AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's indoor track and field team was picked to finish second in the Ohio Athletic Conference Coaches Poll.
The Purple Raiders received 70 points and two first place votes for 70 points to place behind defending conference champion Otterbein with seven first place votes and 79 points. The remaining first place vote went to third place John Carroll while Ohio Northern and Baldwin Wallace rounded out the top five.
A year ago, Mount Union saw its run of conference titles end at seven straight as Otterbein won its first conference crown since 2007.
The Purple Raiders return one conference champion in junior Aamirah Howard (Akron / Woodridge), who won the 60 meter hurdle title.
Other all-conference returners, who placed in the top three in an event, include sophomore Alexianna Johnson (Dover) in the long jump, junior Sarah Mason (Alliance / Marlington) in the 500 meters and 4x400 meter relay with teammates in sophomore Cortni Arp (Copley) and Lindsay Thut (Aurora / Crestwood).
Mount Union is back on the track January 18, 2019 at the Youngstown State Invite. The Raiders host both the Jim Wuske Invite (Feb. 2) and Raider Tune-Up (Feb. 16) before the OAC Championships Feb. 22-23 at the Ohio Northern Sports Center in Ada.
OAC Women's Indoor Track Preseason Coaches Poll.
- Otterbein (7) - 79
- Mount Union (2) - 70
- John Carroll (1) - 67
- Ohio Northern - 57
- Baldwin Wallace - 46
- Heidelberg - 42
- Capital - 32
- Muskingum - 25
- Wilmington - 22
- Marietta - 10