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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team faces its biggest tests of the year at two of the nation’s premiere track events Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6.

Sprints and Throws Set for Big Weekend in the Big Apple
Ohio State will send its sprint and field athletes, led by Letecia Wright, Maggie Mullen and Ashley Caldwell, to New York City for the New Balance Invitational. The Friday-Saturday event, hosted by the Armory Track and Field Center, regularly draws one of the deepest and most talented fields in the country. This year will be no different, as four of the nation’s Top 5 teams, led by No.1 Texas A&M, will be in NYC for the weekend event.

Live stats can be found at the link above. Visit www.ArmoryTrack.com for more information.

Distance Squad Heads to Meyo Invitational
The Buckeye distance program will be showcased this weekend at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind.

Two days of track and field are scheduled to begin at the Loftus Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET, with Saturday’s events beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m. Complete results will be available at www.und.com following each day of the meet.

Buckeyes No. 3 in Great Lakes Regional Rankings
Ohio State checked in at No. 3 in the latest Great Lakes regional rankings by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

A new concept introduced for the 2010 season, the USTFCCCA regional ranking are designed to measure a team’s all-around strength, as it takes many athletes in many events to yield a high score. The rankings are an alternative to the USTFCCCA national poll, which yield higher rankings to teams with several national championship contenders.

Indiana is the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes with a cumulative score of 337.91, according to the new rankings formula. The Hoosiers are followed by Wisconsin (247.23 points), Ohio State (216.86) and Michigan (205.00). Penn State, No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic region, is the top ranked Big Ten team overall with a score of 423.86.

Ohio State Hosts Buckeye Tune-Up Feb. 19
French Field House will play host to its second indoor meet of the season Friday, Feb. 19 when the Scarlet and Gray play host to the Buckeye Tune-Up.

For more information on the event, contact Lori Baldwin, meet director, at baldwinl@buckeyes.ath.ohio-state.edu.

Last Time Out
Freshman Victoria Brink set the Ohio State indoor record in the 1000m invitational Saturday at Penn State National Invitational, highlighting the second day of competition for the Buckeyes in Happy Valley.

Brink ran a ninth-place time of 2:53.90 against one of the day’s most competitive fields. Tennessee sophomore Chanelle Price would end up on top with her first-place run of 2:42.71, followed by Renee Tomlin of Georgetown (2:44.46) – both eclipsed the previous meet record time in the 1000m.

Senior Katie Williams set the second-best time in Ohio State indoor history with her 11th-place run of 9:35.05. Jackie Areson of Tennessee finished in first (9:07.27) as the Top 4 set NCAA automatic qualifying time.

In the pole vault, Ashley Bowden broke her previous personal-best mark with her second-place vault of 3.60m (11-9.75), the fourth-best mark in OSU indoor history.

Ohio State’s 4x400m relay team of Latoya Sanderson, Ashley Caldwell, Nyjah Cousar and Shaniqua McGinnis finished in first place with a time of 3:42.28, well ahead of second-place Howard (3:47.14).

McGinnis won the 400m dash in a time of 55.26, more than a half second better than second-place Yvonne Amegashie of Virginia Tech (55.79) and the fourth-best mark in the Big Ten this season. McGinnis was part of the Buckeyes’ runner-up DMR team that set the second-best time in school history Friday at the national invite. Senior Sanderson finished fourth in the 400m invitational in 56.10.

The distance medley team of Victoria Brink, Shaniqua McGinnis, Ashley Caldwell and Katie Williams was the highlight of Friday’s competition for the Buckeyes, finishing second in a time of 11:33.16, the second-best in school history.

Ohio State’s weight throwers continued to show improvement from 2009, placing two athletes within the Top 10. Sophomore Maggie Mullen finished seventh with a toss of 17.44m (57-2.75), while Stephanie Enarusai took ninth at 17.29m (56-8.75), a personal record.

Junior Alana Gray finished seventh in the finals of the pentathlon with a score of 3,634. The Blackjack, Mo. native’s best finish came in the 60m hurdles, where she used a time of 8.81 to finish sixth. Ashley Galbraith, competing in her first collegiate pentathlon, finished ninth with 3,406 points – the sophomore scored a fourth-place finish in the high jump at 1.69m (5-6.5).

Up Next
Ohio State will head north for the Akron Invitational, Feb. 13 on the University of Akron campus.