WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Ohio State women’s track and field team completed competition at both the Mt. SAC Relays and the Dave Rankin Invitational. Both meets allowed the Buckeyes to face top competition in preparation for the Jesse Owens Track Classic next weekend.
Meredith Wagner was the lone runner for the Scarlet and Gray today at the Mt. SAC Relays. The freshman shaved almost 10 seconds off of her previous fastest time, setting a new PR in the 5000m. She finished the race in 16:37.47, the fourth-best time in school history and seventh-fastest in the Big Ten this season.
While Wagner enjoyed the southern California sunshine, her teammates endured chilly temperatures, rain and wind in West Lafayette. Despite the weather, four first-place finishes were collected by Ohio State at the Invitational. Freshman Chesna Sykes won the 100m dash in a time of 12.34. All-American Christina Manning crossed the finish line ahead of fellow All-American Letecia Wright for the first time this outdoor season, taking the title in 13.08, a top 10 performance nationally.
Kelcey McKinney led the Buckeye contingent in the long jump with a mark of 5.67m (18-7.25) for the win. A season best and top 25 national mark of 47.77m (156-9) helped junior Maggie Mullen to a dominating first-place finish in the javelin.
Here a look at how the rest of the Buckeyes fared this weekend:
Buckeye junior Madison McNary (12.50) placed third.
Manning and Wright pulled off a 1-2 sweep in the 100m hurdles. Wright’s time of 13.44 was enough to hold off Nevada Sorenson of Notre Dame (13.77) for second place. Alana Gray claimed fourth for the Buckeyes in 14.11.
Junior Shaniqua McGinnis ran a third-place time of 56.39. First place went to Notre Dame’s Michelle Brown (55.93).
Reigning Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week Kelsey McHugh posted a fourth-place effort in the 1500m run, crossing the finish line in a time of 4:39.83. Sophomore Molly Jacobson took eighth in 4:44.36, while Notre Dame’s Alexa Aragon won the event in a time of 4:37.60.
Ohio State pulled off a 1-2 sweep and placed a total of four athletes in the top 10 of the long jump. Behind McKinney was Alana Gray who claimed second at 5.65m (18-6.50). Fourth place went to sophomore Rachael Mack (5.51m/18-1), while freshman Adenike Pedro placed sixth with a 5.40m (17-8.75) leap.
The Scarlet and Gray placed two athletes in the Top 5. Mack led the way with a runner-up finish at 11.58m (38 ft.), while Ashley Woodruff took fifth with an 11.10m (36-5) effort. Notre Dame’s Jasmine Williams was first at 11.65m (38-2.75).
Ashley Galbraith captured the runner-up spot in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.64m (5-4.5). Purdue’s Emily Breslin placed first at 1.73m (5-8).
Three Buckeyes finished in the Top 10, led by sophomore Alexis Thomas, who finished third with a mark of 54.19m (177-9). Mullen turned in a fifth-place effort at 51.24m (168-1), followed by Stephanie Enarusai (49.80m/163-5) in eighth. Liz Murphy of Grand Valley State finished first with a toss of 57.62m (189 ft.).
Norianna Brown recorded an eighth-place finish for the Buckeyes with a toss of 44.42m (145-9). Grand Valley State’s Sam Lockhart used a mark of 52.42m (172 ft.) to take first.
The Buckeye 4x100m relay team of Wright, McNary, Sykes and Pedro finished second with a time of 47.55. Purdue took the title in 47.26.
The Buckeyes will host the Jesse Owens Track Classic – their lone home outdoor meet of the season – April 23-24.