COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s track and field team travels to Louisville, Ky. May 29 and 30 for the 2009 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at Cardinal Park on the campus of the University of Louisville.
The 2009 NCAA Mideast Championships will be the first track and field regional ever contested in the state of Kentucky. The current regional format has been in place since 2003, when the Buckeyes played host to the event at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Three other regional finals will be held this year at North Carolina A&T State (East), Oklahoma (Midwest) and Oregon (West).

Ohio State Accepted Entries
100m Hurdles Letecia Wright
400m Dash Ayrizanna Favours
1500m Run Jordan Jennewine
5000m Run Jordan Jennewine, Sarah Foster
Javelin Maggie Mullen
Heptathlon Alana Gray
4x100m Relay Bever-Leigh Holloway, Ayrizanna Favours, Christina Manning, Letecia Wright
4x400m Relay Shaniqua McGinnis, Latoya Sanderson, Ashley Caldwell and Ayrizanna Favours

Scouting the Buckeyes
Ayrizanna Favours and Letecia Wright are the leaders of an improving Ohio State women’s track and field squad that features some of the conference’s best sprinters. Favours holds Top 10 Big Ten times in both the 200m and 400m she finished third in the 200m at the Big Ten Championships. Wright is strong in the hurdles, having finished second in the 100m hurdles at the league finals. The sophomore from Baltimore, Md. is ranked No. 20 nationally by USTFCCCA.

Distance runs have seen the most improvement from the Buckeyes this outdoor season Jordan Jennewine broke the school record in the 1500m run at the Big Ten Championships and also holds the third-best time in school history in the same event. Sarah Foster set the second-fastest 10000m time in school history at the Mt. SAC Relays in April she finished 11th in the 1500m at the conference finals.

Both relay teams are among the Midwest’s finest the No. 12-ranked 4x400m team won the Big Ten title and set the second-best time in school history at the Jesse Owens Track Classic May 2, with its run of 3:35.98. The 4x100m team finished fourth at the conference championships, but is a serious threat when running in top form.

Maggie Mullen has been the leader in field events for the Buckeyes, breaking just about every school record in the javelin. The freshman from Ontario, Canada now holds the three best marks in Ohio State history, highlighted by her 46.64m effort at the Drake Relays in April. She took fourth at the 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

Five Buckeyes Earn All-Big Ten Honors
Five members of the women’s track and field team were recognized on All-Big Ten first and second teams on May 20.

Named to the first team in recognition of their win in the 4x400m relay were Latoya Sanderson, Ashley Caldwell, Ayrizanna Favours and Shaniqua McGinnis. The team, thanks to an outstanding final leg by McGinnis, took the Big Ten title in a regional qualifying time of 3:38.33.

Letecia Wright was named to the second team after placing second in the finals of the 100m hurdles with her RQ time of 13.43. Her best time this season was a 13.34 at the Raleigh Relays in late March. Wright was a first-team selection last season after helping the 4x100m relay team to a Big Ten title and a school-record time in the preliminaries.

McGinnis Selected Ohio State Speedway Athlete of the Week
Shaniqua McGinnis, a freshman sprinter from Shaker Heights, Ohio was named the Speedway Female Athlete of the Week May 19 for her outstanding efforts at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. McGinnis ran a spirited final leg to give the Buckeyes the title in the 4x400m relay, making one final push to cross the finish line ahead of Illinois. The win in a regional qualifying time of 3:38.33 was Ohio State’s lone title at the championships.

Last Time Out
The 4x400m relay team’s victory was the highlight for the Scarlet and Gray at the 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, held on the Buckeyes’ home track at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Letecia Wright placed second in the finals of the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.43. Michigan’s Tiffany Ofili blew the field away, crossing the finish line in 13:05.

Senior Ayrizanna Favours ran a season best time in the 200m dash, finishing third 23.97. Penn State swept the Top Two, with Shavon Greaves finishing first in 23.35 and Gayle Hunter second with a time of 23.81.

Ohio State finished fourth in the 4x100m relay. The 2008 outdoor champions were running in second heading into the final turn, but a sloppy exchange between freshman Christina Manning and Wright doomed the Buckeyes as they crossed the finish line in 45.97.

Jordan Jennewine broke the school record in the 1500m run with her sixth-place time of 4:23.37, a regional-qualifying time. The sophomore ran another regional qualifying time in the 5000m, a personal record of 16:39.78 and the fourth-best run in school history. Teammate Sarah Foster finished 11th in a regional time of 16:45.66.

The javelin saw a fourth-place throw from Maggie Mullen. The freshman’s toss of 43.25m was the third-best throw in Ohio State history. Purdue All-American Kara Patterson took the title with a Jesse Owens Stadium record throw of 57.47m.

Sophomore Alana Gray finished fifth in the heptathlon with a personal record point total of 5078, the fourth-best score in school history. Gray’s best finish was in the 200m dash, where she ran a PR of 25.44 for fourth-place. Minnesota’s Liz Roehrig led the competition from the beginning and took the title with a Big Ten season high score of 5871, a Jesse Owens Stadium record.

Up Next
Qualifying athletes will compete at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.