COLUMBUS, Ohio The 4x400m relay team cruised through a deep and competitive field on their way to a record performance for the Ohio State women’s track and field team Saturday at the 24th Jesse Owens Track Classic.
Ayrizanna Favours crossed the finish line well ahead of the field to complete the Buckeyes’ run of 3:35.98, the fastest time in the Big Ten this season and the second-best in school history. The run qualified them for regional competition, along with Big Ten rivals Michigan and Penn State. The Wolverines took second in the 3:39.72, with the Nittany Lions finishing third in 3:40.26.
The Buckeyes won the 4x100m relay with a run of 45.87, the second-best time in the Big Ten this season. Rivals Penn State and Michigan followed in second and third. Michigan holds the top conference time on the year at 45.79.
Ohio State set two regional qualifying times in the 100m hurdles. Letecia Wright finished second with a time 13.43 the third-best in the conference, while Alana Gray set a personal record in 13.85. Lorian Price, competing unattached, took first in 13.39. Gayle Hunter of Penn State was third and Julian Purvis of Michigan fourth.
Favours set a regional qualifying time in the 400m dash, finishing in fifth with a time of 54.98, her best run this outdoor season. Favours was in fourth position heading into the final stretch, but tightened up over the last 100m, allowing Indiana All-American Molly Beckwith to pass her for fourth. Kenyata Coleman of Nike was first in 53.48, with Fawn Door of Penn State taking second with the Big Ten’s fastest time on the year (53.69). Stacey Clausing, competing unattached, was third in 53.88.
Door followed up her second-place finish in the 400m dash with a first-place victory in the hurdles at the same distance. The Nittany Lion set a regional qualifying time of 58.65 the third-best time this season. Dorr’s teammate, Megan Duncan, was the runner-up at 1:00.27, while Miami University senior Alexis Lape was third in 1:00.41. Both Duncan and Lape set regional times. Ohio State’s Latoya Sanderson had a solid race, finishing sixth with a personal record run of 1:01.11.
Jordan Jennewine recorded a personal best in the 800m run with her ninth-place finish in 2:10.83. Jessica Lhotsky of Kent State finished first in 2:06.78, leading five regional qualifiers in the event.
The Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium record fell in the shot put. Liz Wanless of New York Athletic Club shattered the previous record of 17.46m with her impressive distance of 18.01m. In all, 12 regional marks were set in the shot put.
Competition in the discus saw both the stadium and meet record fall. Kentucky senior Ashley Muffet set the records with a throw of 57.20m, while Jeneva McCall of Southern Illinois and Emily Pendleton of Michigan bested the previous meet record for second and third-place finishes. The Top Eight qualified for regional competition.
Another meet record fell in the mile run. Miami University freshman Kelley Miller was the winner with a time of 4:54.78. Justina Mudy of Shorter College was second in 4:56.22.
Penn State’s Shavon Greaves was a double winner in the 100m and 200m dashes. The sophomore set regional qualifying times in both, an 11.61 sprint in the 100 and 23.68 run in the 200. Her time in the 100m is the best in the Big Ten this season, while her 200m performance is the second-best in the conference.
Eight athletes set regional qualifying marks in the hammer throw, which began bright and early after its postponement Friday. Erin Gilreath claimed the top spot at 65.52m, followed by regional qualifiers Sasha Leeth, Meagan Halliwill, Gwen Berry, Ashley Muffet, Stacey Wannemacher, Aimee Veatch and Jeneva McCall. Maggie Mullen was the top finisher for Ohio State, setting a personal record at 48.61m.
The long jump produced five regional qualifiers. Bianca Stuart of Southern Illinois was the champion with a leap of 6.42m, followed by Purdue’s Christian Madison at 6.29m. Madison’s jump is the best in the Big Ten this season.
Indiana’s Vera Neuenswander won the pole vault, as three athletes cleared the bar at regional qualifying heights. The IU senior’s mark of 4.00m is the fifth-best in the Big Ten. Purdue Brianna Neumann and Mallory Peck tied for second with regional marks of 3.85m.
Lena Bettis, competing unattached, took the triple jump title with a regional qualifying mark of 12.89m. Malaikah Love of Southern Illinois and Purdue junior Nkeiru Ugwoaba finished second and third in surpassing the region standard.
More than 80 female athletes qualified for regional competition this weekend.
JOTC on BTN
The Big Ten Network will broadcast the meet on tape-delay beginning Sunday May 10 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Brent Stover and former Buckeye track and football star Butler By’Note will have the call. Complete programming information can be found at www.bigtennetwork.com.