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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Lugaila is the first Bobcat this season to qualify for the regionals.
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Lugaila is the first Bobcat this season to qualify for the regionals.
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March 24, 2006

Cape Fear Classic Stats  Raleigh Relays Results

RALEIGH and WILMINGTON, N.C. - Jaclyn Lugaila opened the outdoor track season for the Bobcats by qualifying for the NCAA Mideast Regional with a throw of 47-10.50 at the Raleigh Relays.

 

While the men's and women's teams participated in the Cape Fear Classic in Wilmington with eleven other schools, Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) and several other Bobcats represented Ohio at the Raleigh Relays against athletes from over 80 schools.  Both meets are two-day events, but the Classic is the only team-scored meet.  

 

To qualify for the regionals in the shot put, a woman needs a 14.30 meter mark.  Lugaila finished third at 14.59m (47-10.50), the third best mark in Ohio women's track and field history. 

 

Also participating in Raleigh, John Willis (Troy) and Dan Bailey (Uniontown) finished eighth (48.41) and 18th (49.13), respectively, in the 400m.  Jeremy Keesee (Marysville) took ninth (6-04.75) in the high jump.  Carime Reinhart (Bascom) and Andrea Maas (Cincinnati) placed 15th (17:06.45) and 28th (17:42.77), respectively, in the 5,000m.  Craig Leon (Van Wert), running unattached, and Austin Schiele (Hudson) placed 17th (30:48.58) and 19th (30:52.95), respectively, in the 10,000m.  Chelsea Stephan (Brookville) took 35th in the discus (113-10).

At the Cape Fear Classic through one event scored, the distance medley, Ohio leads the women's meet with 10 points followed by UNC-Wilmington with eight and Maryland-Eastern Shore with six.  Ohio won the event at 12:26.40, 40 seconds ahead of the Seahawks.  

 

The women had six other top-10 finishes.  Melissa Wiley (Columbus) finished second in the 100m hurdles (14.59).  Chanelle Harmon (Cincinnati) placed eighth in the 100m (12.49).  Kelly Friedmann (Cincinnati) took fifth in the 1,500m (5:17.70).  Maleah Thornton (Williamsport), Brittany Vinson (Amelia) and Tamara Fennell (Cincinnati) finished third (5.28m), fourth (5.27m) and tenth (4.91m), respectively, in the long jump.    

 

On the men's side, UMES heads the field with 10 points while Ohio (8), UNCW (6) and Mount Olive (5) trail entering tomorrow's full slate.   Ohio finished 10 seconds behind at 10:45.02 in the distance medley. 

 

Even without having one participant in the sprints, the Bobcats had three other top-10 finishes on Friday.  Shamus Eaton (Uniontown) took first in the 10,000m at 32.23.24.  Brad Hershey (Fremont) placed 10th (43.70m) in the hammer throw, and Chris Campbell (Cincinnati) took ninth (43.92m) in the javelin with Zach Miller (Cambridge) finishing eleventh (40.50m).

 

On Saturday at the Raleigh Relays, Bailey and Willis will run in the 200m.  Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) will participate in the 3,000m steeplechase.  Schiele will run in the 1,500m with Jason Linton (Vincent).  On the women's side, Lugaila will try to qualify for the regionals in the hammer throw.  Stephan and Susan Plungis (Great Barrington, Mass.) will participate in the javelin.  

 

At the Cape Fear Classic, the 12 schools will compete in several relay events to try to claim the team titles.  Action starts at 10:00 a.m. with several non-scored field events, including the discus and high jump.