April 5, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team placed third overall at the LSU Battle on the Bayou Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge, La.

The Buckeyes finished the day with a team score 109.5. Host and eighth-ranked LSU was the team champion with 180 points, followed by 10th-ranked Kansas (133 points). Fourth-place went to No. 13 UCLA (98.5).

Senior Ashlee Abraham was the top performer for the Scarlet and Gray, posting outstanding marks in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Abraham, a native of Detroit, was the runner-up in the 100 meters in a season-best time of 11.38 and the fourth-place finisher in the 200 meters in a personal-best time of 23.33. Abraham’s 100-meter time was a tenth of a second shy of a personal best in the event and the eighth-best time in Division I this season, while her 200-meter time ranks fifth in Division I for 2014.

Sophomore Alexis Franklin and freshman Aaliyah Barnes continued their outstanding starts to the outdoor season, cruising to first-place finishes in the 400-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash, respectively. Franklin posted a season-best time of 58.65 in the long hurdles, while Barnes crossed the 400-meter finish line in 53.58 seconds. Franklin’s winning time ranks seventh in Division I this season.

Ohio State dominated the 3000-meter run, claiming first and third in the event. Junior Michelle Thomas captured first place in a meet-record time of 9:43.60, while sophomore Helen Willman was third in 9:56.94.

Other highlights for the Buckeyes:

100m Hurdles
Ohio State finished 5-6 in the event. Fifth place went to junior Alexandria Johnson in 13.80, while Franklin placed sixth in 13.89.

Sophomore SoSo Walker was third in a personal-best time of 2:09.99.

OSU placed two athletes in the Top 5. Junior Katie Borchers used a PR of 4:26.48 – the third-best time in school history – to place fourth, while sophomore Tammy Berger finished fifth in a personal-best time of 4:30.01.

3000m Steeplechase
Runner-up honors went to junior Nicole Hilton in a time of 10:34.11.

Juniors Carly Pendleton (48.19 meters/158-1.00) and Emily Taylor (42.34 meters/138-11.00) placed second and fifth, respectively.

Long Jump
Senior Adenike Pedro placed fourth with a jump of 5.80 meters (19-0.50).

Triple Jump
A mark of 12.02 meters (39-5.25) helped senior Bianca Walton to third place.

4x400m Relay
Johnson, Franklin, junior Alycia Prior and freshman Rachel Weber combined for a fourth-place time of 3:47.10.

Final Team Standings (19 Events Scored)
1) No. 8 LSU – 180
2) No. 10 Kansas – 133
3) Ohio State – 109.5
4) No. 13 UCLA – 98
5) Mississippi State – 42.5

Ohio State Scoring Breakdown
3000m – 16 points
400m – 10
400m hurdles – 10
1500m – 10
Discus – 10
100m – 9
200m – 8
3000m Steeplechase – 8
800m – 6
Triple Jump – 6
Long Jump – 5
4x400m relay – 4
100m hurdles – 3
Pole Vault – 2
Hammer – 1
Javelin – 1
High Jump – .5

Up Next
Ohio State plays host to the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 18-19 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.