COLUMBUS, Ohio – Twenty-eight Ohio State track and field athletes – 13 men and 13 women – will represent the Scarlet and Gray next weekend at the 2010 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Greensboro, N.C.
North Carolina A&T will play host to the top teams east of the Mississippi River May 27-29. Athletes from Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Big East universities will all be in action at Aggie Stadium, hoping to secure a spot in the NCAA championship field.
A breakdown of the Buckeyes set to compete next weekend in Greensboro:
Stephen Robinson – 200m dash
Thomas Murdaugh – 400m dash
Elon Simms – 400m hurdles
Aaron Roberts – 400m hurdles
Daniel White – 800m run
Jeff See – 1500m run
Adam Green – 3000m steeplechase
Cory Leslie – 3000m steeplechase
Ryan Blake – high jump
Korbin Smith – long jump
Matt DeChant – shot put
Tyler Branch – shot put
Max Mays – hammer throw
Thomas Davis – hammer throw
4x400m relay (Smith, Simms, Murdaugh and Brandon Woodard)
Three All-Americans will compete for the men’s team in Greensboro. See is a four-time All-American in both track and cross country, with two of those awards coming in the 1500m run. In 2008, See finished fifth at the national championships, his best performance in a championship race. Murdaugh is two-time All-American in the 400m dash, having finished seventh at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships. DeChant earned his first All-American honor this past indoor season with a 10th-place finish in the shot put.
Christina Manning – 100m dash, 100m hurdles
Letecia Wright – 100m hurdles
Shaniqua McGinnis – 400m dash
Latoya Sanderson – 400m dash
Katie Williams – 10000m run
Sarah Foster – 10000m run
Sarah Lowe – 10000m run
Ashley Galbraith – high jump
Kelcey McKinney – triple jump
Maggie Mullen – javelin, hammer throw
4x100m relay (Wright, Manning, McGinnis and Christienne Linton)
4x400m relay (Sanderson, McGinnis, Ashley Caldwell and Nyjah Cousar)
Manning, Wright and McGinnis are the most experienced Buckeyes at the national level. Manning captured the first All-American honor of her career after a seventh-place finish in the 60m hurdles at this year’s indoor championships. Wright is a two-time participant at the national finals, having finished 12th in the 60m hurdles this past March and 16th in the 100m hurdles at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships. McGinnis placed 13th in the 400m dash at the indoor championships two months ago and was the anchor of Ohio State’s 11th-place 4x400m relay team at last June’s outdoor finals.
Top qualifying times from both the East and West preliminaries (running this weekend in Austin, Texas) will compete June 9-12 at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.