COLUMBUS, OH- A few of the Berea College Track and Field Mountaineers traveled to Ohio this past weekend to compete in the Jesse Owens Classic Invitational hosted by Ohio State. These Mountaineers showed exceptional talent and were able to stand out and offer some competition to the Division 1 athletes.
On the men's side, Emmanuell Kemei, Isaiah Dodson, and Ethan Harris competed. Kemei placed 16 of 32 in the 1500m with a time of 3:59.79. In the 800m, Kemei reset the school record yet again with a very impressive time of 1:49.91, finishing 2nd place. Kemei won his heat by almost two seconds placing him 2nd overall in the meet. Dodson competed in the Steeplechase, placing 14th with a time of 9:40.7 and Harris ran the 400m hurdles, placing 22nd with a time of 56.94.
Amber "Bre" Sims represented the women's side, throwing the Javelin. She placed 6 of 20 with a personal best throw of 37.32m. Sims never thought that she would be competing against D1 athletes. She shared her thoughts on the meet stating, "Being surrounded by athletes that are on athletic scholarships and realizing that I could compete at their level regardless of my limited time to train due to academics and my labor position at Berea really was powerful. Student athletes at Berea face a totally different world and having four athletes represent Berea this weekend truly shows how hard working our athletes are."
32 of the Track and Field Mountaineers will be traveling to New York this weekend to compete in the USCAA National Championship.