hudson) and Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) finished first (8:36.16) and second (8:47.00), respectively, in the 3000m. Drew Fattlar (Westlake) placed fourth in the 1000m. On day one, Shamus Eaton (Uniontown), Todd Holbrook (Dayton) and Chad Toussant (Minerva) took first, second and fifth in the 5000m.
In the high jump, Jeremy Keesee (Marysville) and Jordan Sharpe (Tipp City) finished second (6-06) and third (6-04), respectively. Tyler Edwards (Lancaster) took second in the long jump with a season-best 22-04.25 mark, while Bryan Miller (Falling Waters, W.Va.) placed fifth. Luke High (Cambridge) completed the heptathlon with 4,306 total points, a career high, to finish fourth.
On the track for the women, Jessica Kestler (Maineville) used a personal-best 58.31 in the 400m to finish second. Carime Reinhart (Bascom) and Rachel Beakas (Waterville) took second (10:14.29) and third (10:29.33), respectively, in the 3000m. Aileen Taylor (Twinsburg) claimed third in the 1000m at 3:02.95. The 4x400 squad, consisting of Kestler, Taylor, Chanelle Harmon (Cincinnati) and Melissa Gedeon (Delphos) took fourth. On day one, Andrea Maas (Cincinnati) and Kendra Churchill (Dublin) placed first and second, respectively in the 5000m.
In the field events, the freshman Vinson (Amelia) won the long jump at 17-05.25 and placed third in the triple jump at 34-07. Tamara Fennell (Cincinnati) finished third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump. Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) followed her Friday night record-breaking performance in the weight throw by taking second in the shot put at 46-10.25, which would be the second-best mark of the season in the Mid-American Conference coming into this weekend. Also on day one, Susan Plungis (Great Barrington, Mass.) finished second in the pentathlon with a career-high 2,819 points.
With a full compliment of athletes for next week, the Bobcats now set their sights on the All-Ohio Championships, set to take place in Findlay, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 11. The action is scheduled to begin at 11:30am in the Robert A. Malcolm Athletic Center.