COLUMBUS, Ohio – A short-handed Ohio State women’s track and field squad competed admirably Friday afternoon at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky.
Competing without its top sprinters/hurdlers, the Buckeye field events and a group of young runners stepped up and helped Ohio State to a fourth-place finish at Cardinal Park. Host Louisville, No. 21 nationally, won the meet with a total score of 144, followed by Illinois State (143 points), Central Michigan (132) and OSU (81).
A look at some of the meet highlights for the Buckeyes:
Freshman Victoria Brink recorded the sixth-best time in Ohio State history (4:35.89) on her way to first-place in the 1500m run. Aisha Praught of Illinois State took second in 4:36.86.
First-place went to Ohio State freshman Rachael Mack, who set a PR and Top 10 Big Ten mark of 5.86m (19-2.75) to capture the win. Louisville’s Charachesicia Lockhart was the runner-up at 5.80m (19-0.50).
Kelcey McKinney took first in the triple jump finals at 12.10m (39-8.50), seventh-best in the Big Ten this season. Lockhart of Louisville again settled for second-place behind a Buckeye at 11.70m (38-4.75).
Kesha Brooks used a season-best time of 2:17.05 to finish third in the 800m. Louisville’s Kat Alcorn took the title with her time of 2:12.04, while Michelle Brunk finish second in 2:16.12 for Illinois State.
Maggie Mullen finished second in the javelin with a mark of 44.99m (147-07), fourth-best in the Big Ten this season. Illinois State’s Leigh Petranoff won the event at 48.29m (158-05).
A season-best and Top 10 Big Ten mark of 1.74m (5-8.50) helped Ashley Galbraith to a third-place finish in the high jump. Central Michigan’s Erika Schroll won the event at 1.77m (5-9.75).
Ashley Bowden finished second in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 3.45m (11-3.75). Rachelle Harbert of Illinois State was first with a mark of 3.55m (11-7.75).