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Ohio junior Christina Seas competes in the 5k at the Marshall indoor meet on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

Track and Field: Ohio's third trip to Marshall is a charm

Ohio picked up multiple high finishes and personal-bests at the Chipotle Marshall Invitational on Friday and Saturday. 

The Chipotle Marshall Invitational marked the third time this indoor season the Bobcats visited Huntington, West Virginia. The Bobcats have done well numbers wise at Marshall, but those times, jumps and throws were, more often than not, led to low finishes.

Ohio corrected this on Friday and Saturday.

Olivia Mayfield finished eighth in the long jump with a jump of 5.84 meters. Mayfield also finished 13th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.90 seconds, which was a personal-best.

Ellen Isaac placed fifth in the 5k with a time of 17:50.46, while teammate Christina Seas came in eighth in the same event with a time of 18:10.37.

Taylor Smith came in tied for 10th in the high jump with a jump of 1.55 meters and Avery Kerns came in tied for 12th with the same jump.

Amelia Milton came in sixth and Kaitlyn Logan finished right behind her in seventh with times of 2:17.02 and 2:17.56 respectively in the 800-meter run.

Milton, Logan, Marissa Handel and Tajah Haley, the 4x400 relay team, came in eighth with a time of 4:02.00.

The combination of good numbers, times and jumps leading to high finishes is a big momentum boost to the Bobcats, as they begin to get closer to the Mid-American Conference meet in two weeks. The personal-bests also help the Bobcats as they try to get as many athletes qualified for the MAC meet as they can.

The new names that finished high is also important for the Bobcats because it illustrates development in the team as the indoor season goes on, which will lead to more athletes placing high and qualifying for the MAC meet in the outdoor season.

Both the indoor and outdoor seasons are competitive and important, but they are only separated by a week, so the transition lends itself to some of the younger athletes and younger teams like Ohio doing better in the outdoor season after having the full indoor season to work and get used to college-level competition.

Ohio will have its last tune-up before the indoor MAC meet next weekend in Columbus as the team will compete Saturday in the Buckeye Tune-up.

@JimmyFarmer13

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