NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Walsh women's track and field team was mainly in action at the 2019 Jim Wuske Invitational at Mount Union on Saturday (Feb. 2) but there was also some action at the Akron Invitational as well.
"We had a very encouraging day today," said head coach Rob Mizicko. "We saw a lot of our younger athletes really step up. It is always fun to watch many of thse young athletes improve and develop early in the season."
In Alliance, the Cavaliers had a good showing across the board.
The Cavaliers were well-represented in the 800-meter run at Mount Union, placing two of the top three. Bre Bakan won the event with a time of 2:18.85. Megan Soehnlen was second, crossing the finish line at 2:23.59.
The 4x200 meter relay teams finished second and third overall in the event. The team of Cassidi Bookless, Clarise Culhane, Rachael Kotoch and Emily Joyce came home second with a time of 1:51.53. The quartet of Juanita Gray, Gracey Radwany, Alexandra Rodgers, and Skyler Stewart had a time of 1:51.65.
Bookless, Culhane, Joyce and Raquel Jones placed third in the 4x400 meter relay with a 4:22.25 time.
On the field event side at Mount Union, two of the top three in the shot put were Cavaliers. Ndidiamaka Anaraodo won with a NCAA D2 provo mark of 13.74 meters. Morrisa Mallory was second on a 13.27 meter toss.
In the weight throw, Walsh swept the podium with the top three throws. Malia Turley had a best throw of 16.49 meters in first place. Mariah Porter was second with a 16.23 meter throw and Olivia King was third on a 15.08 meter throw.
Meanwhile at Akron, Audra Lehotay followed up her G-MAC Athlete of the Week nod with a first place run in the Gold Division Mile run. She had an overall time of 4:52.87, topping her season-best time and gaining a NCAA D2 provisional mark.
The team will split up and compete at Grand Valley State, Oberlin and Tiffin all next weekend.