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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Courtney Weiss and the Bobcats hope to bring home a MAC title this weekend.
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Courtney Weiss and the Bobcats hope to bring home a MAC title this weekend.
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May 9, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Track and Field heads to Mount Pleasant for the 2012 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Lyle Bennett Outdoor Track will host the championships for the first time since 2003, with competition beginning tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with the field events, decathlon/heptathlon events and the 10,000m run finals

Last season, Annie Beecham won the 5000 meter event and was named First Team All-Mid-American Conference. She was one of four Bobcats to earn a top-five mark as Ohio placed ninth for the second-consecutive season.

The senior from Granville, Ohio, became the fourth Bobcat to win the 5K and became the first Ohio runner to be named to the first team since 2009. Teammate Kari Summers placed fifth, finishing just over a second off her personal-best time. Summers also excelled in the 3000 steeplechase placing third with a time of 10:34.90.

Lauren McCullough set a personal best in the hammer and finished fourth in the javelin and the final top-five finish for the Bobcats was in the 400 hurdles as Courtney Weiss placed fifth and finished seven-hundredths of a second (.07) off of her best time in the event.

Summers was the last Bobcat to be named the MAC's Most Outstanding Performer for track in 2009 after Jackie Conrad won the award in 1997. Ohio has had two MAC Most Valuable Performers with Kris Parks winning in 1994 and Cathy Taylor winning the inaugural honor back in 1985.

The MAC started handing out postseason awards back in 2005 and Ohio has had two student-athletes named to the first team on two occasions, the last being in 2009. The largest number of postseason selections for the Bobcats was four back in 2007.

The Bobcats have won the MAC Championships three times (1983-84, 1994). The all-time leader is Eastern Michigan, which has won 10 titles, but none since 2003. Kent State won last year's title, it's second in a row and fourth overall. Prior to this stretch, Akron had won the title four years in a row (2006-09)

Ohio Competitors

Bolger, Delaney - 400m
Brown, Donyelle - Discus, Hammer, Shot
Cavinee, Jaimie - Pole Vault
Cuckler, Chanda - High Jump, Heptathlon
Gale, Erin - 800m
Geiger, Alexis - Long Jump, 100m, 4x1
Howard, Kaylah - 100m, 200m, 4x1
Macri, Alexa - Discus, Hammer, Javelin
Mason, Kristen - Hammer, Shot
Mathews, Kiley - 400m, 200m, 4x1, 4x4
McCarty, Hope - Javelin, 800m, 4x4
Pifer, Emily - 5k, 10k
Reichert, Morgan - 5k, 10k
Richardson, Miranda - Pole Vault
Rose, Janiece - Shot
Selhorst, Abbie - 10k
Skidmore, Emily - 3k Steeple
Thompson, Melissa - 1500m, 5k
Tyree, Brittany - High Jump, Heptathlon, 4x4
Vitou, Olivia - Javelin
Waddington, Ashley - 3k Steeple
Warner, Serena - High Jump 
Weiss, Courtney - 400m Hurdles
Winningham, Danielle - 800m, 4x1, 4x4

Ticket Information

      Single Day     Weekend Pass
MAC Students
(w/ valid student ID)    
$5 -
Adults $10 $25
Youth $5 $10

Schedule of Events/Results

Thursday, May 10 - Field events, decathlon/heptathlon events, 10,000m run finals
Friday, May 11 - Field events, decathlon/heptathlon events, sprint/mid-distance prelims, 3,000m steeplechase finals
Saturday, May 12 - Field events, all remaining running event finals, and the awards ceremony

Weather

Temperatures are expected to be slightly above average for this time of year, with highs of 66 degrees, 73 degrees and 68 degrees on each of the three days of the Championships. Accuweather is predicting a slight chance of a thunderstorm o Saturday, but the remainder of the competition should be relatively sunny.

Accuweather.com extended forecast for Mount Pleasant.

Parking/Travel Information

Spectator parking: Lots 62E and 62W, Lot 63 and Lot 64 (Travel/Parking Information)