Bobcats Bloom at Cherry Blossom Invitational

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Ohio celebrated its bitter sweet Senior Day by dominating the Cherry Blossom Invitational.

The Bobcats were hot all day on the Goldsberry Track despite the cool 40 degree weather.

Ohio cleaned house in what was perhaps its most dominating showing this season on the track and field, beating rivals Rio Grande, Marshall and Charleston (West Virginia) 103-25-21-21.

To start the day off, Jordan Porter cemented her place among the best shot putters in the Mid-American Conference. Her 15.38 meter throw not only was good enough for first place, but was nearly three meters better than the next best competitor.

The most compelling matchups were the friendly rivalries conducted by Ohio teammates during the remaining field events. Emma Ryan (44.16m) edged out her fellow Bobcat Gaza Odunaiya (40.50m) in the discus. Soon after, Odunaiya (49.97m) got revenge on Ryan (47.27m) through beating her by a hair in the hammer throw. Ryan finished strong, capping off her day by taking first in the javelin throw (48.22).

The Bobcats’ speedsters showed off on the polyurethane to complement the strong day in the field.

Their distance running was red hot; they earned first place in the 400, 800,1500, 5k,100 hurdles, 400 hurdles, 4x 100 and 4×400 relay. Even the Ohio men’s cross country athletes, Alex Wind and Michael Mckean took home first in the men’s 1500 and 5k respectively.

The only area the Bobcats weren’t seemingly perfect was in the sprinting events. Olivia Mayfield and Mya Hodge snagged second place in the 100 and 200 meter dash.

The Bobcats hope today’s success translates to Western Kentucky when they partake in the Hilltopper Relays next weekend.