Feb. 26, 2010
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.- Ohio University Track and Field competed in the first day of the 2010 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships Friday on the campus of Central Michigan University. The Bobcats achieved solid marks, setting five team-bests and six individual season-bests on the day. Their conference foes proved to be quite strong, however, and after Friday’s final event Ohio was in tenth place with a total of six team points.
“A lot of the other teams (in the conference) performed really well today,” said head coach Clay Calkins. “We had an off day in some events.”
Freshman Alexis Geiger (Gallipolis, Ohio) continued her excellent season on Friday, setting team-bests in both the Long Jump (5.56m / 18-03.00) and the 60 Meter Dash (8.05). Though her marks were very solid, unfortunately neither one of them earned any points for the Bobcats on Friday.
Three Ohio student-athletes had good days in the 60 Meter Hurdles on Friday, as Sharon Gase (Plymouth, Ohio) set a 2010 team-best while teammates Christen Bosch (Rockbridge, Ohio) and Brittany Tyree (University Heights, Ohio) each crossed the finish line in personal-best times. Gase ran a 9.55; Bosch finished in 9.57 and Tyree crossed the line at 9.71.
The 400 Meter Dash was another good event for Ohio that did not yield any points. Kiley Mathews (Cortland, Ohio) ran a team-best 1:00.36 while teammate Danielle Winningham (Barboursville, W.Va.) finished in a season-best 1:00.49. Unfortunately, neither Bobcat qualified for the finals of the event.
The brightest spot of the day was at the 5000 Meter Run, as Kari Summers (Troy, Ohio) took third place with a team-best 17:19.11. This time shattered the prior 2010 best Ohio mark by over 50 seconds and resulted in all of Ohio’s six points. Jenielle Hunt (Pittsburgh, Pa.) also finished well in this event, taking 11th place with a time of 17:42.26.
“Kari was a bright spot today,” said Calkins. “She ran a great race.”
Freshman Brianna Shaw (Lorain, Ohio) ran a good race in the 800 Meter Run, finishing in a season-best time of 2:25.05, a mark that beat her prior time by more than three seconds.
At Friday’s conclusion, Kent State was on top with 35 points. Miami (31) and Western Michigan (29) were not far behind in second and third, respectively.
Saturday’s events will begin at 11 a.m. and include the Shot Put, Pole Vault, Triple Jump and One Mile Run, to name a few.