DES MOINES, Iowa – The Ohio State women’s track and field team had an outstanding day of performances Saturday in the 102nd Drake Relays. Several records fell as the Buckeyes finished their regular season in Iowa.
All-American Letecia Wright had the top performance for Ohio State. The defending champion in the 100 hurdles, Wright used a personal-best time of 12.87 to not only win the hurdles, but break the 10-year-old Drake Relays record. Wright’s blazing time also is the No. 1 outdoor college time this year, the second-best in the U.S. and the third best in school history.
Fellow All-American Christina Manning finished directly behind Wright for second place in 12.99. Wright and Manning both crossed the line ahead of Baylor’s Tiffani McReynolds who held the No. 2 time in the nation going into the Drake.
Wright and Manning teamed up with Chesna Sykes and Madison McNary for the finals of the 4x100m relay where together, they broke another Drake and Ohio State record, finishing second overall with a time of 43.93. First place went to Baylor in 43.75.
“What a way to end your senior year at Drake,” head coach Karen Dennis said after the meet. “Letecia had an amazing meet. Her performance truly has her ranked among the nation’s elite hurdlers. Christina had a great day also, placing second and beating some really good hurdlers. They both, along with Madison and Chesna helped our 4×1 relay team to a school record-sub 44.0 performance.
“The team had many best performances, including Kelcey McKinney in the triple jump. Norianna Brown was sixth in the shot with a personal best performance. Madison and Christina were finalist in the 100, consistently running well and Molly Jacobson improved her performance in the steeple. We had a good meet, which is encouraging going into championship season. We have some time to work out some kinks and we’ll be ready.”
Other highlights from the Drake include:
Manning and McNary finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the finals. Manning crossed the line in 11.62 and McNary finished with a time of 11.64. Candace McGrone from Oklahoma won with a time of 11.17.
Nyjah Cousar used a time of 59.72 to place 12th. Ryann Krais (56.62) from Kansas State took first.
1600m Sprint Medley
Cousar, Sykes, Shaniqua McGinnis and Jordan Jennewine combined for the 1600m sprint medley where they finished 13th overall in 3:59.29, the third-fastest time in school history. Iowa took the top spot in 3:48.63.
With a time of 10:50.60, Molly Jacobson set a new PR finishing in 14th place. Illinois State’s Aisha Praught won in 10:25.11.
On her final throw, Alexis Thomas set a mark of 54.57m to take third place in her flight.
Freshman Adenike Pedro came in 10th with a leap of 5.81m (19-00.75). Nina Kokot of Kansas State (6.46m/21-02.50) finished first.
Kelcey McKinney used a mark of 12.77m (41-10.75) to take third in the triple jump. McKinney set a new PR in the process and made her way onto Ohio State’s all-time performers list. Her mark now sits as the fifth best in school history and 25th best in Division I this season. Future Big Ten competitor Mara Griva from Nebraska won the triple jump with a mark of 13.20m (43-03.75).
The Scarlet and Gray will take some time off to prepare for the Big Ten outdoor championships in Iowa City May 13-15.