TUCSON, Ariz. – The Ohio State women’s track and field team finished in second place with 169 points at the Jim Click Shootout Saturday afternoon at the University of Arizona. Arizona placed first with 176 points.
Six first-place finishes and numerous PRs helped the Buckeyes place second as a team. 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.
Here’s an event-by-event breakdown of Ohio State’s performance:
Directly behind Sykes was McNary who crossed the line in 11.65 for second.
Christina Manning ran a personal-best and Top 3 Division I time of 12.97 to take second behind Wright. Alana Gray came in sixth with a PR of 13.83 and Linton (14.30) came in eighth.
Shaniqua McGinnis (24.43) finished third and Taylor James placed 10th in 25.11.
McGinnis led Ohio State’s runners with a second-place finish in 54.17. James recorded a new PR of 57.85 for fifth and Kachay Hullum (58.47) finished directly behind her for sixth. Minnesota’s Alena Brooks finished first in 53.55.
With a personal-best time of 59.31 Nyjah Cousar raced to a second-place finish.
Using a PR of 4:31.12 Tori Brink posted a second-place finish as the lone Buckeye in the race. Christina Rodgers (4:30.53) of Arizona won the race.
Meredith Wagner made her way into the Top 5, finishing the race in 10:00.74 for fifth place. Teammate Molly Jacobson (10:28) came in 13th. Minnesota’s Elizabeth Yetzer (9:38.44) placed first.
With a mark of 1.80m, Ashley Galbraith used her new PR to place third for the Scarlet and Gray. Washington State’s Holly Parent cleared the bar at 1.85m for the win.
McKinney (5.86m) and Camai Brandenberg (5.68m) placed second and fifth, respectively. Brandenberg’s leap set a new PR. Linton’s mark of 5.59m and Rachael Mack’s 5.58m effort helped the duo to sixth and seventh, respectively. Todea-Kay Willis of Minnesota placed first with a mark of 6.12m.
Mack leaped 11.71m to crack into the Top 5 and place fourth.
Norianna Brown (14.25m) came in fifth-place and Madeline Hurdt (13.02m) placed eighth. Baillie Gibson (14.97m) of Arizona was first.
Brown (44.85m), Maggie Mullen (43.33m) and Stephanie Enarusai (42.55m) finished 5-6-7. Fellow Buckeyes Hurdt (39.73m) and Thomas (38.33m) finished in tenth and 12th-place, respectively. Arizona’s Gibson won with a mark of 53.15m.
Mullen threw for 49.54m to finish in eighth-place. Immediately behind her was Enarusai, who threw for 48.15m and ninth-place.
To make her way into the Top 3, Mullen recorded a mark of 46.55m for third-place. Amanda Henderson (30.26m) finished in eighth and Galbraith (26.65m) placed ninth. Washington State’s Marissa Tschida finished in first-place with a throw of 52.13m.
Cousar, James, Wright and McGinnis finished fourth in 3:47.55. Arizona won the relay in 3:36.67.
On Friday, Gray and Brandenberg represented the Buckeyes in the Heptathlon. Gray placed 11th with 4,425 points and Brandenberg finished in 12th-place with 4,368 points. Emily Pearson took first with 5,647 points.
The Buckeyes will take time off before hosting the Jesse Owens Classic, their lone home outdoor meet of the season, April 23-24.