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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team will compete on its home track for the first time this season this Friday and Saturday, April 30-May 1, when it hosts the 25th Jesse Owens Track Classic.

Meet Quick Facts
Days: Friday, April 30 (2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, May 1 (11:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.)
Venue: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Live Stats: www.finishtiming.com  
Television: Big Ten Network tape-delayed, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. ET (Brent Stover, Butler By’not’e, Rebecca Haarlow and Larra Overton on the call)
Admission: Free

Scouting the Field
No. 5 Virginia Tech
The Hokies will be represented by All-American Dorotea Habazin, No. 2 nationally in the hammer throw an a Top 10 4x400m relay squad

No. 15 Penn State
All-Americans Shavon Greaves and Fawn Dorr will be in action over the weekend. Greaves is currently a Top 10 athlete nationally in both the 100m and 200m dashes, Dorr is Top 25 400m sprinter.

No. 31 Indiana
All-American Ashley Rhoades, 10th nationally in the high jump, will be the top Hoosier at the JOTC.

Other notable teams: No. 25 Illinois, Miami (OH), Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Purdue

About the JOTC
Like the “J.O. Classics” of the past, the 2010 edition will serve as a stage for scholastic, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to perform at their highest levels in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. In its history, the Jesse Owens Track Classic has served as a top venue for many future and former Olympians. Current and past record holders for the Jesse Owens Track Classic include Olympic medalists John Drummond, Michelle Finn, Allen Johnson, Edwin Moses, Dwight Stones and former Buckeyes Diane Dixon, Joe Greene and Butch Reynolds. Others of Olympic fame include Judi Brown, Roger Kingdom, Carl Lewis, Louise Ritter and Calvin Smith, as well as past OSU Olympians Mark Croghan and Stephanie Hightower.

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
The 10,000-seat Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium arguably is one of the finest multi-sport facilities in the country, hosting track and field and lacrosse in the spring and soccer in the fall.

It serves as a cornerstone to the surrounding Ohio State athletic complex that features the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, softball’s Buckeye Field, the field hockey North Turf Field, Bill Davis Stadium and the 19,200-seat Jerome Schottenstein Center.
 
Wright Earns Second-Consecutive Big Ten AOW Award
Ohio State sprinter/hurdler Letecia Wright was named Track Athlete of the Week by the Big Ten Conference April 28, her second AOW award in as many weeks.

The junior’s first-place time of 13.07 in the 100m hurdles at the Drake Relays last weekend is currently the fifth-best NCAA Division I time this season, the top performance in the Big Ten and No. 5 all-time at Ohio State. The Baltimore native was head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field, as Illinois freshman Tamika Robinson was the closest challenger, finishing second in 13.36.

Wright also teamed with Christina Manning, Christienne Linton, and Ashley Galbraith for a third-place finish in the 100m Shuttle Hurdle final, crossing the finish line in 54.85. The Scarlet and Gray improved upon its preliminary effort by nearly four seconds to capture a hard-fought bronze.

Ohio State Remains Second in Great Lakes Regional Rankings
The Buckeyes retained No. 2 in the April 27 edition of the Great Lakes Regional Track and Field rankings by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

With 591.79 team points, the Buckeyes trail only Indiana (666.36) in the region. Rounding out the Top 5 are Big Ten rivals Wisconsin (586.77) and Michigan State (470.39), along with in-state for Akron (397.59).

The regional rankings – a new concept for the 2010 season – are designed to measure a team’s overall depth, whereas the national poll places greater emphasis on national championship contenders on a team’s roster. Based on this formula, Ohio State ranks among the Top 15 teams nationally at this point in the season.

Six Buckeyes Represented on National Top 25 Lists
Six members of the Ohio State women’s track and field team find themselves ranked among the Division I Top 25 in individual event areas. A look at where the Buckeyes sit:

Letecia Wright – No. 5 in the 100m hurdles
Christina Manning – No. 12 in the 100m hurdles
Latoya Sanderson – No. 16 in the 4x400m relay
Ashley Caldwell – No. 16 in the 4x400m relay
Nyjah Cousar – No. 16 4x400m relay
Shaniqua McGinnis – No. 16 in the 4x400m relay

Buckeyes Ink Seven for 2010-2011
Seven talented student-athletes are set to join the Ohio State women’s track and field team for the 2010-2011 school year, head coach Karen Dennis announced March 8. A look at the newest additions to the Buckeye family:

Adenike Pedro // Sprints/Hurdles – Bladensburg, Md. – Elizabeth Seton
Pedro finished third in the long jump last season at the 2009 Nike Outdoor Track & Field Championships. As a senior, Pedro is currently ranked fifth in country in the long jump and is also one of the top rated sprinters in the country in the 55m, 100m and 200m dashes

Chesna Sykes // Sprints/Hurdles – Columbus, Ohio – Bishop Hartley
One of the top ten 100m runners in the country, Sykes is the 2009 OHSAA Division II state champion in both the 100m and 200m dashes. She placed fourth last year at the 2009 USATF World Youth Track and Field Trials and will look to make a quick impact in Columbus.

KaChay Hullum // Sprints/Hurdles – Akron, Ohio – Firestone
A versatile athlete that will be able to cover a wide range of events, Hullum is a two time OHSAA track and field championship qualifier. Ohio State will be look to use Hullum’s talents in everything from the 100m to the 600m. 

Madeline Hurdt // Throws – Boerne, Texas – Boerne
The 2009 Texas state champion in the shot put, Hurdt was also the sixth-place finisher in the discus. Named the 2008 and 2009 Boerne Field Athlete of the Year, Hurdt took home an impressive first-place finish in the shot put at the prestigious Texas Relays this past year.

Meredith Wagner // Distance – Sylvania, Ohio – Northview
Wagner won the 2009 OHSAA Division I cross country championship. She is a two time state qualifier in cross country and 2009 state track qualifier in the 3200m.

Mallory Kreider // Distance – Kingsville, Ohio – Edgewood
Kreider was the 2009 OHSAA Division II indoor and outdoor state champion in the 3200m and is a three-time state qualifier in cross country as well as track and field. 

Angela Williams // Distance – Hudson, Ohio – Hudson
A two-time OHSAA championship qualifier in cross country, Williams is also an accomplished track athlete, having qualified for competition in the 1600m at the 2009 OHSAA DI championships.

Indiana Set to Host 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships
Indiana University will be the host site for the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships; May 14-16 in Bloomington, Ind. Tickets will be available at the Robert C. Haugh Complex entrance the day of the event, $7.00 for adults and $5 for youth/students. Visit iuhoosiers.cstv.com for more information.

Last Time Out
Wright’s outstanding performance wasn’t the only highlight for the Buckeyes last weekend at the Drake Relays. Other Buckeye high points:

Latoya Sanderson, Ashley Caldwell, Nyjah Cousar and Shaniqua McGinnis turned in an impressive time of 3:35.43 in the finals of the 4x400m, finishing fourth with the third-best time in the Big Ten on the season and a Top 20 DI effort.

The Buckeyes’ 1600m Sprint Medley consisting of Sanderson, Caldwell, McGinnis and Christina Manning shattered the Ohio State school record in the event with a second-place time of 3:51.80.

In individual competition, Kelcey McKinney led the Buckeyes with strong efforts in both the triple jump and long jump. The sophomore finished 12th in the long jump at 5.86m (19-2.75) and 14th-in the triple jump at 12.13m (39-9.75). Both performances by McKinney are among the 10 best in the Big Ten this season.

Freshman Alexis Thomas finished sixth in the hammer throw (52.46m/172-01). Buckeye sophomore Maggie Mullen was 10th with a toss of 50.87m (166-11).

At the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis, freshman Victoria Brink ran a first-place time of 10:47.12 in the 3000m steeplechase, less than a second off of Melanie Price’s school record time of 10:46.55 set in 2005. Senior Katie Williams took second-place in the 1500m run with her time of 4:32.06, the fifth-best time in school history. 
 
Up Next
Ohio State will take a week off before traveling to Bloomington, Ind., for the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships May 14-16.