Eight Rockets Head West for Mt. SAC Relays; Rest of Squad Ready for EMU Invite

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 04/17/2013
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Soph. Mackenzie Chojnacky will make her 2013 outdoor debut at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday night.

TOLEDO, Ohio - Eight members of the Toledo women's track and field team, including five distance runners and three jumpers, will compete at the 55th Annual Mt. SAC Relays on Friday, April 19 in Walnut, Calif. The prestigious national meet runs Thursday through Saturday at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College, and features running and field events for elite, collegiate and high school athletes.

Distance runners Mackenzie Chojnacky, Brooke Tullis, Megan Wright, Priscilla Timmons and Devyn Ramsay will run the 5,000-meter, while Kiah Douglas and Katie Bollin participate in the long jump. Yuhong Fu will be the lone Rocket to leap in the triple jump.

Chojnacky, a first-team all-league performer in indoor this season, will run her first race of the outdoor season. The sophomore is slated to compete in the Olympic Development Elite finals at 8:00 p.m. Friday night in the first 5,000-meter race of her outdoor career.

Sophomore Tullis, also an all-league honoree during indoor, will run in the first "open" 5,000-meter race at 9:55 p.m. in her second outing this spring. Wright, a junior, will line up at approximately 10:33 p.m. for the second "open" heat in her first outdoor appearance.

Freshman Timmons and junior Ramsay will cap off Friday night in the third "open" 5,000-meter slated for 11:10 p.m.

Field events will take place earlier in the day, as senior Fu is the first Rocket scheduled to compete with the triple jump taking place at 11:30 a.m. She is currently eighth on the MAC outdoor list and needs to improve her season-best leap by three inches to meet the automatic-qualifying mark of 38' 7.25".

Veteran seniors Douglas and Bollin will take off in the long jump at 2:00 p.m., while Bollin looks to improve on her season-high distance  of 18' 5.25" by eight inches to meet the auto-qualifying standard. Douglas has already qualified and sits third on the conference list with a season-long 19' 6.25.

The rest of UT's track and field squad will take part in the Eastern Michigan Twilight Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich.

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