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Ohio Track and Field Competes in Jesse Owens Classic

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Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio track and field competed in one of the biggest meets of the season this weekend at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Classic.
More than 50 teams participated, including almost every MAC school and a few Big ten schools.

Top Performers

Bobcat senior Ellen Isaac secured the win for the Bobcats during the 5k.

Freshman Abby Summers finished first for OHIO in both the 100 and 200-meter dash.

In the 400-meter dash, sophomore Melissa Handel took 14th place overall.

In the 800-meter dash, junior Emily Deering placed in the top 10, and Senior Maya Hodge also placed in the top 10 for the 100-meter hurdles.

Sophomore Melissa Koziol was the first finisher for the Bobcats in the 1500-meter.

For the field events, senior Jordan Porter placed fifth in the shot-put championships.

Junior Gaza Odunaiya dominated in both discus throw and hammer throw, placing 12th for discus and 2nd for hammer throw.

Finally, in the javelin throw, senior Emma Ryan took fifth overall for the Bobcats.

Although the Bobcats didn’t record finishes like at the Cherry Blossom Invitational, they were up against some of the best teams in the conference.

The Perfect Storm

The Bobcats were lucky to have a sunny, warm day.

Gearing up for the running events

Coach Clay Calkings said earlier in the season good weather is helpful in some events.

“This weather makes it harder for the short sprints to warm up, but it’s really good for long distance,” he said.

The Bobcats will next compete at the Hillsdale Gina Relays and at the Redhawk Invitational at Miami University this weekend.