Feb. 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team played host to the Buckeye Tune-Up Friday night at French Field House in the squad’s final meet prior to the Big Ten championships.
A number of personal-best times and marks were set, and head coach Karen Dennis was encouraged by what she saw from her student-athletes:
“The whole purpose of the night was to tune up before the championship,” she said after the meet. “I don’t want to overload anyone. The biggest thing is to collectively see progress and intensity. We have to have intensity and competitiveness to do well at the Big Ten Championships. I saw some of that intensity tonight, and we are going to need it next week.”
Here is a complete recap of the Friday night event:
Aliyah Everson finished third with a time of 25.39.
Aisha Cavin (55.40) and Sonikqua Walker (56.11) crossed the finish line in first- and second-place, respectively. Breigh Jones (56.63) of Austin Peay and Cheyenne Hoerr (57.11) followed in third and fourth.
Second place went to Katie Betts in a time of 2:14.70.
Ohio State place four athletes in the Top 5. Michelle Thomas finished in second, running a personal best of 5:00.66. Tammy Berger (5:01.00), Minori Minagawa (5:03.47) and Nicole Hilton (5:05.95) finished in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Four Buckeyes finished in the Top 5. Hilton (10:08.27) and Mallory Kreider (10:14.72) took first and second place consecutively. Sakiko Minagawa finished in fourth with a time of 10:20.43, followed by Tori Brink in fifth with a time of 10:23.90.
Abie Ehimwenman used a personal-best mark of 12.32m (40-5.00) to take first place.
Pedro took first place with a leap of 5.71m (18-09.00).
Alexis Thomas set a new personal best with a throw of 20.64m (67-08.75) placing her second overall – the distance ranks in the Top 15 in Division I this season. Emily Taylor (PR of 17.59m/57-08.50) and Carly Pendleton (PR of 16.46m/54-00.00) came in fifth and sixth for Ohio State.
Emily Schwartz placed first with a collegiate-best vault of 3.50m (11-05.75).
Ohio State ‘A’ crossed the line in first with a time of 11:57.21. Ohio Northern ‘A’ (12:04.59) and Ohio State ‘B’ (12:07.78) finished second and third, respectively.
OSU finished third overall in a time of 3:53.90. Austin Peay won the relay in 3:51.79.
The Buckeyes travel to Geneva, Ohio, for the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 22-23.