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Ohio senior Shareyna Spears leaps into the air during the Ohio Open long jump competition May 7. Spears took first over teammate Katie Eastmen. (Dustin Lennert | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Track and Field: Beecham shines in MAC champs

As she has numerous times before, Annie Beecham provided leadership in an

important meet.  

In the last event of the first day of the Mid-American Conference Championships,  she provided Ohio with crucial points.

Beecham finished in second place in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 35 minutes, 21.70 seconds and notched eight points for the Bobcats.

“She did a fantastic job in the 10K,” coach Clay Calkins said. “She ran a great

 strategic race.”

Emily Pifer added another point with an eighth place finish, and the Bobcats are in sixth place with 14 points after day one of the three-day competition.

Sophomore Lauren McCullough finished fourth in the javelin with a throw of 39.39 meters. Her effort earned the Bobcats

five points.

Brittany Tyree finished the day in fourth place after four events of the heptathlon

were completed.

Calkins said that after the rest of the events were completed during the second day, she could improve her standing.

“With a good day tomorrow she could make a move up to third place,” Calkins said.

Both pole vaulters failed to clear their first jumps, and Calkins said they had an off day.

Overall, Calkins said he was happy with the way the first day went and was optimistic about the rest of the weekend.

“We had a good first day, and we have the opportunity to put ssome points on the board tomorrow,” Calkins said.


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