LEXINGTON, Ky. – Competing on the road for the first time this season, the Ohio State women’s track and field team performed admirably against some of the South’s best athletes Saturday evening at the Kentucky Invitational.
The young Buckeyes continued to show how far they’ve come over the past year, placing athletes in the Top 10 in 10 out of 13 events.
Senior Katie Williams led the way for the Scarlet and Gray. The Upper Arlington, Ohio native finished fourth in the mile run, completing the 1600m run in a time of 4:53.60, the third-best time in school history and the sixth-best in the Big Ten this season. Freshman Victoria Brink finished ninth in 4:57.29 as Tennessee senior Phoebe Wright won the race with an NCAA provisional time of 4:43.50.
Williams followed up an impressive run in the mile with an eighth-place finish in the 800m run (2:14.57). Kesha Brooks was 10th for the Buckeyes, followed by Brink in 11th. Chanelle Price of Tennessee won the event with an NCAA provisional run of 2:06.95.
Sophomores Christina Manning and Kelcey McKinney finished back-to-back in the long jump. Manning placed sixth with a jump of 5.79m (19 ft.), the seventh-best mark in the Big Ten this season. McKinney was seventh at 5.73m (18-9.75).
Manning also had a solid night in the 60m hurdles, narrowly missing out on an NCAA provisional time with her eighth-place run of 8.44. Junior Letecia Wright finished 11th in 8.50 seconds. Manning concluded her solid evening with a 10th-place finish in the 200m dash (24.55, the fourth-best mark in the Big Ten this year).
Senior Latoya Sanderson got the better of teammate Shaniqua McGinnis in the finals of the 400m dash, finishing eighth in 55.55, the third-best run in the Big Ten on the year. McGinnis settled for ninth in 55.62, the fourth-best time in the league. Nike’s Ajoke Odumosu finished first in 53.10, an NCAA provisional time.
Sanderson and McGinnis teamed with senior Ashley Caldwell and freshman Nyjah Cousar to finish fourth in the finals of the 4x400m relay -the group’s time of 3:43.16 is the third-best in Big Ten this season. Host Kentucky won the event with an NCAA provisional time of 3:39.94.
Ohio State will take a week off before returning to the track Jan. 29 at the Penn State National Invitational in University Park, Pa.