May 11, 2006
MAC Results Event Information
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Ohio women blasted out of the gates Thursday at the 2006 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Toledo by placing five times for a total of 19 points, the most scored since the 2003 meet.
After four scored events, the women are sitting in third out of 12 teams with Buffalo close behind at 12 points. Akron holds a 3.5 point lead over Kent State with 36. On the men's side, after three scored events, the Bobcats are in sixth out of seven teams with three points, one ahead of Buffalo. Kent State sits at first with 36 points, eight ahead of Miami.
In the first event of the day, senior Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) set the standard early for the squad, placing sixth in the hammer at 167-11. Senior Chelsea Stephan (Brookville) followed her example by finishing fourth in the javelin with a regional-qualifying mark of 44.38m (145-07), .88m over the qualifying standard. With the throw, Stephan becomes the fourth Bobcat to qualify for the regionals.
"Chelsea had a huge throw," Calkins said. "You don't want to say it was unexpected because we knew she had it in her. It's always good when an athlete can perform at her best at the championships."
Sophomore Susan Plungis (Great Barrington, Mass.) also placed in the javelin, finishing seventh. In the pole vault, junior Rachael Diehl (Lancaster) took eighth at 11-05.75.
"Rachael did a good job overcoming the first two misses," Calkins said. "She showed guts and made it on her third try to get in position to place."
Sophomore Carime Reinhart (Bascom) had the top finish of the day, taking second in the 10,000m at 35:54.68, just 26 seconds behind the Ball State senior Jill Scully.
"She's been having a great year and doing a great job for us," Calkins said. "She's been constantly improving ever since she first got here. It's good to see that she's getting her just reward."
On the men's side, junior Austin Schiele (Hudson) took sixth in the 10,000m at 31:33.70 for the squad's only placement of the day.
"He finished right about where we thought he would," Calkins said. "He ran a solid race that was fun to watch."
After one day of action in the three-day meet, five women placed, a stark contrast to the MAC Indoor Championships where only Reinhart placed. Calkins hopes that the athletes' strong performances will give a boost to the other athletes.
"Everybody's excited, and I think that will really help catapult the team into the next two days," Calkins explained.
Day two begins at noon on Friday at the University of Toledo with the women's 1,500m semifinal.
Bobcat fans in the greater Toledo area can watch tape-delay coverage of the meet on The Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN). The broadcast schedule can be found here.