UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State women’s track and field hit the ground running on day one of the Penn State National Invitational Friday.
The distance medley team of Victoria Brink, Shaniqua McGinnis, Ashley Caldwell and Katie Williams was the highlight of the first day for the Buckeyes, finishing second in a time of 11:33.16, the second-best in school history. Shippensburg won the DMR with an NCAA provisional time of 11:25.16.
Ohio State’s weight throwers continued to show improvement from 2009, placing two athletes within the Top 10. Sophomore Maggie Mullen finished seventh with a toss of 17.44m (57-2.75), while Stephanie Enarusai took ninth at 17.29m (56-8.75), a personal record. Stevie Large blew away the field with her winning toss of 21.58m (70-9.75).
Junior Alana Gray finished seventh in the finals of the pentathlon with a score of 3,634. The Blackjack, Mo. native’s best finish came in the 60m hurdles, where she used a time of 8.81 to finish sixth. Ashley Galbraith, competing in her first collegiate pentathlon, finished ninth with 3,406 points – the sophomore scored a fourth-place finish in the high jump at 1.69m (5-6.5).
Freshman Molly Jacobson finished sixth in the 5000m invitational in a personal record time of 17:34.17. Penn State senior Jessica Babcock won the invite with a run of 17:02.29.
Rachael Mack, a freshman from El Paso, Texas, set a PR in the long jump with her ninth-place mark of 5.68m (18-7.75). Sophomore Kelcey McKinney took 12th at 5.56m (18-3) as Miami senior Deandra Doyley finished first with an NCAA provisional jump of 6.26m (20-6.5).
Tomorrow’s action at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track begins at 11:00 a.m. with the high jump, featuring Galbraith and Alison Roquet.