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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team is off to a fast start in its quest for a Big Ten title.

After day one of the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind., the Buckeyes sit in second place with a total of 15 points. Minnesota leads the field with 33 team points, with host Indiana in third (10 points).

The Buckeyes’ three athletes in the 10000m run earned seven points toward the cumulative team score while posting personal records and Top 10 finishes across the board. Senior Katie Williams led the Ohio State effort, finishing fifth in a time of 34:48.26, the second-best run in school history. Junior Sarah Foster (34:53.82) crossed the finish line just behind Williams for the third-best time in OSU history, while sophomore Sarah Lowe took ninth in 35:13.43, fourth-best at Ohio State all-time. Minnesota’s Megan Duwell won the conference title in 34:02.12, a Top 25 Division I performance.

Sophomore Maggie Mullen finished third in the hammer throw with a personal record toss of 55.24m (181-03), good for six team points. Alexis Thomas placed seventh in the first conference meet of her career. The freshman’s 52.98m (173-10) throw was good for two points toward the team score. DeAnne Hahn finished first at 56.60m (185-08).

Ashley Galbraith sits in fifth place in the heptathlon with 3069 points after four events. The sophomore’s top finish came in the high jump, where she used a jump of 1.72m (5-7.75) to take second. Wisconsin’s Dorcas Akinniyi leads after the first day of competition with 3357 points. 

Competition from Bloomington resumes at approximately 10:15 a.m. ET tomorrow with the heptathlon long jump.