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Ohio Makes NCAA Push At Alex Wilson Invitational

Thompson set a new school record with her first-place finish in the one mile run (4:48.22) at the MAC Indoors.

March 1, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University women’s track & field team will race under the Golden Dome this weekend as the Bobcats compete in the Alex Wilson Invitational Friday and Saturday in Notre Dame, Ind.

The meet will serve as an NCAA sanctioned last chance meet as participants look to earn an invitation into the NCAA Indoor Championship (March 8-9) by being one of the best in the nation in their respective event.

Ohio runners will match up with student-athletes from a number of nationally-ranked programs, including No. 3 Kansas, No. 7 Georgia, and more.

Two of the five Bobcat student-athletes will compete Friday night, as junior Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) and sophomore Morgan Reichert (Pataskala, Ohio) race for the 5,000m title at 7:00 p.m. (EST).

Accurso is coming off a stellar performance at last weekend’s MAC Indoor Championships. The junior won the 3,000m run in 9:36.43 and finished fourth in the one mile run in 4:51.76. Coupled with her part of Ohio’s school-record distance medley relay finish at the MAC Indoors, and Accurso finished the event with a combined 17.5 points, which ranked her sixth among individual competitors.

On Saturday afternoon at 12:55 p.m. (EST), senior Danielle Winningham (Barboursville, W. Va.) will suit up for the Bobcats in the 800m run. Winningham also was part of the DMR team at last week’s MAC Indoors that broke the school and MAC meet record by finishing in 11:26.80.

Freshman Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) and junior Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) will wrap up the competition for Ohio with races in the one mile run Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Thompson won the one mile run last weekend in a personal-best time of 4:48.22, which set a new Ohio school record in the event. Thompson’s time was the fastest in the Mid-American Conference this season.

Scott earned a point for the Bobcats at the MAC Indoor Championships with an eighth-place finish in the 3,000m run (9:57.89).

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