Feb. 25, 2006
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - On Saturday, the last day of Ohio's indoor track season, Dan Bailey (Uniontown) led the Bobcats with a total of 13 points, placing in three separate events at the Mid-American Conference Championships.
"Obviously, he had one of the top performances of the meet for us," said Head Coach Clay Calkins. "He did a great job for the two days, making the finals in the 200 and 400 and also running anchor in the 4x400."
Eastern Michigan ran away with the men's team title, scoring 171 points, while Kent State claimed second with 134 points. In the women's division, Akron mounted 118.50 points, edging out Ball State's 105 points to take the team title.
The Ohio men finished day two with 37 points for a total of 46, 21.5 more than last year. Still, the Bobcats were unable to get out of sixth place in the six-team meet after finishing fifth in 2005.
"Getting more points is great, but we finished a place higher last year," Calkins said. "The layout of the meet was different this year. 212 won the title last season, so the points were more evenly distributed throughout all six teams this year.
"With that said, I would rather have fewer points and finish higher," he added.
Having already earned MAC Track Athlete of the Week honors this season, Bailey did not disappoint at Bowling Green's Perry Field House. He finished fifth in the 200-meter dash (22.13) and fourth in the 400m (49.10) for a total of nine points. Dustin Holm (Thornville) took seventh in the 400m for two points.
Both men would help the 4x400 squad that also included John Willis (Troy) and Kevin Kappers (Cincinnati) finish fifth at 3:22.64, only three seconds behind Central Michigan's winning team. Chip Cox (Columbus) earned the other points in the sprints, finishing seventh in the 60m finals.
Scott Mayle (Philippi, W.Va.) qualified for the 60m finals on Friday with a season-best 6.85. However, he only managed a 22-11 mark for fifth place in the long jump Saturday morning and was later scratched from the 60m event due to injury. Coming into the championships, Mayle had the top long jump mark at 24-11.75 and was hoping to earn his third MAC indoor long jump title.
On the distance side, after taking fourth in the 5000m on Friday, Austin Schiele (Hudson) completed the meet by placing fifth in the 3000m with a season-best 8:28.67. Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) finished close behind at seventh. King alongside Todd Fraser (Lockport, N.Y.), Drew Fattlar (Westlake) and Kevin Kappers (Cincinnati) edged out Buffalo on Friday to take fifth in the distance medley relay.
"That's just fantastic for Schiele to pull that double off," Calkins said. "It just shows his maturity and willingness to go the extra mile for us."
In the field events, the Bobcats were shutout in the throws but earned 11 points in the jumping events. Jeremy Keesee (Marysville) placed fourth in the high jump with a season-best 6-8.75. Tyler Edwards (Lancaster) used a season-best 22-07.25 to finish two places behind Mayle at seventh. Luke High (Cambridge) took sixth in the heptathlon with a season-best 4307 points, only eight points away from claiming fifth.
The Bobcat women ended their season on a down note, only earning three points in the twelve-team competition below Northern Illinois' 13.75 points. All three points came on Friday after Carime Reinhart (Bascom) took sixth in the 5000m. Reinhart came close in the 3000m on Saturday but placed 11th. Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) finished ninth in the shot put at 45-05.25, four inches below eighth.
"There's a lot of work that needs to be done on improvement for outdoors," Calkins said. "We're just going to have to get more points across the board."
The Ohio track and field team will now prepare for winter quarter final exams. The outdoor season kicks off on Friday, March 24, with the Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington, N.C.
Bobcat fans will get a chance to see the student-athletes at the Goldsberry Track in Athens on three separate occasions: the Ohio Invite (March 31-April 1), the Bobcat Invitational (April 15) and the Ohio Open (May 5). Toledo will host the 2006 MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships (May 11-13).