March 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio's Juli Accurso was named a Second Team All-American by the United States Track, Field and Cross Country Coaches of America. She earned the award after becoming the first Bobcat to ever qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) represented Ohio Women's Track and Field in the 5000 meter run at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship, finishing in 12th place with a time of 16:24.23. The sophomore nearly broke the facility record of 16:05.24 set by Stanford's Alicia Craig in 2003.
An All-MAC runner this year, Accurso qualified for the event on Mar. 2 after setting a course record of 15:58.69 at the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., shattering the previous mark of 16:02.14 set by Notre Dame's Stephanie Madia in 2006.
In addition to being the first MAC female student-athlete to ever break 16 minutes in the event, she also holds the mark for fastest time ever by a collegiate student-athlete that attended a NCAA institution in the state of Ohio.
Accurso established herself as one of the conference's premier runners this year as she went on to win the event at the MAC Championships. She also set the conference record in the 3k (48th nationally) with a time of 9:21.89. Her impressive pace broke former Bobcat Annie Beecham's previous school mark in the event by almost 11 seconds, and also topped her own career best by 1:18.
Accurso started the indoor season by winning the mile at the Buckeye Classic in Columbus. Two weeks later, she bested that mark by two seconds at the Youngstown Invitational. She finished second in the mile with a time of 4:48.32 at the MAC Championships, less than a second off the mark of MAC record holder Emma Kertesz
Ohio Women's Track and Field begins its outdoor season on Mar. 16 as it travels to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the Shamrock Invitational.