COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was a record-setting day for the Ohio State women’s track and field team Friday at the Buckeye Tune-up.
Led by two first-place finishes and personal records from junior Letecia Wright, the Buckeyes put on an entertaining display for the hometown crowd at French Field House heading into next weekend’s trip to the Big Ten indoor championships.
While the Buckeyes featured several strong performers, Wright was by far the star of the day for the Scarlet and Gray. Her top performance came in the 60m hurdles, where she blew away the field with a time of 8.23, the eighth-best in the NCAA this season and tops in the Big Ten. The Baltimore, Md., native followed that up with a 7.52 sprint in the 60m dash, the fourth-best in the conference this season.
Christina Manning – the other Baltimore Buckeye – was the second-place finisher in both the 60m hurdle and dash. Her time of 8.40 in the hurdles was an NCAA provisional run, and her 7.53 run in the dash tied a PR.
Wright wasn’t the only record setter for the Buckeyes Friday – for the second time this season, the Ohio State 1000m indoor record fell. Senior Katie Williams’ first-place time of 2:52.56 eclipsed teammate Victoria Brink’s previous record time of 2:53.90 set last month at Penn State. Williams led from the get-go and beat out second-place finisher Angela Klimkowski of Ohio University by almost 20 seconds.
The French Field House record would fall in the 600m – senior Ashley Caldwell used a first-place time of 1:31.00 to best the previous record of 1:31.96, set in 1999 by Adrianna Hunter of Michigan. Jewelisa Thompson ran a time of 1:38.37 to finish in second for OSU.
Maggie Mullen won the weight throw with a first-place toss of 18.19m (59-8.25), the eighth-best in the Big Ten this season. Freshman Alexis Thomas took second with a season-best mark of 16.81m (55-2).
Mullen followed up her effort in the weight with a fourth-place finish in the shot put at 13.74m (45-1). Norianna Brown took the title at 14.23m (46-8.25).
Crossing the finish line in time of 24.92, sophomore Shaniqua McGinnis claimed first-place in the 200m dash. Wright State’s Michelle Izel was second in 26.15, while Ayana Ball – competing unattached – finished third with a sprint of 26.42.
A collegiate-best time of 5:05.77 earned freshman Molly Jacobson a second-place finish in the mile. Jacobson led for most of the race, but was overtaken late by Ohio Wesleyan’s Kaitlin Zimmerly, who won the race with a time of 5:01.26. Sarah Lowe finished in fifth-place for the Buckeyes in 5:12.91.
Kesha Brooks finished in second-place in the 800m with a run of 2:18.37. Ohio Wesleyan’s Sarah Shinn earned a hard fought win by passing Brooks over the final 100 meters to take the title in 2:17.57.