GREENSBORO, N.C. -Letecia Wright and Christina Manning sprinted their way to Saturday’s 100m hurdle semifinals at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries, highlighting the Ohio State effort on day two of the regional prelims Friday afternoon.
Wright recorded the eighth-fastest hurdle time overall, finishing second in her heat behind Penn State’s Aleesha Barber in 13.12 seconds. All-America Manning posted a third-place finish in her section in a time of 13.29, the 14th-best run on the day. Virginia Tech All-American Queen Quedith Harrison’s 12.70 second sprint leads the field heading into tomorrow’s semifinals, where the Top 12 athletes will move on to the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore., next month.
Latoya Sanderson finished 17th in the 400m semifinals, falling short of NCAA championship qualification. The senior’s time of 54.24 was the second-best of her collegiate career and helped her to a fifth-place finish in her heat. Joanna Atkins of Auburn finished first overall in a time of 51.52, the second-best Division I sprint this season. Sanderson will return to the track Saturday afternoon as member of OSU’s 4x400m relay team.
Maggie Mullen was unable to make it two-for-two in her trip to the regional preliminaries, as the sophomore finished 45th in the hammer throw at 48.16m (158 ft.). Virginia Tech’s Dorothea Habazin captured the East regional title with a 64.61m (211-11) toss.
Sophomore Kelcey McKinney will be first up for the Buckeyes Saturday in Greensboro, competing in the triple jump at approximately 4 p.m. ET.