NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Mount Union's women's track and field team placed second at the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships Saturday at Muskingum University in New Concord.
A strong day by the Purple Raiders' sprinters was not enough to overcome a record setting day by Ohio Northern as the Polar Bears set three conference records on the day to edge out Mount Union in the team standings 162-149.
It ended a string of eight straight conference titles for Mount Union.
Freshman Rachael Adams (Louisville/St. Thomas Aquinas) led the Raiders' sprinters and was named OAC Maria French Sprint Athlete of the Meet.
Adams won the 200 meters with an OAC record time of 24.68 as the Raiders swept the top four spots in the race as Daijana Johnson (Alliance/Alliance) was second (25.14), junior Katie Goedecke (Cuyahoga Falls/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) was third (25.40) and senior Marisa Rinalidi (Tallmadge/Tallmadge) was fourth (25.78).
All four of those sprinters combined to set a new OAC record in the 4x100 meter relay winning the event with a time of 46.93.
Johnson, who was third in the long jump, took the title in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.20 as Mount Union took the top three spots in that race as Adams was second (12.34) and Goedecke was third (12.36).
Adams and Rinaldi, who was also second in the 400 meters, along with juniors Dana Crofoot (Perry/Perry) and Steph Donley (Carrollton/Carrollton) also got all-conference honors with a third in the 4x400 meter relay (3:54.83).
Along with the sprinters, Mount Union also got a number of other all-conference performances.
Second place finishes came from Crofoot in the long jump, senior Courtney Berish (Mantua/Crestwood) in the hammer throw and the 4x800 relay team of juniors Rachel McGuire (Cleveland/St. Joseph Academy), Toni Beuck (Cleveland/Villa Angela-St. Joseph), Hilary Reigle (Madison/Madison) along with freshman Sarah Mason (Alliance/Marlington).
Freshman Devin Kring (Alliance/Louisville) nabbed all-conference honors with a third place finish in the 400 meter hurdles.