May 30, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team had themselves a big day two at the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Championships in Jacksonville, Fla. The Buckeyes ended the night with five athletes qualified 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. The Columbus product ran the best race of her career, posting a personal-best time of 52.70 seconds to finish ninth overall. The time ranks fifth all-time in school outdoor history.
Redshirt senior Ashlee Abraham 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. The Detroit, Mich., native will be joined in Eugene by redshirt junior Chesna Sykes. Another product of Columbus, Sykes crossed the finish line 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. The time ranks the Millersville, Md. native second all-time in Ohio State program history in the event.
Here is how the rest of the Buckeyes fared:
Franklin and junior Alexandria Johnson both qualified for the quarterfinals which are set for a 7:20 p.m. start Saturday evening. Franklin ran a personal-best 13.39 seconds to finish third in her heat and 16th overall while Johnson finished in 13.52 to finish 21st overall.
Abraham runs a time of 23.47 seconds to win her heat and post 13th best time overall. She qualifies for the quarterfinals Saturday which are set for 7:50 p.m. Sophomore Aliyah Everson finished 20th overall with a time of 23.82 to finish out her season.
Sophomore SoSo Walker saw her season come to a close with an 18th-place finish. Walker crossed the finish line in a time of 53.48 seconds.
Junior Carly Pendleton ended her season with a mark of 49.26 meters and a 24th place finish.
The Buckeyes will have three more attempts to qualify in individual events, as well as in the 4×100-meter relay, on the final day of preliminary competition Saturday.