May 13, 2006
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Ohio men landed sixth and the Bobcat women took 11th Saturday in Toledo to put a stamp on the 2006 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
On the final day of competition, the men's squad rallied for 34 points for a total of 54, while the Bobcat women notched 10 points for a total of 35, 19 more points than last year's performance. Central Michigan took home the team title on the men's side, while Akron landed the women's crown.
Junior Scott Mayle (Philippi, W.Va.) earned first-team All-MAC honors for winning the men's long jump on Friday, and sophomore Carime Reinhart (Bascom) earned second-team All-MAC honors for placing second in the women's 10,000m on Thursday.
"Scott is a very fine competitor and really steps up to the challenge no matter what is in front of him," Calkins said.
The highlight of the third day of competition though belonged to sophomore Jessica Kestler (Maineville), who took third in the 400m hurdles and also qualified for the regionals with a time of 59.99 seconds, the third-best performance in Ohio women's track history. She becomes the fifth Bobcat to qualify alongside Mayle, junior Brian King (Richfield, Minn.), senior Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) and junior Chelsea Stephan (Brookville).
"It was a great performance for her, setting a personal-best time." Calkins said. "It's also great to see her go up against tough competition and finish strong to help the team earn points."
In other events on Saturday, Reinhart took fifth in the 5,000m at 16:52.90, only .90 seconds away from regionals. She faced disappointment also during the cross country season back in November, missing out on the NCAA Championships by 1.7 seconds. However, she's just a sophomore, and Calkins knows that she's only begun in building a memorable long-distance running career at Ohio.
"It's rough, but at the same time, she ran some great performances this weekend with personal-best times in her young career," Calkins explained.
On the men's side, Mayle and senior Chip Cox (Columbus) took fourth (10.70) and seventh (10.98), respectively, in the 100m finals. Sophomore John Willis (Troy) and junior Dan Bailey (Uniontown) placed third (48.21) and fifth (48.54), respectively, in the 400m finals. Senior Jarrel Taylor's (Mentor) seventh-place finish in the 200m finals at 21.94 was a memorable moment for Coach Calkins.
"His performance was the highlight of the meet for me," Calkins said. "To see an athlete come in and watch him progress over a four-year period and work so hard, it's just great to see him get to the finals to cap off his career at Ohio."
Also on the track, senior Jason Linton (Vincent) finished seventh (3:57.49) in the 1,500m, while King and junior Austin Schiele (Hudson) took seventh (14:36.40) and eighth (14:40.60), respectively, in the 5,000m. Senior Jeremy Keesee (Marysville) and freshman Jordan Sharpe (Tipp City) tied for sixth and eighth, respectively, in the high jump at 6-06.75 with Keesee having fewer misses.
While this was the final meet of the season or career for many student-athletes, five Bobcats will continue on to the NCAA Mideast Regional meet which is scheduled for May 26-27 in Knoxville, Tenn.
"We are going to work hard the next couple of weeks and try to get them ready to have their best performances of the year at regionals," Calkins said. "Great things can happen in regionals, and you just never know what can happen."
Scott Mayle - Long Jump
John Willis - 400m
Scott Mayle - 100m
Brian King - 3,000m Steeplechase
Dan Bailey - 400m
Jason Linton - 3,000m Steeplechase
4x100 Relay Squad
Austin Schiele - 5,000m
Jeremy Keesee - High Jump
4x400 Relay Squad
Chip Cox - 100m
Jarrel Taylor - 200m
Jason Linton - 1,500m
Brian King - 5,000m
Tyler Edwards - Long Jump
Austin Schiele - 5,000m
Jordan Sharpe - High Jump
Carime Reinhart - 10,000m
Jessica Kestler - 400m Hurdles
Jaclyn Lugaila - Shot Put
Chelsea Stephan - Javelin
Carime Reinhart - 5,000m
Jaclyn Lugaila - Hammer Throw
Rachael Diehl - Pole Vault
Brittany Vinson - Long Jump