No. 10 Buckeyes Finish Second at Big Ten Championships
Feb. 25, 2012
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:
Final Team Rankings