UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Freshman Victoria Brink set the Ohio State indoor record in the 1000m invitational Saturday at Penn State National Invitational, highlighting the second day of competition for the Buckeyes in Happy Valley.
Brink ran a ninth-place time of 2:53.90 against one of the day’s most competitive fields. Tennessee sophomore Chanelle Price would end up on top with her first-place run of 2:42.71, followed by Renee Tomlin of Georgetown (2:44.46) – both eclipsed the previous meet record time in the 1000m.
Senior Katie Williams set the second-best time in Ohio State indoor history with her 11th-place run of 9:35.05. Jackie Areson of Tennessee finished in first (9:07.27) as the Top 4 set NCAA automatic qualifying time.
In the pole vault, Ashley Bowden broke her previous personal-best mark with her second-place vault of 3.60m (11-9.75), the fourth-best mark in OSU indoor history. Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya cleared the bar at edged Bowden to win the event.
Ohio State’s 4x400m relay team of Latoya Sanderson, Ashley Caldwell, Nyjah Cousar and Shaniqua McGinnis finished in first place with a time of 3:42.28, well ahead of second-place Howard (3:47.14).
McGinnis won the 400m dash in a time of 55.26, more than a half second better than second-place Yvonne Amegashie of Virginia Tech (55.79) and the fourth-best mark in the Big Ten this season. McGinnis was part of the Buckeyes’ runner-up DMR team that set the second-best time in school history Friday at the national invite. Senior Sanderson finished fourth in the 400m invitational in 56.10.
A day after finishing ninth in the pentathlon, Ashley Galbraith represented the Scarlet and Gray well once again, finishing sixth in the high jump at 1.65m (5-5). Penn State senior Brittany Maun finished first with jump of 1.75m (5-8.75).
The Buckeyes are scheduled to compete at two meets next weekend (Feb. 5-6) – the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational and the New Balance Invitational Feb. 5-6.