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Ohio Excels at Winthrop Invitational

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The Bobcats have shown strong performances in the Carolinas over the past two weekends. There were many Bobcats who saw their names standout over of the course of the three-day Winthrop Invitational, as Ohio successfully pulled in 14 top-10 finishes.

The ‘Cats actually pulled off seven top-five finishes in Rock Hill, S.C.

Jordan Porter, Ashlee Bilhimer, Mackenzie Rankin and Janiece Rose led the pack. Porter stepped up to record a throw of 13.90 meters in shot-put, taking second, while Rose threw for 12.83 meters to claim fifth place.

Bilhimer won the javelin event, throwing 42.33 meters, and Mackenzie Rankin earned eighth, tossing the javelin 32.84 meters.

Olivia Mayfield and Erika Armstead both did a solid job of showing off their leaping abilities. Mayfield claimed silver in the long jump, recording a personal best of 5.37 meters. Armstead hopped 5.19 meter to earn a spot at eighth.

Durability on the track has been a high-point of the Bobcats this season and they capitalized on opportunities in running events over the weekend.

Hayley Stegemiller and Amanda Sacha showed endurance over their opponents in the 800-meter competition. Stegemiller won her heat and ended near the top, placing third with a time of 2:18.72 minutes. Sacha also won her heat and finished eighth, crossing the finish line at 2:22.24.

Tessa Weigand followed up her breakout performance last year at the Irwin Belk Track Complex with a third place finish in the 1500-meter run in 4:47.81. Kayla Scott clocked in at 4:53.37 to finish 10th.

Krista Roehlig placed fifth in the 5000-meter run at 17:53.16. Tara Tollett ran 17:53.16 for seventh place. Peyton Adkins completed the race in 17:55.85 for eighth and Maureen Dean took the 10th spot with 18:01.99 on the stopwatch.

Ohio has the opportunity to showcase its talents on home turf for the first time this season on Saturday at the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational.