Jan. 26, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team enjoyed a successful weekend of competition Friday and Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational in Lexington, Ky.
Sprinter Aisha Cavin and distance runners Michelle Thomas and Meredith Wagner were the top performers of the weekend for the Buckeyes. Cavin was a winner in the 200m and a bronze medalist in the 400m, while Thomas and Wagner turned in impressive times in the 3000m and 5000m, respectively.
Take a look at the Buckeyes’ weekend, event-by-event:
Ohio State placed two individuals in the Top 5: senior Ashlee Abraham (third, 7.47 seconds) and senior Christienne Linton (7.52). First place went to Louisville’s Margret Harris (7.41). Former Buckeye Madison McNary was second in 7.46.
Linton (8.57) and sophomore Alexandria Johnson (8.60) placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Former Buckeye All-American and NCAA champion Christina Manning, represented by adidas, took the win in 8.27 seconds.
Cavin raced to an indoor personal-best time of 23.76 to take the win in the 200m. Her winning time is the fourth-best indoor time in school history and ranks among the Top 15 in Division I so far this season. McNary was the runner-up in 23.88.
Third place went to Cavin in a personal-best time of 55.01. Missouri State’s Althia Maximilien placed first overall in 54.35.
Sophomore Katie Borchers crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 2:10.78. Fellow sophomore Janel Olberding place fourth in 2:12.47, also a personal best.
Long Jump – Open Section
Runner-up honors went to Linton (5.44m/17-10.25). Kinnesha Jones of Florida A&M finished first at 5.46m (17-11.00).
A throw of 18.73m (61-5.50) helped senior Alexis Thomas to sixth place Friday evening. Louisville’s Amashi-Ali Kendall was the winner at 19.80m (64-11.50).
A personal-best time of 9:44.52 – fifth-best in school indoor history – helped Thomas, a sophomore, to fourth overall. Kentucky’s Cally Macumber won the event in a facility-record time of 9:10.34, the fastest time in Division I this season.
Wagner, a junior, cruised to an easy win in the 5000m run Friday evening, crossing the finish line in a time of 16:46.87, 25 seconds better than runner-up Mia Elbon. Sophomore Nicole Hilton (17:41.06) and junior Mallory Kreider (17:49.27) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Ohio State’s ‘A’ team –Borchers, Olberding , freshman SoSo Walker and senior Tori Brink – took the title in a time of 11:43.88 Friday, the fifth-best DMR time in school history. Ohio State ‘B’ took second in 12:00.26.
The Buckeye ‘A’ team – Walker, Johnson, Cavin and Olberding – finished third overall in a time of 3:46.96. Kentucky took first place in 3:43.81.
Ohio State travels to New York, N.Y., next Friday, Feb. 1, for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.