Alyssa Mason Shines as Ohio Women’s Track and Field Dominates Falcon Early Bird Open

The Ohio women’s track and field team kicked off the 2024 Indoor Season in stellar fashion at Bowling Green’s Falcon Early Bird Open on Friday, Jan. 12. The standout performer of the day was sophomore Alyssa Mason from Dublin, Ohio, who clinched two first-place finishes, setting the tone for the Bobcats’ impressive showing.

Sprinting Success:

The day started on a high note for Ohio, with five athletes qualifying for the 60m finals. Junior Taja Booker of Simpsonville, S.C., secured first place with a swift time of 7.79 seconds. Freshman Jordyn Baxter (Atlanta, Ga.) showcased promise with a fourth-place finish (7.93). The sprinting prowess continued as Baxter also earned a third-place finish in the 200m, clocking in at 26.59 seconds.

Mason’s Milestone:

Sophomore Alyssa Mason demonstrated her dominance with an outstanding first-place finish in the mile, crossing the line in 4:51.57. The impressive performance continued as junior Theresa Hagey (Akron, Ohio) secured fourth place (4:55.12), contributing to the team’s overall success.

Double Triumph for Mason:

Alyssa Mason continued her remarkable run with another first-place finish in the 3000m, showcasing her endurance and versatility (9:49.64). Teammate Theresa Hagey closely followed in second place (9:50.07), solidifying Ohio’s stronghold in distance events.

Versatility Across Events:

Ohio’s success wasn’t limited to sprints and distance races. Freshman Ella Baker (Amherst, Ohio) made her mark in the 300m, securing second place with a time of 41.47 seconds. In the 60m hurdles, freshman Gracie Smith (Grove City, Ohio) claimed second place (9.27), while Emilee Baumann (Powell, Ohio) finished fifth (9.75).

Middle-Distance Excellence:

The 800m event showcased Ohio’s depth, with Sara Doughman securing second place (2:19.96), Sophie Besett placing third (2:21.84), and Elinor Shuttleworth coming in fourth (2:22.01). This well-rounded performance in middle-distance events highlighted the team’s balanced skill set.

Relay Triumph and Field Events:

The Bobcats continued to excel in the relay events, with the 4x400m relay team of Baker, Booker, Irwin, and Brown claiming first place with a time of 3:58.39. In field events, Millie Ryan and Jordan Baith secured fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the shot put.

Pole Vault Performances:

Freshmen Emilee Baumann and Abigail Cornell showcased their talent in the pole vault. Baumann cleared a height of 3.65 meters (11-11.75), while Cornell reached 3.50 meters (11-5.75), contributing valuable points to the team’s overall success.

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The Falcon Early Bird Open marked a triumphant start for the Ohio women’s track and field team in the 2024 Indoor Season. Alyssa Mason’s outstanding double victories, combined with strong performances across various events, underscored the team’s depth and potential. As the season progresses, Ohio aims to build on this momentum, setting high expectations for a successful and competitive campaign.

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