May 12, 2006
MAC Championship Results Event Information
TOLEDO, Ohio - Scott Mayle's long jump victory highlighted day two of the 2006 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the Bobcats in Toledo as five other athletes also placed on Friday.
The junior Mayle (Philippi, W. Va.) won the long jump at 25-00 for his second career MAC Outdoor Long Jump title. Phil Rickaby of Kent State took second at 24-07. Mayle last won the event in 2003. This is his fourth overall MAC long jump title, which includes the 2003 and 2004 MAC Indoor titles. To top off the day, he then qualified for the 100m finals in the preliminaries at 10.69, just .19 seconds off the regional qualifying mark.
After seven scored events, the Bobcats remain in sixth-place out of seven teams with 24 points, 13 ahead of Buffalo. Kent State holds a 21 point lead over Miami with 72 points. On the women's side, Ohio dropped two spots to fifth out of 12 schools with 25 points. Akron holds a slim lead of 2.50 points over Kent State with 49.
The men also received strong performances from junior Brian King (Richfield, Minn.), senior Jason Linton (Vincent) and sophomore Tyler Edwards (Lancaster). King and Linton finished fourth (9:04.81) and fifth (9:08.04), respectively, in the 3,000m steeplechase for a total of nine points. Edwards placed seventh (23-00.75) in the long jump for two points.
Linton missed out on the regional qualifying mark by 1.04 seconds. However, after finishing in the top-eight of the 1,500m preliminaries, Linton will have an opportunity to qualify for the regionals in both the 1,500m and the 5,000m on Saturday.
Senior Chip Cox (Columbus) will join Mayle in the 100m finals. Senior Jarrel Taylor (Mentor) will compete in the 200m finals, while both sophomore John Willis (Troy) and junior Dan Bailey (Uniontown) advanced on Friday to the 400m finals.
On the women's side, a day after finishing sixth in the hammer, senior Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) placed fourth in the shot put at 48-02. Her career as a Bobcat is not over though, as she will be competing at the regionals in both the hammer and shot put in two weeks. Freshman Brittany Vinson (Amelia) took eighth in the long jump at 18-06 for one point.
Sophomore Jessica Kestler (Maineville) advanced on Friday to the 400m hurdles finals with a time of 1:00.98, just .16 seconds off the regional qualifying mark, while senior Melissa Gedeon (Delphos) advanced to the 800m finals.
Both squads will also look to score points in the 5,000m and several other field events, including the high jump, on Saturday.
The third and final day will kick off at 10 a.m. with the men's pole vault and will conclude in the evening with the men's 4x400 event.