Ohio Wins Cherry Blossom Invitational

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Ohio women’s track and field took the top spot Saturday in the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational – its first home meet of the season.

Not only did the Bobcats place first, but they won every dual competition and had six members place first in their respective category. The ‘Cats took down Wright State, West Virginia, Morehead State, Marshall and Charleston (W.Va.).

Of the six first place finishes for Ohio, two came individually in the track portion, three came in field events and one came in relays.

Kara Jackson won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.47.

Tessa Weigand claimed the 1500-meter title in 4:40.44 – a career best – to round out Ohio’s wins in individual track events.

Amanda Socha, Kaitlyn Logan, Mackenzie Rankin and Hayley Stegemiller worked together to place first in the 4×400-meter with a final time of 4:01.94.

Janiece Rose shot put distance of 13.99 meters was a personal best and the winning throw.

Donyelle Brown’s hammer throw distance of 51.41 meters was good for first, and Ashlee Bilhimer continued the Bobcats’ throwing dominance with a javelin throw of 41.94 meters.

The Bobcats also had six other athletes place in the top three at the invitational, marking the first time this season the Bobcats took a complete sweep of their competition.

The team will look to build upon the weekend’s success at the two-day All-Ohio Invitational in Oxford, Ohio. The event starts on Friday.