NEW YORK – Letecia Wright used a Big Ten season-best and NCAA provisional time of 8.35 to finish sixth in the 60m hurdle championships Friday at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, highlighting an impressive first day of competition for the Ohio State women’s track and field team.
Texas A&M swept the top two spots with Natasha Ruddock (8.06) and Gabby Mayo (8.08). Ruddock’s time is the second-best in the NCAA this season, while Mayo’s is No.3 nationally. Wright eclipsed her previous season-best set at the Buckeye Classic with the 16th-best time in the NCAA.
Ashley Caldwell ran a personal-best time of 1:13.39 to finish fourth in the 500m dash championships. Texas A&M’s Sandy Wooten won the race with a time of 1:12.82.
Sophomore Shaniqua McGinnis ran a personal record time of 54.79, fifth-best in the Big Ten this season, to finish seventh in the 400m dash championship. A&M claimed yet another title, with Jessica Beard finishing first in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 52.60.
The third Buckeye PR was set in the shot put championship – Maggie Mullen finished in seventh-place with a toss of 14.46m (47-5.25). Jilli Camarena-Williams from the New York Athletic Club was first at 18.27m (59-0.75).
A mark of 5.86m (19-2.75) in the long jump gave sophomore Kelcey McKinney a PR. Raquel Vassell of Hampton was the top finisher with an NCAA provisional jump of 6.16m (20-2.50)
Sophomore Ashley Galbraith set the a personal record in the high jump for the second-consecutive week – a 1.70m (5-7) leap tied her for third-place with Diana Blauer of BYU. Daphne Fitzpatrick of Texas A&M won the event at 1.74m (5-8.5).
Ohio State returns to the track in New York Saturday at noon. Other members of the Buckeye track and field team will compete at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m.