COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team opened competition at the 2016 Big Ten Indoor Championships Friday afternoon at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Nine Buckeyes qualified for championship finals tomorrow at SPIRE, highlighted by three athletes advancing in the 200-meter dash. Junior Aaliyah Barnes led the way, winning her preliminary heat and finishing second overall in a season-best time of 23.60, the fourth-fastest time in school history. Sophomore Maggie Barrie was seventh overall in a personal-best time of 23.83, followed by senior Aliyah Everson, who was eighth in a season-best time of 23.85.
Everson and Barnes also qualified for the 60-meter finals. Everson was seventh overall in a personal-best time of 7.44, followed by Barnes in eighth in 7.47 seconds.
In the 800-meter finals, junior Rachel Weber posted the top time heading into Saturday’s final, crossing the finish line in a personal-best time 2:06.73. Weber ranks second in the event in school history behind defending B1G champion Katie Borchers.
Two athletes will represent the Scarlet and Gray in the 600-meter finals. Freshman Karrington Winters raced to victory in her preliminary heat and second place overall in a personal-best time of 1:29.95, the No. 4 time in the OSU record book. Sophomore Olivia Smith claimed the ninth qualifying spot in a time of 1:31.79.
A season-best time of 53.49 seconds helped senior SoSo Walker to a win in her 400-meter preliminary and the fourth-fastest time of the afternoon. Walker, the school-record holder in the event outdoors, now ranks fifth all-time in the indoor record book.
Ohio State closed the day on the track with a seventh-place finish in the Distance Medley. Smith, senior Tammy Berger, freshman Martha Sam and senior Sakiko Minagawa combined for a season-best time of 11:41.07.
In the field, senior Alyssa Gary and sophomore Olivia Small scored points for the Buckeyes in the shot put and long jump, respectively. Gary cleared a personal-best distance of 15.54 meters (51-0.00) to take seventh, while Small posted a collegiate-best jump of 5.81 meters (19-0.75) for an eighth-place finish.
Through six events, Ohio State is 11th with five points. Penn State is in first with 56.5 points, followed by Minnesota (37) and Michigan (25).
Day two at the Big Ten championships begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET. Live coverage on BTN2Go is set for 1:15 p.m.
Shot Put – 2
Distance Medley – 2
Long Jump – 1
Team Rankings - Six Events Scored
1) Penn State - 56.5
2) Minnesota - 37
3) No. 6 Michigan - 25
4) No. 25 Purdue - 22
4) No. 22 Wisconsin - 22
6) Nebraska - 20
7) Indiana - 15
8) Michigan State - 13.5
9) Maryland - 7
10) Rutgers - 6
11) Iowa - 5
11) Ohio State - 5