AKRON, Ohio – It was the Christina Manning show for the Ohio State women’s track and field team Saturday at the Akron Invitational.
The Baltimore, Md. native put together perhaps the best overall performance of the indoor season for the Buckeyes, claiming three personal records, two titles and a runner-up finish on the Stile Field House track.
Although it wasn’t one of her two titles on the day, Manning’s top performance came in the 60m hurdle championship, where she crossed the finish line with an NCAA provisional time of 8.35, the top time in the Big Ten this season (tied with teammate Letecia Wright), and a Top 25 time nationally.
Manning’s two wins came in the 60m and 200m dashes, where she recorded Top 5 Big Ten times. The sophomore ran a 7.53 – fourth-best in OSU indoor history – in the 60m preliminary round and claimed first-place with a 7.54 sprint. She followed that up with first-place time of 24.30 in the 200m, also fourth-best in school indoor history. Fellow Baltimore native Wright claimed fourth in the 60m (7.66), while Shaniqua McGinnis was second in the 200m (24.42, a PR).
McGinnis was nearly as impressive as Manning, claiming another runner-up in the 400m (54.86) to go along with second-place in the 200m. Buffalo freshman Jamie McClary was first in 54.84, while Latoya Sanderson (55.41) and Ashley Caldwell (55.42) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Rachael Mack enjoyed a successful day for the Buckeyes, posting two Top 2 finishes. The freshman from El Paso won the Gold Division long jump with a personal record mark of 5.93m (19-5.5, the fourth-best jump in the Big Ten this season). Kelcey McKinney used a leap of 5.83m (19-1.5) to take runner-up for Ohio State.
Mack followed up her PR in the long jump with a second-place finish in the triple jump (Blue Division) at 11.48m (37-8) Ashley Woodruff was fourth for the Buckeyes as Appalachian State junior Bianca Harvey won the event with her mark of 11.64m (38-2.25). McKinney would place fifth in the Gold Division of the triple jump at 11.58m (38 ft.).
Sophomore Maggie Mullen set a PR in the weight throw with a fifth-place toss of 18.64m (61-2), seventh-best in the Big Ten this season. Stevi Large shattered the Stile Field House record with her first-place throw of 21.55m (70-8.50).
In the Gold Division high jump, Ashley Galbraith finished in second-place with a jump 1.68m (5-6). The junior just missed clearing the bar for a PR and win at 1.73m. Marshall’s Vanessa Jules would end up taking home the title.
Ohio State returns to Columbus Feb. 19 for the Buckeye Tune-up inside newly-renovated French Field House.