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.

Other highlights:

  • Sanderson finished sixth in the 400m dash in 55.29, a season-best time and the third-best in the Big Ten. Kerron Stewart of Nike cruised to the win in an impressive 52.69 seconds.
  • Ashley Galbraith finished sixth in the high jump at 1.67m (5-5.75), while teammate Alison Roquet placed 11th with a season-best jump of 1.62m (5-3.75). Nike’s Raevan Harris took the win at 1.78m (5-10).
  • The 4x100m team (Wright, Cousar, Linton and Manning) finished sixth in 46.25. Auburn’s ‘A’ team won the event in 43.38 seconds, the top DI time this season.

Up Next
Ohio State will take a week off before traveling to Louisville, Ky., for the Lenny Lyles Cardinal Invitational April 15 and 16.