June 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s 4×100-meter relay team – sophomore Aliyah Everson, freshman Aaliyah Barnes, redshirt junior Chesna Sykes and redshirt senior Ashlee Abraham – raced to a first place finish in the second of three semifinal heats at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. Their time of 43.94 seconds was the sixth-fastest overall and advanced them into the championship final which will take place Saturday at 5:10 p.m. ET.
The time was .02 seconds off the season-best time of 43.92 ran at the NCAA east prelims in Jacksonville two weeks ago. USC ran the fastest time of the day, crossing the finish line in 43.08 seconds.
Junior Katie Borchers will earn Honorable Mention All-America honors after finishing 20th overall in the 800-meter run. The Russia, Ohio, native finished seventh in her heat in a time of 2:06.68. Laura Roesler of Oregon posted the day’s top time of 2:02.60. Borchers caps off a successful 2013-14 in which she became Ohio State’s first cross country All-American, won the Big Ten outdoor championship in the 800m in a school record-breaking time and advancing to the NCAA championships.
Competing in her second event of the afternoon, Barnes completed the 400-meter run in a time of 54.03 seconds to place 21st. The Columbus product will receive Honorable Mention All-American honors. Courtney Okolo of Texas had the top time of 50.78 in the 400m.
Abraham and Sykes were then up again competing in the 100-meter dash and they posted matching times of 11.37 seconds while running in different heats to finish tied for 15th-place overall. Abraham, a native of Detroit, and Sykes, a Columbus native, finished sixth and fifth in their heats, respectively, and will each earn Second Team All-American honors. Alabama’s Remona Burchell claimed the fastest time of the day, finishing the sprint in 10.95 seconds.
Running in the last race of the day for the Buckeyes was sophomore Alexis Franklin in the 400-meter hurdles. A time of 58.08 seconds led the Millersville, Md. native to a fifth-place finish in her heat and 13th-place finish overall. She will earn Second Team All-American status in her first appearance at the championships. Kendra Harrison of Kentucky claimed the top time of the afternoon (55.56).
Franklin will compete again Thursday for Ohio State in the 100-meter hurdles which are scheduled for an 8:20 p.m. ET start. Also set to see more action Thursday is Abraham as she will compete in the 200-meter dash at approximately 7:15 p.m. ET. Both will be looking to advance to Saturday finals.