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Ohio Track and Field Takes on Jesse Owens Track Classic

Ohio Track and Field Takes on Jesse Owens Track Classic

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio track and field team will travel to Columbus to compete against individuals from over 50 universities at the 2018 Jesse Owens Track Classic this weekend, April 20-21. Friday's field action will begin at 2 p.m. with the women's hammer throw and the running events will kick off with the women's 5K at 6:30.

Live stats will be available throughout the weekend provided by Finish Timing.

For all other information regarding the weekend meet including the schedule of events, entries, facilities, and more, follow this link to the Meet Site.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats head to Buckeye Territory after competing at the Charlotte Invitational hosted by UNC-Charlotte. Ohio totaled 30 top-15 finishes over the course of the weekend and topped it off with a win in the hammer throw from junior Gaza Odunaiya.

As of the Charlotte Invitational, there are nine Bobcats with 12 top-10 rankings in the Mid-American Conference.

Running Events
Junior Emily Deering (Geneva, Ohio) currently sits with the fifth-fastest time in the 800m after her performance at the Raleigh Relays (Mar. 30) where she clocked in a time of 2:12.83. Freshman Melissa Barrett (Englewood, Ohio) is listed as the eighth-fastest time with a time of 2:14.86 posted at the Winthrop Adidas University Invitational (Mar. 22).

In the 10K, junior Alyssa Atkinson (Granville, Ohio) and senior Ellen Isaac (Mansfield, Ohio) hold the sixth- and seventh-fastest after running times of 35:25.00 and 35:53.70, respectively at the Raleigh Relays.

Ohio's 4x400m relay team is currently ranked as the ninth-fastest in the conference with their Raleigh Relay's time of 3:55.20.

Field Events
In the high jump, sophomore Tana Barrett (Newark, Ohio) holds the seventh-best jump where she reached 1.65m at the Charlotte Invitational.

Also in Charlotte, senior Jordan Porter (South Point, Ohio), Odunaiya (Athens, Ohio), and Emma Ryan (Vincent, Ohio) had MAC-Auto qualifying performances. Porter recorded a shot put throw of 15.23m to become the fifth-best throw in the MAC, Odunaiya recorded a discus throw of 47.65m and a hammer throw of 54.64m to become ranked seventh and fourth in those respective events, and Ryan posted a discus throw distance of 47.63m to become the eighth-best throw.

In the javelin event at the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational (April 7), Ryan and sophomore Tajah Haley (Washington, Pa.) also became ranked with throws of 42.74m to hold the second-best throw in the conference and 40.90m to hold the seventh-best throw in the conference. Both of these performances also automatically qualified them for the outdoor MAC Championships.

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