ATHENS, Ohio -- Senior Juli Accurso began her final MAC meet in record fashion Thursday night while leading Ohio to a fourth-place standing after day one of the MAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Goldsberry Track & Field Complex.
Accurso won the 10000m run in a new MAC Outdoor meet record time of 34:32.59. The time was more than nine seconds faster than the previous top mark (34:43.28) set by Ball State's Jill Scully in 2005. Accurso's 10000m time also was more than 40 seconds faster than the second-place competitor and put 10 points on the board for the Bobcats. The Casstown, Ohio, native will look to make it two-for-two on Saturday when she competes in the 5000m run.
Sophomore Krista Roehlig (Uniontown, Ohio) also competed in the event for Ohio and placed 14th in a time of 37:20.03.
The Bobcats are tied with Bowling Green for fourth-place with 18 points after day one of action in Athens. Miami leads the event on the women's side with 23 points after three events.
In other Thursday action, junior Donyelle Brown (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) continued her impressive outdoor season with a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw. Brown's mark of 56.21m put the Bobcats on the scoreboard with four points. Senior Lauren McCullough (Lancaster, Ohio) finished 15th for the Bobcats with a throw of 46.75m while junior Janiece Rose (Franklinville, N.J.) placed 20th (42.28m).
The throws unit kept it going later in the day, as sophomore Ashlee Bilhimer (Gardner, Kan.) shined for the `Cats in the javelin throw. Bilhimer put forth a personal-best throw of 44.05m to finish fifth and earn four points for the Green & White. The mark was close to three meters better than her previous career best.
McCullough just missed out on the podium with a ninth-place finish (38.44m), while senior Olivia Vitou (Rocky River, Ohio) placed 12th with a solid mark of 34.68m.
In the heptathlon, junior Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) sits in fourth place after four events. Cuckler earned fourth-place finishes in the 100m hurdles and high jump and finished second in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 11.85m.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday when Cuckler kicks off the final three events of the heptathlon at 10:30 a.m.