KSU’s Mosley competes at nationals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Kent State University senior Joh’Vonnie Mosley took 13th at NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Saturday.

She had a 55 feet, 6.25 inches earlier in the year and wanted to improve on that mark.

Mosley, who won the 2010 Division III Ohio high school discus and took second in the shot put her senior year at McDonald High School, came out with a 52-0.25 in her first throw.

She fouled her second throw and threw 50-9.25 her last throw, placing her 13th. The top nine after three throws advanced to finals.

Christina Hillman of Iowa State won the event with a throw of 59-6.75.

Mosley did appreciate her time at nationals.

“Competing at the national today was a great experience,” Mosley said. “I was able to compete against some of the best girls in the country and even though I didn’t throw like I would have liked, I’m truly blessed to have had this opportunity.”

YSU’S GRACE TAKES THIRD: Youngstown State senior Bobby Grace was the only athlete from the Penguins team to compete in the NCAA Division I Championship. Grace had an impressive performance against the top in the nation as he ended up finishing in third place with a throw of 65-3.5, behind the nation’s leader, Ryan Crouser of Texas, in the shot put and Stephen Mozia of Cornell.

During the indoor season he broke the record for YSU in the shot put as he had a huge throw of 19.62 meters at the YSU Invitational. Grace also broke the Horizon League Indoor Championship meet record as he finished in first place with a toss of 19.13 meters. He ranked 11th in the nation going into the NCAA Championship and was among the other 16 throwers in the event who reached the 19.19 meter mark.