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Women Take Fourth, Men Fifth at Miami Invite

April 8, 2006

Men's Results  Women's Results

OXFORD, Ohio - First-place finishes from Dan Bailey, Carime Reinhart and a pair from Jaclyn Lugaila highlighted the day for the Ohio track and field teams Saturday, as the Bobcat women finished fourth and the men took fifth at the Miami Invitational.

With a total of 14 top-eight performances in 19 scored events, the Ohio women scored 74 points to take fourth in the 16-team event, 10.50 points ahead of Mid-American Conference member Buffalo. Host-school Miami posted 164.50 points to win the title, while Ball State (141) and Notre Drame (120) rounded out the top-three.

"The women did a solid job overall against good competition that included MAC schools and Notre Dame," said Head Coach Clay Calkins.

With a total of 14 top-eight performances in 19 scored events, the men scored 64.50 points to place fifth in the 12-team event. Miami ran away with the second team title of the day at 204 points, almost doubling second-place Buffalo (118). Notre Dame (113) and Cedarville University (80) finished third and fourth, respectively.

"I think we fell a little short on the men's side," said Head Coach Clay Calkins. "I wanted to place higher than we did. We had some good individual performances, but as a team, I wanted more."

"We just need to get healed up," Calkins added. "We have some injuries right now. We also need to come together and have everyone compete as a team, and we'll be fine."

Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) continued her domination in the field events, winning the hammer throw (165-01) and the shot put (46-01.50). She also took seventh in the discus (126-00) to finish the day with a total of 22 points.

Reinhart (Bascom) and Andrea Maas (Cincinnati) added 18 more points, placing first (17:09.38) and second (17:18.92), respectively, in the 5000-meter race. Maria Whitely (Elyria) finished seventh (59.70) in the 400m, and Chanelle Harmon (Cincinnati) took ninth (12.79) in the 100m, just one-tenth of a second away from scoring a point for Ohio. Jessica Kestler (Maineville) placed fifth (1:03.19) in the 400m hurdles.

In the field events, Chelsea Stephan (Brookville) and Susan Plungis (Great Barrington, Mass.) placed second (131-02) and sixth (118-10), respectively, in the javelin. Tamara Fennell (Cincinnati) and MaLeah Thornton (Williamsport) took seventh (34-11.00) and eighth (33-09.25), respectively, in the triple jump. Brittany Vinson (Amelia) finished sixth (17-05.50) in the long jump.

On the men's side in the sprints, Bailey (Uniontown) and Jarrel Taylor (Mentor) combined for 31 points. Bailey won the 400m (48.23) and finished second (21.76) in the 200m. Taylor placed sixth (11.24) in the 100m and fifth (22.41) in the 200m. They then ran together in the 4x100 relay with Chip Cox (Columbus) to place third (42.07). Cox added five points of his own, finishing fourth (11.20) in the 100m.

The 5,000m had one of the meet's more exciting finishes as John Carroll's Cyril Piinchak finished first at 14:50.99, less than three seconds ahead of Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) and Austin Schiele (Hudson), who finished second (14:52.10) and third (14:53.61), respectively. Shamus Eaton (Uniontown) placed seventh at 15:15.23.

In the field events, Ohio also had three top-eight finishes in the pole vault. Eric Vandenberg (Medina), Mike Goodrich (Fairlawn) and Jonathan Adams (Clifton Park, N.Y.) finished sixth (13-07.25), seventh (J13-07.25) and eighth (13-01.50), respectively. Jordan Sharpe (Tipp City) took third in the high jump at 6-06.75 (2.10m), only .10m away from qualifying for the regional. Brad Hershey (Fremont) added a point by placing eighth (43-08.50) in the shot put.

On tap for the Bobcats is a return home for the Bobcat Invitational on Saturday, April 15 at Goldsberry Track. Admission to the meet is free to the public.