Akron stands best in Ohio

By Forrest Dukes, sports-editor@buchtelite.com

Last weekend, the Zips track and field team participated in the All-Ohio Championship. This competition brings Ohio’s best from all 88 counties to compete to be the best in the state.

At the end of day one, Akron finished with two athletes in third place due to John Dashlstrand’s javelin flying  51.95 meters and Joe Oduho traveling 7.23 meters in the long jump. Akron also took a first place finish when Aaron Howkins competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, with a time of 9:22.21.

On the second day, the Zips captured three events including a triple jump by Iyisha Waver of 11.35 meters, Kayla Whihtlow in the 800 meters with a time of 2:11.49, and D.j. Williamson in the 200 meters with a time of 21.69. Along with Williamson, other Zips swept this event with Taron Slone taking second with a time of 22.05 and Kyle Walker in third with a 22.18 time.

Other platform worthy finishes for the Zips were Maurice Harris with a second place finish and a 51.25 meter throw in discus. Walker also earned a second place finish in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.56.

Next up, the Zips will travel to California for the 57th annual Mt. Sac Relays where Akron will compete from Friday, April 17 to Saturday, April 18 against colleges and semi-professional track and field athletes.