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Ohio Completes Bobcat Invitational

April 15, 2006

Bobcat Invitational Final Stats   Sea Ray Relays Results

ATHENS, Ohio and KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Ohio completed its second of three home meets, the non-scored Bobcat Invitational, on Saturday while several of its athletes competed at the non-scored Sea Ray Relays in Tennessee.

Hosting a handful of athletes from Marshall, Shawnee State and Wright State, Ohio used the meet as a warm-up for the April 22 Southern Cup. Eight Bobcats however traveled to Tennessee to participate with about 2,000 men and women from 119 teams/affiliations at the Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.

At Goldsberry Track, Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) exploded in the shot put once again with a throw of 14.89m (48-10.25), a new school record. This beats the previous record she set (47-10.50) at the March 24-25 Raleigh Relays. She also won the hammer throw at 172-10, just one foot off the school record she set at the April 1 Ohio Invitational.

In other field events, Maleah Thornton (Williamsport) set a personal best in the triple jump at 35-10.75, and Chelsea Stephan (Brookville) had a season-best throw of 140-01 in the javelin.

On the track, Chanelle Harmon (Cincinnati) posted a season-best 12.30 in the 100m. Melissa Gedeon (Delphos) won the 1500m at 4:59.20, just .60 seconds ahead of Celia Struble (Vandalia). Ali Green (Lancaster) had the best time in the 5000m for the Bobcats at 19:29.

For the men, Jarrel Taylor (Mentor) outran his teammates to finish first in the 100m (11.30) and 200m (23.00). Dan Bailey (Uniontown) finished in his first 800m race of the season at a winning time of 1:55.80. Todd Fraser (Lockport, N.Y.) broke the 16 minute barrier to take the 5000m (15:56.30).

In the field events, Jonathan Adams (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Mike Goodrich (Fairlawn) both post season-bests in the pole vault at 14-00. John Walton (Middletown) had season-bests to be the top Bobcat in both the discus (137-03) and hammer throw (139-06).

At the Sea Ray Relays, the Bobcats faced not only tough competition from across the country but also warm conditions with temperatures rising as high as 85 degrees, not taking into account the actual temperature on the track.

Brian King (Richfeld, Minn.) was the closest to qualifying for the regionals, falling short by less than two seconds in the 3,000m steeplechase to take fourth at 9:08.87.

The Bobcats now have only four meets remaining, including the May 11-13 MAC Championships. Next on slate is the Southern Cup in Cincinnati on Saturday, April 22. The men and women return one last time to Athens on May 5 for the Ohio Open.