Youngstown State senior Bobby Grace and Kent State junior Miles Dunlap competed Wednesday in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.
Grace placed 14th in the shot put at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. Grace, who competed in the second flight, opened with a throw of 19.03 meters. His second attempt came in at 18.97 meters before his third and final toss of 19.14 meters was his scored attempt.
Grace finished third at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and his 14th-place finish is the best ever by a YSU athlete at the outdoor event. Grace will be recognized as a second-team All-American.
Dunlap, one of three former McDonald High School track and field standouts competing for the Golden Flashes this week, took 20th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.60. Dunlap finished seventh in the second of three heats Wednesday.
Kent State junior Roseanne Erickson finished 11th in the long jump with a best of 6.17 meters (20 feet, 3 inches). Erickson’s first jump was recorded at 6.16 meters (20-2.5) and she followed that with a foul jump before landing her 20-3 in her final attempt.
Both the Penguins and Golden Flashes will have athletes competing today in Eugene.
YSU sophomore Conner Neu is scheduled to compete in the hammer throw at 4:30 p.m.
Kent State’s Matthias Tayala, Joh’Vonnie Mosley and Danniel Thomas also will compete today. Tayala will join Neu in the men’s hammer throw, while Mosley and Thomas will compete in the women’s discus at 5 p.m. Mosley is a senior, Tayala is a junior and Thomas is a sophomore.
Tayala and Mosley were teammates and classmates with Dunlap at McDonald, where all three were state championship athletes.