COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s track and field team will play double duty this weekend, with two competitive meets on the horizon.
The majority of the team will join the Buckeye men in Auburn, Ala. for the Tiger Track Classic, facing off against top SEC teams in Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina, as well as Big Ten rivals Iowa and Minnesota and in-state foe Miami.
Letecia Wright and Ayrizanna Favours will lead the contingent of eight Buckeyes competing in Austin, Texas at the 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Founded in 1925, the Relays are the second largest track meet in the United States, hosting more than 5,000 student-athletes at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Live results will be available all weekend. Check www.deltatiming.com for updates on the Tiger Track Classic and www.texassports.com/texasrelays for information on the Littlefield Relays.
Jennewine Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Ohio State distance runner Jordan Jennewine was named the Big Ten Women’s Track Athlete of the Week Wednesday by the Big Ten Conference after her first-place performance in the 1500m run Saturday at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.
The sophomore from Dayton claimed victory amongst a field of 27 competitors with a personal record time of 4:26.65, the second-best in school history. Jennewine surpassed the NCAA regional qualifying time with her record-setting performance, while also taking claim to the fourth-best outdoor time in the Big Ten this season.
Jennewine is the first Buckeye to be named Track Athlete of the Week since April 2006, when former All-American Jenna Griffin claimed the award.
Holloway Returns to Action
Bever-Leigh Holloway returned to the track Saturday at the Raleigh Relays after sitting out the entire indoor season. Holloway placed 31st in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.94. The senior from Greenbelt, Md. was a member of the Big Ten champion 4x100m relay team during the 2008 outdoor campaign and, when in top form, is regarded as one of the conference’s top sprinters.
Buckeyes Ranked No. 52 in USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings
Ohio State held claim to the No. 52 position in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason rankings, released Wednesday. Two Buckeyes are ranked No. 15 in individual competition, Ayrizanna Favours in the 400m dash and Letecia Wright in the 100m hurdles. The 4x100m relay team is ranked 16th. The Big Ten features three teams in the Top 15, Penn State at No. 5, Michigan at No. 10 and No. 12 Minnesota.
Last Time Out
Jordan Jennewine’s record-setting weekend was one of many highlights for Ohio State at the Raleigh Relays.
Ellen Birmingham took second in the 5000m run, crossing the finish line in the second division final in 17:27.89, her top time of the year and three seconds behind the first-place pace. In the seeded competition, Sarah Foster placed 12th with a time of 16:52.27, a career best.
Ayrizanna Favours was reliable as usual, running a third-place time of 54.94 in the the 400m, just over a tenth of a second behind Jernail Hayes of Seton Hall.
Letecia Wright placed third in the 100m hurdles in a career best time of 13.34. The sophomore from Baltimore, Md. did not fare as well in the 100m dash, taking 11th in 12.18.
Kelcey McKinney, a freshman from Dayton, set a personal record in the long jump while taking third-place with a mark of 5.82m. She also set a career best in the triple jump, with a 10th-place finish at 11.55m.
Freshman Maggie Mullen surprised the field in the javelin throw, claiming third-place in her first javelin competition at the collegiate level. Her mark of 44.15m was just over three meters off of the winning throw by Joanna Borawski.
The pole vault saw a fifth-place finish from sophomore Ashley Bowden, who set a personal best mark of 3.50m. Duke’s Amy Fryt finished first at 3.75m.
Two Buckeyes finish in the Top 10 of the high jump. Chelsea James tied for seventh with a jump of 1.65m, while Alison Roquet took the 10 spot at 1.60m.
The 4x100m relay team took fourth-place with a time of 46.03, ending the race behind Hampton, North Carolina and Seton Hall.
Ohio State will compete April 15-17 at the Mt. San Antonio College Invite in Walnut, Calif. and at the Volunteer Classic April 17 and 18 in Knoxville, Tenn.