COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 25 Ohio State is set to take on their toughest competition thus far after a record-breaking performance at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational last weekend. The squad will split for the New Balance Invitational in New York, N.Y., and the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame this Friday and Saturday, February 4-5.
“We’re splitting our team between venues this weekend,” head coach Karen Dennis said. “This will maximize our competitive opportunities, minimize the chance for injuries and allow us to prepare specific events for the upcoming Big Ten championships.”
Sprinters and Field Athletes Gear Up for Big Weekend in New York City
Ohio State’s sprinters, jumpers and throwers, led by Christina Manning, Letecia Wright, Madison McNary, Ashley Galbraith and Maggie Mullen, will compete in the Big Apple at the New Balance Invitational held at the Armory Track and Field Center. Some of the nation’s top teams will be present, including No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 LSU, No. 5 Tennessee and No. 7 BYU. The meet begins at 11 a.m. ET Friday.
“The New Balance meet in New York will have some of the best sprint and jump programs in the country, so, we’ll get a chance to test ourselves among the nation’s best,” Dennis said.
Distance Runners Head to Meyo Invitational
Jordan Jennewine, Meredith Wagner and the rest of the Ohio State distance squad will square off against stiff competition in South Bend, Ind., at the Loftus Center for the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational.
The Buckeyes will face two other teams ranked in the Top 25 in No. 20 Indiana and No. 23 Louisville. Big Ten foes Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Purdue will also be in attendance. Action starts at 5 p.m. ET Friday.
“Our distance group is going to Notre Dame to run the 5k on their oversized track and to establish seed times for Big Ten’s,” Dennis said. “We have some areas we need to improve and look forward to competing this weekend.”
Buckeyes in the USTFCCCA Rankings
Ohio State moved down one spot to No. 25 in the national rankings by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). In the Great Lakes region, the Buckeyes are ranked No. 2 behind Big Ten foe Indiana.
Nine Members of the Scarlet and Gray in Individual Top 30 Rankings
Take a look at where members of the Buckeyes sit within the Top 30 in various events:
Christina Manning – No. 1 in the 60m hurdles, No. 25 in the 60m, No. 27 in the 200m
Letecia Wright – No. 6 in the 60m hurdles
Ashley Galbraith – No. 15 in the high jump
Kelcey McKinney – No. 26 in the triple jump
Latoya Sanderson – No. 26 in the 4x400m relay
Jackie Dim – No. 26 in the 4x400m relay
Nyjah Cousar – No. 26 in the 4x400m relay
Shaniqua McGinnis – No. 26 in the 4x400m relay
Madison McNary – No. 29 in the 200m, No. 30 in the 60m
Galbraith Named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week
Junior Ashley Galbraith was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week January 31 by the conference office after an outstanding performance in the high jump at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet.
The Struthers, Ohio native won the high jump, clearing 1.79m, a new PR and the sixth-best indoor mark in school history. By clearing the bar one attempt before fellow Big Ten jumper Emily Breslin of Purdue, Galbraith was able to win the event. Her jump is tied for 15th best in Division I this season and tied for the best in the Big Ten this season.
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Last Time Out
The Buckeyes competed at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational at the University of Kentucky on Jan. 28-29. Several Buckeyes posted new personal records and ran some of the fastest times in Ohio State indoor history.
Jennewine posted the third-best indoor mile time in school history for a second place finish in 4:49.60, a new personal record. Manning tied her personal record of 7.40 in the 60m dash as she finished second for the Scarlet and Gray. Her time is now the third-fastest indoor time in Ohio State history.
Wright won the 60m hurdles, tying her PR of 8.19 and notching the sixth-best indoor time in school history. Wagner came in fourth-place in the 3000m in 9:46.79, the sixth-best indoor time in school history.
For the win Galbraith leaped over the competition in the high jump clearing 1.79m – a new PR and the sixth-best indoor mark in Ohio State history. To close the meet Ohio State’s 4x400m relay team of Sanderson, Dim, Cousar and McGinnis crossed the line in 3:40.33, the fifth-fastest indoor time in school history.
The Scarlet and Gray will compete at the Akron Invitational February 11-12 at the University of Akron.