COLUMBUS, Ohio New challengers await the Ohio State women’s track and field team this weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City. This will be the deepest field the Buckeyes have faced so far this season, with more than 100 of the top women’s teams in the country competing. Ohio State will look to follow up its solid presentation at last weekend’s Indiana Relays, which saw two Buckeyes take individual titles and a host of others post season high performances. The Armory Track and Field Center will play host to the prestigious event, set to begin Friday evening at 7 p.m. ET. For more information and to see a live webcast of the meet as it happens, visit

Scheduled Events
60m Dash       4x200m Relay
60m Hurdles   4x400m Relay
200m Dash     4x800m Relay
400m Dash     4,000m Distance Medley
500m Dash     High Jump
800m Run       Pole Vault
1000m Run     Long Jump
1 Mile Run      Triple Jump
3000m Run     Shot Put
5000m Run     Weight Throw

Scouting the Field
Five Top 15 teams will be competing this weekend alongside the Buckeyes, highlighted by top-ranked Texas A&M. The Aggies are led by superstar sophomore Gabby Mayo, who holds Top 25 times in three events this season. Other challengers will include No. 4 Oregon and Lindsey Scherf, the nation’s second ranked runner in the 5000m, 11-time national champion and No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Texas, who holds the top spot in three individual events this season, and No. 12 Arkansas.

Thompson Developing into Team Leader
Junior distance runner Emily Thompson has started the 2009 season with a bang, emerging as a team leader while setting three team highs and personal records in the process. Thompson’s 4:54.03 mile at last Saturday’s Indiana Relays was almost an 11-second improvement over her high mark in 2008. Her 2:09.97 time in the 800m Invitational is the fourth best time in the Big Ten this season, while a 9:54.24 run in the 3000m is a great effort to build on.

Buckeyes add Tyson Invitational to 2009 Schedule
Seven Buckeyes (Ayrizanna Favours, Letecia Wright, Christina Manning, Shaniqua McGinnis, Ashley Caldwell, Emily Thompson and Sarah Foster) will be competing at the Randal Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13 and 14. The rest of the women’s team will compete at the previously scheduled Akron Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Last Time Out
Sophomore Letecia Wright led the way for the Ohio State women’s track and field team Friday and Saturday at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington Ind., finishing first in the 60m hurdles with a season-high time of 8.49 and second in the 200m dash at 24.75.

Ayrizanna Favours had another solid weekend, claiming the top spot in the 400m dash finals with a Big Ten season-best time of 54.96 and a third-place finish in the 60m dash at 7.56.

Freshman Shaniqua McGinnis continued an impressive start to her college career with a first-place finish in the 200m dash (unseeded) with a time of 25.70 and a third-place performance in the 400m dash at 56.29.

In the field, Maggie Mullen finished fourth in the shot put at 13.41m while Kelcey McKinney was fifth in the triple jump (11.18m). The 4x800m relay team of Jordan Jennewine, Ashley Jones, Jewelisa Thompson and Kesha Brooks took third with a time of 9:13.18 in the finals. Meanwhile, the 4×400 team of Favours, Wright, McGinnis and Ashley Caldwell also took third with a time of 3:46.48.