Jan. 14, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 11 Ohio State used a victory in the final race of the day, the 4x400m relay, to forge an 81-81 tie with No. 19 Michigan in the second edition of "The Dual" Saturday afternoon at French Field House.
For the second year in a row, the hotly contested meet came down to the final race. Trailing 78-76, Ohio State secured the five points awarded to the relay winner to tie the final score, as Michigan was awarded three points for second. With the tie, the Buckeyes now lead the all-time series 1-0-1.
"I thought we had some good performances in the sprint areas, and some of our throwers threw very well," Ohio State head coach Karen Dennis said after the meet. "We were a little flat in some areas, and we need to beef up our mid-distance and our distance areas. We do know that Michigan is very strong, one of the best teams in the country, so for us to come out even is ok. Michigan had a great meet and we had a good meet."
The meet was a sprint and distance battle, as the Buckeyes dominated the sprinting events and Michigan controlled the distance areas, with the two teams staying relatively even in the field events. All-American Christina Manning led the way for the Buckeyes, posting wins in the 60m dash, 60m hurdles and 200m dash.
"It felt good to pull off the sweep," Manning said of her three victories. "That was the plan, to come out here and do what I try to do best. This is like a pre-Big Ten meet. I was trying to win as much as I could."
Here's an event-by-event breakdown of the meet:
The Buckeyes swept the top 4 for eight points toward their team score. Manning used a time of 7.36 seconds - tops in Division I this season and the fifth-best in OSU indoor history - to take first place. Christienne Linton was the runner-up in 7.46 seconds, followed by Chesna Sykes (7.54) and Adenike Pedro (7.67).
Manning blew away the field with a first-place time of 8.12 seconds, the fastest Division I time so far this season and the fourth-best in OSU indoor history. Christienne Linton was the runner-up in a top 10 national time of 8.43 seconds, securing a total of eight points for the Scarlet and Gray in the event. Amber Smith was the top finisher for Michigan (third, 8.68).
Ohio State placed 1-2-3 in the event for eight team points. Manning won heat one in a time of 24.24 for first place overall, while Aisha Cavin (24.55) and Sykes (24.97) placed 1-2 in heat two for second and third place, respectively.
Ohio State claimed eight points by taking first place in both heats. All-American Shaniqua McGinnis finished first overall in 55.63 seconds, while Kachay Hullum placed second (57.05) in the final standings.
Nyjah Cousar earned three points with a second-place finish (1:33.84) behind Michigan's Jillian Smith (1:31.15). Janel Olberding added an additional point for OSU with a seventh-place run (1:38.63).
Katie Betts (third, 2:15.69) and Katie Borchers (fourth, 2:17.98) picked up three points in the event for Ohio State. Rebecca Addison (2:11.55) and Brook Handler (2:13.82) went 1-2 for the Wolverines.
Tori Brink and Jordan Jennewine (4:52.80) placed third and fourth, respectively, good for three points toward the Buckeyes' team score. Rebecca Addison (4:43.64) and Shannon Osika (4:43.79) helped Michigan to a 1-2 finish. Brink's time was a PR and the fourth-fastest in OSU indoor history.
Meredith Wagner fought a pack of six Wolverines for much of the race, coming away with a third-place time of 9:46.96. Shannon Osika was first for Michigan in 9:40.45, followed by teammate Alexandra Leptich (9:45.17). Michelle Thomas picked up a single point for the Buckeyes with an eighth-place finish.
Ashley Galbraith cleared 1.76m (5-9.25) for an easy win - the top 10 national mark netted an important five points for the Buckeyes. Michigan went 2-3, led by Brianna Jenkins (1.64m/5-4.50), while Jordan Moxley picked up an additional point for OSU with a fourth-place finish (1.64m/5-4.50).
Michigan's Tofunmi Akeredolu cleared 5.99m (19-8) to win the event on her final jump. The Buckeyes settled for five team points and a 2-3 finish, with Pedro taking second (5.93m/19-5.50) and Linton placing third (5.85m/19-2.50). Pedro's jump tied her for the fifth-best mark in school indoor history and equaled a collegiate best.
Ada Unachukwu of Michigan claimed the title at 12.68m ahead of Ohio State's Kelcey McKinney (12.29m). Rachel Mack placed third (11.92m/39-1.25) to give the Buckeyes five points in the event.
Ohio State claimed eight points with a 1-2 finish. Maggie Mullen took first place with a PR and top 5 national mark of 20.55m (67-5.25), the fourth-best throw in OSU indoor history. Alexis Thomas was second at 18.83m/61-9.50), while Michigan's Emily Pendleton placed third (17.28m/56-8.50).
Pendleton followed up her third-place weight throw with a victory in the shot put (15.40m/6-25). Runner-up Norianna Brown picked up three points for the Buckeyes with a 14.49m (47-6.50) heave, while Mullen added a single point with a fourth-place toss of 13.47m (44-2.50)
Kim Concillado and Allison Hammond secured three points for the Buckeyes in the event, but Michigan managed a 1-2 finish, with Killey Tobel taking the title at 3.85m (12-7.50).
OSU won the `A' team race in a time of 3:44.28, while Michigan claimed the `B' team relay in 3:56.49.
The Buckeyes have a week off before competing at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational in Lexington, Ky., Jan. 27-28.