Days: Wednesday, June 8 (1 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. ET); Thursday, June 9 (1 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.); Friday, June 10 (4 p.m. – 9:10 p.m.) and Saturday, June 11 (noon – 2:50 p.m.)
Venue: Drake Stadium – Des Moines, Iowa
Host: Drake University
Scoring: The top 8 places in each event score points. The points are assigned as follows: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
TV Schedule: Friday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network (cable) and Saturday, June 11, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., CBS
Webcast: NCAA.com/GoDrakeBulldogs.com will webcast portions of the meet that are not being broadcast on TV.
Championship Central: NCAA.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor-women/d1
COLUMBUS, Ohio. – The Ohio State women’s track and field team is sending five student-athletes to the 2011 NCAA Track and Field Championships this weekend at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Letecia Wright, Madison McNary, Chesna Sykes and Christina Manning will all be taking the track for the 4x100m relay semifinals and the first race of the championships. The relay team has a seed time of 44.55 which they ran at the East Regional preliminaries where they placed sixth.
All-Americans Wright and Manning are looking to make a statement in the 100m hurdles. Wright is coming off of a victory at the East Regionals where she ran a 12.97. The senior is making her last run for an NCAA title. Finishing fifth at the East Regionals was Manning who crossed the line in 13.03. The hurdling duo will enter the championships with the second and fourth best times from the regional preliminaries, respectively.
In the high jump Ashley Galbraith will be representing the Scarlet and Gray after recording a qualifying mark of 1.78m. Galbraith enters the championship seeded sixth.
Ohio State History at the NCAA Championships
Ohio State’s lone individual championship came in 2001, when Donica Merriman took home the NCAA title in the 100m hurdles.
The Buckeyes have produced more than 30 outdoor All-Americans, the last coming last season when Maggie Mullen placed eighth in the javelin. Assistant coach Rosalind Joseph (formerly Goodwin) took home All-American honors in 2004 and 2005 in the triple jump.
Former coach Russ Rogers guided the Buckeyes to a 14th-place finish in 1999, the best in program history. Karen Dennis and the Buckeyes finished 46th at the 2008 finals with five points.