The Kent State men's and women's track & field teams opened the season by hosting the Golden Flashes Gala last weekend at the Kent State Field House.
Eight Flashes earned individual titles led by Ann Marie Duffus, who won a pair of events while competing for the first time for Kent State. Duffus took first in the women's long jump with a personal best 18-10.50, then posted the second-best women's 60-meter hurdles time in school history by clocking an 8.50 to win the event.
Brandon Bailey set the school record in the men's 500-meter dash, clocking a 1:03.57 on his way to a first-place finish. Ryan Thomas finished fourth in the event by clocking a 1:05.53, while Andreea Patrasc was runner-up on the women's side with a time of 1:15.23.
The 200-meter dash was swept by the Golden Flashes. Miles Dunlap clocked a personal best 22.00 on the men's side, while Roseanne Erickson recorded a time of 24.72, good for sixth on the school's top-10 list.
Dexter Shreve won the men's heptathlon, finishing with 5,263 points. Tyler Jones (Stow) earned a personal best 5,021 points, as did Kyle Tywon (Tallmadge) with 4,904 points.
The Flashes fared well in the shot put, capturing the top two spots on the women's side as Joh'vonnie Mosley won the individual title with a throw of 50-04.75 and Jackie Leppelmeier took second place with a toss of 50-04.50. Michael King was runner-up on the men's side with a mark of 55-06.25.
Diana Dumitrescu took second in the women's high jump with a leap of 5-05.00 in her return to competition. On the men's side, Kenneth Agee cleared 6-4.75 for fourth place.
Wayne Gordon (Amherst, N.Y.) clocked a 6.93 in the 60-meter dash for a runner-up finish. Nate Scales took third in the event with a 6.95.
In the men's one-mile run, a pair of Flashes set personal best times. Marteze Roper finished third with a time of 4:21.16, and Jacob Swords was right behind in 4:21.51 for fourth place.
The Flashes went 1-2 in the women's long jump. Duffus led the way with a jump of 18-10.50 to take first while Erickson finished second in the event with a 17-10.25.
In the women's weight throw, Leppelmeier threw a mark of 61-05.5 on her second toss to win the event.
Kent State will be back in action after the winter break on Jan. 14, hosting the Doug Raymond Invitational at the Kent State Field House.