DES MOINES, Iowa Maggie Mullen’s record breaking throw in the javelin was the highlight of the first full day of competition at the Drake Relays for the Ohio State women’s track and field team.
The freshman for Ontario, Canada broke her own school and personal record with an NCAA provisional mark of 46.64m, the fifth-best in the Big Ten this season. Purdue’s Kara Patterson won the event with a throw of 54.18m.
Another NCAA provisional mark was set in the 4x400m relay preliminaries. Latoya Sanderson, Ashley Caldwell, Shaniqua McGinnis and Ayrizanna Favours qualified fifth for Saturday’s finals with a time of 3:40.15, the third-best in the conference during the outdoor campaign.
The 4x100m relay team also qualified for Saturday’s finals, crossing the finish line in seventh position at 46.28, the fourth-best Big Ten time this season. Baylor set the time to beat, finishing in first with an NCAA provisional time of 44.60.
Ohio State’s distance medley team finished 13th in the event finals with a time of 11:49.87.
Gray Finishes Sixth in Heptathlon
Alana Gray finished sixth in the heptathlon Thursday evening, concluding the competition with 5017 points, narrowly missing out on the NCAA provisional standard of 5050. The sophomore’s top performance was in the shot put, where she finished third at 12.43m. She took fourth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.20. 2008 Olympian Jackie Johnson led wire-to-wire, finishing with a first-place total of 6020. Her point total is the fifth-best in school history and fourth-best in the Big Ten this season.
The Buckeyes’ final day begins with Bridget Jacobs in the long jump finals at 10:30 a.m. ET.