Feb. 5, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 15 Ohio State women’s track and field team finished the weekend on top with outstanding performances by the team at the Orange and Blue Open and the Meyo Invitational on Saturday.
Senior Christina Manning claimed two gold medals at the University of Illinois’ Orange and Blue Open. In the 60m hurdles invitational division, Manning ran the best race of her career after crossing the line in 7.99 to tie the facility record at the U of I Track & Floor, set a PR and record the nation’s top time this season and the second-best time in Ohio State history. The All-American also led a sweep of the top 3 spots in the 60m dash where she placed first in 7.37.
Running a 24.44 in the 200m dash was Chesna Sykes who won the race just ahead of teammate Alexandria Johnson (25.25) who finished in third.
Christienne Linton (7.51) and Sykes (7.60) followed Manning in the finals for second and third, respectively. In her first meet back since the outdoor season, Madison McNary ran a 7.62 in the prelims.
Johnson placed second in the college division of the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.54, her fastest of the season. Linton joined Manning in the invitational division of the 60m hurdles and she came in sixth in 8.54.
At day two of the Meyo Invitational Kelcey McKinney turned in the top performance for Ohio State with a leap of 12.82m (42-0.75) for third in the triple jump and a new PR.
Here’s a recap of the rest of the action from the Meyo Invitational:
Adenike Pedro faired well as the only Buckeye in the finals for the 60m dash. With a time of 7.61, Pedro took sixth. Aijah Urssery (7.48) from Notre Dame won the race.
Picking up another sixth-place finish for the Scarlet and Gray was Aisha Cavin who finished in 24.41. Shaniqua McGinnis (24.90) and Kachay Hullum (24.97) joined Cavin to place 14th and 16th, respectively. Keilah Tyson (23.93) came in first representing Kentucky.
Nyjah Cousar collected another sixth-place finish (54.92) for the team. Crossing the line in 56.39 was Jackie Dim who took 17th. Representing the New York Athletic Club was winner Mary Wineberg (53.57).
In the 800m run Katie Borchers placed 13th in 2:12.92. Unnattached runner Melissa Bishop claimed gold running a time of 2:03.72.
Meredith Wagner ran a 4:59.91 to set a new PR in the mile run. Purdue’s Kelly McCurdy took first in 4:52.92.
Mallory Kreider (10:00.16) and Sarah Lowe (10:07.47) both set PRs in the 3000m run finishing eighth and 15th, respectively. Allie Scalf from Vanderbilt won in 9:53.79.
With a mark of 12.14m (39-10), Rachael Mack finished in tenth place. Western Ontario’s Caroline Ehrhardt (12.94m/42-5.5) won the triple jump.
Norianna Brown (14.41m/47-3.5) finished in 11th and Maggie Mullen (13.86m/45-5.75) finished in 16th. Indiana State’s Felisha Johnson used a mark of 16.55m (54-3.75) to win.
The Buckeyes travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for the Don Kirby Invite Feb. 10.