COLUMBUS, Ohio – Day one of the Jesse Owens Track Classic concluded Saturday with five events being contested. Although rainy, the weather reduced to a drizzle and then subsided by the time the gun sounded for the first race. 


Maggie Mullen had the best performance on the day for Ohio State with a throw of 42.66m (139-11) in the javelin for third place. A meet record was set in the javelin by unattached thrower Kimberly Hamilton who took first with a mark of 51.79m (169-11).


Kelsey McHugh led the Buckeye contingent in the 5000m run taking fourth in 17:01.66.   


Other highlights from Day One:


1500m Run

Penn State’s Kara Millhouse won the race with a time of 4:23.79. Finishing behind Millhouse for second and third was unattached runner Kelley Miller (4:27.58) and West Virginia’s Kate Harrison (4:29.05).

3000m Steeplechase

Under the lights, Molly Jacobson crossed the line in 11:07.85 for sixth. With a commanding lead, Penn State’s Natalie Bower took first in 10:22.42. 


5000m Run

McHugh was joined by two other Buckeyes in the Top 10. Competing in her first outdoor meet of the season was Sarah Foster, who crossed the line in 17:22.30 for sixth. Sarah Lowe (17:26.01) finished in eighth place. Ohio University’s Annie Beecham finished first in 16:42.41 and was followed by former Buckeye Katie Williams (16:45.72). 


Discus Throw

Norianna Brown threw the discuss 44.74m (146-09) for 10th. Erin Pendleton of Michigan made the winning throw with a mark of 54.21m (177-10).