Mullen has outstanding weekend for Buckeyes


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The Ohio State women’s track and field team put a cap on an encouraging weekend Saturday afternoon at the Volunteer Track Classic in Knoxville Tenn.

Although the Scarlet and Gray failed to win a single event on the second day of competition, several young Buckeyes showed tremendous growth with high placements and personal records.

Maggie Mullen had an outstanding weekend for the Buckeyes, following up her fourth-place finish in the hammer throw Friday with a second-place throw in the javelin and sixth-place mark in the discus.

The freshman’s mark of 41.83m in the javelin is the second-best in school history, just behind her own Ohio State record set three weeks ago at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C. Alabama’s Rachel Robbs was first at 42.60m and Buckeye sophomore Alana Gray was sixth with a personal best throw of 31.65m.

Gray recorded top ten marks in two other events, the 100m hurdles and high jump. Her fourth-place sprint of 14.16 in the hurdles was a personal best, while her seventh-place jump of 1.55m tied her with teammate Ashley Galbraith.

Chelsea James and Alison Roquet bested both Gray and Galbraith in the high jump, tying for fifth at 1.60m. Celriece Law of Tennessee was first with a 13.35m NCAA qualifying mark. 

The long jump saw four Buckeyes finish in the top five. Kelcey McKinney was second with a leap of 5.78m, while Bridget Jacobs, Chelsea James and Megan Thuney followed McKinney in that order. James’s jump of 5.67m was a personal record.

Sophomore Jordan Jennewine finished third in the 800m run a day after setting a personal record in the 1500m. Her time of 2:13.30 was just enough to outlast teammate Ashley Jones, who finished fourth in 2:15.34.

The 400m dash saw two Buckeyes finish back-to-back. Ashley Caldwell crossed the finish line in 56.49, good enough for a third-place finish, while McGinnis took fourth in 57.06.

Ohio State posted yet another third and fourth place finish in the 1500m. Kesha Brooks beat out Ashley Chirco, finishing in 4:45.36. Chirco followed in a time of 4:58.90.

Latoya Sanderson placed third in the 400m hurdles. Sanderson finished in a personal record time of 1:02.61. Jewelisa Thompson was fifth in 1:05.44 and Kelsey Kuzmic sixth at 1:06.40.

The 4x400m relay team of Caldwell, McGinnis, Jacobs and Saryna Ferguson finished second in 3:53.86. Tennessee won the event with a time of 3:42.63.

Ohio State returns to the track next week at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.