COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday the seventh weekly women’s indoor track and field awards for meets through February 15-21. Ohio State’s Letecia Wright received the nod for Track Athlete of the Week – the first for the Buckeyes this season – based on her efforts in the final tune up before the Big Ten championships.
Wright posted two personal records and first-place finishes last Friday at the Buckeye Tune-up. Her top performance came in the 60-meter hurdles, where she blew away the field with a time of 8.23, the eighth-best in the NCAA this season and fastest in the Big Ten. The Baltimore, Md., native followed that performance with a 7.52 sprint in the 60-meter dash, the fourth-best in the conference this season.
“Letecia has her swagger back,” Ohio State head coach Karen Dennis said after the home meet Friday. “She’s had a tough indoor season, having to fight through some injuries, but now that is all behind her. She’s very focused on getting ready for the Big Ten championships and hopefully the national championships.
“She’s really been the premier hurdler and sprinter here for the past few seasons,” Dennis continued. “She’s feeling pretty good about herself, and I’m feeling pretty good about her.”
The selection marks the first Indoor Track Athlete of the Week award for Wright’s career. She is the first Ohio State sprinter to receive the honor since Ayrizanna Favours in Feb. 2007.
Wright and the Buckeyes travel to University Park, Pa., Feb. 27-28 for the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships, hosted by Penn State.