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Track Wins Both Ohio Invitational Team Titles

April 1, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - For the first weekend this year, Ohio competed at Goldsberry Track and came out victorious with both the men's and women's Ohio Invitational team titles.

Competing against athletes from eight different schools, the Bobcats won a combined 15 events and missed out on the men's 4x100 meter relay by one-hundredth of a second.

"Having Bowling Green here, it was nice to win both the men's and women's titles," said Head Coach Clay Calkins. "We had a lot of good things happen today on the track and field."

On the women's side, Ohio led the way with 228 points. Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green finished second with 195 points. Marshall (112.5), Malone (92), Ohio Wesleyan (58), Rochester (42.5), Rio Grande (18) and Shawnee State (13) rounded out the competition.

Following her regional qualifying performance in the shot put last week, Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) won her first shot put (46-11) and hammer throw (173-11) events of the outdoor season. The hammer mark is a personal-best and a new school record in the event. She held the previous record at 166-09, set last year at the All-Ohio Championships. She also placed sixth in the discus for a total of 24 points.

"She hit a personal-best in the hammer throw and continues to do exceptional for us," Calkins said.

Rachael Diehl (Lancaster) added a third field event victory for Ohio, winning the pole vault at 11-06.

"She just missed out on the school record (12-0, set by Jill Meranda in 2003), and I think she can get that in the next couple of weeks," Calkins said.

"Whenever school records are falling, the athletes and coaches are doing something right," he added.

The distance runners led the charge for the women, beginning with Andrea Maas (Cincinnati) taking first in the 10,000m (37:47.80) on Friday. Rachel Beakas (Waterville) and Carime Reinhart (Bascom) won the 5,000m (17:41.69) and 1,500m (4:46.12), respectively. Melissa Gedeon (Delphos) and Aileen Taylor (Twinsburg) finished first (2:21.27) and second (2:22.64), respectively, in the 800m.

Also on the track, Jessica Kestler (Maineville) won the 400m hurdles (1:03.45), and Ohio's relay squad won the 4x400 (3:56.20).

On the men's side, Ohio led the way with 209.5 points, well ahead of Ohio Wesleyan's 132 points. Malone (116.5), Rochester (115), Rio Grande (75), Shawnee State (18) and Marietta (9) rounded out the competition. Bowling Green's track club and Marshall's cross country runners also competed but were not officially part of the NCAA sanctioned event.

Dan Bailey (Uniontown) helped earn 38 of the points, winning the 200m (21.91) and placing second in the 400m (48.40), .07 seconds behind John Willis (Troy). Bailey and Willis also ran in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, finishing second both times behind Bowling Green's track club. In the 4x100 without the services of Scott Mayle (Philippi, W.Va.), Ohio had the lead but fumbled the stick near the end to miss first-place by one-hundredth of a second at 43.10.

Drew Fattlar (Westlake) and Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) won the 800m (1:58.06) and 1,500m (4:04.40), respectively. Tyler Edwards (Lancaster) and Jordan Sharpe (Tipp City) added victories in the long jump (22-02.25) and high jump (6-06), respectively.

Calkins believes the last-place finishes at the 2006 MAC Indoor Championships and the strong local support provided the team the extra motivation to win this weekend as the athletes continue to prepare for the May 11-13 MAC Outdoor Championships in Toledo.

"Everybody pulled through and had a really solid meet," Calkins said.

Next on slate for the Bobcats is a trip to Miami for the Miami Invitational on Saturday, April 8. The track team returns to Athens for the Bobcat Invitational on Saturday, April 15.