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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s track and field team travels to Des Moines, Iowa for the 100th Drake Relays April 23-25.

The relays, held on the campus of Drake University, have long been considered one of the top track and field meets in the United States. The nation’s top high school, college and professional talent flock to Des Moines each year for the historic event. This year, more than 7,000 athletes will be in attendance.

The Buckeyes, fresh from a trip to Knoxville, Tenn. and the Volunteer Track Classic, will use the meet as an opportunity to improve upon relays times, having the opportunity to test themselves against some of the country’s bests. Ohio State will also send several individuals to compete, including Ayrizanna Favours, Jordan Jennewine and Alana Gray.

Ohio State Accepted Entries
100m Dash Ayrizanna Favours, Bever-Leigh Holloway
100m Hurdles Alana Gray, Bever-Leigh Holloway
1500m Run — Jordan Jennewine
4x100m Relay
4x200m Relay
4x400m Relay
1600m Sprint Medley
Distance Medley
High Jump Ashley Galbraith
Long Jump Bridget Jacobs
Javelin Maggie Mullen
Heptathlon Alana Gray

Gray Competes in Heptathlon on Opening Day of Relays
Sophomore Alana Gray helped kick start the opening of the 2009 Drake Relays Wednesday, competing in the heptathlon. Gray compiled 3200 points at the end of day one, with action in the javelin, long jump and 800m run set for Thursday afternoon. Jackie Johnson, a seven-time NCAA champion competing in her first heptathlon since the Beijing Olympics last year, leads the field with 3605 points.

Freshman No More
Maggie Mullen had an outstanding weekend for the Buckeyes at the Volunteer Track Classic, following up a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw Friday with a second-place throw in the javelin and sixth-place toss in the discus on Saturday. The freshman’s mark of 41.83m in the javelin is the second-best in school history, just behind her own Ohio State record. Her marks in the discus (38.70m) and hammer (46.28m) were also career bests. She is the team leader in all three events, as well as the shot put.

Jennewine Continues Inspiring Spring Season
Jordan Jennewine set a personal record with her victory in the 3000m Saturday at the Volunteer Track Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., breaking the tape in 9:44.32. She followed that performance up with a third-place run in the 800m in a time of 2:13.30. The sophomore from Dayton, Ohio holds the top team times in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m this season.

Last Time Out
Led by Mullen and Jennewine, the Buckeyes showed signs of significant improvement at the Volunteer Track Classic April 17-18.

Although the Scarlet and Gray failed to win a single event on the second day of competition, several young Buckeyes showed tremendous growth with high placements and personal records.

Alana Gray recorded top ten marks in three events, the 100m hurdles javelin and high jump. Her fourth-place sprint of 14.16 in the hurdles and sixth-place mark in the javelin (31.65m) were personal bests, while her seventh-place jump of 1.55m tied her with teammate Ashley Galbraith.

Chelsea James and Alison Roquet bested both Gray and Galbraith in the high jump, tying for fifth at 1.60m. Celriece Law of Tennessee was first with a 13.35m NCAA qualifying mark. 

The long jump saw four Buckeyes finish in the top five. Kelcey McKinney was second with a leap of 5.78m, while Bridget Jacobs, Chelsea James and Megan Thuney followed McKinney in that order. James’s jump of 5.67m was a personal record.

The 400m dash saw two Buckeyes finish back-to-back. Ashley Caldwell crossed the finish line in 56.49, good enough for a third-place finish, while McGinnis took fourth in 57.06.

Ohio State posted another third and fourth place finish in the 1500m. Kesha Brooks beat out Ashley Chirco, finishing in 4:45.36. Chirco followed in a time of 4:58.90.
Latoya Sanderson placed third in the 400m hurdles. Sanderson finished in a personal record time of 1:02.61. Jewelisa Thompson was fifth in 1:05.44 and Kelsey Kuzmic sixth at 1:06.40.

The 4x400m relay team of Caldwell, McGinnis, Jacobs and Saryna Ferguson finished second in 3:53.86. Tennessee won the event with a time of 3:42.63

Up Next
Ohio State returns home for its first home meet of the year, the Jesse Owens Track Classic, May 1 and 2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.