April 29, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Track and Field continued its strong spring season with some impressive marks at the Hillsdale College GINA Relays this weekend.
In the 10k championship race, Emily Pifer ran the fastest time of any attached athlete. The sophomore finished with a PR time of 34:55.33, the best time this season for a Bobcat and the second-best time in the Mid-American Conference. Freshman Morgan Reichert had a PR time of 36:23.19 and placed sixth.
Ashley Waddington ran a PR time in the 5k championship and junior Emily Skidmore finished in the top 20 of the 3k steeplechase championship.
Ohio cleaned up in the 400m events with Danielle Winningham winning the open portion with a season-best time of 56.79 seconds. Hope McCarty (58.58) and Courtney Weiss (1:00.01) each ran PR's while freshman Delaney Bolger finished ninth and junior Erin Gale had a PR time of 1:01.64. Junior Kiley Mathews impressed by finishing third in the 400m championship.
The Bobcats racked up four more top-10 times during the sprints and mid-distance portion. Weiss finished fifth in the 400m hurdles championship with a time of 1:03.06 while freshman Chanda Cuckler was ninth in the 100m hurdles championship.
Bolger notched a PR in the 800 open with a time of 2:19.54, placing eighth and sophomore Kaylah Howard was eighth in the 100m open, achieving a PR time by one-hundredth of a second. The time of 13.06 was a season-best for the Bobcats. Freshmen Morgan Overbey and Gabrielle Douglas both finished in the top-20 of the 100m open as well.
In the relay events, Ohio won the 4x8 with a time of 8:59.19. It was the best performance this spring by the Bobcats in the event with Brittany Tyree, Winningham, Gale and McCarty setting the mark. The time is also second in the MAC, four-hundredths of a second behind the top time set by Western Michigan. Alexis Geiger, Mathews, Howard and Winningham then finished third in the 4x1 with a time of 50.54 seconds.
The shot put saw freshman Janiece Rose set an Ohio best for 2012 with a throw of 13.75 meters. She also broke into the top-10 among MAC student-athletes. Her PR was good for third in the event as classmate Donyelle Brown finished fifth. Junior Kristen Mason placed in the top-20.
During the field events, the Green and White impressed in the javelin as sophomore Olivia Vitou was second with a throw of 33.26 meters. Cuckler and sophomore Alexa Macri also finished in the top-10 of the event.
The final top-10 mark during the field events came courtesy of Tyree who finished eighth in the high jump. Ohio placed three among the top-15 in the pole vault with Jaimie Cavinee finishing 11th and both Jamie Fisher and Miranda Richardson having their best performances of the spring.
The hammer had Brown pace the 'Cats, finishing 13th. Macri and Rose each had PRs in the event and Mason would once again finish in the top 20. Brown, Macri and Mason were 12th, 16th and 17th respectively in the discus.
The Bobcats host the Ohio Open next Friday, May 4 with action starting at 2 p.m. It will be the final meet before the MAC Championships, May 10-12 in Mount Pleasant, Mich.