Updated Sat, Dec 7, 2013 9:16 am
The Ohio Bobcats track and field team kicked off its season Friday evening in Youngstown, Ohio. The ‘Cats participated in the Youngstown State College Icebreaker today at the Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS).
Juli Accurso came into the season as the most electrifying runner, and backed up the preseason acclaim. Accurso placed first in the 3,000-meter run and her time of 9:27:92 qualified her for the event at the 2014 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships.
Sophomore Janiece Rose showed she could be a potential dark horse for the Bobcat track and field squad. Rose showed up big Friday, winning the weight throw with a toss of 16.22 meters, which shattered her previous high by more than half a meter. Rose also placed fifth in shot put (12.73 meters).
Delaney Bolger, the junior from Lebanon, Ohio, broke onto the scene with her first career individual win. Bolger took first place in the 800-meter individual run (2:20:20).
Junior Chanda Cuckler also played a big part in Friday’s success. Cuckler approached her personal best mark in the high jump, with a 1.68-meter soar to finish second in the event. Cuckler also finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a 9.00 jump.
Finishing off the event in Youngstown was Ohio’s 4x400-meter relay ‘A’ team. The runners finished fifth in the event, crossing the finish line with a time of 4:06:66. The ‘A’ team incorporated runners Bolger, Kara Jackson, Cuckler, and freshman Amanda Sacha.
Ohio will have plenty of time to work on endurance and team chemistry before it sees meet action. The ‘Cats say goodbye to their short-lived 2013 campaign and will turn the page to 2014. They open up the New Year with the Tom Wright Classic in Bowling Green on Jan. 25.