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Bobcats Place Second in Ohio Team Challenge

Erin Gale won the 1500 meter event for the Bobcats this afternoon.

April 7, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Track and Field opened the home portion of its 2012 outdoor season by placing second at the Ohio University Women's Team Challenge this afternoon at Goldsberry Track. Ohio won six of the 20 events, finishing only 24 points behind Marshall.

In the first event of the day, Ohio’s Donyelle Brown won the hammer toss with a personal-best throw of 48.21 meters and Brianna Allen placed fourth with a season-best toss of 45.11 meters. The Bobcats followed that with a win in the shot put thanks to Janiece Rose. The freshman won the event with Brown placing second.

Hope McCarty finished second in the javelin with her best throw of the season, 37.17 meters, and Olivia Vitou had a PR toss of 34.75 meters to finish third. Alexis Geiger had her best showing in the long jump this year, placing second, while freshman Morgan Overbey placed fourth in her first competitive action as a Bobcat.

Ohio took the top two spots in the pole vault with Jaimie Cavinee winning with a season-best clearance at 3.05 meters. Rachel Arnott was second, matching her PR mark of 2.90 meters.

The distance portion of the day started with Ohio’s Abbie Sehorst achieving a PR in the 5k with a run of 17:58.39. Two ‘Cats took the top spots in the 1500 with Erin Gale winning in a personal-best time of 4:54.51 and junior Emily Skidmore clipped six seconds off her best run of the season finishing in under five minutes.

During the sprints and mid-distance events, Brittany Tyree placed third in the 100 hurdles with her best run of the season (15.28 seconds). In the 100, Kandace Jemison matched her PR of 12.18 and Alexis Geiger had her best performance of the season, finishing in 13.25.

McCarty won the 800 for the Bobcats with a PR time of 2:14.58 and Courtney Weiss followed her by winning the 400 hurdles in 1:03:19. Danielle Winingham followed that in the 400 with Ohio’s best mark of the outdoor season, finishing in 56.90. Kiley Mathews (26.01) and Jemison (26.98) then had their best times ever in the 200 meter event.

The relay races closed today’s team challenge with Ohio’s squads each earning season-best times. The 4x1 of Mathews, Kaylah Howard, Jemison, Geiger finished in 49.76 and the 4x4 unit of Mathews, McCarty, Tyree and Willingham crossed the finish line in 3:51.52.

Next up for Ohio is a trip to Columbus for the Jesse Owens Classic next weekend, April 13-14.