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Accurso, Scott Lead Ohio In Split Weekend For Track

Accurso's 10000m time Friday was the 17th fastest in the NCAA East Region this season.

April 26, 2014


The Ohio University women’s track & field team split up for stops in Michigan and Ohio this weekend in preparation for the upcoming MAC Outdoor Championships.

Ohio sent a pod of runners to Hillsdale, Mich., to compete in the Hillsdale College “Gina” Relays Friday, while the majority of the team saw action in the RedHawk Invitational in Oxford, Ohio, Saturday.


At Hillsdale, the Ohio distance team put forth a number of season-best performances, led by senior Juli Accurso . The Casstown, Ohio, native won the 10,000m run in a NCAA-caliber time of 34:18.12. The time is the top mark in the MAC this season and the 17th-fastest in the NCAA East Region. The strong finish should qualify Accurso for NCAA East Regional competition in May.

Sophomore Krista Roehlig (Uniontown, Ohio) also put forth an impressive finish in the 10000m, placing seventh in a personal-best time of 35:56.09. The mark was more than 90 seconds faster than her previous PR and was the seventh-fastest time in the MAC in 2014.

In the 3000m steeplechase, sophomore Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) impressed with a personal-best time of 10:55.29. The eighth-place finish marked the fifth-fastest time in the MAC this season and automatically qualified Scott for the MAC Outdoor Championships later this month in Athens.

Rounding out the Ohio contingent in Hillsdale, senior Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) placed seventh in the 1500m run (4:30.80).


The Bobcats also put forth a number of top-3 finishes at the RedHawk Invitational on Saturday.

Sophomore Ashlee Bilhimer (Gardner, Kan.) starred for the Ohio throws unit, setting a new personal-best with a 41.24m mark to earn a second-place finish in the javelin. Senior Lauren McCullough (Lancaster, Ohio) placed third (37.95m), while fellow senior Olivia Vitou (Rocky River, Ohio) was fifth in 35.01m. 

Junior Donyelle Brown (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) placed second in the hammer throw with a mark of 55.42m and finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 13.41m. In addition, senior Alexa Macri (St. Clairsville, Ohio) placed ninth in the discus (41.31m).

In jumps action, freshman Taylor Smith (Canal Winchester, Ohio) finished second after just missing out on a PR with a jump of 1.66m. Junior Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) also earned a second-place finish after posting a 5.70m mark in the long jump. Wrapping up the jumps contingent, sophomore Erika Armstead (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished sixth in the triple jump (10.41m).

Back on the track, Cuckler also finished fifth in the 100m hurdles in a personal-best time of 14.27, which marked the seventh-best time in the MAC this season. Sophomore Kristin Winkel (Avon Lake, Ohio) finished seventh in 15.11.

Junior Delaney Bolger continued her strong spring season with a second-place finish in the 800m run (2:14.95). Freshman Hannah Wishart (Powell, Ohio) was 11th in a time of 2:25.61.

In sprints action, freshman Tajah Smith (Copley, Ohio) shattered her previous PR in the 100m dash with a fifth-place finish of 12.01 seconds. The mark is one of the top-10 finishes in the MAC this season.

In the 5000m run, senior Morgan Meade (Marion, Ohio) placed fifth in a time of 18:34.47, while sophomore Stephanie Loshbough (Johnstown, Ohio) was 10th in 19:02.25.

Sophomore Tessa Weigand (Akron, Ohio) earned a fifth-place finish in the 1500m run (4:44.68), while sophomore Allison Roeth (Houston, Ohio) placed third in the 3000m steeplechase in a personal-best time of 11:33.20. Sophomore Peyton Adkins (Gallipolis, Ohio) was sixth in 11:52.48.

The Bobcats now return home to host the Ohio Open on Friday (May 2).