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Track Finishes Day One at MAC Championships

Feb. 24, 2006

Final Stats  Saturday's Schedule

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bobcat distant runners shined on the first day of the 2006 Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships as Austin Schiele (Hudson) and Carime Reinhart (Bascom) both earned points in the 5000-meter race finals.  The Bobcat men will begin Saturday morning sitting in fifth place with the women in 11th. 


"It was nice to see Carime and Austin up on the awards stand," said Head Coach Clay Calkins. "Both did a great job against tough competition."


The men earned nine points after four scored events on Friday at Bowling Green's Perry Fieldhouse, only eleven points behind Akron.  Central Michigan leads the championships with 45 points, two ahead of Eastern Michigan.  Kent State (30) and Buffalo (6) are third and sixth, respectively.


Schiele took fourth-place for five points in the 5000m at 14:48.98, 18 seconds behind the winner, Central Michigan's Jeff Powers.  Consisting of Todd Fraser (Lockport, N.Y.), Kevin Kappers (Cincinnati), Drew Fattlar (Westlake) and Brian King (Richfield, Minn.), the distance medley relay squad finished fifth, four seconds ahead of Buffalo's team to earn Ohio's four other points. 


The Bobcats are poised to make a strong run against the competition as several sprinters qualified Friday for Saturday's finals.  In the 60m preliminaries, Scott Mayle (Philippi, W.Va.) finished third at 6.87, just .04 seconds off the school record he set back in 2003.  Chip Cox (Columbus) also qualified by placing sixth.


This was Mayle's first meet since competing on Jan. 28 at Ohio State.  He currently holds this season's top long jump mark in the MAC and will look to win his third career indoor title on Saturday.        


"Mayle looked great and will be ready to roll tomorrow in the 60 and long jump," Calkins said. "He'll be in the third-lane, so it should be a tight race to the finish." 


Dan Bailey (Uniontown) continued his hot streak by qualifying in the 200m and 400m.  Dustin Holm (Thornville) also qualified for the 400m.  Luke High (Cambridge) currently holds the fifth spot in the heptathlon after three events. 


On the women's side, the Bobcats earned all of its points Friday off Reinhart's performance.  She placed sixth with a season-best 17:24.62.  Andrea Maas (Cincinnati) finished tenth at 17:30.21, just 17 seconds away from earning a point as Ball State's Jill Scully took first.


In the 800m, Aileen Taylor (Twinsburg) placed eleventh with a season-best 2:18.02, just two seconds away from qualifying. Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) placed 14th in the weight throw at 53-02.25, two feet away from earning a point.  She will be aiming for a top-eight spot in the shot put on Saturday. 


Akron leads the 12-school competition at 35.50 points, half a point in front of Ball State. Ohio is two points ahead of Northern Illinois and only eight behind Bowling Green after six scored events.


The MAC Championships conclude Saturday at Bowling Green with the action kicking off at 10:30 a.m. with the men's long jump.