AKRON, Ohio – After an outstanding showing at the Crusader Invite Friday, the Ohio State women’s track and field team stepped onto the track Saturday at the Akron Invitational with another strong team showing, including five first-place finishes.
Ashley Galbraith, Kelcey McKinney, Sarah Lowe and Latoya Sanderson all took first in the Gold Division events to lead the way for the Buckeyes. Galbraith won the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.77m, while fellow jumper McKinney bested the competition in the triple jump with a leap of 11.95m. On the track, Lowe outran the pack in a new personal-record time of 17:10.41 to capture first in the 5000m. Sanderson (55.80) captured another first-place finish for the team in the 400m.
In the meet’s final event, Sanderson, Jackie Dim, Nyjah Cousar and Christina Manning brought home first-place for the Scarlet and Gray in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:42.69.
Here’s a complete recap of the rest of today’s meet at Stile Field House:
Letecia Wright (24.17) and Madison McNary (24.33) finished 2-3 in the 200m dash.
Also competing for the Buckeyes in the 400m were Cousar (55.98) and Dim (56.38), who rounded out the top three, finishing second and third, respectively behind Sanderson.
Angela Williams ran her way to a 10th-place finish with a personal-record 2:16.23, while teammate Tori Brink finished an impressive second in the gold division in 2:10.84, a PR and the third-best indoor time in school history.
Ohio State placed two runners in the top 10. Kelsey McHugh (4:56.21) placed fifth and Meredith Wagner (5:01.11) took ninth with a new personal record of her own.
Mallory Kreider ran a time of 17:57.55 to finish ninth for the Buckeyes.
Clearing the bar at 1.60m was Camai Brandenberg for eighth-place.
Adenike Pedro (5.77m) and Christienne Linton (5.35m) represented the Scarlet and Gray taking third and tenth-place, respectively.
Ohio State will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 26-27.