LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 24 Ohio State faced stiff competition Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet at the University of Kentucky as several new personal records were set and top times and marks in school history were recorded.
Redshirt junior Jordan Jennewine posted the third-best indoor mile time in school history as she battled fiercely for a second-place finish in 4:49.60, a new personal record. Junior Christina Manning (7.40) tied her personal record in the 60m dash as she took a second-place finish for the Buckeyes. Her time is now the third-fastest indoor time in school history.
Letecia Wright, Meredith Wagner, Ashley Galbraith and the 4x400m relay team also posted some of the best times and marks in Ohio State history. Wright won the 60m hurdles, tying her PR (8.19) and running the sixth-best indoor time in school history. In the 3000m run Wagner stayed within the top of the pack as she came in fourth in 9:46.79 for the sixth-best indoor time in Buckeye history.
The best performance off the track came from Galbraith in the high jump as she bested the competition, clearing 1.79m – a new PR and the sixth-best indoor mark in school history. The junior overcame fellow Big Ten jumper Emily Breslin of Purdue at the 1.79m mark by clearing the bar one attempt before her to capture the win.
Ohio State’s 4x400m relay team gave another stunning performance at the end of the meet as Latoya Sanderson, Jackie Dim, Nyjah Cousar and Shaniqua McGinnis crossed the line in 3:40.33 for the fifth-fastest indoor time in school history.
Some thoughts from head coach Karen Dennis after the meet:
“I thought we had a solid meet in Kentucky this weekend,” Dennis said. “I was really pleased with Ashley Galbraith’s winning performance in the high jump. She’s jumping with more confidence at higher heights. Adenike Pedro continues to jump consistently over 19′ and she ran well in the 200m dash as well.
“Letecia and Christinna are continuing with their 1-2 punch in the hurdles. They switch up as winners, but they pride themselves in not letting anyone come between them. Alana Gray and Christienne Linton had PR performances in the hurdles as well. Christina also ran well in the 60m dash along with Sykes.
“Jordan Jennewine had a great day in the mile as well as our 3k runners Meredith Wagner and Kelsey McHugh. Both girls have shown significant improvement. I’m also proud of the way Shaniqua [McGinnis], Latoya [Sanderson] and Jackie [Dim] have battled back from injuries to begin to race up to potential [in the 4x400m].
“Our throwers faced one of the toughest fields in the country and left the meet encouraged about their future. Maggie Mullen threw for the first time in weeks without pain, so we know she’ll be fine. We still need to improve in all areas, but we continue to move in the right direction together as a team.”
Here are more highlights from day two of the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational:
Following Manning were Chesna Sykes (7.51) and Madison McNary (7.63) in fifth and 11th place, respectively.
In usual Buckeye fashion, the Maryland hurdling duo of Wright and Manning battled for the top spots. Behind Wright’s PR tying win – also the sixth-best time in Division I this season – was Manning in 8.20. Teammates Christienne Linton (PR of 8.56) and Alana Gray (PR of 8.66) came in seventh and 10th.
McNary (24.34) led the way for the Scarlet and Gray finishing fourth. Sykes (24.53) and Adenike Pedro (24.98) finished eighth and 13th with season-best times.
With all three runners posting season-best times, McGinnis led the way for the Buckeyes, finishing fourth in 55.30. Dim (56.18) followed in ninth as Sanderson crossed the line in 56.60 for 12th.
Ohio State’s lone runner was freshman Laura Williams. She finished 12th in 2:16.45, a new PR.
All three Buckeyes placed in the Top 10 in the 3000m. Close behind Wagner was McHugh, who finished in sixth-place in 9:49.21. Sarah Foster crossed the finish line in 10th-place with a time of 9:54.16.
Pedro led the team with a leap of 5.89m for sixth-place. Kelcey McKinney came in 13th with a jump of 5.64m.
McKinney placed seventh in the triple jump with her leap of 12.12m. Mack (11.31m) and Ashley Woodruff (10.97m) finished 12th and 17th, respectively.
The Buckeyes competed admirably against some of the nation’s best throwers. Mullen (14.00m) and Norianna Brown (13.85m) finished 14th and 15th, respectively.
Mullen finished 10th with a throw of 17.64m. Alexis Thomas (17.41m) placed 14th, with Stephanie Enarusai (16.74m) taking 17th.
Ohio State will compete at both the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and Notre Dame Meyo Invitational Feb. 3-5.