KSU Sports Report: Golden Flashes gymnasts perform well in home opener

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GYMNASTICS

The Kent State gymnastics team scored 194.675 points to win its 2013 home opener, defeating Western Michigan (194.125) and George Washington (193.875) Friday in a tri-meet at the M.A.C. Center.

The Golden Flashes won all four events. Sophomore Chelsea Drogger took the vault for Kent State with a personal-best score of 9.850.

Senior Rachel Guida was the winner in uneven bars, scoring a 9.900, while senior teammate Lindsay Runyan placed second (9.875).

Junior Marie Case took the balance beam for Kent State, earning a 9.800, and also won floor exercise with a 9.925 while claiming the all-around with a total score of 39.200.

The Flashes will return to action next Sunday at Bowling Green.

BASEBALL

Kent State's baseball team was honored as Collegiate Athlete of the Year last Thursday at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards after reaching the College World Series in 2012.

Flashes coach Scott Stricklin was on hand to receive the award that was presented by Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer.

Stricklin was joined by Jimmy Rider, David Lyon, Nick Hamilton and David Starn, all key members of the 2012 KSU team that are now playing professional baseball.

Kent State earned a school-record 47 wins, captured the Gary Regional, then defeated host Oregon in the Super Regional to advance to the College World Series.

The Flashes baseball team beat out the KSU football program and the University of Akron men's soccer program, which had won the award the previous three years.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

The Golden Flashes took top honors in 17 events on the day in a tri-meet with host Illinois State and SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday at the Horton Field House in Normal, Ill. The women captured nine events while the men came out on top in eight events.

On the women's side, the Flashes took the top three places in the long jump. Freshman Dior Delophont took first place with a mark of 19-10.75, while sophomore Ann Marie Duffus -- the reigning MAC Field Athlete of the Week -- cleared 19-10.25 to finish runner-up and Roseanne Erickson finished third (18-9).

Senior Keri Dantley won the triple jump with a mark of 40-0, and senior Domenica Rossi won the pole vault by clearing 12-0.5.

On the track, the Flashes took 1-2 in both the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles. Junior Katie Reiser won the 60 meters (7.64), followed by Chanitta Westbrooks. Duffus remained unbeaten in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking an 8.56 for first place, followed closely by freshman Kailyn Arcury (8.64).

Junior Shanequa Williams took first place in both the 200 meters (24.41) and the 400 meters (55.36), and senior Melinda Sawnor captured the 800-meter run in 2:13.02.

On the men's side, sophomore Matthias Tayala won the weight throw with a toss of 64-1.75. Led by senior Kenneth Agee, the Flashes took the top three spots in the high jump. Agee won the event by clearing 6-7.5. Freshman Cody Jones also cleared the height but needed one more attempt to do so, while sophomore Tyler Jones (Stow) finished third (6-4.).

Senior Mitchell Seawood won the 60-meter hurdles (8.22), while redshirt junior Nate Scales won the 60-meter dash in 6.88. Junior Laron Brown earned a victory in the 400 meters (50.46) to give the Flashes three titles in sprints.

Junior Marteze Roper clocked 1:53.29 to win the 800 meters, and redshirt senior Michael Heller (Stow) won the 1-mile run in 4:16.56 for a pair of distance victories.

Kent State will compete at the Akron Invitational next weekend.

FOOTBALL

While it was reported in an article that appeared in last Saturday's Record-Courier that funding had been secured to replace the artificial turf on the football field inside the Kent State's Fieldhouse with Fieldturf, that is actually not true. Officials are still trying to accumulate funding for the new surface.

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