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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maggie Mullen will represent the Ohio State women’s track and field team at the NCAA championships next month after her runner-up finish in the javelin throw Thursday at the 2010 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries.

Mullen secured her first national championship birth thanks to an impressive 50.44m (165-6) throw. Florida senior Evelien Dekkers squeaked past the Buckeye sophomore with a mark of 50.48m (165-7) to capture the regional title – the Top 12 finishers advanced on to the NCAA finals in Eugene, Ore., June 9.

Latoya Sanderson posted a personal record time of 53.99 to qualify for Friday’s semifinals, good for third in her heat and 16th overall. Shaniqua McGinnis ran a time of 54.54 to take 28th overall, placing her just short of the cut off line. Auburn’s Joanna Atkins holds the best time (51.87) headed into the semifinal race, where the Top 12 runners will move on to Eugene. 

Sarah Foster just missed qualifying for the 10000m national championships, finishing 16th overall in 35:53.22. Clara Grandt of West Virginia won the race in 34:29.86, as the Top 12 moved on to Eugene. Katie Williams closed out her Buckeye career with a 24th-place finish (36:16.89), while sophomore Sarah Lowe took 39th overall (36:57.80).

All-American Christina Manning failed to qualify for the 100m dash semifinals, taking 26th overall with a time of 11.65. Florida State’s Marcecia Pemberton ran the second-fastest Division I time this season (11.12) to lead the field.

Ashley Galbraith performed well in the high jump, finishing 24th at 1.74m (5-8.50), not quite enough to get into the championship field. Purdue’s Emily Breslin was the regional champ, clearing the bar at 1.81m (5-11.25).

Mullen returns to competition tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET in the hammer throw, the first Buckeye to compete Friday in Greensboro.