May 18, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team has positioned itself well through the first two days of competition at the 2014 Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Buckeyes enjoyed a slew of impressive performances in preliminary round competition Saturday. Senior Ashlee Abraham and sophomore Alexis Franklin placed first in the 100-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles, respectively. Abraham crossed the finish line in a time of 11.51 seconds, while Franklin turned in a time of 58.02.

Freshman Aaliyah Barnes also starred for the Buckeyes Saturday, qualifying for finals in both the 400-meter and 200-meter dashes. Barnes placed third overall in the 400 in 53.82 seconds and fifth overall in the 200 in a time of 23.99.

Through seven events, Ohio State is 11th overall with one point, but will score well on the final day of competition. Nebraska leads the meet with a team score of 48 points.

Other highlights

100m Prelims: Senior Chesna Sykes qualified for Sunday’s final, taking sixth place in 11.76 seconds.

100m Hurdles: Junior Alexandria Johnson (fourth, season-best time of 13.62) and Franklin (sixth, season-best time of 13.66) will run in the championship race tomorrow afternoon.

400m Prelims: Barnes will be joined in the finals by sophomore SoSo Walker, who placed fourth overall in 53.93.

800m Prelims: Junior Katie Borchers placed first in her heat and third overall in a season-best time of 2:06.89.

1500m Prelims: Sophomore Tammy Berger qualified for the championship race with an eighth-place time of 4:30.58.

10000m: Junior Michelle Thomas placed eighth overall for the Buckeyes in a personal-best time of 34:38.06 Friday night. The time is the second best in school history.

Long Jump: Junior Bianca Walton was 13th overall at 5.65 meters (18-6.50).

Shot Put: A personal-best throw of 14.27 meters (46-10.00) helped sophomore Alyssa Gary to a 12th-place finish.

Hammer Throw: Junior Carly Pendleton used a mark of 51.03 meters (167-5.00) to placed 13th overall Friday night.

Heptathlon: Sophomore Ivy Horn was 11th with a score of 4240.

Team Standings

1. Nebraska        48

2. Penn State     46

3. Minnesota     41

4. Purdue            36

5. Wisconsin       24

6. Michigan         22

7. Indiana            20

8. Michigan St.   16

9. Iowa                 15

10. Illinois            4

11. Ohio State    1


Competition resumes tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET.