Indoor Track And Field Completes Meyo, YSU Invitationals

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The Bobcat indoor track and field team competed in two different invitationals this weekend, with one group of runners going to Notre Dame for the Meyo Invitational and the other going to Youngstown State for the Mid-Major Invitational. Ohio finished in sixth place of nine teams in the YSU Invitational and completed a strong showing at the Meyo.

In the Meyo Invitational, the 'Cats competed in four events, the first of which was the 5,000-meter run. Freshman Kayla Scott finished 24th with a time of 17:20 and sophomore Morgan Reichert finished 34th with a time of 17:32.  Also competing in this event was junior Morgan Meade, who finished 42nd with a time of 17:49.

Ohio also competed in the 3,000-meter run.  In sections one and two, senior Ashley Waddington finished 24th with a final time of 10:14.  In section three, junior Juli Accurso finished fourth with a time of 9:32.

The Bobcats also competed in two other events, the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run.  Senior Danielle Winningham finished 46th in the 400-meter dash with a final time of 58.42.  Freshman Tessa Weigand and senior Erin Gale placed 54th and 61st in the 800-meter run, respectively, both with times under 2:18.

The other group of female Bobcats finished sixth overall with 47 total points in the YSU Mid-Major Invitational.  Ohio earned points in six events.

In the pentathlon, sophomore Chanda Cuckler finished with 3,458 points to claim first place in the event and earn 10 team points.  Freshman Hayley Stegemiller finished with 2,850 points to attain two points to add to the team's total.

Ohio finished well in field events as well.  In the long jump, senior Alexis Geiger earned eight team points, as she had a 5.26 meter jump.  Sophomore Janiece Rose and senior Kristen Mason won a combined seven points in the weight throw, as they finished third and eighth with throws of 15.56 and 14.64 meters, respectively. Rose earned the 'Cats another five points with her 12.76 meter throw in the shot put event.

The women also performed well in the short-range events.  In the 500-meter dash, freshman Karissa Conrad finished eighth to earn the Bobcats another point with her time of 1:20.  Freshman Kristen Winkel finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.23 seconds, and she earned Ohio another four points.  In the last event of the invitational, the 4×400 meter relay team finished in 10th place, which gave Ohio its last two points of the event.

The Ohio University women's track and field team will be in action again Feb. 8-9 in the Hoosier Hills event in Bloomington, In.