All-Ohio meet a success for track and field
Last Saturday the men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Delaware, Ohio to compete in the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University. Twenty-one universities from Ohio competed in the invite-only meet in which athletes had to qualify based on results from previous meets.
Outstanding performances by seniors Teresa Collins and Leslie Bosworth helped to propel the team to earn 36 points, good enough for a 10th place overall team finish. Both Collins and Bosworth competed in four events that resulted in top 10 finishes.
Collins competed in the 200 and 400-meter sprints. She placed fifth in the 200-meter with a time of 26.74 seconds and second in the 400 in 59.15 seconds.
Bosworth placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.96 and ninth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.37. Bosworth also led off both of the two relay events for the Yeowomen, which featured Collins as the anchor. A committee of Bosworth, junior Vernicia Elie, senior Shannon Morris and Collins each ran a leg of 100 meters in a combined time of 51.68 to place seventh. The 4x400-meter relay team combined the same people, except with first-year Lily Krichels in place of Elie, as they placed fourth overall in 4:08.02.
Bosworth was very pleased about the 4x400 relay team. “It’s the last race and we were wicked tired, but we pulled together at the end.”
She hopes that the success at the All-Ohio invitational will carry for the remainder of the season. “We’re thinking about Nationals.”
A highlight for the Yeo-runners was Morris’s finish in the 800-meter dash. She finished in 2:16.16, breaking the school record and finishing second in the event.
The men’s team did not find the success of the women’s team. Six individuals for the Yeomen had a top 10 finish, for a combined 10 points, placing 18th.
Sophomore Edo Bedzra finished fourth in the 200-meter dash in 22.50. He had an opportunity to add points to the Yeomen’s total after he won his heat during the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash. During the preliminaries, Bedzra ran an 11.15, third best in the field. In the finals he false started, failing to accumulate any points for the Yeomen.
Outside of Bedzra’s finish in the 200-meter, first-year Anthony Osei had the highest finish for the Yeomen. Osei competed in the long jump and leapt 21’00-3/4” for sixth place, adding three points to the Yeomen’s total.
The track and field teams will compete at the conference championships on
Saturday. The Yeowomen will return to an event where they took a fifth place
finish last season, taking 92 points. The men’s team should have little
trouble matching last year’s results, when they scored 14 points in last