COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to Lexington, Ky. for the Kentucky Invitational Jan. 15-16.

A competitive field will gauge the Buckeyes’ abilities early in the season. Three teams are ranked in the Top 20 of the USTFCCCA preseason poll, including No. 6 Florida, No. 12 Tennessee and No. 18 Louisville.

The meet gets underway at the E.J. Nutter Field House at approximately 6 p.m. ET Friday, with competition resuming Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Live stats and a complete schedule of events can be found at , with a complete recap of the action made available at after the completion of the day’s events.

A brief look at the 2010 Buckeyes:

Top Returners
Letecia Wright – One of the top young hurdlers in the Midwest, Wright returns for her junior season after an impressive 2009. The Baltimore, Md. native burst on to the national stage last season with a 16th-place finish in the 100m hurdles at the NCAA championships and a second-place finish in the same event at the Big Ten finals.

Jordan Jennewine – Jennewine enjoyed a breakout season as a sophomore, breaking the school record in the 1500m and setting the third-best time in OSU history in the 1500m. She continued to make strides during the fall cross country season, earning all-Big Ten and all-Regional honors as the Buckeyes competed at the NCAA championships for the first time.

Maggie Mullen – The sophomore from Ontario, Canada made her mark in the OSU record books as a freshman, breaking the school record in the javelin, while holding the top team marks in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. A year removed from a fourth-place finish in the javelin at the Big Ten championships and an appearance in at the Mideast regionals, Mullen is looking for even bigger things in 2010.

Ashley Caldwell – Caldwell brings experience on the big stage to the Buckeyes, having competed in two national championships as a member of the 4x400m relay team. The senior from Indianapolis, Ind. took home All-American honors after a sixth-place finish with the 4x400m team at the NCAA championships in 2008 and followed that up with an 11th-place finish in 2009. Individually, she is one of Ohio State’s top runners in the 400m and 600m dashes. 

Key Newcomers
Nyjah Cousar – One of California’s top sprinter/hurdlers in the 2010 class, Cousar recorded three Top 10 finishes at the 2009 California state championships – she should make an immediate impact on a young Buckeye squad.

Christienne Linton – An outstanding hurdler and jumper, Linton won the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and long jump at the 2009 Midwest Meet of Champions and also took home titles in the long jump and 300m hurdles at the USATF youth nationals. A Michigan native, Linton was the 2009 state champion in the long jump and 300m IH and runner-up in 100m IH.

Skyler Wallen – Hailing from Florida powerhouse Miami Northwestern, Wallen won the 2009 state title in the 800m and was a member of Northwestern’s state champion 4x800m relay team in 2009 and the runner-up squad in 2008. The Miami native is considered by many to be the top incoming freshmen in the 800m nationally.

Last Time Out
The Ohio State women’s track and field team opened its 2010 campaign Saturday afternoon inside newly-renovated French Field House.

Mixing skilled veterans with fresh faces, the Buckeyes enjoyed a solid debut in front of their hometown fans, seeing contributions from nearly every event area. Some of the highlights:

  • Sophomore Shaniqua McGinnis, the anchor of Ohio State’s Big Ten champion 4x400m relay team, squeaked by senior Latoya Sanderson at the finish line to win the 400m dash in a time 57.30. Sanderson’s run of 57.68 put her well ahead of third-place finisher Shawnta Davis (1:00.12).
  • Sophomore Christina Manning, with a time of 7.66, had just enough to outlast Letecia Wright for the 60m dash title. Wright took second with a 7.72 second sprint.
  • Wright got the better of Manning in the 60m hurdle finals, claiming the top spot with an NCAA provisional time of 8.38. Manning’s time of 8.65 gave her a third-place finish, just behind Wright State’s Cassandra Lloyd (8.63).
  • Kelcey McKinney, a sophomore from Dayton, won the long jump with a mark of 5.82m (19-1.25), tying her 2009 season-best.
  • Freshman Rachael Mack was the triple jump champion, claiming first with her jump of 11.38m (37-4).
  • Senior Ashley Caldwell won the 800m run title in a time of 2:18.44.
  • Freshman Melissa Meade set a PR in the mile with her time of 5:05.59, finishing in second.
  • Sophomore Stephanie Enarusai finished third in the weight throw with a toss of 16.74m (54-11.25), followed by teammates Alexis Thomas (16.55m/54-3.75) and Maggie Mullen (15.96m/52-4.50) – all three Buckeyes set personal records.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will take a week off before returning to the track Jan. 29 at the Penn State National Invitational in University Park, Pa.