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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field is set for a busy weekend as the team splits up for two challenging meets Friday and Saturday, the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays.

No. 22 Louisville, Ball State, Central Michigan and Illinois State await the Buckeyes at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky. The host Cardinals are one of the Midwest’s best squads, led by All-Americans D’Ana McCarthy (fifth nationally, hammer throw; 31st nationally, shot put) and Jere’ Summers (5th nationally, hammer throw).

Action is scheduled to start Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET with field events – running events will begin at approximately 3:00 p.m. ET. Live results can be found at www.uoflsports.com.

Sprinters Ready to Run at Mt. SAC Relays
Ohio State’s top sprinters, along with distance runner Sarah Foster will be in action this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. All-American Christina Manning and junior Letecia Wright will lead the Buckeyes against some of the country’s top young athletes.

For more information on the relays, visit www.mtsacrelays.com.

Ohio State Checks in at No. 2 in Great Lakes Regional Rankings
OSU checks in at No. 2 in the April 13 edition of the Great Lakes Regional Track and Field by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

With 565.05 team points, the Buckeyes trail only Indiana (659.38) in the region. Rounding out the Top 5 are Big Ten rivals Michigan (478.55) and Wisconsin (440.19), along with Notre Dame (422.71).

The regional rankings – a new concept for the 2010 season – are designed to measure a team’s overall depth, whereas the national poll places greater emphasis on national championship contenders on a team’s roster. Based on this formula, Ohio State ranks among the Top 15 teams nationally at this point in the season.

Seven Buckeyes Represented on National Top 25 Lists
While the Buckeyes move up the polls as a team, seven individual athletes find themselves ranked within the Top 25 in several event areas. A look at where members of the women’s track and field team sit:

  • Christina Manning – No. 9 in 100m hurdles; No. 24 in the 100m dash
  • Letecia Wright – No. 14 in the 100m hurdles
  • Maggie Mullen – No. 19 in the javelin
  • Latoya Sanderson – No. 15 in the 4x400m relay
  • Nyjah Cousar – No. 15 in the 4x400m relay
  • Ashley Caldwell – No. 15 in the 4x400m relay
  • Shaniqua McGinnis – No. 15 in the 4x400m relay

Buckeyes Ink Seven for 2010-2011
Seven talented student-athletes are set to join the Ohio State women’s track and field team for the 2010-2011 school year, head coach Karen Dennis announced March 8. A look at the newest additions to the Buckeye family:

Adenike Pedro // Sprints/Hurdles – Bladensburg, Md. – Elizabeth Seton
Pedro finished third in the long jump last season at the 2009 Nike Outdoor Track & Field Championships. As a senior, Pedro is currently ranked fifth in country in the long jump and is also one of the top rated sprinters in the country in the 55m, 100m and 200m dashes

Chesna Sykes // Sprints/Hurdles – Columbus, Ohio – Bishop Hartley
One of the top ten 100m runners in the country, Sykes is the 2009 OHSAA Division II state champion in both the 100m and 200m dashes. She placed fourth last year at the 2009 USATF World Youth Track and Field Trials and will look to make a quick impact in Columbus.

KaChay Hullum // Sprints/Hurdles – Akron, Ohio – Firestone
A versatile athlete that will be able to cover a wide range of events, Hullum is a two time OHSAA track and field championship qualifier. Ohio State will be look to use Hullum’s talents in everything from the 100m to the 600m. 

Madeline Hurdt // Throws – Boerne, Texas – Boerne
The 2009 Texas state champion in the shot put, Hurdt was also the sixth-place finisher in the discus. Named the 2008 and 2009 Boerne Field Athlete of the Year, Hurdt took home an impressive first-place finish in the shot put at the prestigious Texas Relays this past year.

Meredith Wagner // Distance – Sylvania, Ohio – Northview
Wagner won the 2009 OHSAA Division I cross country championship. She is a two time state qualifier in cross country and 2009 state track qualifier in the 3200m.

Mallory Kreider // Distance – Kingsville, Ohio – Edgewood
Kreider was the 2009 OHSAA Division II indoor and outdoor state champion in the 3200m and is a three-time state qualifier in cross country as well as track and field. 

Angela Williams // Distance – Hudson, Ohio – Hudson
A two-time OHSAA championship qualifier in cross country, Williams is also an accomplished track athlete, having qualified for competition in the 1600m at the 2009 OHSAA DI championships.

Jesse Owens Track Classic Set for April 30
Athletes from all levels, including individuals from more than 35 colleges are scheduled to compete at the 25th Jesse Owens Track Classic Friday April 30th and Saturday, May 1.

Like the “J.O. Classics” of the past, the 2010 edition will serve as a stage for scholastic, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to perform at their highest levels in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. In its history, the Jesse Owens Track Classic has served as a top venue for many future and former Olympians. Current and past record holders for the Jesse Owens Track Classic include Olympic medalists John Drummond, Michelle Finn, Allen Johnson, Edwin Moses, Dwight Stones and former Buckeyes Diane Dixon, Joe Greene and Butch Reynolds. Others of Olympic fame include Judi Brown, Roger Kingdom, Carl Lewis, Louise Ritter and Calvin Smith, as well as past OSU Olympians Mark Croghan and Stephanie Hightower.

For more information, visit www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Last Time Out
All-American Christina Manning opened her outdoor campaign with a bang Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Track Classic, recording three Top 5 finishes for the Ohio State women’s track and field team on the final day of competition.

The sophomore’s top performance came in the 100m hurdles, where she used a time of 13.19 – second-best in the Big Ten – to finish third behind two post-collegiate athletes. Teammate Letecia Wright was the runner-up in 13.42, third-best in the Big Ten. The Waldorf, Md., product finished fifth in the finals of the 100m dash with a time of 11.59, second-best in the conference.

Manning wrapped her impressive afternoon with a win in the long jump at 5.88m (19-3.50), sixth-best in the Big Ten. Teammates Kelcey McKinney (5.76m/18-10.75) and Rachael Mack (5.72m/18-9.25) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Sophomore Shaniqua McGinnis posted the fourth-best time in OSU history in the 800m and the fourth-best time in the Big Ten this outdoor season by finishing fourth in 2:09.96. Teammate Ashley Caldwell was sixth in 2:11.98, sixth-best in school history.
Maggie Mullen took first-place in the javelin by more than four meters over Mississippi State’s Allison Storey, with the winning mark hitting 45.32m (148-08), the third-best toss in the Big Ten this season.

Up Next
Ohio State heads to Des Moines, Iowa next weekend for the annual Drake Relays, one of the nation’s most prestigious track and field events.