June 9, 2017
June 9, 2017
Eugene, Ore. – Crossing the finish line with a readout of 3:29.97, the Ohio State women’s 4x400m relay of Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters, Maggie Barrie and Aaliyah Barnes qualified for Saturday evening’s final on day two of the NCAA Championships Thursday evening at Hayward Field.
Running in the first of three heats, the foursome took fourth in what would be the fastest heat of the evening barely being edged out by Texas A&M (3:29.94) for the third position, which left the Buckeyes on the bubble. The members of the Scarlet and Gray had to sweat out two following qualifying rounds, but luckily no other team was able to crack 3:30.00.
With the advancement to the finals, this will be the first Buckeye women’s 4x400m relay to advance to the finals since the foursome of Chandra Kempel, Ayrizanna Favours, Ashley Caldwell and Jenna Griffin earned First Team All-America honors in 2008.
In the 800m run, senior Rachel Weber closed out her career with a 14th-place finish in her primary event with a time of 2:05.99. Weber’s career comes to an end with four school records. She set the outdoor school standard twice in 2017 in the 800m run with her best time coming at the NCAA East Preliminaries (2:02.67).
She is also a member of three relays that have the fastest mark in program history: indoor distance medley relay (11:19.80), outdoor 4x800m relay (8:36.97) and outdoor distance medley relay (11:28.83).
In addition to those accolades, she ranks No. 2 in school history in the 600m run (1:28.11) and 800m run (2:04.82), the latter is also a French Field House record.
Barrie’s attempt to qualify for the finals in the open 400m dash came up just a bit short with a 22nd-place showing in the event with a time of 54.18.
Weber will be named a Second Team All-American and Barrie will receive Honorable Mention All-America status.