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Women Take Second, Men Fourth at Cape Fear Classic

March 25, 2006

Cape Fear Classic Stats      Raleigh Relays Stats

RALEIGH and WILMINGTON, N.C. - The second and final day of competition in North Carolina wrapped up at the Cape Fear Classic and Raleigh Relays Saturday with the Ohio men's and women's track teams finishing fourth and second, respectively, at the Classic.

While the men's and women's teams participated in the Cape Fear Classic in Wilmington with eleven other schools, 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.

UNC Wilmington won both team titles. In eight scored events on the women's side, the Seahawks scored 65 points with Ohio finishing second at 49 points. Maryland-Eastern Shore (29), Christopher Newport (23) and Virginia Military Institute (17) rounded out the top five.

Participating in seven of the eight scored relays, the Bobcat women finished first in four of the races: the 4x400 (4:01.76), the 4x800 (10:02.21), the 1600m sprint medley (4:06.69) and the distance medley (12:26.40).

In the non-scored events, Rachael Diehl (Lancaster) won the pole vault at 3.50m. Tamara Fennell (Cincinnati) took second in the triple jump at 10.98m with Brittany Vinson (Amelia) placing eighth at 10.41m. Melissa Gedeon (Delphos), Melissa Gressick (Lancaster) and Maleah Thornton (Williamsport) finished sixth (1.58m), eighth (1.58m) and ninth (1.53m), respectively, in the high jump.

The Seahawk men were victorious with 68 points, far ahead of VMI's 38 points. Maryland-Eastern Shore (27), Ohio (26) and Christopher Newport (23) rounded out the top five.

With several runners in Raleigh, the men participated in only six of the eight races, finishing as high as second in the distance medley (10:45.02).

Anthony Lyons (St. Paris) took second in the shot put (15.00m) and discus (47.00m). Jordan Sharpe (Tipp City) finished fourth in the high jump at 1.98m, and Mike Goodrich (Fairlawn) placed fourth in the pole vault at 4.14m.

In Raleigh, a day after qualifying for the regionals in the shot put, Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) finished 10th in the hammer throw at 163-00. Chelsea Stephan (Brookville) and Susan Plungis (Great Barrington, Mass.) placed 14th (111-01) and 24th (99-05), respectively, in the javelin.

On the men's side, in his first race of the outdoor season, Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) finished third in the 3,000m steeplechase at 9:07.43, only .43 seconds away from qualifying for the regionals. Jason Linton (Vincent) took ninth in the 1,500m at 3:52.98.

On tap for the Cats is a return home for the Ohio Invitational on March 31 - April 1.