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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team continues a rigorous start to its 2010 season Friday and Saturday at the Penn State National Invitational in University Park, Pa.

Two weeks removed from facing some of the south’s best squads, the Scarlet and Gary will face stiff competition once again at the national invitational. Penn State’s premier indoor meet is one of the nation’s most respected collegiate competitions, regularly drawing some of college track and field’s best teams and athletes. This year will be no different, as the No. 6 Nittany Lions are set to host five Top 40 teams over the weekend, including defending national champion Tennessee.

Competition is set to get underway at approximately 12:00 p.m. EST with the pentathlon, featuring Buckeyes Ashley Galbraith and Alana Gray. The high jump also featuring Galbraith – along with Alison Roquet – will open Saturday’s action at approximately 11:00 a.m. Live scoring will be available throughout the meet at www.GoPSUSports.com, with a complete recap available at the conclusion of Friday and Saturday’s events at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Notable Opponents
No. 21 Connecticut
No. 40 Georgetown
Miami
Pittsburgh
No. 6 Penn State (featuring All-Americans Sharon Greaves and Fawn Dorr)
No. 8 Tennessee (defending national champions)
No. 18 Virginia Tech (featuring Queen Quedith Harrison, No. 13 in the 400m dash)
No. 23 West Virginia
 
Accepted Entries
60m dash – Christienne Linton, Christina Manning, Kelcey McKinney
60m hurdles – Linton, Manning, Letecia Wright
200m dash – Linton, Wright, Nyjah Cousar
400m dash– Cousar, Shaniqua McGinnis
400m dash (Invitational) – Latoya Sanderson
500m dash – McGinnis
500m dash (Invitational) – Ashley Caldwell
800m run – Emily Thompson
1000m run (Invitational) – Victoria Brink
Mile – Ellen Birmingham
3000m run – Melissa Meade
3000m run (Invitational) – Katie Williams
5000m run (Invitational) – Molly Jacobson
High Jump -Galbraith, Roquet
Pole Vault – Ashley Bowden
Long Jump – Rachael Mack, Kelcey McKinney
Triple Jump – Mack, McKinney
Shot Put – Stephanie Enarusai, Maggie Mullen, Alexis Thomas
Weight Throw – Enarusai, Mullen, Thomas
Pentathlon – Galbraith, Gray
Distance Medley
4x400m relay

 
*Events designated as an invitational feature more competitive fields.

National Invitational Provides Buckeyes with Big Ten Championships Preview
This weekend’s meet will offer the Buckeyes a glimpse of the host site for the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships – Penn State’s Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track will host the women’s conference finals Feb. 27-28. All-session tickets are on sale now through Jan. 31. Tickets can be purchased by calling the PSU Ticket Office at 814-865-5555.
 
Did You Know?
NBBJ of Columbus helped design Penn State’s multi-sport indoor facility, which was completed in the summer of 1999.
 
Last Time Out
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maggie Mullen, a sophomore from Ontario, Canada, finished seventh in the finals of the weight throw with a personal record toss of 17.94m (58-10.25). Teammates Alexis Thomas and Stephanie Enarusai finished 15th and 16th, respectively, with Thomas also setting a career best at 16.60m (54-5.5).

Up Next
The Buckeyes are scheduled to compete at both the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational and the New Balance Invitational Feb. 5-6.