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Bobcats Picked to Finish 12th in Indoor Track & Field Preseason Coaches Poll

Bobcats Picked to Finish 12th in Indoor Track & Field Preseason Coaches Poll

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced Thursday (Nov. 29) the predictions for the 2017-18 Indoor Track and Field Season. Based on a coaches poll, the Akron Zips have been selected to take both the Men and Women's MAC Championship titles.

The Akron women enter their 2017-18 season on a quest to become back-to-back MAC Indoor Track & Field Championships after winning last year's competition with a final score of 145 points, just ahead of Eastern Michigan with 139 points.

Last year, the Ohio women finished the Championships in 12th place after the two-day championships.

Running Events
Graduated Senior Amelia Milton (Elton Rutland, England) entered the final round of the 800m run after running a preliminary time of 2:13.28 to place sixth. In the finals, she finished eighth overall with a final time of 2:13.62 to earn a spot on the podium.

Then sophomore Alyssa Atkinson (Granville, Ohio) placed sixth in the conference after posting a 3K time of 9:43.18.

Field Events
In the high jump, graduated senior Taylor Smith (Canal Winchester, Ohio) rounded out the top eight with a jump reaching 1.68m (5' 6").

Graduated senior Olivia Mayfield (Beachwood, Ohio) placed 10th for Ohio in the long jump after reaching 5.78m (18' 11.75").

Then junior Jordan Porter (South Point, Ohio) placed sixth overall in the shot put after throwing a 15.18m (49' 9.75") distance.

Then sophomore Gaza Odunaiya (Athens, Ohio) posted a distance of 17.88m (58' 8") to place seventh overall in the weight throw.

2017-18 Women's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll
1. Akron (7 first place votes)
2. Eastern Michigan (2)
3. Kent State (1)
4. Northern Illinois
5. Buffalo
6. Miami
7. Western Michigan
8. Toledo
9. Bowling Green
10. Central Michigan
11. Ball State
12. Ohio

Ohio will kick off the 2017-18 indoor season at the Marshall Opener hosted by the Thundering Herd in Huntington, W. Va. on Thursday, Dec. 7.