Poland Invitational Senior Spotlight-Jahniya Bowers-Youngstown East

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I have been around track and field for 25 plus years and have seen quite a few lady sprinters; LaShaunte Moore, Aaeron Payne, Mahogany Jones, and yes Abby Steiner. I would put Jahniya Bowers in that elite category. I have watched Jahniya since she was a freshman and have seen this young lady develop into one of the elite sprinters in the state of Ohio for 2019. As a freshman, she qualified for the state track meet in the 100m making the finals and placing 8th in 12.54. In 2017 as a sophomore she qualified for state in the 100m placing 12th overall. In 2018, she qualified for state in the 100m finishing 5th in 12.24. She also qualified in the 200m coming in 11th overall.  She also anchored the East ladies 4 x 100 relay to a 2nd place finish (47.54), and also ran the 3rd leg on the 2nd place 4 x 200 meter relay (1:41.46). I know that as a senior, she wants to return to Columbus and get to the top rung of the podium in the 100 and perhaps in the 200 this year.  I think her chances are very good! Indoors 2019, she won the 100m (7.58)  at the Ohio High School Indoor Preview and was 2nd in the 200 24.76. She is the defending D1 NEO regional champion in the 100 m where she ran a personal best of 11.81. Last year at the Poland Invitational, she won the 200m in 25.55 (w),  and was 2nd in the 100m 12.30 (w). In the sprint relay events, the 4 x 200 relay East returns all 4 members; in the 4 x 100 3 of the 4 relay members are back, Johnae Coleman having graduated. It looks like another banner year for the East High girls sprinters led by their senior, Jahniya Bowers. By the way, Jahniya and teammate Kyndia Matlock have signed to run for Coach Brian Gorby at Youngstown State.  UPDATE: At the OATCCC State Indoor Track Meet held at the Spire on Saturday March 2, 2019, Jahniya was a double winner capturing the 60 m dash in 6.84 and the 200m in 24.65. Her teammate Kyndia Matlock was 3rd in the 60m 7.66 and 3rd in the 200m 25.31.

State Track Meet 2018- 4 x 200 relay-Courtesy vindy.com
State Track Meet 4 x 100 relay-Courtesy vindy.com
Regional Track at Austintown-Courtesy vindy.com