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Bobcat Women's Cross Country Opens Season on Saturday

Juli Accurso

Sep 7, 2013

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Women's Cross-Country team returns to action on Saturday at Miami University to open the 2013 season. The race is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Last season the Bobcats placed third at the Mid-American Conference championship. This year the women's team was picked to finish third in the MAC preseason poll.

The Bobcats will be returning top runners Juli Accurso (senior), Morgan Reichert (junior) and Melissa Thompson (senior).

Last season Accurso became the first bobcat to ever win an NCAA regional meet while also defending her individual MAC crown. Reichert and Thompson also had strong finishes to the 2012 campaign as both received All-MAC Second Team honors.

Coach Clay Calkins on the upcoming season...
"Our top five is very solid this year. The parody up top is the best I've seen it in the 10 years I've been here so I think we have a great opportunity this year. We have some great team leaders coming back including Juli Accurso, Morgan Reichert, and Melissa Thompson, so we have some really great returnees along with Kayla Scott. I think Krista Roehlig really made a great jump from her freshman to sophomore year. She is doing great and is going to be one of our top five and maybe even top three, so it has been very exciting."

Calkins on this weekend...
"We've been training very hard the past three weeks and we went pretty hard this week as well. We're going to let the chips fall where they may. We're going to try very hard as a team but we still realize it is early on in the year so we're just doing to keep our foot on the gas pedal when it comes to training."

Calkins on the team's expectations...
"As a coach, expectations are always high and you have to have your athletes understand they have to have high expectations as well. On both ends I think this is covered, I think this is the best full team we've had. The work outs have been nice because people have been closer to Juli than they have been in the past so I think that is the big story this year, the amount of people who came back in shape."