ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio track and field team will host their first of two home meets this outdoor season, the 2018 Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational (April 7). The meet will begin promptly at 11:30 and will serve as the 2018 Senior Day.
The Bobcats look forward to competing against teams including Charleston, Dayton, Marshall, Rio Grande, Shawnee State, and Wright State.
Ohio track and field will also be recognizing 11 of the graduating seniors before the events kick off. Seniors include Cassidy Cleland, Jennifer Fockler, Mya Hodge, Ellen Isaac, Kaitlyn Logan, Kelsey Luebbe, Anna Michael, Jordan Porter, Emma Ryan, Tara Tollett, and Callyn Voase.
The Bobcats return home after a weekend splitting up over the Raleigh Relays and the Oliver Nikolof Open at N.C. State and Cincinnati, respectively. The Bobcats secured several top-20 finishes throughout the weekend.
Senior Mya Hodge (Dublin, Ohio) placed 14th overall in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.74.
The second day's running events opened with the 800m where junior Emily Deering (Geneva, Ohio) placed 14th overall with a time of 2:12.83.
Ohio's 4x100m relay team consisting of Guiley, Agyekum, Summers, and Hodge placed 14th with a time of 49.39.
The 4x200m relay team of Agyekum, sophomore Olivia Brewer (Mount Gilead, Ohio), Hodge, and Summers then went on to place eighth with a final time of 1:43.46.
In the 4x400m, the Bobcat team of Handel, Logan, freshman Melissa Barrett (Englewood, Ohio), and Deering posted a time of 3:55.20 to place 18th.
In the final relay of the weekend, Ohio's 4x1500m relay team of junior Josie Woosley (Pataskala, Ohio), Bowes, sophomore Tiffany Hill (Dublin, Ohio), and sophomore Melissa Koziol (Burton, Ohio) recorded a fifth-place finish with a final time of 19:12.33.
Senior Jordan Porter (South Point, Ohio) placed fifth overall in the shot put with a throw of 15.18m. Next, for the 'Cats was freshman Abby Moore (Rootstown, Ohio) recorded a throw of 13.43m to place 18th.
Senior Emma Ryan (Vincent, Ohio) placed 11th in the discus after recorded a throw of 45.07m ahead of junior Gaza Odunaiya (Athens, Ohio) in 14th with a throw of 43.27m.
In the hammer throw, Ryan placed 16th overall with a throw of 49.43m.
Ryan then went on to add a 10th-place finishing in the javelin where she recorded a throw of 41.48m.
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In the 1500m, freshman Tate Dawson (Doylestown, Pa.) and senior Christina Seas (West Union, Ohio) finished back-to-back with times of 5:00.31 and 5:01.53 to place in the top-20.