April 27, 2013
OXFORD, Ohio - Bolstered by race victories from senior Danielle Winningham and junior Melissa Thompson, the Ohio University women's track & field team finished fourth out of eight teams at the RedHawk Invitational Saturday at George Rider Track.
The Bobcats grabbed 109 total points at the event, just one behind third-place finisher and BIG EAST foe Cincinnati. Host Miami won the meet with 216.5 points, while Dayton (134) finished second.
"Some solid performances came from today's meet," head coach Clay Calkins said. "We had a number of student-athletes earn auto MAC bids with some of the best marks in the conference this season."
Winningham led the way for the Bobcats in the 800m, where the senior placed first in a personal-best time of 2:10.84. The mark was the seventh-fastest in the Mid-American Conference this season and qualified Winningham for the 800m run in next month's MAC Outdoor Championships.
Teammate Delaney Bolger (Lebanon, Ohio) just missed out on her season best time while finishing seventh in the 800m (2:19.79).
Winningham also earned points for Ohio in the 200m dash. The Barboursville, W. Va., native placed seventh in the event (26.76), while junior Kara Jackson (Bidwell, Ohio) finished right behind her in eighth (26.88).
Thompson's victory was her first in the 5,000m run this season. The Westerville, Ohio, native won the race Saturday in a time of 17:47.04, almost 20 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Ohio runners also finished well in the 1,500m run Saturday. Freshman Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) paced the Bobcat pack with a personal-best time of 4:45.46 to secure second place, while sophomore Morgan Reichert (Pataskala, Ohio) grabbed fifth in a personal-best 4:50.05. Freshman Tessa Weigand (Akron, Ohio) and junior Morgan Meade (Marion, Ohio) finished sixth and seventh in 4:51.40 and 4:52.01 respectively.
Sophomore Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) earned an automatic bid into the long jump at the MAC Outdoors after launching a season-best 1.67m in the event Saturday. Cuckler placed fourth and earned six points for the Bobcats. It was the sixth-best mark in the MAC this season.
In hurdles action, Cuckler finished sixth in the 100m (14.87), while sophomore Karissa Conrad (Lancaster, Ohio) placed fourth in the 400m hurdles in a personal-best time of 1:04.26.
Senior Lauren McCullough (Lancaster, Ohio) earned a strong second-place finish in the javelin throw (39.02m), while teammates Alexa Macri (St. Clairsville, Ohio) and Olivia Vitou (Rocky River, Ohio) finished fourth and fifth with throws of 35.00m and 34.79m, respectively.
Macri registered two personal bests on the day. In addition to her top mark in the javelin, she also notched a personal-best throw of 43.38m in the discus to finish sixth.
In other field action, senior Alexis Geiger (Gallipolis, Ohio) earned a third-place finish in the long jump (5.67m), while sophomore Janiece Rose (Franklinville, N.J.) placed fifth in the shot put with a strong throw of 13.02m.
Ohio returns to the Goldsberry Track for the final home meet of the season Friday. The Bobcats will host the Ohio Open beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
-- GO BOBCATS! --