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COLUMBUS,Ohio – The 23rd ranked Ohio State women’s track and field team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday Jan. 15 for a battle with rival Michigan in “The Dual.” This will be the first-ever dual meet between the two teams after the men’s programs recently renewed the rivalry in 2008.

“The men have had great fun with the Dual Meet,” said head coach Karen Dennis. “We are excited about the opportunity to join the dual concept.”

The meet begins at 11 a.m. ET with the weight throw and high jump inside the U-M Indoor Track Building. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Schedule of Events:

Field Events
11 a.m. – weight throw and high jump
Noon – pole vault and long jump
12:15 p.m. – shot put
1:15 p.m. – triple jump

Running Events
1 p.m. – mile run
1:10 p.m. – 60-meter hurdles
1:20 p.m. – 400-meter dash
1:30 p.m. – 600-meter run
1:40 p.m. – 60-meter dash
1:50 p.m. – 800-meter run
2 p.m. – 200-meter dash
2:10 p.m. – 3,000-meter run
2:25 p.m. – 4×400-meter relay

Scouting Michigan
The Wolverines competed in the EMU Invitational last weekend. Michigan was led by several top performances including a new Bowen Fieldhouse record by junior hurdler Julian Puryis in the 60m hurdles in 8.47. On the field side, sophomore Erin Pendleton won the weight throw with a toss of 17.74m. The Wolverines also won in the mile with freshman Taylor Pogue running a 5:01.08 and freshman Erin Busbee winning the long jump with a mark of 5.86m.

McNary Named Big Ten Runner of the Week
Junior sprinter Madison McNary was named the Big Ten Runner of the Week Jan. 10 by the Big Ten Conference after her impressive debut performance at the Buckeye Classic.

McNary, who ran at the University of Florida the past two seasons, captured her first weekly award after winning the 60m and 200m dashes at the Buckeye Classic last Friday. In her first meet as a Buckeye, the Tarpon Springs, Fla., native won the 60m dash with a time of 7.42, which is the nation’s third-best time so far this season. McNary’s time also set a new personal record and is the fourth-fastest indoor time in school history. She continued her success in the 200m where she posted a time of 24.05, marking the second-fastest time in the country.

Ohio State in the USTFCCA Regional Rankings
In the January 6th preseason rankings, Ohio State is No. 23 according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Last Time Out
Ohio State opened the 2011 season at the Buckeye Classic. Some of the highlights from the meet:

• Following McNary in the 60m were five Buckeyes led by sophomore Christienne Linton, who ran a PR with a time of 7.52. Freshman Chesna Sykes placed third.
• Ohio State’s Maryland duo of Letecia Wright and Christina Manning went 1-2 in the 60m hurdles. They ran 8.24 and 8.35, respectively. 
• The Buckeyes went 1-2-3 in the 200m dash with Sykes and freshman Adenike Pedro behind McNary.
• In the 400m dash, 2010 Big Ten indoor champion Shaniqua McGinnis took first in 57.81 with senior Latoya Sanderson and freshmen Kachay Hullum and Taylor James going 2-3-4.
• Sophomore Nyjah Cousar placed first in the 600m run in 1:38.22, followed by junior Jackie Dim.
• The Buckeyes went 2-3-4 in the 3000m run. Sophomore Tori Brink captured second in 9:54.46. Senior Ellen Birmingham and redshirt junior Jordan Jennewine finished next for the team.
• Clearing the bar at 1.70m (5-7), junior Ashley Galbraith recorded a first-place finish in the high jump. Juniors Camai Brandenberg and Alison Roquet finished second and third.
• Junior Maggie Mullen won the shot put and set a new personal record at 14.65m (48-0.75). Freshman Madeline Hurdt and junior Norianna Brown threw for second and third place at 13.15m (43-1.75) and 13.10m (42-11.75), respectively. 
• Mullen also took first in the weight throw with a mark of 18.43m (60-5.75). Sophomore Alexis Thomas and junior Stephanie Enarusai threw for second and third.
• Pedro finished first in the long jump with a jump of 5.90m (19-4.25), followed by junior Kelcey McKinney and Linton with leaps of 5.86m (19-2.75) and 5.85m (19-2.5), respectively.
• McKinney and sophomores Rachel Mack and Ashley Woodruff finished 2-3-4 in the triple jump. A second-place jump of 12.15m (39-10.50) by McKinney led the Buckeyes.
• Ohio State ‘D’ team in the 4x400m relay finished first. Wright, Manning, Linton and senior Alana Gray had a first-place time of 4:02.50. Ohio State ‘A’ ran for second and they were followed by Ohio State ‘B’.

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Up Next
The Buckeyes will take a week off before returning to the track Jan. 29 at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational in Lexington, Ky.