April 12, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University women’s track & field team sits in first place after Friday action at the annual All-Ohio Championships, held this season at the Goldsberry Track on campus.
Ohio leads the marquee in-state event with 41 points, while Ohio State is second with 37 points. Miami rounds out the top three with 34 points.
Akron leads the men’s portion of the event with 83 points, while Kent State is in second with 41 points.
The Bobcats were led once again by the elite running of junior Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio). Accurso won the 10,000m run by almost 18 seconds, finishing in 34:38.93 to garner 10 points for Ohio.
In just her first season running the event, Accurso has won the 10,000m on two occasions and currently holds the 16th-best time in the country (33:52.33), which she set at the Stanford Invitational on March 29.
“One of my goals when running the 10,000 is finding a rhythm and tuning out the external factors,” Accurso said. “I got into that rhythm early and was able to keep my pace and grind it out.”
Despite battling sickness, teammate Morgan Reichert (Pataskala, Ohio) ran with Accurso for the early portion of the race and earned six points for the Bobcats by finishing third in 37:03.13.
Senior Alexis Geiger earned eight points with a second-place finish in the long jump. The Gallipolis, Ohio, product nearly hit her career mark in the event with a stellar jump of 5.80m.
“It’s a privilege to host this meet and things went very smoothly on day one of competition,” head coach Clay Calkins said. “We had some quality performances, especially from Juli and Morgan in the 10,000m, and Alexis Geiger had probably her best jump in more than two years today.”
Back on the track, senior Ashley Waddington ran well in just her first 3,000m steeplechase of the season. The Sandusky, Ohio, native placed second in 10:54.92, just two seconds off her personal best.
“With my first steeple, it was my goal was to finish in under 11 minutes and I did that. I felt really good out there,” Waddington said.
The Bobcats received a pair of top-10 finishes in the javelin, including a sixth-place finish from senior Lauren McCullough (Lancaster, Ohio). Her throw of 39.45m was a season best and put three points on the board for Ohio.
Teammate Olivia Vitou (Rocky River, Ohio) also had a strong showing in the javelin, placing ninth with a 33.61m throw.
The All-Ohio Championships wrap up tomorrow (April 13) at the Goldsberry Track. Multi-events begin at 10 a.m., while track & field events get underway at noon.
-- GO BOBCATS! --