COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s been quite a week for Ohio State star Letecia Wright.
Seven days after setting two personal records at the Mt. SAC Relays, the reigning Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week shattered another PR on her way to a first-place finish in the 100m hurdles Saturday at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
The junior’s time of 13.07, the fifth-best in NCAA Division I this season, the top time in the Big Ten and No. 5 all-time at Ohio State put her head-and-shoulders above the competition. Illinois freshman Tamika Robinson was the closest challenger, finishing second in 13.36.
Wright’s outstanding performance wasn’t the only highlight for the Buckeyes Saturday afternoon – a day removed from qualifying second in the preliminary round, Latoya Sanderson, Ashley Caldwell, Nyjah Cousar and Shaniqua McGinnis turned in an impressive time of 3:35.43 in the finals of the 4x400m. Despite falling to fourth, the Buckeyes’ posted the second-best time in the Big Ten on the season and the 11th-best DI time this season. Baylor finished in first-place with a time of 3:33.32, with Illinois taking second (3:34.25) and Ole Miss third (3:34.60).
The Buckeyes’ 1600m Sprint Medley consisting of Sanderson, Caldwell, McGinnis and All-American Christina Manning shattered the Ohio State school record in the event with a second-place time of 3:51.80. Tulsa took first-place in the championship race with a time of 3:47.44.
Wright, Manning, Christienne Linton, and Ashley Galbraith teamed up for a third-place finish in the 100m Shuttle Hurdle final, crossing the finish line in 54.85. Alabama won the race with a time of 54.49, followed by Louisiana Tech (54.71). The Buckeyes improved upon their preliminary by nearly four seconds to capture a hard-fought bronze.
In individual competition, Kelcey McKinney led the Buckeyes with strong efforts in both the triple jump and long jump. The sophomore finished 12th in the long jump at 5.86m (19-2.75), well behind champion Whitney Carlson of North Dakota State (6.44m/21-1.50), who posted the fourth-best mark in the NCAA this season. She followed that up with a 14th-place finish in the triple jump at 12.13m (39-9.75) as Kansas freshman Andrea Geubelle won the competition with a throw of 13.39m (43-11.25), second-best in DI. Both performances by McKinney are among the 10 best in the Big Ten this season.
Freshman Alexis Thomas finished sixth in the hammer throw (52.46m/172-01). First-place went to Indiana State’s Kelsey Hanley at 57.56m (188-10), while Buckeye sophomore Maggie Mullen was 10th with a toss of 50.87m (166-11).
Galbraith finished third in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.70m (5-7). Alabama’s Krystle Schade was first at 1.75m (5-8.75).
Brink Wins Steeplechase at Stan Lyons Invitational
Freshman Victoria Brink ran a first-place time of 10:47.12 in the 3000m steeplechase Saturday evening at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis.
Brink’s time was a less than a second off of Melanie Price’s school record time of 10:46.55 set in 2005 and is the 10th-best run in the Big Ten this season. Laura Farley of Brooks Team finished second in 10:53.79.
Senior Katie Williams took second-place in the 1500m run with her time of 4:32.06, the fifth-best time in school history. Butler’s Kirsty Legg won the race in 4:27.89.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus for the 25th Jesse Owens Classic April 30 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.