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Ohio Track and Field Records Six Top-Five Finishes at Kent National Qualifier

Ohio Track and Field Records Six Top-Five Finishes at Kent National Qualifier

Kent, Ohio – Ohio returns from competing against Mid-American Conference rivals at the Kent State National Qualifier where the Bobcats recorded six top-five finishes on the day including a win from Alyssa Atkinson with a 5K time of 17:29.10.

Running Events
Senior Courtney Guiley (Louisville, Ohio) kicked off the meet by running in the 60m dash and recorded a time of 8.02, just ahead of freshman Abby Summers (Powell, Ohio) who clocked in a time of 8.14 to place in the top-20.

Summers went on to place in the top-20 in the 200m dash with a final time of 26.11.

Sophomore Marissa Handel (Highland Heights, Ohio) placed ninth in the 400m dash after recorded a time of 58.03.

In the 800m run, freshman Melissa Barrett (Englewood, Ohio) and senior Kaitlyn Logan (Granville, Ohio) finished in the top-20 with times of 2:18.80 and 2:20.81, respectively.

The Bobcats had three runners place in the top-10 of the mile with junior Josie Woosley (Pataskala, Ohio) running a 5:09.78, sophomore Melissa Koziol (Burton, Ohio) running a 5:14.25, and senior Tara Tollett (Shadyside, Ohio) running a 5:19.96.

Senior Ellen Isaac (Mansfield, Ohio) took third in the 3K with a time of 10:13.97 just ahead of freshman Hailey Bowes (Arlington Heights, Ill.) who placed fifth with a time of 10:25.37. Senior Christina Seas (West Union, Ohio) also placed in the top-10 with a final time of 10:30.84.

The Bobcats secured three of the top-five places in the 5K with junior Alyssa Atkinson (Granville, Ohio) placing first with a time of 17:29.10, sophomore Abby Miller (Mansfield, Ohio) placing second with a time of 17:55.66, and sophomore Tiffany Hill (Dublin, Ohio) placing fourth with a time of 18:02.49.

Ohio sophomore Tajah Haley (Washington, Pa.) placed in the top-15 of the runners in the 60m hurdles after clocking in a time of 10.05.

Ohio's 4x400m relay team including Handel, Logan, sophomore Keilah Causey (Gahanna, Ohio), and junior Emily Deering (Geneva, Ohio) recorded a seventh-place finish with a time of 4:04.48.

Field Events
The event's field events kicked off with women's triple jump where Causey placed eighth with a jump of 10.40m.

In the shot put, senior Jordan Porter (South Point, Ohio) placed in the top-10 with a throw of 13.89.

Junior Gaza (Athens, Ohio) placed in the top-five of the weight throw with a throw of 18.49m securing fourth place. Senior Cassidy Cleland (Reedsville, Ohio) also placed in the top-10 with a throw of 16.34m.

The Bobcats look to compete in their last meet before the 2018 MAC Indoor Track and Field Championships as they plan to travel to Columbus, Ohio to compete at the Buckeye Tune-Up next Friday (Feb. 16).