Oct. 26, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's and women's cross country teams will head to Buffalo, N.Y. for the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday. The women will open competition at 11:00 a.m. with the men following an hour later at noon.
Results from this year's championship will be posted on mac-sports.com immediately following the race.
In 2011, the women's team finished fourth with 86, placing just three points behind Miami, which took third with 86 points. Toledo won the race finishing with 33 points. On the men's side, the Bobcats finished fifth with 127 points. Eastern Michigan would go on to take first place with 168 points.
The women's team enters the race, having won more MAC Championships than any other team in the league (10 overall). Ohio's last team title came in 2007. The men will be in search of its fourth overall championship and its first since 1996.
Individually for the women, Junior Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) highlighted last year's MAC Championship for the Bobcats as she won the individual crown in a time of 20:35.3, becoming the third Ohio runner to win the league title since 2006. Ohio has had five individual champions overall. Teammate Emily Pifer (Casstown, Ohio) also clocked in a solid time of 21:17.6 to place in seventh.
Both Accurso and Pifer each received All-MAC First Team honors following last year's meet.
Last year on the men's side, senior Tyler Ames (Cortland, Ohio) finished in 10th to lead all Bobcats, finishing with a time of 24:48.0. Fellow teammate Noah Howkins (Stow, Ohio) clocked a time of 24:54.5 to finish 14th. Both Ames and Howkins went on to receive All-MAC Second Team honors.
Accurso enters the meet in the hopes of repeating last year's performance where she claimed the individual crown and became the first Bobcat to win the MAC Championship since Annie Beachem do so in 2008.
Both teams return to action after a two-week break from competing at Pre-Nationals on Oct. 13. The men's team finished fifth in the unseeded race. Ames paced the green and white, clocking a time of 25:10.4.
On the women's side, Accurso finished 13th to lead the lady `Cats, posting a solid time of 20:15.6 in the 6-kilometer race. Fellow classmate Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) was the next Ohio finisher, finishing 91st with a time of 21:31.0.