COLUMBUS, OH Emily Thompson and Jordan Jennewine represented the Buckeyes well on day two of the New Balance Invitational in New York City. Competing with some of the country’s top female athletes, Thompson and Jennewine secured two top 5 finishes in the mile run (College Division). Thompson, a junior out of Shaker Heights, set her season-high mark of 4:53.11 for a second-place finish, while Jennewine, a sophomore from Dayton, took fourth in 4:56.29, also a season high.
Kelcey McKinney was the other note-worthy finisher for OSU, finishing No. 23 in the triple jump amidst a deep and talented field of more than 50 competitors. Her mark of 11.37m (37’ 03.75”) was a personal best.
The Buckeyes are back in action next Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Ayrizanna Favours, Letecia Wright, Christina Manning, Shaniqua McGinnis, Ashley Caldwell, Emily Thompson and Sarah Foster will be representing Ohio State in Fayetteville, Ark. at the Randal Tyson Invitational.
Ohio State sat in a sixth place tie with 16.00 points at the end of day one with No. 19 BYU, No. 17 North Carolina and No. 4 Oregon.
Ayrizanna Favours and Ashley Caldwell earned 12 points in the 500m for the Lady Buckeyes, thanks to second and fifth place finishes, respectively. A blistering time of 1:12.58 for Favours was .53 seconds off of the first place mark set by Seton Hall’s Clarrise Moh. Caldwell narrowly beat out Villanova’s Makalia Griffith for fifth with a run of 1:14.30.
Letecia Wright secured the other four Buckeye points on the night with a fifth place finish in the 60m hurdles. Her time of 8.28 is the second best in the Big Ten this year.
Ashley Galbraith put together a third place finish in the College Division of the high jump with a mark of 1.69m (5’ 06.50”). Kelcey McKinney placed eighth in the long jump’s collegiate competition with a leap of 5.80m (19” .50”), her top performance of the season.