April 12, 2014
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Led by a title-winning run from senior Melissa Thompson, the Ohio University women’s track & field team secured a strong fourth-place finish on the final day of competition at the All-Ohio Championships Saturday.
The Bobcats scored 83 points in the event to finish fourth, ahead of Ohio State (46) and Dayton (30.5). Akron won the meet with a total of 199 points. It marked Ohio’s best finish in the event since 2011.
Ohio was led on day two by Thompson (Westerville, Ohio), who won the 1500m run for the second-straight season in a time of 4:38.33. The first-place finish earned the Bobcats 10 points.
Junior Delaney Bolger (Lebanon, Ohio) also put forth an impressive showing for Ohio, picking up eight points after placing second in the 800m run in a personal-best time of 2:12.31. The mark was .25 seconds off the MAC auto time and should qualify Bolger for the event at next month’s MAC Outdoor Championships.
In other distance action, senior Morgan Meade (Marion, Ohio) posted a season-best time of 18:38.74 to place third in the 5000m run while sophomore Stephanie Loshbough (Johnstown, Ohio) placed sixth in 19:04.26.
In the heptathlon, junior Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) put forth a strong effort with 5,005 points, just 29 off her personal best. The mark gave Cuckler a solid fourth-place finish in the event.
The Ohio quartet of freshmen Taylor Smith (Canal Winchester, Ohio), Olivia Mayfield, Caitlyn Breeze (Nelsonville, Ohio) and Tajah Smith (Copley, Ohio) picked up four points for Ohio after placing fifth in the 4x100 meter relay (49.40), while the 4x400 meter relay foursome of Bolger, senior Kara Jackson (Bidwell, Ohio) and freshmen Mackenzie Rankin (Louisville, Ohio) and Amanda Sacha (Lakewood, Ohio) finished seventh in 3:57.28.
In jumps action, Taylor Smith picked up six points for the ‘Cats after posting a personal-best mark of 1.67m in the high jump. The mark was just .01m off the MAC auto mark and should get Smith into the MAC Outdoors in the event.
After setting a new school record in the hammer throw Friday, junior Donyelle Brown (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) picked up a point for Ohio Saturday by finishing eighth in the shot put (13.80m). Junior Janiece Rose (Franklinville, N.J.) just missed out on scoring while finishing ninth in the event.
Ohio returns to action next weekend when the Bobcats head up the road to Columbus to compete in the Jesse Owens Classic April 18-19.