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Ohio State dominates the field, heads to Kentucky next weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s track and field team opened the 2009 season with a strong performance at the 2009 Rev. Mike Hout Invitational on the campus of Capital University in Columbus. Ohio State won with a combined team score of 269.50, defeating second-place Ohio University by 144.5 points.

Ashley Galbraith got things started with a first-place performance in the high jump, leaping 5-07.75. In the pole vault, Alexa Dorricott and Katie Reid took second and third with marks of 11-00.25 and 10-06.00, respectively.

Sweeping the top two spots in the long jump was Bridget Jacobs (18-04.50) and Kelcey McKinney (17-11.50). Maggie Mullen was the top performer in the throws with a second-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 43-07.75.

Led by Letecia Wright, the Buckeyes took home the top three spots in the 60m hurdles. Wright was first with a time of 8.57, followed by Alana Gray at 8.79 and Christina Manning at 8.82.

Wright nearly missed the NCAA qualifying time in the 60m dash as well, placing first in the event with a time of 7.66. Manning would go on to place first in the 300m dash in a time of 44.06.

Sarah Foster and Ashley Chirco were the only two competitors in the mile run, finishing with times of 5:12.70 and 5:22.73. Then in the 800m run, the Buckeyes swept the top four spots, led by Emily Thompson who ran 2:16.26. The Buckeyes also took the top four spots in the 3000m run, led by Ellen Birmingham at 10:29.51.

Shaniqua McGinnis placed first in the 400m dash with a time of 59.37 while Gray took first in the 500m with a time of 1:22.71.

The distance medley and 4x200m relay teams each finished first to round out the top performers.

The Buckeyes are back in action next Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky.