May 11, 2013
AKRON, Ohio – A school-record shattering finish from junior Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) in the 1,500m run propelled the Ohio University women’s track & field team on the final day of the MAC Outdoor Championships at Lee R. Jackson Track & Field Complex in Akron, Ohio.
Thompson finished second in the race after crossing the finish line in a blistering 4:26.04. The personal-best time eclipsed the previous Ohio school record by nearly three seconds.
Fellow junior Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) also picked up a point for the Bobcats in the event, placing eighth in 4:32.16.
“Melissa and Juli both had excellent days in an extremely competitive field in the 1,500m,” head coach Clay Calkins said.
Accurso also shined in the 5,000m, capturing the race title in 16:36.65. It marked Accurso’s second victory in the event during the 2013 outdoor season.
Thompson also raced in the finals of the 5,000m and placed 13th in a time of 17:40.29, while sophomore Morgan Reichert (Pataskala, Ohio) crossed the finish line in 17:51.41 to earn a 17th-place finish.
After performing well in the 800m run throughout the 2013 outdoor season, Danielle Winningham (Barboursville, W. Va.) saved her best for last on Saturday. The senior posted the best time of her career (2:09.04) to finish fourth in the event and earn five points for the Bobcats.
Rounding out the scoring for Ohio, sophomore Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) added to her strong MAC Championships with an eighth-place finish in the high jump (1.65m). Cuckler also placed fourth in the heptathlon on Friday.
“I was very happy with Danielle Winningham’s race and the commendable finish from Chanda in the high jump,” Calkins said.
After earning the final berth into the discus, junior Alexa Macri (St. Clairsville, Ohio) grabbed a strong 13th-place finish after posting a throw of 42.66m.
The Bobcats’ 4x400 meter relay team just missed out on points in the event, placing ninth in a time of 3:51.39. Sophomore Karissa Conrad (Lancaster, Ohio), Winningham, senior Kiley Mathews (Cortland, Ohio) and junior Kara Jackson (Bidwell, Ohio) made up the Ohio relay squad.
Ohio posted 24.5 of its 33.5 points on Saturday and finished ninth out of 12 teams at the event. Kent State won the MAC Championships with 169 points while Akron was second with 119 points.
The Bobcats will now wait to see which student-athletes qualify for the NCAA East Regional later this month. The event will take place May 23-25 in Greensboro, N.C.
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