AUBURN, Ala. – All-American Christina Manning opened her outdoor campaign with a bang Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Track Classic, recording three Top 5 finishes for the Ohio State women’s track and field team on the final day of competition.
The sophomore’s top performance came in the 100m hurdles, where she used a time of 13.19 to finish third behind post-collegiate athletes Josanne Lucas (13.04) and Vonette Dixon (13.08). Manning’s time was the fourth-best in Ohio State history, the top time in the Big Ten, and the second-best Division I sprint so far this season. Teammate Letecia Wright was the runner-up in 13.42, third-best in the Big Ten and No. 8 nationally.
The Waldorf, Md., product finished fifth in the finals of the 100m dash with a time of 11.59, the best in the Big Ten this season, fourth-best in school history, and a Top 20 time nationally. Chastity Riggien of Southern Miss took first in a time of 11.39, the fourth-best in Division I.
Manning wrapped her impressive afternoon with a win in the long jump at 5.88m (19-3.50), fifth-best in the Big Ten. Teammates Kelcey McKinney (5.76m/18-10.75) and Rachael Mack (5.72m/18-9.25) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Sophomore Shaniqua McGinnis posted the fourth-best time in OSU history in the 800m and the top time in the Big Ten this outdoor season by finishing fourth in 2:09.96. Teammate Ashley Caldwell was sixth in 2:11.98, sixth-best in school history and No. 5 in the conference, as Aja Jackson finished first in 2:07.06.
McKinney followed up her fifth-place effort in the long jump with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump at 12.22m (40-1.25). Mack finished 10th with a mark of 11.49m (37-8.50), while Ashley May of Southern Miss was first in 12.63m (41-5.25).
Wright recorded the fourth-best time in the Big Ten this season (24.35) by finishing eighth in the 200m dash. Ashlee Kidd, competing unattached, took the title in 23.38.
Freshman Molly Jacobson set a personal record in the 1500m run, finishing fourth in 4:43.38. Fellow freshman Victoria Brink was eighth (4:50.17) and Sarah Lowe 12th (4:58.12) – Wake Forest’s Anna Nosenko claimed first-place in 4:26.65.
The Buckeyes placed three runners in the Top 6 of the 3000m. Senior Katie Williams led the way with a third-place time of 9:55.87, followed by Jacobson (fourth, 10:02.68) and Lowe (sixth, 10:15.75). Auburn’s Stephanie Barnes won the race in 9:47.42, the eighth-best in DI.
Nyjah Cousar and Jewelisa Thompson posted Top 10 times in the 400m hurdles. Cousar was sixth in 1:02.45, while Thompson took eighth in 1:03.29. Ajoke Odumosu finished first with a run of 57.38.
Ohio State’s 4x400m relay (Latoya Sanderson, Cousar, Caldwell, McGinnis) closed out the day with a second-place finish in 3:37.16, the best time in the Big Ten and third-best nationally. Auburn took the title in 3:36.08, second-best in NCAA DI.
Ohio State will take a week off before traveling to Louisville, Ky., for the Lenny Lyles Cardinal Invitational April 15 and 16.