Flashes’ track and field proves it’s ready for championships

Daniel Staimpel

Against fierce competition, the Kent State track and field team showed it’s ready for the MAC Championship during the SPIRE NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Invitational. Kent State won two events while setting multiple team and personal bests.

Grad student Penina Acayo took third place in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 40’-10.75. Her jump was one of the best jumps in the nation this year and second-best in the program’s history.

Grad student Lauren Noe beat all competitors in the women’s weight throw by throwing her weight 61’-11.50”, more than two feet farther than her opponents.

Freshman Chanitta Westbrooks finished seventh in the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 24.58. Her time was the fourth-best in Kent State’s history.

On the men’s side, sophomore Bo Crabtree placed fourth in the weight throw with a career-long throw of 63’-00.75”.

The men’s 3,000-meter run saw many records fall, as three Kent State runners set personal records. Grad student John Minen and junior Michael Heller both made history for Kent State. Minen’s run of 8:14.51 is second-best in school history, and Heller’s 8:23.00 was good for a top ten time as well.

Junior Kenneth Agee finished third in the men’s high jump with 6’-11.75”, his season-high time.

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