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Record-Courier staff report
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Kent State track and field program got a strong start to the outdoor season at the Virginia Invitational on Saturday. The Golden Flashes turned in 10 first-place finishes as the women took first and the men were third.
The KSU women picked up where they left off at the end of the indoor season, dominating their competition. The Golden Flashes scored 182 points, which nearly doubled second-place Virginia (98).
The Golden Flashes nearly swept the field events, but were unable to take first in the high jump and javelin. Senior Keri Dantley led the way by winning the long jump and triple jump. Dantley recorded a mark of 18-9.25 in the long jump, while leaping 39-11.50 in the triple jump.
KSU junior Joh'vonnie Mosley and freshman Danniel Thomas went 1-2 in the shot put and discus. Mosley won the shot put (52-2.50) and took second in the discus (160-2), while Thomas won the discus (172-3) and took second in the shot put (49-11.00).
Sophomore Jackie Leppelmeier won the hammer throw with a toss of 187-2 and freshman Becca Herte won the pole vault with a height of 11-6.50. Senior Sara Oczypok took second in the javelin (151-00).
On the track, freshman Taylor Farquhar was the lone Flash to win an event. Farquhar clocked a 1:00.00 to win the 400-meter hurdles.
The KSU men's squad finished with 123 points. Charlotte took first place with 148 points and host Virginia was second with 141.50 points.
Flashes sophomore Matthias Tayala scored 22 points in the throwing events. Tayala won the hammer throw (198-9.00), took second in the discus (177-92) and fourth in the shot put (53-1.00).
Freshman Jesse Oxley cleared 15-11.75 to win the pole vault. The 4x400 relay team of Brandon Bailey, Wayne Gordon, Laron Brown and Jacob Swords recorded a time of 3:15.16 for their only win on the track.
The Golden Flashes return to the track next weekend (April 5-6) for the Northeast Quad at the University of Akron.