Feb. 18, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio men's and women's track and field teams finished the regular season at the non-scored Scarlet and Gray Invitational with three first-place finishes in The Ohio State University's French Field House.
Aileen Taylor (Twinsburg) won the 800-meter event at 2:24.28 with Melissa Gedeon (Delphos) finishing second close behind. Taylor and Gedeon then teamed with Maria Whitely (Elyria) and Jessica Kestler (Maineville) to win the 4x400 relay, finishing at a season-best 3:59.03, only three-tenths of a second ahead of Ohio State's squad. Julia Weisenborn (Bowling Green) took first in the 3000m at 10:44.14 with Lauren Birnie (Worthington) placing second.
The invitational was the last meet for the Bobcats before the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships. As a result, Head Coach Clay Calkins decided to rest several of his athletes in preparation for next week at Bowling Green. Some of the schools competing on Saturday included Ohio State, Marshall, Morehead State, Cincinnati and Dayton.
On the track, Tiara Jordan (Flushing, Mich.) and Chanelle Harmon (Cincinnati) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 55m dash. Harmon would also take fifth in the 200m behind Melissa Wiley (Columbus) at fourth-place. Wiley added a second-place finish in the 55m hurdles to Saturday's performance. Kestler and Gedeon finished second and third, respectively, in the 400m, and Kendra Churchill (Dublin) placed fourth in the mile run with a season-best 5:34.67. Laura Wetenkamp (Cincinnati) had the best time in the 1000m run for the Bobcats, taking third at 3:10.24.
In the field events, Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) set a new school record in the weight throw at 55-05.75 to place third, breaking the previous one she set at the Central Collegiate Championships two weeks ago. She also finished third in the shot put with a season-best 47-03. Tamara Fennell (Cincinnati) used a season-best 35-07.75 to finish second in the triple jump. Maleah Thornton (Williamsport) placed third in the high jump. Rachael Diehl (Lancaster) and Megan Crysler (Mentor) took second and third, respectively, in the pole vault.
On the men's side, Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) had Ohio's top mile run of the season at 4:19.35 to finish third. Kevin Kappers (Cincinnati) took third in the 600m, while Drew Fattlar (Westlake) placed third in the 1000m race. Todd Fraser (Lockport, N.Y.) had his best 3000m run of the season at 9:10.68 to finish fifth. Jarrel Taylor (Mentor) placed seventh in the 200m and tenth in the 55m.
Off the track, Jeremy Keesee (Marysville) tied Luke High (Cambridge) for the Ohio men's top placement of the day, taking second in the high jump with a season-best 6-07.50. High used a season-best 42-08 in the triple jump. Mike Goodrich (Fairlawn) tied for fifth in the pole vault with a season-best 14-03.50. Anthony Lyons (St. Paris) finished seventh in the shot put, while George Sarmiento (Centerville) placed ninth in the weight throw.
Next on slate for the Bobcats is next weekend's MAC Indoor Championships at Bowling Green's Perry Fieldhouse with the women's long jump and the men's pole vault kicking off the meet at 10:30 am on Friday, Feb. 24. The event concludes on Saturday, Feb. 25. Ticket information and schedule of events can be located here.