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Seven Buckeyes Set to Compete at Miami Invitational Saturday
Several members of the women’s track and field team will be in Oxford, Ohio this weekend for the Miami Invitational. Freshmen Angela Williams, Kelsey Rosenberg, and Mary-Katherine Sanders will run in the 1500m, while Molly Jacobson, Kelsey McHugh, and Mallory Kreider will compete in 5000m. Rounding out the OSU contingent at Miami U will be Amanda Henderson in the javelin.

Events are scheduled to begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET Saturday.

Wright Named Big Ten Athlete of the Week
All-American Letecia Wright was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week Wednesday by the conference office after her impressive performance at the Jim Click Shootout last weekend. This is the sixth Athlete of the Week honor for the Baltimore, Md., native with her most recent being collected last week.

The senior sprinter/hurdler won the 100m hurdles with ease in 12.94, the second-fastest Division I time this season, third-fastest time in Ohio State history and a new PR. Later in the meet, Wright stepped onto the track to run with her teammates in the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay. The 4x100m relay team brought home another first-place victory for the Buckeyes with a time of 44.70, the third-fastest time in school history. In the 4x400m relay, the Scarlet and Gray finished fourth in 3:47.55.

Buckeyes Jump to No. 30 USTFCCCA National Rankings; Team Remains First Regionally
The Ohio State women’s track and field team climbed four spots to No. 30 in the April 5 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national team rankings.

In all, three Big Ten teams are ranked among the Top 50, led by 22nd-ranked Penn State. Indiana sits just outside the Top 25 at No. 27, followed by the Buckeyes. Texas A&M is the top-ranked team in the nation, with LSU and Oregon rounding out the Top 3. Future Big Ten member Nebraska is ranked 38th.

The Buckeyes fair better in the regional rankings, where they currently sit atop the Great Lakes region with 753.39 points. Wisconsin is second, followed by Cincinnati, Purdue, and Indiana.

OSU in the Individual Top 30 Rankings
Thirteen members of the women’s track and field team find themselves ranked within the Top 30 in several event areas nationally. A look at where the Buckeyes sit:

  • Letecia Wright – No. 2 in the 100m hurdles and No. 22 in the 4x100m relay
  • Christina Manning – No. 3 in the 100m hurdles
  • Ashley Galbraith – No. 3 in the high jump
  • Kelcey McKinney – No. 13 in the triple jump
  • Madison McNary – No. 21 in the 200m and No. 22 in the 4x100m relay
  • Christienne Linton – No. 22 in the 4x100m relay
  • Nyjah Cousar – No. 23 in the 400m hurdles
  • Chesna Sykes – No. 21 in the 4x100m relay and No. 25 in the 100m
  • Tori Brink – No. 26 in the 3000m steeplechase
  • Shaniqua McGinnis – No. 28 in the 400m
  • Alexis Thomas – No. 29 in the hammer throw
  • Maggie Mullen – No. 29 in the javelin
  • Alana Gray – No. 30 in the heptathlon

Jesse Owens Track Classic Set for April 23
Athletes from all levels, including individuals from more than 35 colleges are scheduled to compete at the 26th Jesse Owens Track Classic April 23-24.

Like the “J.O. Classics” of the past, the 2011 edition will serve as a stage for scholastic, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to perform at their highest levels in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. In its history, the Jesse Owens Track Classic has served as a top venue for many future and former Olympians. Current and past record holders for the Jesse Owens Track Classic include Olympic medalists John Drummond, Michelle Finn, Allen Johnson, Edwin Moses, Dwight Stones and former Buckeyes Diane Dixon, Joe Greene and Butch Reynolds. Others of Olympic fame include Judi Brown, Roger Kingdom, Carl Lewis, Louise Ritter and Calvin Smith, as well as past OSU Olympians Mark Croghan and Stephanie Hightower.

Jesse Owens Exhibition at Thompson Library: April 12-May 2
Seventy-five years ago, Jesse Owens became an American icon after winning an amazing four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Before he left for this historic event, Owens was a student-athlete competing at Ohio Stadium; after he returned, he was the guest of honor riding in a ticker tape parade in New York City. In honor of his accomplishments, The Ohio State University Archives has created a display of Owens’ artifacts, photographs, and documents that highlight each stage of Owens’ life: his youth in Cleveland, his relationship to OSU as a student and life-time Buckeye, his record as an Olympian, and his service as an ambassador to the world. Students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited to come see the exhibition which includes artifacts such as Owens’ Olympic diary, his bronzed shoe from 1935, and his Congressional Gold Medal.

The exhibition is located in the Thompson Library in the display area on the first floor outside the Gallery. The Thompson Library is open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

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Last Time Out
The Ohio State women’s track and field team finished in second-place with 169 points at the Jim Click Shootout April 2 at the University of Arizona.

Six first-place finishes and numerous PRs helped the Buckeyes to the runner-up finish. Freshman Chesna Sykes bested the competition to take first in the 100m dash in 11.60. In the 200m dash, Madison McNary ran a 23.66 to set a new PR and finish in first place. Letecia Wright pulled in another victory for the Buckeyes in the 100m hurdles where she ran a 12.94, a new PR and the fastest Division I time this season. Wright, McNary, Sykes and Christienne Linton posted a 44.70 in the 4x100m relay for the win and the third-fastest time in school history. 

In the triple jump, Kelcey McKinney leaped 12.63m for a new PR and a first-place finish. Her mark is currently eighth-best in the Division I this season. Alexis Thomas also set a new PR when she threw the hammer for 57.17m to place first.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will take another week off before hosting the Jesse Owens Classic — their lone home outdoor meet of the season — April 23-24.