COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team travels to Tucson, Ariz., this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the Jim Click Shootout.
The meet, hosted by the University of Arizona, will begin at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium at approximately 2 p.m. ET with the heptathlon. Combined events will finish up on Friday and the individual events will begin on Saturday at approximately noon ET with the hammer throw. A complete recap of the action will be available at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com after the completion of each day’s events.
Scouting the Field
No. 11 Arizona, No. 22 Washington State, No. 28 North Carolina and Minnesota will be competing against the Scarlet and Gray this weekend. Ohio State is currently ranked No. 34 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in their preseason outdoor rankings.
Wright Named Big Ten Athlete of the Week
Senior sprinter/hurdler Letecia Wright was named Track Athlete of the Week Wednesday by the Big Ten Conference. Wright earns her fifth Athlete of the Week honor after a strong showing at last weekend’s SEC/Big Ten Challenge.
The All-American cruised to a first-place finish in the 100m hurdles to start off the outdoor season. Her time of 13.18 is the third-fastest time in Division I this season. Wright also helped the 4x100m relay team to a second-place finish in 44.98. That time is the fifth-fastest in school history and 19th-best in Division I this season.
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Last Time Out
Ohio State competed with Purdue, Illinois and No. 23 Indiana to represent the Big Ten against No. 10 Auburn, Mississippi State, Mississippi and Georgia who all represented the SEC in the inaugural SEC/Big Ten Shootout. The Buckeyes led the conference with 123 points to help seal the Big Ten’s win over the SEC 379-349.
Christina Manning (13.18) and Letecia Wright (13.33) went 1-2 in the 100m hurdles to earn 18 points for the conference. In the 400m hurdles Nyjah Cousar ran a PR of 1:00.45 to take second. Shaniqua McGinnis finished third in the 400m dash with a time of 55.32.
With a time of 10:38.47 Tori Brink broke her own school record in the 3000m steeplechase to finish first and collect ten points.
Ashley Galbraith cleared the bar at 1.77m for a second-place finish. Fellow jumper Kelcey McKinney was the runner-up in the triple jump with a leap of 11.95m.
With a PR throw of 56.55m Alexis Thomas claimed the gold in the hammer throw. Norianna Brown set a PR in the discus throw with a 47.05m toss for third-place. Making her debut in the Scarlet and Gray, Amanda Henderson threw for third-place in the javelin with a mark of 32.32m.
Ohio State’s 4x100m relay team of Wright, Christienne Linton, Manning and Madison McNary recorded the fifth-fastest time in school history with a second-place finish in 44.98. In the 4x400m relay the Buckeyes placed fourth. Cousar, Jackie Dim, Taylor James and Kachay Hullum crossed the line in 3:46.73.
The Buckeyes will take some time off before hosting the Jesse Owens Classic, their lone home outdoor meet of the season, April 23-24.