Women's Track and Field: Adams and Johnson Win OAC Special Awards; Raiders Second at OAC Championships

Rachael Adams (photo by Joe Colon)
Rachael Adams (photo by Joe Colon)

ADA, Ohio – Mount Union's women's track and field team finished in second place at the 2018 Ohio Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Ohio Northern University in Ada.

The Purple Raiders totaled 154 points over the 21 events to finish runner-up for the second straight year behind back-to-back meet champion Ohio Northern (166 pts).

Mount Union won five events headlined by sophomore Rachael Adams (Louisville / St. Thomas Aquinas) and freshman Alexianna Johnson (Dover). Adams won the OAC Sprinter of the Meet award for the second straight year and Johnson won the OAC Field Athlete of the Meet award.

Adams defended her titles in both the 100 meters (12.22) and 200 meters (25.32), Johnson swept the long jump (18-5.25) and triple jump (37-3.75) titles while both ran a leg on the conference champion 4x100 meter relay team with seniors Katie Goedecke (Cuyahoga Falls / Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Dana Crofoot (Perry).

A school record was also set on Saturday as junior Hilary Reigle (Madison) ran a time of 4:38.30 in the 1500 meters to finish third and she also placed second in the 5,000 meters to earn all-conference honors in two events.

The 4x400 meter relay team of freshman Megan Bailey (Alliance), senior Steph Donley (Carrollton), sophomore Sarah Mason (Alliance / Marlington) and freshman Cortni Arp (Copley) placed second in the last event to grab not only all-conference honors but push the Raiders 0.5 points ahead of Otterbein for second place.

Other all conference honors came in second place finishes from sophomores Katie Durisin (Painesville / Riverside) in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and Aamirah Howard (Akron / Woodridge) in the 100 meter hurdles along with third place finishes from sophomore Daijana Johnson (Alliance) in the 100 meter dash and the 4x800 meter relay team of sophomore Sarah Mason (Alliance / Marlington), junior Emily Henson (Hamilton / Badin), freshman Brittany McCauley (Mansfield / Ontario) and Toni Beuck (Cleveland / Villa Angela-St. Joseph).