Highlighting the 2016 Outdoor Season Kent State Track and Field

Men's 4x100 Team Buzzes at Yellow Jacket Relays

In the first meet of the year, Kent State's 4x100 meter relay team of Will Barnes, Jonathan Grant, Brian Smith and Wayne Gordon defeated some of the SEC's best in Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina and Clemson with a blazing time of 39.74.

Designs by Dior featured in China Fashion Week

Dior Delophont, one of Kent State's most accomplished athletes in and out of competition, was one of several Kent State fashion design students to have their designs showcased in the 2016 Mercedez-Benz China Fashion Week. In the midst of her senior season, Delophont traveled to Beijing, China to show off her designs.

Mosley Medals at Hilltopper Relays and Northeast Ohio Quad

A freshman at the time, Jai'Lyn Mosley captured the discus title at the Hilltopper Relays with a mark of 47.27m. Mosley continued her winning ways the following week, taking first at the Northeast Ohio Quad. Mosley capped-off an impressive rookie campaign with a second-place finish at the MAC Championships, earning All-MAC Second Team honors.

Just Another Day for Jagers

Reggie Jagers III set the tone for a successful season early on, taking the hammer and weight throw titles at the Hilltopper Relays. For his efforts, Jagers was named MAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week.

Figueroa Lands in the Record Book

At the Northeast Ohio Quad, Gabrielle Figueroa unleashed in the hammer throw, posting a winning mark of 60.26m (197' 8"). Figueroa's personal-record puts the Youngstown, Ohio native in third-place in the Kent State record book. Figueroa went on to earn second team All-MAC honors, taking second-place in the hammer behind teammate Jackie Leppelemeier at the conference championships.

Barnes Blazes at Drake Relays

Kent State track & field alum, Will Barnes turned in a record-setting performance at the Drake Relays, running 13.41 seconds in the 110m hurdles. Barnes' pace hit the Olympic A-standard, broke the Kent State record and the Puerto Rican national record.

Tollerud Tops Kent State Pole Vault Record

At the Campbell-Wright Open in nearby Akron, Sam Tollerud eclipsed Kent State's women's pole vault record, clearing the bar set at 4.22m (13' 10"). Tollerud now owns Kent State's indoor and outdoor pole vault. In total, Kent State claimed 10 event victories at the Campbell-Wright Open.

Five MAC Championships Go to Golden Flashes

Kent State's men's team came back from the MAC Championships with five individual titles, four of which came on the track. Taking the 200m dash and 110m hurdles titles was Will Barnes, while Wayne Gordon captured the 100m dash title. Barnes and Gordon teamed up with Jonathan Grant and Brian Smith to win the 4x100m relay. Donovan Tolbert captured the triple jump title with a personal-record mark of 15.79m (51' 9.75").

Leppelmeier Lands a MAC Championship

KSU alum Jackie Leppelmeier captured the second MAC Championship of her career, taking the women's hammer throw title with a mark of 60.19m (197' 6").

Honoring the Graduating Golden Flashes

Having to miss the graduation ceremony in Kent for the MAC Championships, Kent State track & field honored its 21 graduates prior to the start of the championships.

Flashes Send 21 Representatives to NCAA East Regional

Kent State sent 21 athletes to Jacksonville, Fla. to compete in the 2016 NCAA East Regional. At the competition, Jagers broke the Kent State discus record with a mark of 60.17m and joined Jackie Leppelmeier, Jess Oxley and Donovan Tolbert as Kent State's national championship qualifiers.

Historic Hayward Field Good to the Golden Flashes

At the 2016 NCAA Outdoor National Championships, Jagers became Kent State's first discus All-America First Team honoree with a seventh-place finish. Leppelmeier (hammer) and Oxley (pole vault) earned second team All-America honors with 10th and 12th place finishes, respectively. Tolbert finished 24th in the triple jump to earn honorable mention All-America honors.

Throwers Take to U.S. Olympic Trials

Reggie Jagers joined track and field alums Kim Hamilton (2009), Nia Henderson (2009) and Matthias Tayala (2015) at the U.S. Olympic Trials in their attempts to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Hamilton and Tayala each came away with sixth-place finishes, while Henderson and Jagers took 18th and 21st, respectively.

Thomas Represents Kent State in Rio

Representing her native country of Jamaica, Danniel Thomas finished 25th in the shot put at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Thomas became the eighth Golden Flash ever to compete in the Olympics.
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