Women's Track and Field: Raiders First After Day One of OAC Championships

Freshman Bri Aveni won the OAC pole vault title with a school record mark
Freshman Bri Aveni won the OAC pole vault title with a school record mark

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – A school record and five all-conference performances have the Mount Union women's track and field team in first place after day one of the 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships Friday at Memorial Stadium in Westerville.

The Purple Raiders have 61 points which is just one point ahead of John Carroll. Otterbein is just four points back at 57 points in third place.

The day was headlined by a school record setting performance by freshman Bri Aveni (Geneva), who won the pole vault with a mark of 12-feet, 4-inches, that is also currently 10th best in NCAA Division III so far this season.

Four other all-conference performances came in three second place finishes from junior Daijana Johnson (Alliance) in the long jump (17-4.25), sophomore Rhiannon Petrisko (Steubenville) in the javelin throw (116-3) and the 4x800 meter relay team of seniors Hilary Reigle (Madison) and Toni Beuck (Cleveland / VASJ), sophomore Emily Schutt (Painesville / Riverside) and junior Sarah Mason (Alliance / Marlington) along with a third place from junior Katie Durisin (Painesville / Riverside) in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:29.07).

The highlights of preliminaries for running events include sophomore Cortni Arp (Copley), who is the top qualifier in the 400 meters and second in the 200 meters with freshmen Maryonna Cathey (New London) and Michaelina Terranova (North Jackson / Jackson-Milton) taking the top two spots in the 400 meter hurdles. Terranova is also one of three that made the finals in the 100 hurdles.

The meet concludes Saturday.

Team Scores

1. Mount Union 61, 2. John Carroll 60, 3. Otterbein 57, 4. Ohio Northern 32, 5. Baldwin Wallace 27, 6. Capital 16, 7. Muskingum 12, 8. Heidelberg 4, 9. Wilmington 3, 10. Marietta 1.