COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 25th edition of the Jesse Owens Track Classic is in the books after an electrifying final day of competition Saturday at Jesse Owen Memorial Stadium.
A look at day two of the JOTC:
Ohio State swept the Top 2 spots in the finals of the 100m hurdles, with sophomore All-American Christina Manning edging teammate Letecia Wright at the finish line. Manning’s winning time of 13.10 is the seventh-fastest Division I time and the second-best in the Big Ten this season, while Wright’s 13.15 sprint is also a Top 10 national time. Michigan junior Charnee Lumbus was the third-place finisher (13.33).
Manning, Wright, Shaniqua McGinnis and Latoya Sanderson combined for a first-place finish in the 4x100m, crossing the finish line in a season-best time of 45.53, third-best in the Big Ten this season. Big Ten rivals Michigan State (45.71) and Penn State (45.90) finished second and third, respectively.
Penn State, Mississippi State and Ohio State battled for the 4x400m relay title, with Penn State, thanks to a strong third leg, emerging on top. However, the Nittany Lions were disqualified due to a faulty handoff that impeded the Southern Illinois squad on the second/third leg exchange. Based on the DQ, Mississippi State claimed first-place in a time of 3:37.24. The Buckeyes, who led for the first 800 meters of the race, settled for second in 3:41.45.
Penn State All-American Fawn Dorr avenged her loss to Ohio State’s McGinnis at the Big Ten indoor championships by capturing the 400m title in a time of 52.73, the top time in the Big Ten this season and seventh nationally. Mississippi State freshman Jody-Ann Muir finished second in 53.57, 22nd nationally, while McGinnis (53.64) and Sanderson (54.39) finished third and fourth for the Buckeyes. Both OSU times are among the Top 10 in the Big Ten, while the run from McGinnis is also a season-best.
Shavon Greaves and Manning, the Big Ten indoor champion and runner-up in the 100m, dueled for the JOTC event title Saturday, with Greaves again getting the better of the OSU sophomore. Penn State’s All-American used a time 11.37, a Top 25 DI performance, to take the title, while Manning ran a season-best time of 11.54 for second, the third-best sprint in the Big Ten this season. Erica Mann took third for Michigan State (11.58, fourth-best in the conference).
Greaves made it two-for-two on the day with a winning sprint of 23.83 in the 400m dash, eighth-best in the Big Ten this season. Michigan State juniors Charelise Davis (24.28) and Erica Mann (24.37) claimed the second and third spots, edging OSU’s Manning, who finished fourth in 24.46.
Unattached athlete Ty-Nica Davis was the winner in the 800m with a time of 2:08.41. Kent State’s Jessica Lhotsky finished second in 2:09.68, while Victoria Martinez placed third (20:09.86). Ohio State senior Ashley Caldwell was ninth in 2:10.73, a personal record and the fifth-best run in Ohio State outdoor history.
Penn State went one-two in the 400m hurdle finals. Dorr collected her second win of the day in 57.36 seconds, the seventh-fastest DI time this season and second behind her own time in the Big Ten standings, while freshman teammate Evonne Britton was the runner-up in 58.79, 24th nationally and fourth in the conference. Buckeye freshman Nyjah Cousar set a PR with her seventh-place time of 1:01.32.
Virginia Tech sophomore Samantha Dow won the mile title with a time of 4:58.40. Bowling Green’s Autumn Dettman was second in 5:01.28, with Samantha Ginther of Indiana third (5:02.88). Molly Jacobson (5:10.31) and Sarah Lowe (5:16.17) took sixth and seventh for Ohio State.
Hyleas Fountain of Nike won the high jump finals, clearing the bar at 1.83m (6 ft.). Central Michigan senior Erika Schroll finished second at 1.79m (5-10.50). Indiana All-American Ashley Rhoades was third with a jump of 1.75m (5-8.75), while Buckeye Ashley Galbraith finished in a tie for fourth at 1.70m (5-7).
Unattached athlete Bianca Stuart was the top finisher in the long jump with a 6.32m (20-9) leap. Purdue’s Christina Madison placed second at 6.12m (20-1) and Bianca Fung third (5.98m/19-7.50) for Penn State. Buckeye sophomore Kelcey McKinney used a jump of 5.62m (18-5.25) to finish ninth overall.
Ashley Muffet of Kentucky won the shot put with a toss of 16.44m (53-11.25). Two athletes from Southern Illinois would round out the Top 3, with Jeneva McCall finishing second (16.41m/53-10.25) and Gwen Berry third (15.99m/52-5.50).
The triple jump was dominated by Pendletons, with Michigan freshman Erin Pendleton taking the title at 56.87m (186-07). Kentucky’s Ashley Muffet was second with a toss of 54.78m (179-09), edging UM junior Emily Pendleton, who finished third at 54.75m (179-07).
Southern Illinois sophomore Malaikah Love was the first-place finisher in the triple jump at 12.61m (41-4.50). A pair of seniors finished second and third, as Nkeiru Ugwoaba of Purdue took at the No. 2 spot a 12.45m (40-10.25) and Marshall’s Andrea Jackson No. 3 with a toss of 12.38m (40-7.50).