WALNUT, Calif. – Several members of the Ohio State women’s track and field team wrapped up day one at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut Calif. Three Buckeyes ran Thursday and each finished in the Top 20.
Tori Brink competed in the 3000m steeplechase Olympic Division and placed 11th. The sophomore ran an outstanding race, setting a new PR and breaking her own school record by 11 seconds to cross the line in 10:27.45. This time currently stands as the 20th-fastest Division I time this season and the third-fastest in the Big Ten.
“Tori really came out and competed well today. She had a hard fall on her second water jump but managed to get up and still run an 11 second PR,” distance coach Chris Neal said. “Every time she steps on the track she seems to get better.”
Ohio State had two runners in the Olympic Division of the 10000m race. Senior Ellen Birmingham (35:18.61) finished 14th, setting a new PR. Junior Sarah Lowe finished with a time of 35:46.17 to take 19th. Birmingham’s time is the eighth-fastest in the Big Ten this season and Lowe’s is the ninth-best.
“Ellen came out tonight and competed well,” Neal said. “She has only been training for a couple weeks coming off a groin strain. I think four more weeks of training and she will be completely ready for the Big Ten championships.”