COLUMBUS, Ohio – Heading into the final weeks of the indoor season, the Ohio State women’s track and field team will enter the stretch run this Saturday at the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

The Buckeyes will use Saturday’s meet at Stile Field House as a warm-up for the upcoming Big Ten Indoor Championships. The invitational will also allow several young Buckeyes the chance to shine in the Blue Division races.

Saturday’s action in Akron begins at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET. A complete recap will be available after the meet at Click on the link above for live stats.

Accepted Entries
60m dash (Gold) – Christina Manning, Letecia Wright, Kelcey McKinney, Rachael Mack
60m hurdles (Gold) – Manning, Wright, Alana Gray, Ashley Galbraith
200m (Gold) – Manning, Wright
200m (Blue) – Shaniqua McGinnis, Nyjah Cousar
400m (Gold) -McGinnis, Cousar, Ashley Caldwell, Latoya Sanderson
5000m (Gold) – Ellen Birmingham, Sarah Lowe
High Jump (Gold) – Galbraith
High Jump (Blue) – Gray, Roquet
Long Jump (Gold) – McKinney, Mack
Triple Jump (Gold) – McKinney
Triple Jump (Blue) – Mack, Ashley Woodruff
Shot Put (Gold) – Maggie Mullen
Shot Put (Blue) – Gray, Galbraith, Stephanie Enarusai
Weight Throw (Gold) – Mullen
Weight Throw (Blue) – Enarusai, Alexis Thomas, Katie Groseclose
Pole Vault (Blue) – Ashley Bowden
4x400m relay team (Gold)

Buckeyes Fall to Fifth in Great Lakes Regional Rankings
Ohio State dropped to No. 5 in the Feb. 9 edition of the Great Lakes regional rankings by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

With a total of 200.55, the Buckeyes find themselves just behind No. 4 Indiana State (200.89). However, both teams trail No. 1 Indiana (328.81), second-ranked Wisconsin (256.73) and No. 3 Michigan (217.61). The Hoosiers and Badgers are both ranked within the Top 50 of the USTFCCCA national poll.
Last Time Out
Ohio State’s 4x400m relay team of Ashley Caldwell, Shaniqua McGinnis, Nyjah Cousar and Christina Manning highlighted a difficult weekend for the Buckeyes at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. Vying for the mile relay title alongside a talented championship field, OSU crossed the finish line with a fifth-place and NCAA provisional time of 3:39.42, the second-best time in the Big Ten this season and a Top 20 time nationally. Arkansas claimed first-place with an NCAA-best time of 3:33.18.

Letecia Wright used a Big Ten season-best and NCAA provisional time of 8.35 to finish sixth in the 60m hurdle championships. Texas A&M swept the top two spots with Natasha Ruddock (8.06) and Gabby Mayo (8.08). Ruddock’s time is the second-best in the NCAA this season, while Mayo’s is No.3 nationally. Wright eclipsed her previous season-best set at the Buckeye Classic with the 16th-best time in the NCAA.

Other highlights from the weekend:

  • Ashley Caldwell ran a personal-best time of 1:13.39 to finish fourth in the 500m dash championships.
  • Sophomore Shaniqua McGinnis ran a personal record time of 54.79 – fifth-best in the Big Ten this season – to finish seventh in the 400m dash championship.
  • Maggie Mullen set two personal records over the weekend, finishing fifth in the weight throw with an NCAA provisional toss of 18.13m and seventh in the shot put at 14.46m (47-5.25).
  • A mark of 5.86m (19-2.75) in the long jump gave sophomore Kelcey McKinney a PR.
  • Sophomore Ashley Galbraith set the a personal record in the high jump for the second-consecutive week – a 1.70m (5-7) leap tied her for third-place with Diana Blauer of BYU.
  • At the Meyo Invitational, freshman Christienne Linton ran a PR of 8.73 to finish 11th in the finals of the 60m hurdles.

Up Next
The Buckeyes return to Columbus to play host to the Buckeye Tune-up Feb. 19 at 4:00 p.m. inside newly-renovated French Field House.

For more information on the event, contact meet director Lori Baldwin at