May 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field aims for another high finish at the Big Ten outdoor championships as Purdue University plays host to the 2014 edition May 16-18 at Dave Rankin Track and Field in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes are making their second trip to Purdue this month after competing two weeks ago at the Dave Rankin Invitational.
Days: Friday, May 16 (11 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. ET); Saturday, May 17 (11:30 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.); Sunday, May 18 (10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.)
Venue: Rankin Track and Field – Purdue University
Television: BTN tape delay – Sunday, May 25 at 6 p.m. ET
Rankin Track and Field will play host to the Big Ten’s premiere event of the season. The women’s heptathlon is set to begin at 11:15 a.m. Friday to open up the championships. The hammer throw and 10,000-meter run will be decided Friday evening while titles will be won Saturday in the heptathlon, shot put, long jump, javelin and 3,000-meter steeplechase, to go along with a large amount of preliminary round action. All other event finals will take place Sunday.
Top competition that the Buckeyes figure to face includes defending outdoor Big Ten champs and 15th-ranked Penn State, as well as two other USTFCCCA top-30 teams in No. 26 Michigan and No. 28 Nebraska. No. 36 Indiana and No. 47 Michigan State are the only other conference foes ranked in the national top-50.
All information regarding the meet can be found using the links at the top of the page. A complete recap on the Buckeye’s performance and where they stand in the team competition 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.
100-meter dash:Senior Ashlee Abraham, the 2014 Big Ten 60-meter champion, owns the top time in the Big Ten this season and is ranked 25th nationally. Her top challenger in the event will be Mahagony Jones of Penn State, ranked 31st overall. The Buckeyes’ depth in the sprints makes them a threat to score big points in this event, along with the 200-meter dash.
400-meter hurdles: The defending Big Ten champion in the event, sophomore Alexis Franklin owns the third-best time in the Big Ten and the 14th-fastest time overall in Division I this season. Franklin will look to overtake Kiah Seymour of Penn State (No. 1 in the nation this season) and Ellie Grooters of Nebraska (No. 12 in Division I) on her way to a repeat title.
4×100-meter relay: Ohio State is the three-time defending champion in the event and ranked second in the Big Ten this season. Iowa, the top ranked team in the conference, edged the Buckeyes by a tenth of a second at the Drake Relays in April.
Buckeye History at the Championships
Ohio State has won two of the last three Big Ten outdoor titles, the only team championships in program history. The Scarlet and Gray have finished in the Top 5 in 22 of the 33 women’s outdoor finals.
2013 Big Ten Championship Recap
Ohio State finished third overall at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Penn State won the team title with 133 points, followed by No. 20 Illinois (120) and the Buckeyes (86).
OSU athletes claimed three gold, one silver and three bronze medals over the three days of competition. Franklin was a winner in the 400-meter hurdles, while Alexis Thomas claimed a second-consecutive title in the hammer throw. Additionally, the 4×100-meter relay team won its third conference crown in a row.
Last Time Out
The Scarlet and Gray previewed the Big Ten-championship track May 2-3 at the Dave Rankin Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. As a team, the Buckeyes captured victories in a total of five events.
The top effort of the day came in the 200-meter dash, where Ohio State athletes placed first and second in the event. Freshman Aaliyah Barnes claimed the title in a time of 24.14, while Abraham earned runner-up honors in 24.42.
Junior Alexandria Johnson was victorious in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 13.68 seconds, while sophomore Minori Minagawa won the 5000-meter run in a time of 17:24.44. Ohio State also captured wins in both the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays.
The NCAA East Regional Championships take place this year in Jacksonville, Fla., May 29-31. Buckeyes with qualifying times/marks will attempt to advance to the NCAA Championships two weeks later, June 11-14, in Eugene, Ore.