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Athletics: The Bobcats achieved their best performance of the season in their only home meeting

The cherry blossoms provided the perfect backdrop for the only home game of the season in Ohio. The Bobcats gave one of their best performances of the season at the Cherry Blossom Invitational, and the energy of being in Athens coupled with the Senior Day celebration facilitated that.

“It’s good to have the old guys back,” Ohio coach Sarah Pease said. “It’s really exciting that they’re in town and coming to watch the game, and it was a lot of fun.”

Ohio excelled in the field events, earning three wins and numerous high profile finishes. Taylor Strnad won the women’s high jump with her jump of 1.65 meters. Michaela Frey posted a mark of 3.20 meters in the women’s pole vault, earning another on-court victory for the Bobcats. Finally, Rachel Simpson won the women’s discus with a throw of 45.68 meters.

Halie Sciury and Emily Mckenzie placed eighth and tenth respectively in the women’s long jump, while Mckenzie also placed fourth in the triple jump. The Bobcats dominated in the shot put, with Autumn Mohan placing third with her throw of 13.41 yards. Teammates Millie Ryan and Jordan Baith took fifth and sixth place with throws of 11.48 yards and 10.69 yards, respectively. To top off the field portion of the day, Rachel Simpson placed sixth in the javelin with a mark of 20.46 metres.

Overall, the Bobcats gave a stellar performance and showed some of the best runs they’ve had all season.

“We’re getting better every week, and that’s pretty encouraging as we head into the second half of our season,” Pease said.

Alyssa Christian placed fifth in the 1,500 meter race, clocking 4:40.69, while teammate Kenna Loveless earned a 12th place finish. Alaya Grose earned a solid third place in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 15.93.

Taniah Stephens finished fifth in the 400 meters, earning another field leader for the Bobcats. Olivia Brewer clocked 12.82 in the 100 meters, earning her a fourth-place finish. In the 800 meter race, Emma Myers placed tenth with a time of 2:19.33.

Stephens isn’t done showing her skills yet, as she earned a second-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 25.07. Kelsi Harris notably ran the 3,000 meter race with an impressive time of 10:08.40, and will compete in the 5K for the Bobcats at the Jesse Owens Invitational.

The Bobcats have once again shown they have what it takes to be competitive with the looming MAC Championships. As for the rest of the season, Pease hopes to continue to increase the competitiveness of the team as a whole.

“We’ll go to Ohio State next weekend and try to get some MAC qualifying times,” Pease said. “Then we’ll take the team to Vanderbilt and Indiana University and then host the MAC Meetup and hopefully our goal is to get as many people to score at the MAC Championships, so we’re working hard. .”

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