Toledo Women's Track & Field Closes Out MAC Championship Meet with Four Medalists

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The University of Toledo women's track and field team finished the final day of competition at the Mid-American Conference Championships in Muncie, Ind. on Saturday with 13 podium finishes and four medalists. The Rockets landed in 10th place overall after racking up 49 points.

Head coach Linh Nguyen said he was looking for a higher team finish.

"I think we had some solid performances. Just a few things went wrong and we had some hard luck that hurt us a little bit overall," said Nguyen. "We were looking for a much better team result here. I don't think we performed poorly. I just think that for whatever reason it didn't come together for us out here this weekend."

Seniors Petronela Simiuc and Janelle Noe medaled in the 1500m with Simiuc landing second (4:27.86) and Noe taking third (4:28.10). Simiuc's performance earned her a spot on the Second-Team All-MAC list.

In the 100 meters, senior Shanice Williams clocked a time of 11. 74 to land fifth on the podium.

The Rockets earned sixth-place finishes from senior Katie Dewey (discus, 48.99m), junior Yana Khabina (400m hurdles, 1:00.43), senior Jennifer Lichter (5000m, 17:06.89), as well as the 4x100m relay team (46.22) and 4x400m team (3:46.39).

During the first day of competition senior Jennifer Lichter medaled in the 10,000m, taking third with a time of 35:50.45. The second day marked podium appearances by Atalia Lima for the pentathlon (seventh, 4596 points) and Madison Pierce for the long jump (eighth, 5.68m). Friday also saw senior Olivia Chinn medal in the 3000-meter steeplechase, also placing third with a personal-best of 10:34.90.

With the Rockets graduating many of their top competitors, Nguyen hopes the younger athletes will build off this year's experience. "It's just that experience of coming to the Championship Meet," said Nguyen. "Pound for pound, the MAC is one of the best conferences in the country. For the level we're at, it's probably a top-three track and field conference. So, I think it's just the more experience of knowing what to expect, knowing how hard people go at it here, and coming in ready and mentally prepared for that."

With the MAC Championships now wrapped up, the Rockets are setting their sights on the NCAA East Preliminary Round, which will be held in Jacksonville, Fla. May 23-25. The top 48 competitors in each event will have the opportunity to compete in the prelims to earn their spot at the NCAA Championships in Austin, TX, June 23-25.

"Athena (Welsh) and Petronela (Simiuc) are pretty much locked in. I think Katie (Dewey) is locked in. Going off historical numbers Janelle (Noe) should get in. I think Jennifer (Lichter) and Yana (Khabina) are going to be on the bubble. That's pretty much the group we're looking at now," said Nguyen.

Individuals selected for the prelims will be announced and posted on NCAA.com the week prior to Preliminary Round competition.

2019 MAC Outdoor Championships
Muncie, Ind.
Thursday- Saturday, May 9-11

Final Team Standings
1. Akron - 120 points
2. Central Michigan - 117.5 points
3. Eastern Michigan - 77 points
4. Kent State - 75.5 points
5. Northern Illinois - 71 points
6. Miami (OH) - 70 points
7. Bowling Green - 69 points
8. Western Michigan - 63.5 points
9. Ball State - 57 points
10. Toledo - 49 points
11. Ohio - 27 points
12. Buffalo - 22.5 points

Toledo Full Results

Heptathlon
7. Atalia Lima - 4596 points
15. Holly Nation - 3382 points *PR*

Heptathlon - 100m Hurdles
11. Atalia Lima - 15.92
16. Holly Nation - 19.99

Heptathlon - High Jump
4. Atalia Lima - 1.60m
8. Holly Nation - 1.54m

Heptathlon - Shot Put
3. Atalia Lima - 11.32m
16. Holly Nation - 7.68m

Heptathlon - 200m
11. Holly Nation - 27.25
14. Atalia Lima - 27.88

Heptathlon - Long Jump
2. Atalia Lima - 5.41m
13. Holly Nation - 4.72m

Heptathlon - Javelin
2. Atalia Lima - 37.36m
12. Holly Nation - 20.83m

Heptathlon - 800m
9. Atalia Lima - 2:38.58
10. Holly Nation - 2:41.65

Field Events
Discus | Final
6. Katie Dewey - 48.99m
13. Chloee Kleespies - 44.90m
17. Lauren Johnson - 40.16m

High Jump | Final
15. Ashley Herrmann - 1.56m

Shot Put | Final
9. Katie Dewey - 14.95m
15. Sally Frank - 13.21m
17. Chloee Kleespies - 12.72m

Long Jump | Final
8. Madison Pierce - 5.68m
16. Deja Martin - 5.36m

Hammer Throw | Final
20. Kallie Strauss - 42.55m

Javelin | Final
17. Lauren Johnson - 29.20m
18. Kallie Strauss - 26.24m

Track Events
100m | Final
5. Shanice Williams - 11.74

200m | Final
8. Nautica Hill - 24.31

400m Hurdles | Final
6. Yana Khabina - 1:00.43

1500m | Final
2. Petronela Simiuc - 4:27.86
3. Janelle Noe - 4:28.10

5000m | Final
6. Jennifer Lichter - 17:06.89
11. Claire Steigerwald - 17:23.58

3000m Steeplechase | Final
3. Olivia Chinn - 10:34.90 *PR*
10. Roma Lucarelli - 11:08.81 *PR*

10,000m | Final
3. Jennifer Lichter - 35:50.45
9. Stephanie Sherman - 37:09.69
13. Claire Steigerwald - 37:44.62

4x100m Relay | Final
6. Shanice Williams, Rayna Horner, Christina Johnson Nautica Hill - 46.22

4x400m Relay | Final
6. Rayna Horner, Christina Johnson, Yana Khabina, Nautica Hill - 3:46.39

Women's Second Team All-MAC
Abby Helminiak, Akron (PV)
Haley Hess, Akron (Steeplechase)
Ivy McKee, BSU (4x100)
Jasmine Harris, BSU (4x100)
Peyton Stewart, BSU (4x100)
Rachel Walny, BGSU (10000)
Crystal Henderson, UB (TJ)
Gabriella Beauvais, CMU (4x400)
Samantha Cuneo, CMU (4x400)
Simonae Dismuke, CMU (4x400)
Janelle Perry, CMU (LJ)
Jayden Williams, CMU (4x400)
Allyson Goff, EMU (100H)
Micah Johnston, EMU (400)
Gabrielle Bailey, KSU (Discus)
Rachel Banks, KSU (800)
Talia Falco, KSU (HJ)
Neshay Curtis, NIU (400H)
Gaza Odunaiya, Ohio (HT)
Tajah Haley, Ohio (Javelin)
Petronela Simiuc, Toledo (1500)
Allison Hufnagel, WMU (Hep)
Madison Meredith, WMU (100)