Senior Christina Manning.
Feb. 24, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 10 Ohio State women’s track and field team currently sits in ninth-place after the first day of competition at the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the Devaney Center. Thirteen Buckeyes have qualified for championship races set for tomorrow and are expected to bring in big points.
Christina Manning entered her final Big Ten indoor championships in record-setting fashion. Former Buckeye Donica Merriman and former Illinois hurdler Perdita Felicien set the record of 7.98 in the 60m dash back at the 2001 Big Ten Indoor Championships and today, Manning ran a 7.97 in the 60m hurdles prelims to break that record. The All-American’s lightning fast time is a PR, the second-best time in school history and is tied for the top time in Division I this year. Manning also placed first in the prelims for the 200m dash in 23.71 and second in the prelims for the 60m dash with a time of 7.39 to wrap up her stellar day.
Christienne Linton will join Manning in the hurdle finals after running a time of 8.40. The Scarlet and Gray entered four in the 60m dash and all four will step onto the track tomorrow for the finals. Ohio State claimed four of the top five spots in the prelims. Chesna Sykes (7.36), Manning and Madison McNary (7.43) went 1-2-3 while Linton (7.44) finished in fifth. Shaniqua McGinnis turned in the second-best time in Ohio State history in the 600m run after setting a PR of 1:29.37 to best the competition for first in the prelims. McGinnis also qualified in the finals for the 400m dash after crossing the line in 54.72 for third.
With stellar perfomances all around, Ashley Galbraith collected a school-record of 3,857 points in the pentathlon to finish seventh and earn the Scarlet and Gray two points.
Here’s a recap of the rest of the action from day one of the Big Ten championships:
60m Hurdles Prelims
Alexandria Johnson finished in 8.62.
200m Dash Prelims
Qualifying for the finals alongside Manning was Sykes (23.84) and Aisha Cavin (23.94) who finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Both Buckeyes turned in personal-best 200m dash times and claimed the fourth and fifth-fastest times in school history.
400m Dash Prelims
A time of 55.77 was turned in by Nyjah Cousar for a seventh-place finish and a spot in the finals. Jackie Dim (55.63) finished tenth to just miss qualifying. Kachay Hullum (56.30) finished in seventeenth. Illinois’ Ashley Spencer will take the top time into the finals after running a 54.18.
600m Run Prelims
Cousar (1:33.95) took 14th and Janel Olberding (1:35.44) took 18th.
800m Run Prelims
Tori Brink will represent the Buckeyes in the finals tomorrow after running a personal-best time of 2:10.27 for seventh in the prelims. Katie Betts (2:12.61) and Katie Borchers (2:13.50) took 15th and 16th, respectively. Jessica Furlan (2:07.10) from Nebraska will head into the finals with the top time.
Mile Run Prelims
Jordan Jennewine missed qualifying by .16 seconds with her time of 4:50.45 for tenth in the prelims.
Ohio State picked up nine points in the long jump. Kelcey McKinney (5.95m/19-6.25) used a season-best mark for fourth and Adenike Pedro (5.93m/19-5.5) placed directly behind her for fifth. Linton (5.78m/18-11.75) narrowly missed picking up points with a ninth place finish. In 17th-place was Rachael Mack (5.57m/18-3.25). Purdue’s Leah Eber won another title with a leap of 6.42m (21-0.75).
With a mark of 14.89m (49-1.75), Norianna Brown took 15th. M.J. Doan from Indiana claimed the title with a throw of 15.22m (49-11.25).
Camai Brandenberg (3,296 pts.) set a personal-best mark as she finished 15th. Wisconsin’s Dorcas Akinniyi won with 4,072 pts.
Distance Medley Relay
Brink, Dim, Betts and Jennewine (11:34.20) combined to take seventh and secure two points for the team. Michigan won in 11:11.54, a meet record.
Team Rankings - Six Events Scored
1) Nebraska - 45.50 points
2) Wisconsin - 35
3) Penn State - 24
3) Indiana - 24
3) Michigan - 24
6) Purdue - 21
7) Illinois - 13
8) Michigan State - 18.50
9) Ohio State - 13
10) Iowa - 9
11) Minnesota - 1
Competition resumes at noon with the high jump. A complete recap of the day's events will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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