LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Ohio State women’s track and field team completed action Saturday at the 2009 NCAA Mideast Regionals in Louisville, Ky. The Buckeyes qualified a total of five athletes in two events to the NCAA Championships in two weeks in Fayetteville, Ark. At-large berths will be announced early next week.
The Big Ten champion 4×400 relay team of freshman Latoya Sanderson, junior Ashley Caldwell, senior Ayrizanna Favours and freshman anchor leg Shaniqua McGinnis ran a season-best time and the second-fastest time in school history with their third-place finish of 3:33.96, besting their previous top time of the year of 3:35.98 set at the Jesse Owens Classic earlier this month.
“Another relay team headed to nationals,” head coach Karen Dennis said afterwards. “This team really did an outstanding job. I have to give Ayrizanna a lot of credit for pulling this new group together and really teaching me to not give up on any of them as well. So I am really happy with the time today, a season’s best, and we’re on our way to nationals!”
Earlier in the day, sophomore Letecia Wright qualified for the NCAA championships with a PR time of 13.28 in the 100 hurdles to finish fourth overall. Her time also is the second-best in the Big Ten this season, behind only senior All-American Tiffany Ofili of Michigan.
“It really was an outstanding performance by Letecia,” Dennis said. “Letecia has been running in the 13.4 range and she has to understand that she needs to be consistent before she can drop (her times) and I think she understands that now. But more importantly, Letecia was aggressive. She really showed a lot of moxie, wanted to make it to nationals and she did. We have two more weeks to prepare to hopefully get an even better time.”
Sophomore distance runner Jordan Jennewine was 10th in the finals of the 1500m run with a time of 4:32.99. Jennewine enjoyed a stellar outdoor season, setting a school record in the 1500 along the way (4:23.37) at the Big Ten championships.
In the javelin, Maggie Mullen, who had been under the weather in the days leading up to the regionals, capped off a great freshman season with a 19th place throw of 39.09. Mullen set a school record this season with her throw of 46.64m at the Drake Relays in April, the fourth best mark in the Big Ten this season.
Wright, Sanderson, Caldwell, Favours and McGinnis will be back in action in two weeks at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville June 10-13.