RALEIGH, N.C. – Led by junior Letecia Wright, the Ohio State women’s track and field team opened the 2010 outdoor season in strong fashion Friday afternoon at the adidas Raleigh Relays.
Wright impressed the crowd at NC State with her qualifying times in both the 100m hurdles and 100m dash. A hurdle specialist, Wright dominated the field in the 100m IH, claiming the top spot for Saturday’s final with a time of 13.33, the best time in the Big Ten this season. Alana Gray also secured a place in the finals with an eighth-place run of 13.95.
The Baltimore, Md. native followed her effort in the hurdles with a fourth-place qualifying time (11.92) in the 100m dash prelims. Barbara Pierre of St. Augustine’s (11.45) is at the front of the pack headed into Saturday’s final.
Big Ten 400m champion Shaniqua McGinnis picked up right where she left off during the indoor season, cruising to a first-place finish in the 400 in 54.23, best in the conference. George Mason’s Tiara Swindell was second in 54.85, while Buckeye Latoya Sanderson took fourth in 55.31.
Kelcey McKinney won the long jump with a personal record jump of 5.97m (19-7), fifth-best in Ohio State outdoor history and the best in the Big Ten so far this outdoor season. North Carolina’s Tyler Ford was a close second at 5.94m (19-6).
Two Buckeyes finished in the 5000m Top 10. Ellen Birmingham sparked the Buckeye charge with a fourth-place and PR time of 16.44.14, while Sarah Foster finished eighth in 16:56.54. Alissa McKaig took the title with her winning time of 16.25:85.
Freshman Nyjah Cousar finished eighth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.02. LaToya James of North Carolina won the event in 59.29.
Competition resumes tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. ET. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.