Runners gearing for competition at the Jesse Owens Classic

Ohio Earns Solid Amount of Strong Finishes During Jesse Owens Classic

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Ohio produced seven top five finishes in one of the most competitive meets of the year.

Throws once again played a huge role for the Bobcats at the Jesse Owens Classic hosted by Ohio State, but solid results were seen all-around.

Distance events would be the highlight for Ohio. Alyssa Atkinson finished ninth with a time of 17:03.23 in the 5K showcase. The Bobcats also saw a strong results in the 800-meter run as Amelia Milton placed 11th, timing 2:13.28.

The 4×100 team, which has been strong all year, had another big showing on Saturday. The team, consisting of Mya Hodge, Olivia Mayfield, Kristin Winkel and senior Tajah Smith, came in 12th, clocking 48.62.

Throws would not produce a champion in any event, a rare narrative for this season. Despite this, they still got positive results out of the event.

Jordan Porter finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 15.90m. The Bobcats earned second and sixth place finishes in the discus. Gaza Odunaiya claimed second and Emma Ryan took sixth with throws of 43.73m and 44.50m, respectively.

Odunaiya and Ryan’s impact was felt in two additional events. Odunaiya placed fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 53.90m. The javelin brought Ryan third place accolades as she threw 42.37m, and Tajah Haley threw 38.83 in the javelin, finishing fifth.

The Bobcats are in Athens again for the last academic week of the year as they host the Ohio Open on Thursday.