Great Team Effort Wraps Up Competition at Buckeye Classic

Go Buckeyes! Kelcey McKinney
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Kelcey McKinney
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Jan. 6, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's track and field team officially opened its season on Friday with the Buckeye Classic. The Buckeyes started the season strong with 11 first-place finishes in front of a hometown crowd at French Field House competing against runners from Wright State, Ohio University, the NAIA's Shorter, and several unattached athletes from the area. 

Christina Manning started her senior season off by crossing the line first in the 60m dash (7.40) and 60m hurdles (8.19)

In field events, Maggie Mullen led a top 3 sweep in the weight throw with a mark of 19.15m (62-10). Kelcey McKinney and Rachael Mack had identical leaps of 12.17m (39-11.25) in the triple jump to lead the way for Ohio State top 4 finish.

Here's a recap of the rest of the action from the Buckeye Classic:

60m Dash
Ohio State swept the race taking the first five places. Manning was joined in the top 5 by Chesna Sykes (7.48), Christienne Linton (7.57), Adenike Pedro (7.65) and Aisha Cavin (7.75). 

60m Hurdles
Linton (8.64) followed Manning for the Buckeyes with a third-place finish. 

200m Dash
Cavin ran a time  of 24.32 to take first. Alexandria Johnson (25.63) and Pedro (25.64) rounded out the top 5 placing third and fourth, respectively. 

400m Dash
With a time of 56.30, Shaniqua McGinnis took first in the 400m dash. McGinnis was followed by Jackie Dim (58.31), who placed second. 

600m Run
The Scarlet and Gray went 1-2 with Janel Olberding (1:38.36) leading the way. Taylor James (1:40.30) took second.

800m Run
Freshmen Katie Betts (2:18.12) and Katie Borchers (2:18.81) went 1-2 in the 800 for the Buckeyes. 

Mile Run
Freshman Caroline Murray placed second in her first meet as a Buckeye with a time of 5:12.63. Senior Sarah Lowe (5:22.04) and freshman Michelle Thomas (5:25.06) placed in the top 5 for Ohio State taking fourth and fifth, respectively. Ohio University's Juli Accurso won the mile in 5:00.28. 

3000m Run
Mallory Kreider (10:22.87) crossed the line for second and Lowe collected a fourth-place finish (10:36.94).

High Jump
Clearing the bar at 1.72m (5-7.75) for first was Ashley Galbraith. Freshman Jordan Moxley took third (1.57m/5-1.75). 

Shot Put
Norianna Brown used a mark of 13.92m (45-8) to take first. Mullen (12.88m/42-3.25) and Alexandra Troester (12.32m/40-05) placed third and fifth, respectively. 

Weight Throw
Alexis Thomas (18.34m/60-02) came in second and Katie Groseclose took third (16.05m/52-08). 

Long Jump
With a leap of 5.89m (19-04), Pedro captured gold in the long jump. Linton (5.88m/19-03.5) and Kelcey McKinney (5.87m/19-03.25) placed second and third, respectively, for an Ohio State sweep of the top 3. Junior Rachael Mack took fifth with a mark of 5.74m (18-10)

Triple Jump
Freshman Abie Ehimwenman (12.01m/39-5) and Ashley Woodruff (11.59m/38-0) took third and fourth, respectively. 

Pole Vault
Stephanie Zimmerman placed second clearing the bar at 3.05m (10-0). Wright State's Jessica Berry claimed first clearing the bar at 3.20m (10-06). 

4x400m Relay
Shorter's relay team finished first in 3:57.95. Ohio State's `D' team consisting of Woodruff, McGinnis, Cavin and Betts took second (4:02.28). McKinney, Sykes, Dim and Borchers combined for the `C` team that placed third (4:03.35) and Galbraith, Nyjah Cousar, James and Ehimwenman made up the `A' team that finished fourth in 4:04.52.  

Up Next
The Buckeyes will host Michigan in "The Dual" meet on Jan. 14 at French Field House. Events start at 11 a.m.