COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team finished in sixth-place Sunday at the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind.

With a total of 79 points, the Buckeyes made a two spot improvement from their finish at last year’s conference meet. Penn State won its third-straight conference championship (133.50 pts.) thanks in large part to individual titles in seven of the 10 track events on the day. Minnesota, the leader over the first two days of the championships, settled for second with a score of 123.

Ohio State’s defending outdoor champion 4x400m relay team eclipsed the previous track record at Indiana, but was unable to duplicate its win from last season. Penn State, with a time of 3:35.18, captured the conference crown just ahead of Buckeyes Latoya Sanderson, Nyjah Cousar, Ashley Caldwell and Shaniqua McGinnis, who crossed the finish line in 3:35.61. Both times stand among the 25 best in Division I this season.

McGinnis and Penn State All-American Fawn Dorr battled for the conference title in the 400m dash once again, with Dorr taking the win in a personal record time of 52.51, sixth-best in Division I. McGinnis turned in an equally impressive performance for the Buckeyes, finishing second in a season-best time of 52.84, fifth-best in Ohio State outdoor history and a Top 15 run nationally. Sanderson finished sixth for the Buckeyes in 54.57.

Sophomore Kelcey McKinney followed up her fifth-place finish in the long jump Saturday with a fourth-place and personal record effort of 12.47m (40-11) in the finals of the triple jump. Purdue’s Nkeiru Ugwoaba won the conference title at 12.95m (42-6), a Top 25 DI performance.

The Buckeye 4x100m relay team of McGinnis, Letecia Wright, Christienne Linton and Christina Manning finished third in a season-best time of 44.91. Penn State was the first-place finisher in 44.62, with Illinois taking second in 44.89.

Manning was unable to overtake Penn State All-American Shavon Greaves in the 100m dash title, as the Waldorf, Md., product finished third in 11.77. Greaves won yet another conference title in a time of 11.56, while Wright took seventh for Ohio State (11.98).

Wright and Manning were unable to duplicate their 1-2 preliminary finish in the 100m hurdle championship run. Wright settled for a third-place finish in 13.42, while Manning failed to finish the race. Aleesha Barber of Penn State took advantage of the duo’s struggles to take the Big Ten title in 13.11.

Sophomore Ashley Galbraith – a day removed from a fifth-place finish in the heptathlon – claimed seventh in the high jump with a season-best mark of 1.77m (5-9.75). Michigan State’s Rebecca Buchholtz won the event title at 1.80m (5-10.75).

2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships
Final Results

1) Penn State – 133.50 pts.
2) Minnesota – 123
3) Wisconsin – 101.50
4) Indiana – 92.50
5) Illinois – 87
6) Ohio State – 79
7) Michigan State – 63
8) Michigan – 56
9) Purdue – 49.50
10) Iowa – 34

Up Next
Ohio State will take a week off before competing at the 2010 NCAA East Regional Championships in Greensboro, N.C.