COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 27 Ohio State put on a dominating performance against the top collegiate teams in the Greater Columbus area Friday evening at the Capital University Crusader Invite, amassing 232 points for an easy first-place team finish.
The last minute schedule change provided a number of Buckeyes a final tune-up for the upcoming Big Ten indoor championships. In addition, several of the team’s younger athletes benefited from the experience the meet provided. No team finished within 140 points of the Scarlet and Gray, as runner-up and host Capital managed only 86 points as a team. Third-place went to Denison with a score of 56.5.
Here’s an event-by-event breakdown of the meet from a Buckeye point-of-view:
OSU amassed 33 points with a Top 5 sweep in the 60m, led by junior Madison McNary, who crossed the finish line in a time of 7.47m. Second-place went to Christienne Linton (7.54), with Christina Manning, Adenike Pedro, and Kelcey McKinney rounding out the first five for the Buckeyes. Ashley Woodruff finished seventh to gain an additional two points for the team.
The Buckeyes matched their Top 5 sweep in the 60 dash with a repeat performance in the hurdles. Letecia Wright took the title in 8.31 seconds, with All-American Manning finishing second in 8.57. The Maryland duo was followed in succession by Linton, Alana Gray, and Ashley Galbraith.
Nyjah Cousar (26.17) and Taylor James (26.48) went 1-2 for the Buckeyes, collecting a total of 18 points. Capital’s Caitlin Prange was a distant third in 28.30.
A Top 4 sweep added 29 points to the Buckeyes’ team score. Jackie Dim led the way with a first-place time of 58.01, followed by Latoya Sanderson (58.12), James, and Jewelisa Thompson. Fifth-place went to Casey Simmons of Capital.
Gray finished third for the Buckeyes with a time of 1:29.41, collecting six points toward the team score. First-place went to Denison’s Ashley Putnam (1:23.77), while Sam Stolarz of Otterbein settled for second in 1:24.41.
Shaniqua McGinnis earned 10 points for the Buckeyes with a first-place time of 2:21.77. Abbie Hornyak of Otterbein was the runner-up in 2:33.75.
McKinney and Rachael Mack completed a Top 2 sweep for the Buckeyes, earning 18 points in the process. McKinney leapt to a first-place distance of 5.83m, with Mack turning in a 5.78m jump. Unattached competitor Lizzy Stanton was third at 5.09m.
Ten points and first-place went to Woodruff, who turned in a season-best jump of 10.48m. Rachelle Paisley of Capital was the runner-up at 9.46m.
Stephanie Enarusai’s PR toss of 17.57m earned the Buckeye junior the top spot. Katie Groseclose was the runner-up at 16.98m, also a PR. The 1-2 finish helped OSU to 18 team points.
Ohio State earned 31 points in the shot put, led by Norianna Brown’s winning distance of 13.75m. Madeline Hurdt (12.97m) finished fourth behind a pair of unattached athletes, with Alexandra Troester (11.05m) finishing fifth. Also scoring for the Buckeyes were Kristen Estherheld and Galbraith, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Stephanie Zimmerman cleared 2.90m to finish in third-place for Ohio State, good for six points. Bethany College’s Desiree Finley captured the title at 3.05m, besting runner-up Jaimie Cavinee of Ohio University.
The Scarlet and Gray squad consisting of Mack, Dim, Pedro and Galbraith claimed the top spot and 10 team points with a winning time of 1:44.56. Capital was the runner-up, with Otterbein finishing third.
Several members of the Buckeye squad will be in action Saturday at the Akron Invitational beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. A recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.