Flashes track and field host All-Ohio Championships

Morgan Galloway

For the first time in Kent State track and field history, Kent State will host the All-Ohio Championships. Schools from across the state will meet at the Kent State Field House Friday and Saturday to participate in the event.

“This is a wonderful opportunity early in the indoor season to have all of the Ohio men’s and women’s teams here at one place,” said Bill Lawson, track and field head coach. “I think it’s going to be a great competition and we’re very excited to host that competition.”

The Flashes will match up against Ohio divisions I and II teams, and some NAIA teams. Several athletes will be attempting to record national qualifying marks.

Junior Diana Dumitrescu is looking to qualify for nationals this weekend in the women’s pentathlon. Dumitrescu is a two time All-American, the Pentathlon (2010) and Heptathlon (2010) and a six-time MAC champion.

Senior Matt Pfleger is ranked third in the country for the weight throw and has the potential to post big numbers this weekend as he attempts to qualify for nationals.

“I think when you have a championship environment, when you have a scored meet, usually the best foot comes forward and people are going to try and compete very hard,” Lawson said.

Lawson said he feels both teams are in better positions to compete this weekend after having time to heal some training injuries from early in the season.

The All-Ohio Championships will begin Friday at 2 p.m. and resume Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Kent State Field House.

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