ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State women’s track and field team defeated the Michigan Wolverines 83-78 Saturday afternoon in “The Dual,” the first-ever head-to-head matchup between the rivals. The hard fought meet came down to the final race, with Ohio State clinching the win with a victory in the 4×400 relay.
All-American Christina Manning led the way with two first-place finishes for the team. The Waldorf, Md., native finished the 60m hurdles in 8.13 — the third-best time in OSU history, a new personal record and an NCAA automatic qualifier. The junior also ran a 24.50 in the 200m.
“We’re happy to come away with this win today because we’ve struggled all week with illness and minor injuries,” head coach Karen Dennis said after the meet. “Fortunately we had some women step up and really make a difference. Michigan and OSU have a great rivalry in all sports and we’re glad to leave Ann Arbor having won our first Dual team competition.”
Here’s a breakdown of the entire day:
Big Ten runner of the week Madison McNary won the 60m with a time of 7.46. The junior was followed by teammates Chesna Sykes (7.51), Christienne Linton (7.58) and Adenike Pedro (7.58).
Finishing behind Manning in the hurdles was Letecia Wright in 8.27. Christienne Linton placed fourth and Alana Gray came in sixth in 8.58 and 8.86, respectively.
Manning and McNary went 1-2 with McNary running a 24.91. Wright crossed the line in fourth place while Sykes placed sixth.
Michigan’s Alisha Cole won the 400m in a time of 56.16. 2010 Big Ten indoor champion Shaniqua McGinnis took second overall in 56.28. Behind her was redshirt senior Latoya Sanderson in fourth, sophomore Nyjah Cousar in fifth and freshman Taylor James in sixth.
The Buckeyes went 3-4 with juniors Jewelisa Thompson (1:44.07) and Alison Roquet (1:57.85) scoring for the Buckeyes.
Rebecca Addison of Michigan finished first. Redshirt junior Jordan Jennewine placed third in 2:14.63. Tori Brink and Laura Williams came in fourth and fifth overall.
Michigan’s Jillian Smith led the pack in 5:01.63. Brink placed third (5:03.83) and Jennewine placed fourth in 5:06.44. Williams came in seventh.
Taylor Pogue from Michigan placed first in 9:48.23. Behind her for the Buckeyes was senior Ellen Birmingham in 9:49.85. Kelsey McHugh (9:58.75) also scored for the team coming in fifth-place. Sarah Lowe finished ninth.
Junior Ashley Gailbraith won the high jump clearing the bar at 1.75m. Teammates Camai Brandenberg and Gray went 3-4. Roquet placed sixth.
Michigan took the top three spots in the pole vault. Ohio State’s lone vaulter, freshman Stephanie Zimmerman, came in fourth at a height of 2.60m.
Ohio State went 1-2 with junior Norianna Brown throwing for first-place with a throw of 13.28m. Freshman Madeline Hurdt came in second and junior Maggie Mullen threw for fourth.
Sophomore Alexis Thompson made the winning throw in 18.42m. Brandenberg (17.32m), Mullen (17.20m) and Katherine Groseclose (15.53m) rounded it out for the Buckeyes placing third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Michigan’s Erin Busbee leaped 6.01m for a first-place finish. For Ohio State, Pedro (5.93m), junior Kelcey McKinney (5.87m), sophomore Rachael Mack (5.66m) and Linton (5.62m) came in second, third, fifth and sixth, respectively. Pedro, McKinney and Mack all had PR performances.
With a PR, McKinney placed first with a jump of 12.46m. Mack placed third, jumping 11.87m and sophomore Ashley Woodruff placed fifth with a leap of 11.01m. Mack and Woodruff’s jumps were also personal records.
The relay team of Latoya Sanderson, Jackie Dim, Nyjah Cousar and Shaniqua McGinnis clinched the win with a time of 3:46.68 in the final event of the day. Michigan completed the race in 3:48.99.
Final Thoughts from Coach Dennis:
“Alexis threw well in the weight for the win. Norianna and Madeline swept the shot so the throwers contributed in a big way. Our sprinters continue to remain consistent with Madison winning, Sykes and Linton and Pedro close.
“Christina had a big day with an auto qualifying to nationals in the hurdles with a big PR and 200 win. (Letecia) is running well and capable of running better but we needed their 1-2 punch. Our jumpers managed to win two of the three jumps with Galbraith and McKinney taking the high jump and triple jump. We had great supporting jumps from newcomers Camai Brandenberg and Adenike Pedro. Pedro and Rachel Mack and McKinney all had PR performances in the long and triple jumps. Ellen Birmingham sealed the team win for us by breaking up a threatening distance effort by Michigan’s fine runners.”
Ohio State will take a week off before returning to action Jan. 29 at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational in Lexington, Ky.