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Track Set For MAC Indoor Championships This Weekend

Senior Juli Accurso returns to action this weekend at the MAC Indoor Championships.

Feb. 26, 2014


ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University women's track & field team will look to earn repeat event titles this weekend when the ‘Cats head to Kent, Ohio, to compete in the MAC Indoor Championships.

Events begin Friday (Feb. 28) at 10 a.m. and will wrap up on Saturday (March 1) at 3 p.m. Members of #BobcatNation can follow the league meet throughout the weekend via the following live results link: http://www.deltatiming.com/results/meet.aspx?yf=2014&mf=2014-mac-indoor-championships

Friday action will be highlighted by the distance medley relay at 6:55 p.m. The Ohio quartet has dominated the event in recent years, capturing the title in three-consecutive seasons. The 2013 squad broke the meet record (which Ohio set the previous season) with a blistering time of 11:33.39.

Seniors Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) and Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) return to defend their DMR title, along with 2014 newcomers senior Kara Jackson (Bidwell, Ohio) and junior Delaney Bolger (Lebanon, Ohio).

Junior Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) will see her first action Friday in the indoor pentathlon. Cuckler has performed admirably in the event this season and broke the school record (set in 1993) with a 3,732-point performance at the SPIRE Division I Indoor Track & Field Invitational on Feb. 14.

Other Ohio participants in the pentathlon include sophomore Hayley Stegemiller (Lebanon, Ohio) and freshman Mackenzie Rankin (Louisville, Ky.).

A trio of strong sophomore distance runners will race Friday at 6:10 p.m. for Ohio in the 5,000m run. The group includes Caroline Hildebrand (Hilliard, Ohio), Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) and Krista Roehlig (Uniontown, Ohio).

In field events, redshirt sophomore Donyelle Brown (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) looks to continue her red-hot streak in the weight throw beginning Friday at 10 a.m. Brown has broken the school record on two occasions this winter, highlighted by a career-best throw of 18.33m at last weekend’s Buckeye Tune-Up in Columbus. The mark broke her previous record of 17.83m set at the Tom Wright Classic in January.

Brown will be joined in the event by junior Janiece Rose (Franklinville, N.J.). The duo also will compete in the shot put on Saturday beginning at 11:05 a.m.

Saturday action for the Bobcats kicks off at 1:35 p.m., when Thompson defends her title in the one mile run. At last season’s event, Thompson broke the Ohio school record while finishing in a personal-best 4:48.22.

Accurso has battled injuries all winter for the Bobcats but is back in action Saturday to defend her 2013 MAC title in the 3,000m run. The senior qualified for the league meet in January and will be joined in the field by Hildebrand and Scott.

Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com for recaps after each day of competition at the league meet.