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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two weeks removed from an impressive performance against Michigan in “The Dual”, the Ohio State women’s track and field team now hits the road for the Rod McCravy Invitational Jan. 28-29 in Lexington, Ky.

The meet, hosted by the University of Kentucky, will begin at the Nutter Field House at approximately 6 p.m. ET Friday with the weight throw, pole vault and triple jump. Competition will resume Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. starting with the high jump and long jump. Live stats can be found at www.ukathletics.com/track, with a complete recap of the action available at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com after the completion of the day’s events.

Scouting the Field
The Buckeyes will be on the road for the first time this season, facing two other nationally ranked teams – No. 8 Southern Illinois and No. 21 Louisville will join No. 24 Ohio State as the three teams competing this weekend that are ranked in the Top 25 of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll.

“We’ve been building this team for 4-5 years now and I’ve told the team, that on paper, this may be the best team I’ve ever had,” head coach Karen Dennis said of her Top 25 squad. “But we have to make it happen. We have a very diverse group this season. We have some depth in some areas that we’ve never had before and we’re looking to come out and really have a strong showing this season.”

Manning Named Big Ten Runner of the Week
Junior sprinter/hurdler Christina Manning was named the Big Ten Runner of the Week Jan. 17 by the Big Ten Conference after a dominating perfromance at “The Dual”.

Manning finished first in the 60m hurdles and the 200m dash. The Waldorf, Md., native’s time of 8.13 is the fastest time in Division I this season, the third-best time in OSU history and an NCAA automatic qualifier. Her 200m time of 24.0 is the 12th-fastest time in Division I this season and the fastest in the Big Ten.

Last Time Out
Some highlights from Ohio State’s 83-78 victory over Michigan in “The Dual”:

  • Madison McNary won the 60m in 7.46. Teammates Chesna Sykes (7.51), Christienne Linton (7.58) and Adenike Pedro (7.58) followed.
  • Manning and Letecia Wright (8.27) went 1-2 in the 60m hurdles. Linton (8.58) crossed the line in fourth-place and Alana Gray (8.86) took sixth.
  • Manning and McNary went 1-2 in the 200 with McNary running a 24.91. Wright and Sykes finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
  • In the 400m dash, Shaniqua McGinnis took second in 56.28 with Latoya Sanderson finishing third. Nyjah Cousar finished in fifth-place and Taylor James took sixth-place. 
  • Jordan Jennewine placed third (2:14.63) in the 800m run with Tori Brink and Laura Williams placing fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • In the 3000m run, Ellen Birmingham took second-place in 9:49.85. Kelsey McHugh (9:58.75) and Sarah Lowe finished fifth and ninth, respectively.
  • Ashley Galbraith cleared the bar at 1.75m to win the high jump. Camai Brandenberg, Gray and Roquet finished in third, fourth and sixth, respectively.
  • The Buckeyes went 1-2 in the shot put with Norianna Brown (13.28m) throwing for first and Madeline Hurdt taking second. Maggie Mullen finished fourth overall.
  • Alexis Thomas made the winning throw in the weight throw at 18.42m. Brandenberg, Mullen and Katie Groseclose place third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • Pedro (5.93m) and Kelcey McKinney (5.87m) went 2-3 in the long jump. Rachael Mack in fifth and Christienne Linton in sixth rounded it out for the Buckeyes.
  • All three jumpers set new PRs in the triple jump. McKinney took first place with a mark of 12.46m. Mack (11.87m) placed third and Ashley Woodruff (11.01m) placed fifth.
  • The 4x400m relay team of Sanderson, Jackie Dim, Cousar and McGinnis closed out the win with a time of 3:48.99.

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The Buckeyes will compete at both the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational Feb. 3-5.