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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team hits the road this weekend for the start of the 2010 outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.

Head coach Karen Dennis and the Buckeyes look to continue their impressive start to 2010 with a strong showing in Raleigh. Fresh off its highest Big Ten championship finish in nine years, Ohio State faces heightened expectations heading into the outdoor campaign, expectations they hope to not only meet, but exceed.

North Carolina State University will play host to the Buckeyes Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, at Paul Derr Stadium. Competition is set to begin Friday morning at 10:15 a.m. ET. Visit www.gopack.com or www.flashresults.com for live stats and up-to-date information throughout the weekend.

Manning Captures First All-American Award at NCAA Championships
Christina Manning’s meteoric rise to national prominence continued March 13 at the NCAA indoor championships, as the sophomore became a first-time All-American after a seventh-place finish in the finals of the 60m hurdles (8.30).

Manning is Ohio State’s first indoor All-American since Veronica Jatsek in 2008 and is the first Buckeye 60m hurdler to earn an All-American award since Dalanda Jackson in 2002.

Buckeyes Ink Seven for 2010-2011
Seven talented student-athletes are set to join the Ohio State women’s track and field team for the 2010-2011 school year, head coach Karen Dennis announced March 8. A look at the newest additions to the Buckeye family:

Adenike Pedro // Sprints/Hurdles – Bladensburg, Md. – Elizabeth Seton
Pedro finished third in the long jump last season at the 2009 Nike Outdoor Track & Field Championships. As a senior, Pedro is currently ranked fifth in country in the long jump and is also one of the top rated sprinters in the country in the 55m, 100m and 200m dashes

Chesna Sykes // Sprints/Hurdles – Columbus, Ohio – Bishop Hartley
One of the top ten 100m runners in the country, Sykes is the 2009 OHSAA Division II state champion in both the 100m and 200m dashes. She placed fourth last year at the 2009 USATF World Youth Track and Field Trials and will look to make a quick impact in Columbus.

KaChay Hullum // Sprints/Hurdles – Akron, Ohio – Firestone
A versatile athlete that will be able to cover a wide range of events, Hullum is a two time OHSAA track and field championship qualifier. Ohio State will be look to use Hullum’s talents in everything from the 100m to the 600m. 

Madeline Hurdt // Throws – Boerne, Texas – Boerne
The 2009 Texas state champion in the shot put, Hurdt was also the sixth-place finisher in the discus. Named the 2008 and 2009 Boerne Field Athlete of the Year, Hurdt took home an impressive first-place finish in the shot put at the prestigious Texas Relays this past year.

Meredith Wagner // Distance – Sylvania, Ohio – Northview
Wagner won the 2009 OHSAA Division I cross country championship. She is a two time state qualifier in cross country and 2009 state track qualifier in the 3200m.

Mallory Kreider // Distance – Kingsville, Ohio – Edgewood
Kreider was the 2009 OHSAA Division II indoor and outdoor state champion in the 3200m and is a three-time state qualifier in cross country as well as track and field. 

Angela Williams // Distance – Hudson, Ohio – Hudson
A two-time OHSAA championship qualifier in cross country, Williams is also an accomplished track athlete, having qualified for competition in the 1600m at the 2009 OHSAA DI championships.

Last Time Out
Manning, along with sophomore Shaniqua McGinnis and Letecia Wright, represented Ohio State at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., March 12-13.

The 2010 Big Ten champion in the hurdles, Manning used a time of 8.30 on her way to seventh and two team points. Virginia Tech swept the Top 2 spots, with Queen Quedith Harrison winning the national title in 7.95 and Kristi Castlin claiming runner-up (8.01). Letecia Wright fell short of qualification for the championship race in the 60m hurdles, finishing 12th in the prelims with a time of 8.24.

Shaniqua McGinnis – Big Ten 400m dash champion – failed to qualify for the finals in the 400m. McGinnis had owned the third-best time coming into the preliminaries, but the sophomore settled for a 13th-place finish in 53.95.
 
Up Next
The squad will split for two meets next weekend. Select members will compete at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, while the rest of the team will head to Auburn, Ala., for the Tiger Track Classic.