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COLUMBUS, Ohio 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.

“Jordan performed very well this weekend. She is in extremely good shape and is starting to get the confidence she will need to make a run at qualifying for the NCAA Championships,” Ohio State distance coach Chris Neal said after learning of Jennewine’s award. “I always enjoy watching my athletes develop through hard work. Jordan was only running about 5:20 or so for the 1600m coming out of high school, so for her to be running 4:26 for the 1500m two years later says a lot about the amount of focus she has put into her running. I am excited to see what the rest of the season holds in store for Jordan.”

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.