May 31, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team secured NCAA-championship bids in three events Saturday evening at the 2014 NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla. A total of six Buckeyes are set to compete in seven events at next month’s NCAA championship meet after a stellar three days of competition for the Scarlet and Gray.

Ohio State’s 4×100-meter relay team – seniors Ashlee Abraham and Chesna Sykes, sophomore Aliyah Everson and freshman Aaliyah Barnes – opened the Saturday session in style with a second-place finish overall in the 4×1 quarterfinal in a season-best time of 43.92 seconds, the third-fastest time in school history. Florida won the Buckeyes’ heat and placed first overall in 43.64 seconds.

Abraham also competed in the 200-meter quarterfinal, placing second in her heat and fourth overall in 23.36 seconds to advance on to the national championships. Along with the 4×100 relay and 200 dash, Abraham, a native of Detroit, will also compete in the 100-meter dash after placing fourth in the event quarterfinal Friday night.

Securing the third championship invitation of the evening was sophomore Alexis Franklin, who turned in a personal-best time of 13.28 seconds in the 100-meter hurdle quarterfinal to earn the 12th and final spot in the national-championship field by .008 of a second over Shanique Walker of Jacksonville. Franklin is also scheduled to race in the 400-meter hurdles after a fifth-place finish in the Friday quarterfinal.

The 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., June 11-14.

Buckeye Qualifiers for the NCAA Championships
Ashlee Abraham – 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay
Aaliyah Barnes – 400m, 4x100m relay
Katie Borchers – 800m
Aliyah Everson – 4x100m relay
Alexis Franklin – 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles
Chesna Sykes – 100m, 4x100m relay