RALEIGH, N.C. – Ohio State relays were the story of the day Saturday at the adidas Raleigh Relays.

The Buckeyes’ up-and-coming relay teams dominated the competition at NC State, posting Top 2 finishes in the 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m events. The 4x100m team of Christienne Linton, Christina Manning, Nyjah Cousar and Letecia Wright sprinted its way to a first-place finish in 45.67, the best time in the Big Ten so far this season and a Top 20 performance nationally. The 4x200m (1:38.95) and 4x400m (3:41.53) teams were second in their respective events – the 4x400m time is the best in the Big Ten and sixth-best nationally.

Wright cruised to an easy win in the 100m hurdle finals with a time of 13.40. The Baltimore, Md., native set the fourth-best time nationally (13.33) in the preliminary round Friday. North Carolina’s Vanneish Ivy finished a distant second (13.53).

Manning and Shaniqua McGinnis impressed in the 200m dash. Manning, a 2010 indoor All-American, ran a Big Ten-best and Top 15 national time of 23.97 to finish in second, while McGinnis took fourth in 24.05, second-best in the conference. Seton Hall’s Jernail Hayes was first in 23.76.

Sophomore Maggie Mullen shattered her own school record in the javelin with a third-place mark of 48.30m (158-05), tops in the Big Ten. DePaul’s Melissa Fraser won the event at 49.36m (161-11).

Mullen also finished fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 54.71m (179-06), currently the best mark in the Big Ten. Freshman Alexis Thomas was eighth at 52.87m (173-05) – third-best in the conference – as Amy Thayer of North Shore Athletic Club took first at 58.88m (193-02).

Senior Katie Williams finished eighth in the 1500m with a time of 4:31.01, fourth-best in OSU outdoor history and the fourth-best run in the Big Ten. The winning time of 4:24.65 was recorded by Joan Bohlke of New Balance Boston. 

Other highlights:

  • Ashley Caldwell was eighth in the 800m run in with a time of 2:12.32. Mary Cate Quiette of DePaul finished in first-place, crossing the finish line in 2:07.06.
  • Molly Jacobson finished eighth in the 1500m (section II) with a time of 4:44.85. Buffalo’s Jacqueline Burns was first in 4:39.98.

Ohio State will compete at two meets next weekend, the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, and the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala.