COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s track and field team begins its outdoor season this Friday, March 27, at the Reebok Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C., the first meet for the Buckeyes since their ninth-place finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championships March 1.
The Scarlet and Gray will look to match last year’s surprising outdoor campaign; after finishing 10th at the 2008 Big Ten indoor meet, Ohio State stunned the rest of the conference with a fifth-place finish at the outdoor championships, the culmination of a two month period that saw significant improvement from the entire squad.
The Buckeyes will once again look upon senior Ayrizanna Favours and sophomore Letecia Wright to lead the charge early.
Favours was the most steady competitor throughout the indoor season for Ohio State, posting Top 10 conference times in the 60m, 200m and 400m dashes.
Wright followed up her impressive freshman year in style, finishing third in the 60m hurdles at the indoor championships and seventh in the 60m dash. She set Top 10 conference times in the 60m dash, 60m hurdles and 200m dash.
North Carolina State University will play host to the Buckeyes Friday and Saturday at Paul Derr Track & Field Stadium. Competition is set to begin Friday morning at 10:35 a.m. ET. Visit www.gopack.com or www.flashresults.com for live stats and up-to-date information throughout the weekend.
Last Time Out
Letecia Wright’s third-place finish in the 60m hurdles and seventh-place finish in the 60m dash led Ohio State at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Ashley Caldwell took third in the 600m run for the Buckeyes with a season best time of 1:31.22, crossing the finish line just behind Minnesota’s Heather Dorniden and Molly Beckwith of Indiana.
Ayrizanna Favours placed fourth in the 400m dash in a season best time of 54.82 and sixth in the 200m dash in 24.52.
Shaniqua McGinnis was sixth in the 400m, finishing behind Favours with a personal record run of 55.06.
Alana Gray put together a noble effort in her first pentathlon of the year with a fifth-place score of 3829, narrowly missing out on fourth, which went to Alecia Beckford-Stewart of Illinois with 3840 points.
The Buckeyes head to south to Austin, Texas April 2 for the Texas Relays.