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Three Bobcats Qualify for Regionals

Hillsdale Relay Results

April 29, 2006

HILLSDALE, Mich. - With only two weeks remaining before the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Bobcats had its best performance of the season with three athletes qualifying for the regionals and many others setting personal and season-best marks at the 40th Annual Hillsdale Relays on Friday and Saturday.

"Any time you go to a meet and get a lot of lifetime personal records and have several qualify for the regionals, you know you've had a good weekend," said Head Coach Clay Calkins.   

"This is a good time for us to be reaching our peak because we are getting close to the championship," he added. 

In the first day of competition on Friday, Brian King (Richfield, Minn.), Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.), and Scott Mayle (Philippi, W.Va.) all qualified for the regionals with Lugaila now competing in two events.

After dealing with injuries during the indoor season and having a successful spring with the Bobcat football team, Mayle made his triumphant return to the track team in the long jump, finishing second at 25-03.25. The 2005 Mideast Regional Long Jump Champion is now able to defend his title in Knoxville, Tenn., this season. This will be his third trip to the regionals in the event. In 2003 and 2005, he would eventually move on to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

In the first meet of the outdoor season, King missed out on the 3,000m steeplechase qualifying mark by .43 seconds. It was only a matter of time before he broke the 9:07 barrier. By winning the event at 9:03.14 on Friday, King became the fourth fastest Bobcat ever in the event, surpassing Justin Kempe's 2003 time of 9:06.00. This will be the junior's first trip to the regionals.

"It was a relief for him to qualify because he knew he could do it," Calkins said. "It was just a matter of time."

Having already qualified for the shot put, Lugaila had been focusing her attention on qualifying for the hammer. She set a school record in the event at the April 1 Ohio Invitational at 173-11. In Hillsdale, she broke the record again at 178-10 (54.52m), .52m over the qualifying standard. Even though her winning streak in the event ended at four meets, she won the shot put for the fifth consecutive meet at 48-02, eight feet off the 48-10.25 school record she set two weeks earlier.

"The hammer is her first love," Calkins said. "She likes the shot, but the hammer is what she really wanted to qualify in."

"It's just great to see her qualify for both," he added.

Despite having to start the women's 5,000m race at 11:00 p.m. Friday night, Carime Reinhart (Bascom) finished eighth with a personal-best time of 16:54.22, just 2.22 seconds away from qualifying. She will have two more opportunities, the Ohio Open and the Mid-American Conference Championships, to qualify in the event. She's only 3.08 seconds away from breaking the school record set by Jackie Conrad in 1998.

In other women's events, Maria Whitely (Elyria) finished sixth (12.58) in the 100m.  Jessica Kestler (Maineville) took second (1:02.63) in the 400m hurdles and ninth in the 400m at 57.32, less than three seconds away from qualifying for the regionals in both events.  Ali Green (Lancaster) placed tenth (38:55.89) in the 10,000m.  Chelsea Stephan (Brookville) took second (42.24m) in the javelin, 1.21m away from qualifying, while Susan Plungis (Great Barrington, Mass.) finished seventh (36.70m).

On the men's side, Dan Bailey (Uniontown) took second (47.83) in the 400m and fourth (21.84) in the 200m, less than one second from qualifying in both events. Chip Cox (Columbus) and Mayle took seventh (10.90) and eighth (10.94), respectively, in the 100m.  Jason Linton (Vincent) finished fifth (9:09.39) in the 3,000m steeplechase.  Jeremy Keesee (Marysville) placed seventh (6-06.75) in the high jump, and Mike Goodrich (Fairlawn) took tenth (14-11.00) in the pole vault.   

Next on slate is the Ohio Open at Goldsberry Track, the last home meet of the season for the Bobcats. Admission is free to the public.   

"We will have some athletes run alternate events," Calkins said. "It will mainly be an opportunity for the team to brush up and get ready for the following week in Toledo."