Feb. 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women's track and field team completed a spirited weekend of competition at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City Saturday evening. The Buckeyes faced 12 of the top-25 teams in the nation during the two days of events at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.
Highlights included personal-best times for sophomores Aisha Cavin (200m), Michelle Thomas (3000m) and Abie Ehimwenman (triple jump). The Buckeyes’ Distance Medley team also turned in a nationally-ranked time that earned the four-member squad a gold medal.
Below is a recap of all of the action:
A personal-best time of 23.69 – the fourth-fastest run in school indoor history and a top-15 time nationally – helped Cavin to a fifth-place finish. Brianna Rollins was the gold medalist in a time of 23.22.
Freshman Cheyenne Hoerr turned in a seventh-place time of 1:16.16. Kristyn Williams of Stanford won the race in 1:13.39.
Seventh place went to sophomore Janel Olberding in a time of 2:13.12. North Carolina’s Elizabeth Whelan took the title in 2:10.44.
The gold medal went to Thomas in a personal-best time of 9:40.07, fourth best in school indoor history. The sophomore edged runner-up Jill Prentice of Richmond (9:40.28) to claim the victory.
Weight Throw Championship
Senior Alexis Thomas hit a 19.91m (65-4.00) mark for a fifth-place finish. Alena Krechyk of Kansas place first overall at 21.76m (71-4.75).
Triple Jump College
Ehimwenman used a personal-best jump of 12.07m (39-7.25) to take fifth overall. Albany’s Patricia McNish cleared 12.31m (12.31m/40-4.75) for first place.
Distance Medley College
Olberding, sophomore Katie Borchers, freshman SoSo Walker and senior Tori Brink crossed the finish line in 11:33.32. The foursome’s time is fourth best in school history and a top-25 Division I time this season. Runner-up honors went to Iowa State (11:38.06).
Ohio State ‘A’ – Hoerr, Olberding, Walker and sophomore Alexandria Johnson – claimed the bronze medal with a time of 3:44.36. George Mason (3:40.40) was first, followed by Iowa State (3:40.73).
Ohio State competes at the SPIRE NCAA Division I Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, Feb. 8-9.
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