April 22, 2006
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Five Bobcats won a total of six events Saturday, but 183 points for both the men's and women's track and field squads weren't enough to pass Miami nor Cincinnati at the 11th Annual Southern Cup at Gettler Stadium in Cincinnati.
Each year, the team title is awarded to the school with the most points from both the men's and women's divisions. Ohio increased its total from 88 points last year to 183, but Cincinnati captured its third straight Southern Ohio Cup with 315 points. Miami took second with 294.
"This was definitely an improvement from last year's meet," said Head Coach Clay Calkins. "That's our goal at this point, to keep on improving in preparation for the MAC Championships (May 11-13)."
On the women's side, Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) kept her winning streak alive in both the shot put (48-08.25) and hammer throw (165-10). She has been victorious in both events in four consecutive meets, beginning the streak at the April 1 Oho Invitational. Chelsea Stephan (Brookville) placed first in the javelin at 136-00 for the Bobcats' third victory in the field events.
"There's not much to say about Jaclyn," Calkins said. "She continues to perform at a high rate."
On the track, Chanelle Harmon (Cincinnati) stormed past Cincinnati's runners to place first in the 100m at 12.21. She also took second in the 200m at 25.30. Rachel Beakas (Waterville) won the 5000m at 17.49.23, more than 20 seconds ahead of her closest competitor. Jessica Kestler (Maineville) added points, taking second (1:03.80) in the 400m hurdles and third (58.59) in the 400m.
"It was a great meet for Chanelle," Calkins said. "She's progressing real well."
The Bobcat men's only victory came in the 5000m when Austin Schiele (Hudson) placed first at 14:59.13. In other races, Dan Bailey (Uniontown) took third in the both the 200m (21.88) and 400m (48.07). Chip Cox (Columbus) placed third in the 100m (11.01), and Jason Linton (Vincent) finished second (9:10.68) in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Next on tap for Ohio is a trip to the April 27-29 Hillsdale Relays in Hillsdale, Mich. About 5,000 athletes are expected to be in attendance.
"This will be a good test for us as we will be facing top quality competition," Calkins said.
The Bobcats return to Athens on Friday, May 5 for the Ohio Open at Goldsberry Track.