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Cuckler Spectacular On Day Two Of MAC Championships

Cuckler posted the most points by an Ohio athlete in the heptathlon since 1994.

May 10, 2013


AKRON, Ohio - Behind a performance from Chanda Cuckler that will go down in the Bobcat record books, the Ohio University women’s track & field team earned a number of solid finishes on day two of the MAC Outdoor Championships Friday at the Lee R. Jackson Track & Field Complex in Akron, Ohio.

Cuckler earned five points for the Bobcats after shattering her personal best with 5,034 points in the heptathlon. The score was the second-best in Ohio University history and the top mark by a Bobcat since 1994.

After sitting in fifth place through four events, Cuckler finished third in the long jump (5.57m), eclipsed her personal best mark in the javelin by two meters (36.07m) to place second, and finished the seven-event swing with a ninth-place finish in the 800m run (2:36.51).

“Chanda started off with strong performances in all four of her day one events, hitting a number of personal bests,” head coach Clay Calkins said. “Day two included standout performances in the long jump and javelin and a good race in the 800m run. It was a great two days for Chanda.”

The Bobcats also grabbed a point in the 3,000m steeplechase, as freshman Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) finished eighth in 11:00.89. Senior Ashley Waddington (Sandusky, Ohio) was close behind in 10th place (11:07.40).

In long jump action, senior Alexis Geiger (Gallipolis, Ohio) finished tied for 11th with a jump of 5.50m, while sophomore Janiece Rose (Franklinville, N.J.) recorded a 14th place finish in the shot put (13.68m).

A group of Bobcats also qualified for Saturday final events after posting solid times in preliminary races Friday.

Junior Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) finished third in the 1,500m preliminary (4:33.58) to earn an automatic berth in the final while junior Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) also grabbed a spot in the final with a fifth-place finish (4:33.81).

Senior Danielle Winningham (Barboursville, W. Va.) secured a spot in the 800m run final with a fifth-place finish in the preliminary (2:09.30).

Sophomore Karissa Conrad (Lancaster, Ohio) posted a solid time of 1:04.70 in the preliminary of the 400m hurdles, but did not qualify for the final with a 14th place finish.

Through eight events, the Bobcats sit in 10th place with a total of nine points. Kent State leads the championships with 74 points.

The final day of competition at the 2013 MAC Outdoor Championships begins Saturday at noon.