Williams’ win in 5000m, three meet records highlight day one
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Competing on its home track for the first time this season, the Ohio State women’s track and field team welcomed sunny skies and one of the strongest fields in recent memory to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the 25th Jesse Owens Track Classic Friday.
With a defending NCAA champion and several world-class athletes in competition, the crowd in Columbus was treated to three meet records a number of competitive events. A look at the highlights from day one:
Ohio State senior Katie Williams won the 5000m run in a time of 17:07.98, with Ohio University’s Kari Summers (17:18.53) and Annie Beecham (17:19.40) finishing second and third, respectively. Buckeye sophomore Sarah Lowe set a personal record with her fourth-place run of 17:19.97, while freshman Molly Jacobson was eighth in 17:26.11.
Michigan State’s Emily Macleod ran a JOTC meet record time of 4:18.76 to finish first in the 1500m, the top time in the Big Ten this season and a Top 10 time nationally. Two unattached runners finished second and third, with Mindy Sullivan (4:22.09) edging Victoria Martinez (4:22.56).
Purdue senior Sarah Klaczynski won the 3000m steeplechase in a time of 10:30.33, second-best in the Big Ten this season and a Top 30 time nationally. Angela Matthews finished second in 10:36.24, followed by Caitlin Engel of Indiana (10:37.91, third in the Big Ten). OSU freshman Victoria Brink finished 11th with a time of 10:59.30.
The javelin throw witnessed a Big Ten battle for title, with Penn State’s Karlee McQuillen (47.79m/156-09) edging Ohio State sophomore Maggie Mullen (47.75m/156-08) for first-place. McQuillen’s meet record toss is the third-best in the Big Ten this season, while the mark by Mullen is fourth. Leigh Petranoff of Illinois State finished third at 45.81m (150-03).
Stevi Large, an Akron graduate and the 2009 NCAA champion in the hammer, finished first with a meet record throw of 66.88m (219-05). Kentucky senior Kristen Smith finished second at 63.57m (208-07), fourth-best in the NCAA this season, while Jeneva McCall of Southern Illinois was third with a toss of 63.37m (207-11), fifth-best nationally.
Brianna Neumann of Purdue finished first in the finals of the pole vault, clearing the bar at 4.10m (13-5.25), fifth-best in the Big Ten this season. Carrie Hayes of Akron was second, followed by Newmann’s teammate Elizabeth Stover.
Tomorrow’s events are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. ET with the long jump. Live results are available at www.finishtiming.com.