No. 10 Buckeyes Finish Second at Big Ten Championships

Go Buckeyes! Senior Christina Manning won the 60m dash and 60m hurdles.
Go Buckeyes!
Senior Christina Manning won the 60m dash and 60m hurdles.
Go Buckeyes!

Feb. 25, 2012

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LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 10 Ohio State women's track and field team completed the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships Saturday, coming up just short in defending its conference title. The Buckeyes finished with 106 points, right behind the hometown Huskers who finished with 114.50 points to claim the conference title in their first year as a member of the Big Ten.

Three school records fell and numerous PRs were set by members of the Scarlet and Gray as they fought until the end to defend their title. Ohio State captured a total of three individual titles, two silver medals and three bronze medals as they fought for the lead with Nebraska throughout the day.

All-American Christina Manning again stated her case for Athlete of the Championships after scoring 28 points for the Scarlet and Gray and turning in record-breaking performances in the 60m hurdles, 60m dash and 200m dash. Manning blew away the competition in the hurdles with the best race of her career to pick up her third consecutive title in the hurdles. The Waldorf, Md., native crossed the finish line in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7.95 to set a Big Ten championship meet record, tie the Ohio State record and post the top time in the country.

Shaniqua McGinnis won her first ever title in the 600m run with an outstanding time of 1:28.14. McGinnis' PR stands as a school record and a Devaney Center facility record. The senior also turned in a season-best time of 54.29 to collect six points in the 400m dash with her third-place finish.

Manning also led a sweep of the top 3 spots in the 60m dash in record setting time. Manning crossed the line in 7.23 to break the Ohio State record and record an NCAA automatic qualifying time. The senior's time is also the fourth-fastest Division I time this season. Manning was followed by Chesna Sykes (7.31) and Christienne Linton (7.38) in second and third, respectively. The trio all used PRs to help the Buckeyes earn 28 points in the race. Syke's time is now the third fastest in school history.

Illinois' Ashley Spencer (23.24) narrowly edged Manning (23.43) for the win in the 200m dash. Manning's second-place time was still fast enough to break the Ohio State record.

In the weight throw, Alexis Thomas (20.48m/67-2.25) picked up the highest Big Ten finish of her career after placing second and picking up eight team points for the top field event performance.

Here's a recap of the rest of the action from the final day of the 2012 Big Ten Championships:

60m Dash
Madison McNary used a time of 7.42 to finish in fourth and grab four points for Ohio State.

60m Hurdles
Linton finished in sixth with a time of 8.40 to secure three points for the team.

200m Dash
With personal-best times, Sykes (23.843) and Aisha Cavin (23.85) came in sixth and seventh as they picked up five points for the Buckeyes.

400m Dash
Nyjah Cousar (55.90) placed ninth.

800m Run
As the lone Buckeye in the finals, Tori Brink (2:17.23) finished ninth. Michigan's Rebecca Addison (2:06.07) won the title.

5000m Run
Crossing the line in 17:07.13 was Meredith Wagner for 19th. Kara Millhouse from Penn State claimed the title with a time of 16:17.45.

High Jump
Picking up two points was Ashley Galbraith (1.68m/5-6). Galbraith finished in seventh place. Michigan State's Rebecca Buchholtz won the title with a mark of 1.79m (5-10.5).

Triple Jump
The top performance for Ohio State was turned in by Kelcey McKinney. McKinney used a mark of 12.50m (41-0.25) to take sixth. Rachael Mack (12.00m/39-4.5), Abie Ehimwenman (11.75m/38-6.75) and Camai Brandenberg (11.62m/38-1.5) took 14th, 17th and 19th, respectively. Mara Griva (13.04m/42-9.5) from Nebraska claimed the title.

Weight Throw
Maggie Mullen (20.21m/66-3.75) scored five points for the Buckeyes with a fourth-place finish. Dani Bunch (20.93m/68-8) of Purdue finished first.

4x400m Relay
In the final race of the meet, Kachay Hullum, McGinnis, Jackie Dim and Cousar recorded a season-best time of 3:40.67 to claim five points in fourth place. Illinois' relay team set a meet record of 3:34.89 for the win.

Final Team Rankings
1) Nebraska - 114.50 points
2) Ohio State - 106
3) Penn State - 99
4) Illinois - 79
5) Michigan State - 77.50
6) Wisconsin - 58
7) Michigan - 57
8) Indiana - 48
9) Purdue - 31
10) Iowa - 21
11) Minnesota - 11