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Last regular-season indoor meet for Ohio State before Big Ten indoor championships 
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio –
After an eighth-place finish at the New Balance Invitational and several new personal records and season-best times last weekend, the No. 27 Buckeyes are staying in state to compete at the Akron Invitational Friday and Saturday. The meet will get underway Friday at 5 p.m. ET at the Stile Athletics Field House in Akron, Ohio. Members of the team will also compete at the Crusader Invite at Capital University on Friday starting at 5 p.m. ET.

“We’re staying local this weekend to enable our women to catch up on some studying as well as to rehab some minor injuries,” head coach Karen Dennis said. “We look forward in running at both Capital and Akron as they both provide good competition and we’re close to home.  With our championship season quickly approaching we continue to work on refining various skill sets and working as a team at practice to prepare for the Big Ten meet in the next couple of weeks.”

These meets will be Ohio State’s last before heading to West Lafayette, Ind., for the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships in two weeks. A live video stream and live results from will be available at www.GoZips.com. Live results from the Crusader Invite will be posted at www.capital.edu/32340.

Scouting the Field
Four teams ranked in the top 20 nationally will be present at this weekend’s meet in Akron. The Buckeyes will face No. 9 Auburn, No. 13 Arizona, No. 15 Oklahoma and No. 19 Penn State.

Buckeyes in the USTFCCCA Rankings
Ohio State dropped two spots in the national rankings to No.27 this week, but improved a spot to first in the Great Lakes Regional rankings according to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll.
 
Big Ten foes Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue are also regionally ranked at second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Twelve Members of the Scarlet and Gray in Individual Top 35 Rankings
Take a look at where members of the Buckeyes sit within the Top 35 in various events:

Christina Manning – No. 2 in the 60m hurdles, No. 29 in the 60m, No. 34 in the 200m
Letecia Wright – No. 10 in the 60m hurdles
Ashley Galbraith – No. 17 in the high jump
Maggie Mullen – No. 30 in the weight throw
Kelcey McKinney – No. 31 in the triple jump
Latoya Sanderson – No. 33 in the 4x400m relay
Jackie Dim – No. 33 in the 4x400m relay
Nyjah Cousar – No. 33 in the 4x400m relay
Shaniqua McGinnis – No. 33 in the 4x400m relay
Meredith Wagner – No. 34 in the 5000m
Ellen Birmingham – No. 35 in the 5000m
Alexis Thomas – No. 35 in the weight throw

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Last Time Out
The Buckeyes competed at the New Balance Invitational in New York, N.Y., and the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Ohio State placed eighth out of 42 teams at the New Balance Invitational where they competed against several of the top performers in the country this season. In the long jump college division Christienne Linton (5.90m), Adenike Pedro (5.89m) and McKinney (5.87m) went 2-3-4, with Linton and McKinney jumping to season-best distances.

The 4x400m relay team of McGinnis, Sanderson, Dim and Cousar took first in 3:44.64. Madison McNary, Pedro, Linton and Chesna Sykes crossed the line for a first-place finish in the 4x200m relay, setting an Armory facility record of 1:37.67.

Manning (8.18) and Wright (8.19) went 4-5 in the 60m hurdles. Wright also represented the Buckeyes in the 200m dash in the college division where she took first in 24.03.

Galbraith cleared the bar at 1.75m in the high jump for fourth-place. Fellow jumper Rachael Mack set a new personal record in the triple jump where her mark of 12.10m led her to a fourth-place finish in the college division.

Mullen threw for 19.13m and a second-place finish and new personal record. Thomas finished directly behind her in third with a personal record throw of 18.90m.

At the Meyo Invitational, Wagner demolished her personal record in the 5000m run with a sixth-place time of 16:58.47. Birmingham (16:59.95) also made it into the top ten with a seventh-place finish. Ohio State’s distance medley team crossed the line in 11:49.36 for sixth-place. Tori Brink (4:59.25) ran a season-best mile time for a sixth-place finish.

Up Next
Ohio State will head to West Lafayette, Ind., for the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 26-27. The meet will be televised on the Big Ten Network on tape delay at 4 p.m. ET on Mar. 12.