COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 25th-ranked Ohio State women’s track and field team wrapped up day one of competition at both the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational Friday evening.
Long Jumpers Lead Buckeyes in New York
Ohio State’s sprinters and field athletes enjoyed a solid opening day at the New Balance Invite in New York City, with several runners making it to the finals and the Buckeye long jumpers posting impressive numbers.
The Buckeyes made an immediate impact in the College Division of the long jump, as three athletes placed in the Top 4 overall. Sophomore Christienne Linton (5.90m), freshman Adenike Pedro ( 5.89m) and junior Kelcey McKinney (5.87m) went 2-3-4, with Linton and McKinney jumping to season-best distances. UConn’s Kristen Brown finished in first-place at 6.00m.
Senior Letecia Wright finished first in the College Division of the 200m dash prelims, securing a spot in tomorrow’s finals with a season-best time of 24.52, her fastest time this season.
Wright and her Maryland counterpart, junior All-American Christina Manning, represented Ohio State well in the 60m hurdle championship, as Manning (fourth, 8:18) edged Wright (fifth, 8.19) at the finish line. USC’s Nia Ali took the title in 8.06 seconds, the top Division I time this season.
Junior Madison McNary ran well in a competitive 60m dash championship race, finishing 14th in 7.44 seconds. Lakya Brookins of South Carolina was the winner in a time of 7.18, the fastest 60 time in the country so far this year.
Wagner Impresses at Meyo Invitational
While the Buckeye field and sprint squads enjoyed the bright lights of the Big Apple, the Buckeye distance runners were hard at work at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
Meredith Wagner was the top performer for the Scarlet and Gray at Notre Dame – the freshman demolished her personal record in the 5000m run with a sixth-place time of 16:58.47. Finishing behind Wagner were teammates Ellen Birmingham (seventh, 16:59.95), Kelsey McHugh (15th, 17:09.34), Sarah Foster (17th, 17:14.77) and Sarah Lowe (20th, 17:23.02). Taylor Pogue of Michigan earned the win in a time of 16:36.73, a Top 10 time nationally.
The Buckeye distance medley team ran its way to a sixth-place time of 11:49.36. Michigan captured first-place with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 11:04.26, the second-best DMR time in Division I this season.
Ohio State returns to the track in South Bend Saturday at 10:00 a.m. ET, while day two at the New Balance Invitational kicks off with an opening ceremony at 12:45 p.m. ET.