NEW YORK – Running against some of the nation’s top competition, the 25th-ranked Ohio State women’s track and field team finished the New Balance Collegiate Invitational Saturday with an eighth-place finish out of 42 teams. The Buckeyes finished with 38.5 points, with No. 7 BYU winning the meet with 90.50 points.
Along with the Buckeyes, the field included several other ranked teams, including No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 LSU and No. 5 Tennessee to name a few.
In the college division Shaniqua McGinnis, Latoya Sanderson, Jackie Dim and Nyjah Cousar crossed the line in 3:44.64 to capture first place in the 4x400m relay. Later in the day the 4x200m relay team consisting of Madison McNary, Adenike Pedro, Christienne Linton and Chesna Sykes also took first, setting an Armory facility record of 1:37.67.
Senior Letecia Wright (24.03) was victorious in the 200m dash in the college division. Her first-place time also was a new personal record. In the championship division for the 200m Madison McNary ran a season-best time of 24.43 for an 11th-place finish.
Reigning Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week Ashley Galbraith took fourth-place in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.75m. Fellow jumper Rachael Mack set a new personal record in the triple jump where her mark of 12.10m led her to a fourth-place finish. In the championship division for the triple jump Kelcey McKinney (12.32m) represented the Scarlet and Gray, taking 13th.
Ohio State’s weight throwers had a strong showing, taking second, third and 12th-place in the championship division. Maggie Mullen placed second with a new personal-record throw of 19.13m. Alexis Thomas finished directly behind her in third with a personal record throw of 18.90m. in 12th-place was Stephanie Enarusai (16.76m).
Day Two at Notre Dame Sees Buckeyes Compete in Sprints, Distance, and Jumps
Tori Brink (4:59.25) ran her best mile time on the season for a sixth-place finish at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend. In the 3000m run a new personal record was set by Mallory Kreider with a time of 10:30.88 and a 28th-place finish.
Two Buckeyes competed in the 400m dash. Taylor James ran a 58.98 and teammate Jewelisa Thompson ran a 1:01.56. James also competed in the 200m, running a 26.04. Ashley Woodruff jumped 11.17m in the triple jump for Ohio State.
Ohio State will remain in state for its next meet at the Akron Invitational, Feb. 11-12 in Akron, Ohio.