Accurso, Thompson Lead Ohio Track At MAC Championships

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Cody Linn

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Updated Sat, May 11, 2013 9:08 pm
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The Ohio Bobcats’ track and field team finished three days of competition at the MAC Outdoor Championships in ninth place out of 12 teams Saturday. Ohio earned 24.5 of its 33.5 points on the final day of the meet.

In the 1500m Run finals Saturday, Melissa Thompson earned Ohio eight points, and Juli Accurso earned the Bobcats one point, with second and eighth place finishes, respectively.

Thompson’s time of 4:26.04 eclipsed the school record for fastest time in the event by nearly three seconds.

Accurso had the only Ohio victory at the MAC Outdoor Championships, a first-place finish in the 5000m Run finals on Saturday with a time of 16:36.65. With the victory, she earned the Bobcats 10 points.

Danielle Winningham earned Ohio another five points Saturday after a fourth place finish in the 800m Run with a career-best time of 2:09.30.

On Friday, Cuckler wrapped up competition in the heptathlon with a fourth place finish, earning five points for Ohio in the standings.

Cuckler’s 5,034 points in the two-day, seven-swing event was a career-high and the second-best event total in school history.

Kayla Scott earned Ohio one point in the 3000m Steeplechase finishing with a time of 11:00.89.

The Bobcats struggled during the first day of the MAC Outdoor Championships, only earning 3 points on Thursday.

Ohio earned all 3 of its day-one points in the 10,000m Run. Morgan Reichert and Krista Roehlig finished seventh and eight respectively.

Kent State took the top overall total in the MAC Outdoor Championshps with 169 points. Akron finished second with 119.

The next event in the outdoor season is the NCAA East Regional at Greensboro, NC. It is to be determined if any Bobcats have qualified.

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