Women's Track & Field: Mount Union Tries to Get Back on Top of Podium at OAC Championships

Daijana Johnson, Rachael Adams and Katie Goedecke (Photo by Joe Colon)
Daijana Johnson, Rachael Adams and Katie Goedecke (Photo by Joe Colon)

Mount Union's women's track and field team will attempt to get back on the top of the podium at the 2018 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships Friday and Saturday at Ohio Northern University in Ada.

The Purple Raiders placed second a year ago just 12.5 points behind conference champ Ohio Northern to see a streak of Mount Union team titles end at eight.

Mount Union did have the conference's top sprint athlete a year ago in Rachael Adams (Louisville / St. Thomas Aquinas) and she won the 200 meter title, was part of the winning 4x100 meter relay team and was second in the 100 meters. This year she is the top seed in the 100 meters, 200 meters and part of a top seeded 4x100 meter relay team with Katie Goedecke (Cuyahoga Falls / Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary), Steph Donley (Carrollton) and Alexianna Johnson (Dover).

Adams is also part of a 4x400 meter relay team along with Sarah Mason (Alliance / Marlington), Megan Bailey (Alliance) and Cortni Arp (Copley) that is seeded second while Goedecke is also seeded third in the 100 meters and seventh in the 200 meters while Johnson is second in the long jump and third in the triple jump.

Aamirah Howard (Akron / Woodridge) leads the conference in the 100 meter hurdles and is ranked third in the 400 meter hurdles.

Other high seeds include: Katie Durisin (Painesville / Riverside) and Katie Vance (Norwayne) who are seeded second and fourth respectively in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Hilary Reigle (Madison) is the No. 2 seed in the 5,000 meters and Nicole Rinaldi (Tallmadge) is seeded third in the 10,000 meters.

The top three finishers in each event earn All-OAC honors.