May 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team enjoyed an outstanding first day of competition at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla., qualifying six athletes for quarterfinal action.
Sophomore Alexis Franklin got the Buckeyes started in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles. Her time of 57.74 seconds was good enough for second in her heat and ninth overall and qualifies her for Friday’s quarterfinal heats at 7:45 p.m. ET. The top time of the afternoon went to Nikita Tracey of LSU in a time of 56.13.
Ohio State advanced two runners to Friday’s 6:45 p.m. quarterfinals in the 100-meter dash. Redshirt senior Ashlee Abraham won her first-round heat with the sixth-best time of the day at 11.55 seconds, while senior Chesna Sykes placed second in her heat and ninth overall in a time of 11.61 seconds. Indiana State’s Katie Wise posted the best time in the event finishing in 11.41 seconds.
The 400-meter first round became the second event of the evening in which the Buckeyes advanced two to the quarterfinals, as sophomore SoSo Walker and freshman Aaliyah Barnes each will appear in Friday’s race scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Walker ran a time of 53.15 to finish second in her heat and 13th overall, while Barnes finished third in her heat and 15th overall in 53.46. Robin Reynolds of Florida put up the best time of the day in the 400, crossing the finish line in 51.85 seconds.
Big Ten champion Katie Borchers moved on to the 800-meter quarterfinals by way of a 22nd-place finish overall. The junior completed her race in 2:06.53, taking fourth in her heat. Borchers runs again Friday evening at 8:15 p.m.
Competition for OSU continues Friday. Along with quarterfinal heats in the 100 meters, 400 meters, 400-meter hurdles and 800 meters, junior Carly Pendleton will throw in the discus quarterfinal at 3:30 p.m., while Franklin and Alexandria Johnson run in the 100-meter hurdle first round at 5:30 p.m.