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Mya Hodge competes in the 100m hurdles at Ohio Track and Field's Cherry Blossom Invitational on April 7. (FILE)

Track & Field: Ohio finishes second in Marshall Opener

Ohio placed second overall at Friday’s Marshall Opener at the Chris Cline Indoor Complex. The Bobcats scored 64 points overall and finished behind Marshall, who has now won every Marshall Opener to date. The Bobcats beat Northern Kentucky.

Ohio had significant contributions from its throwing unit. Gaza Odunaiya got the Bobcats off to a quick start in the weight throw, capturing first place with a distance of 18.64 meters. The Bobcats also got a third place finish from Abby Moore, who threw 18.05 meters.After Autumn Mohan’s 13.56-meter throw placed sixth in the event, the Bobcats led the meet with 11 total points. 

The lead wouldn’t last long, though. Tajah Haley and Halie Sciury finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the long jump, but that would only earn them three points, while four Northern Kentucky and two Marshall jumpers finished ahead of them. Haley and Atiya Spaulding then tied in the high jump with a 1.50-meter finish, earning 3.5 points each for the Bobcats.

Ohio climbed back on track thanks to solid throwing performances in the shot put. Five Bobcats put points on the board, highlighted by Moore’s second place finish with a distance of 13.07 meters.

The running unit continued to tack on points for the Bobcats. Thelma Agyekum, Olivia Brewer and Abby Summers placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively, which earned Ohio seven points. Erin Stewart (1:02) and Emma Zid (1:03.47) took second and third place in the 400-meter dash.

Ashleigh Carr captured Ohio’s second first-place finish of the night in the 600 meter run. Carr defeated Marshall runners Christina Dogan and Sarah Bever with a time of 1:34.81, earning the Bobcats seven more points.

Ohio did not participate in two events: Pole vault and 4x400-meter relay.

The Bobcats will have a month off as they head into winter break. They’ll return to Huntington, West Virginia on January 12 to compete in the Marshall Women’s Classic.

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