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Track Season Culminates At MAC Outdoor Championships

Junior Juli Accurso will race in the 1,500m and the 5,000m runs for the Bobcats this weekend.

May 8, 2013


ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University outdoor women’s track & field team will look to finish the 2013 season in strong fashion this weekend at the MAC Outdoor Championships in Akron, Ohio.

Although the Bobcats will send a group of student-athletes to NCAA Regional competition later this month, this weekend’s league meet serves as the final team event for the Bobcats this season.

Ohio will send a total of 19 student-athletes to the event, which kicks off Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with the women’s hammer throw. The competition gets underway Friday at 10:00 a.m. and final day action begins Saturday at noon.

Live results will be available throughout the weekend. Click here for full coverage of the meet.

After a strong showing in February’s MAC Indoor Championships, the Ohio distance squad will look to pick up where it left off this weekend.

The elite Bobcat duo of juniors Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) and Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) will race in both the 1,500m (Friday, 2:20 p.m.) and the 5,000m run (Saturday, 5:05 p.m.). Thompson is seeded first in the 1,500m run, while Accurso holds the top spot in the 5,000m.

“Melissa has never been this ready for the MACs before,” Accurso said. “She’s been posting great times all season and I think she can make some noise in the 1,500m. It will be great to step on the line with her.”

Thompson and Accurso will be joined in the 1,500m by freshman Tessa Weigand (Akron, Ohio) and sophomore Morgan Reichert (Pataskala, Ohio) in the 5,000m run.

“Our distance group has improved so much this season and we’re so strong in the 5,000m,” Accurso said. “We have the potential to place three runners on the podium in that race.”

Three Ohio student-athletes will compete in both the 3,000m steeplechase (Friday, 6:40 p.m.) and the 10,000m run (Thursday, 7:45 p.m.). In the steeple, senior Ashley Waddington (Sandusky, Ohio) is seeded sixth out of 20 runners and will look to earn a top-five finish in the event.

Freshman Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) and freshman Allison Roeth (Houston, Ohio) also will race for the Bobcats in the steeplechase.

In the 10,000m, Reichert (seeded fourth) will lead the Ohio contingent, while junior Morgan Meade (Marion, Ohio) and freshman Krista Roehlig (Uniontown, Ohio) also will suit up for the Bobcats.

“Morgan’s been running the 10,000m all season long and has put up a number of solid finishes. She’s going to try to make the NCAA regional qualifier and she definitely has the potential to do that,” Accurso said.

Ohio also will enter two runners in the 800m middle distance event (Saturday, 3:50 p.m.). Senior Danielle Winningham (Barboursville, W. Va.) is seeded sixth after recording a personal-best time of 2:10.84 at the Miami RedHawk Invitational on April 27. She is joined in the event by Weigand, whose best time (2:16.45) came at the Wake Forest Open on March 16.

Karissa Conrad (Lancaster, Ohio) is Ohio’s lone participant in hurdles competition, as the sophomore will race in the 400m hurdles Saturday at 4:10 p.m.

Conrad, Winningham, senior Kiley Mathews (Cortland, Ohio) and junior Kara Jackson (Bidwell, Ohio) will make up the Ohio team in the 4x400 meter relay, scheduled for Saturday at 5:40 p.m.

In field action, sophomore Chanda Cuckler is seeded seventh in the high jump (Saturday, 2:25 p.m.) and will also serve as Ohio’s representative in the heptathlon.

Senior Alexis Geiger (Gallipolis, Ohio) is coming off a personal-best (6.05m) in the high jump at last weekend’s Ohio Open, which ranked in the top-70 nationally. She is seeded fourth at the event at the MAC Championships, which will be held Friday at 3:45 p.m.

The Ohio throws unit will send a quartet of student-athletes to Akron this weekend. Sophomore Janiece Rose (Franklinville, N.J.) is seeded 15th in the shot put (Friday, 1 p.m.), while junior Alexa Macri (St. Clairsville, Ohio) is Ohio’s competitor in the discus (Saturday, 12:05 p.m.).

Senior Lauren McCullough (Lancaster, Ohio) is seeded ninth in the javelin throw (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.) and will be joined in the event by junior Olivia Vitou (Rocky River, Ohio) and Macri.

“Lauren and I have been focused on javelin this season,” Vitou said. “I’ve completely transitioned into a javelin thrower and I feel much more confident going into the MACs this year. With three of us in the event, it’s a strong representation for Ohio.”

McCullough also will compete for the Bobcats in the hammer throw (Thursday, 10 a.m.).