June 9, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six members of the Ohio State women’s track and field program are heading to Eugene, Ore., for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this Wednesday-Saturday, June 11-14.
The Buckeyes will be represented in seven events total including the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and the 4x100m relay. Semifinal action in each event is set for Wednesday or Thursday with the chance to qualify for the finals taking place Friday or Saturday.
Redshirt senior Ashlee Abraham will be busy as she is set to compete in three separate events at the championships. The Detroit, Mich., native qualified in the 100m, 200m and as part of the 4x100m relay team. Also competing in multiple events is sophomore Alexis Franklin who qualified in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles.
Redshirt junior Chesna Sykes and freshman Aaliyah Barnes will be seeing double duty as well as part of the 4x100m team and also being individual qualifiers in the 100m and 400m events, respectively. Sophomore Aliyah Everson makes up the last fourth of the 4x100m team and rounding out the Buckeyes championship qualifiers is junior Katie Borchers, the Big Ten champion and OSU school-record holder in the 800m.
All information regarding the meet including the meet schedule, start lists and results can be found using the links at the top of the page. A complete recap on the Buckeye’s performances will be available following completion of each day’s events on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Follow along on Twitter (@OhioState_WTRK) for updates and results throughout the weekend.
Ohio State’s NCAA championship qualifiers and tentative schedule:
Katie Borchers – 800-Meters Semifinals – 7:45 p.m. ET (Finals Friday at 8:25 p.m. ET)
Barnes – 400-Meters Semifinals – 8:15 p.m. ET (Finals Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET)
Abraham andSykes – 100-Meters Semifinals – 8:45 p.m. ET (Finals Friday at 8:07 p.m. ET)
Alexis Franklin – 400-Meter Hurdles Semifinals – 9:30 p.m. ET (Finals Friday at 7:41 p.m. ET)
Abraham – 200-Meters Semifinals – 7:15 p.m. ET (Finals Saturday at 5:49 p.m. ET)
Franklin – 100-Meter Hurdles Semifinals – 8:20 p.m. ET (Finals Saturday at 6:19 p.m. ET)
Last Time Out: 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Championships
The Ohio State women’s track and field team saw six student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 11-14.
The first Buckeye to punch a ticket to Eugene was freshman Aaliyah Barnes in the 400-meters, followed by redshirt senior Ashlee Abraham who posted the third-best time in Ohio State history in the 100-meter dash, cruising to a personal-best time of 11.30 seconds and a fourth place finish. She will be joined in Eugene by redshirt junior Chesna Sykes, who finished in 11.49 seconds to place third in her heat and 12th overall.
The 800-meter run ended with another Buckeye heading to the championships as junior Katie Borchers advanced with a eighth place finish in a time of 2:05.23.
Running in her second event of the evening, sophomore Alexis Franklin posted a personal-best time of 56.55 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles to place fifth overall and advance to Oregon.
Ohio State’s 4×100-meter relay team – Abraham, Sykes sophomore Aliyah Everson and Barnes – opened the Saturday session in style with a second-place finish overall in the 4×1 quarterfinal in a season-best time of 43.92 seconds, the third-fastest time in school history.
Abraham also competed in the 200-meter quarterfinal, placing second in her heat and fourth overall in 23.36 seconds to advance on to the national championships.
Securing the third championship invitation of the evening was Franklin, who turned in a personal-best time of 13.28 seconds in the 100-meter hurdle quarterfinal to earn the 12th and final spot in the national-championship field by .008 of a second over Shanique Walker of Jacksonville.