Birds of a Feather Reunite at BGSU Race

Eagle runners ran into familiar faces at the Mel Brodt High School Invitational hosted September 1 on the campus of Bowling Green State University.

After winding through and around BGSU’s intramural fields, golf course, and football stadium during the race, CJ men’s and women’s teams caught up with recent alumna Nicolette Johnson ’11 (pictured above). The former Eagle, now a Falcon, is currently a thrower for the school’s NCAA Division I track and field team.

The university's annual race, in its 26th year, encompasses both high school and collegiate divisions. It is named after the late Mel Brodt, a native of Fairborn and legendary BGSU distance coach. View meet photos >

CJ did not need to look far this school year to find its next head women’s cross country coach.

Maura Lemon, who began her second year teaching in the science department, takes the reigns for the 2012-13 season. She succeeds fellow faculty member Greg Mueller, English teacher, who remains an assistant with the program.

“Maura is considered one of the greatest distance runners in UD history, and will be a terrific representative for CJ in this new role,” said Scott Pierce, athletic director.

“She brings a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective on the sport for our student-athletes,” Pierce added.

Lemon is a 2011 graduate of the University of Dayton and a highly decorated Flyers’ cross country and track alumna. She earned the Atlantic 10 all-academic team award twice at UD.

“I am very passionate about running, and my goal is to pass along my passion for the sport to others” Lemon said. She hopes to encourage students to make running a lifelong hobby