Accurso Sets 10000m Record At MAC Outdoor Championship

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Ohio distance runner Juli Accurso added to her impressive resume Thrusday with a record-shattering performance on day one of her final MAC Outdoor Championship meet. The senior's 10000m time off 34:32.59 was more than nine seconds better than the previous mark, set by Ball State's Jill Scully in 2005.

Accurso also left the competition in the dust, beating the second place finisher by more than 40 seconds. Her fist place finish in the event awarded Ohio 10 points.

Other scorers for the Bobcats on the day were throwers Donyelle Brown and Ashlee Bilhimer. Brown finished fifth in the hammer throw with a distance of 56.21m, good for four points. Bilhimer followed with a personal-best javelin throw of 44.05, topping her previous high by nearly three meters. Bilhimer also finished fifth, winning four points for Ohio.

Junior Chanda Cuckler sits in fourth place in the heptathlon after four events.

Ohio is tied for fourth with Bowling Green with 18 points after day one. Accurso will run again in the 5000m Friday.