COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 23rd-ranked Ohio State women’s track and field team opened its 2011 campaign Friday evening as hosts of the Buckeye Classic at French Field House.
Junior Madison McNary, a transfer from the University of Florida, stole the show in her Buckeye debut, capturing wins in both the 60m and 200m dashes. McNary’s time of 7.42 seconds in the 60m was especially impressive, as it marked a personal best for the Tarpon Springs, Fla., native, as well as the fourth-best time in Ohio State indoor history.
Other highlights from the meet included a 1-2 finish in the 60m hurdles from Letecia Wright and Christina Manning, a PR in the weight throw from Maggie Mullen, and the return of Jordan Jennewine in the 3000m.
Here’s a recap of the entire night from French Field House:
Finishing behind McNary in the 60m were five Buckeyes, led by sophomore Christienne Linton, who equaled a PR with a time of 7.52. Freshman Chesna Sykes debuted with a third-place time of 7.55.
Ohio State’s Maryland duo of Wright and Manning battled for the top spot in the hurdles, with Wright getting the better of her All-American teammate with a first-place time of 8.24. Manning (8.35) was followed by Wright State’s Cassandra Lloyd (8.39) and Linton (8.60, a PR).
McNary led a 1-2-3 finish for Ohio State in the 200. Sykes was the second-place finisher in 25.49, followed by fellow freshmen Adenike Pedro (25.65).
The Buckeyes swept the Top 4 spots in the 400m, with 2010 Big Ten indoor champion Shaniqua McGinnis taking first-place in 57.81. Senior Latoya Sanderson was second in 58.38, while freshmen Kachay Hullum and Taylor James finished third and fourth, in that order.
Placing first was Ohio State sophomore Nyjah Cousar, with a time of 1:38.22, followed by teammate Jackie Dim (1:39.94). Ohio University junior Courtney Weiss came in third at 1:40.73, with fellow Bobcat junior Hope McCarty taking fourth-place in 1:49.72.
Ohio State claimed spots 2-4 in the 3000m, but Buckeye runners were no match for unattached competitor Kara Storage, who took first-place in 9:50.90. Tori Brink was the runner-up in 9:54:46, followed by Ellen Birmingham (9:55.03) and Jordan Jennewine, who finished with a fourth-place time of 9:56.12 in her return to the track.
Junior Ashley Galbraith of Ohio State won the high jump finals, clearing the bar at 1.70m (5-7). Fellow Buckeye juniors Camai Brandenberg and Alison Roquet finished second and third, respectively, at 1.65m (5-5) and 1.55m (5-1). Ohio University junior Hope McCarty placed fourth with a jump of 1.45m (4-9).
Throwing for first-place and breaking a personal record was Ohio State junior Maggie Mullen at 14.65m (48-0.75). Mullen was followed by teammates Madeline Hurdt and Norianna Brown at 13.15m (43-1.75) and 13.10m (42-11.75), respectively.
Mullen placed first with a 18.43m (60-5.75) heave. Mullen was joined in the Top 3 by sophomore Alexis Thomas and junior Stephanie Enarusai, throwing 16.72m (54-10.25) and 16.27m (53-4.5), respectively. Placing fourth with a toss of 15.88m (52-1.25) was unattached competitor Kim Habegger, followed by OSU sophomore Katie Groseclose at 15.31m (50-2.75).
Ohio State freshman Adenike Pedro was the first-place finisher at 5.90m (19-4.25), followed by junior Kelcey McKinney at 5.86m (19-2.75). Buckeye sophomore Christienne Linton finished in a close third with a 5.85m (19-2.5) leap.
Ohio University’s Alexis Geiger won the triple jump with a mark of 12.21m (40-0.75). Three Buckeyes – Kelcey McKinney, Rachael Mack, and Ashley Woodruff – followed the first-place Bobcat, with McKinney leading the pack with a second-place jump of 12.15m (39-10.50).
Ohio State ‘D’ – Wright, Manning, Linton and Alana Gray – bested a pair of Buckeye teams with a first-place time of 4:02.50. OSU ‘A’ was second in 4:06.14, followed by Ohio State ‘B’ in 4:10.74.
The Buckeyes travel north to battle rival Michigan in the inaugural “Dual” meet on January 15.