March 29, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Ohio University Women's Track & Field team wrapped up its final day of competition at the Black & Gold Invitational in Nashville and now returns to Athens with a number of individual and team accomplishments.
In field events, the Bobcats were led by a superb performance from freshman Ashlee Bilhimer. The Gardner, Kan., native took first place in the event with an excellent throw of 39.82m. The mark earned the freshman her second-straight top-10 in the javelin this season. She will compete for Ohio in the MAC Outdoors in May after earning a javelin berth at last weekend's Wake Forest Open.
She was joined in the top-5 by a pair of Bobcats. Senior Lauren McCullough (Lancaster, Ohio) took third place with a solid throw of 36.04m, while senior Olivia Vitou (Rocky River, Ohio) took fifth place at 34.58m.
Senior Alexa Macri (St. Clairsville, Ohio) also earned her second-straight top-10 in the discus, finishing seventh with a mark of 39.08m.
Ohio's jumps unit was led by freshman Taylor Smith, who finished second in the high jump with a strong mark of 1.61m. In the long jump, freshman Olivia Mayfield finished sixth with a jump of 5.54m, while sophomore Erika Armstead (Cincinnati, Ohio) was 11th with a mark of 5.26m.
On the track, freshman Mackenzie Rankin (Louisville, Ohio) took seventh place in the 400m hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:07. Fellow freshman Tajah Smith (Copley, Ohio) came just short of placing in the top-10 of the 100m dash, finishing in 13th place overall with a time of 12.89.
In distance events, sophomores Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) and Krista Roehlig (Uniontown, Ohio) put forth top-15 performances in the 3000m run, as Scott placed ninth in 10:01.62, while Roehlig crossed the finish line in 10:15.75 to place 13th.
Sophomore Allison Roeth (Hudson, Ohio) took 14th in the 2000m steeplechase with a time of 7:35, while fellow sophomore Tessa Weigland took 10th place in the 1500m with a time of 4:52.97. Sophomore Sarah Kaufman (Zanesville, Ohio) was 15th in 5:04.23.
The Bobcats will return to action on April 5 for their first home meet of the 2013-2014 season when the Green & White host the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational. Events begin at noon.