April 4, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team travels to Baton Rouge, La., this Saturday, April 5, for the Battle on the Bayou.
The Buckeyes are one of five squads competing at the invite-only meet held at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium and they will be facing some stiff competition. The host Tigers come in at No. 8 in the preseason USTFCCA rankings, while No. 10 Kansas, No. 13 UCLA and No. 32 Mississippi State round out a loaded field.
Teams will be competing with a 10-8-6-4-2-1 scoring format as the Top 6 places in each individual event. A scoring format of 10-8-6-4-2 will be used for the relay events as only five places will be scored in the relays and only one relay team from each university will be allowed to score in both the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays.
Field events, beginning with the javelin, commence at 10 a.m. CT with races on the track set for 1:30 p.m. CT. A recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out – 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships
The Ohio State women’s track and field team opened the 2014 outdoor season Friday and Saturday at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.
The Buckeyes’ top performance of the weekend came in the 400-meter dash, where freshman Aaliyah Barnes and sophomore SoSo Walker placed 1-2 in personal-best times of 53.34 and 53.40, respectively. Both times rank in the Top 5 in Division I so far this season.
Sophomore Alexis Franklin, the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Freshman of the Year, was strong in her season debut, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles in a Top-20 Division I time of 59.40. In the final race of the day, the 4×400-meter relay team – junior Alexandria Johnson, Walker, Franklin, and Barnes – combined for a winning time of 3:40.03.
Ohio State Ranked 57th in USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings
The Buckeyes come in at No. 57 in the preseason edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released March 25.
Ohio State is one of eight Big Ten teams ranked in the top 60, including Penn State checking in at No. 17, No. 30 Michigan State, No. 33 Illinois, No. 46 Indiana, No. 55 Nebraska, No. 56 Purdue and No. 58 Wisconsin.
Texas A&M is the top-ranked team according to the USTFCCCA rankings, followed by No. 2 Oregon and third-ranked Texas.