Ehimwenman Earns Silver Medal in Long Jump at B1G Championships
Feb. 28, 2014
GENEVA, Ohio – Junior Abie Ehimwenman earned a silver medal in the long jump Friday afternoon at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships at SPIRE Institute, highlighting day one of competition for the Ohio State women’s track and field team.
Ehimwenman cleared a personal-best 6.20 meters (20-4.25), the second-best jump in school indoor history and a Top-25 performance in Division I this season. Michigan’s Erin Busbee won the conference title at 6.20 meters (20-4.25), earning a tiebreak win by virtue of her second-best jump of the day, 6.17 meters (20-3.00). Ehimwenman posted a second-best jump of 6.16 meters (20-2.50).
The Distance Medley team – junior Katie Borchers, freshman Indya Slaughter, freshman Rachel Weber and sophomore Tammy Berger – also scored for the Buckeyes on the opening day of competition with a seventh-place and season-best time of 11:29.52, the third-best time in school history. Michigan won its signature event for the 11th year in a row in a time of 11:12.52.
In preliminary competition, freshman Aaliyah Barnes made an impressive conference championship debut for the Buckeyes, posting the top qualifying time of the day in the 400-meter dash and the third-best time in the 200-meter dash. The Columbus, Ohio, native turned in personal-best times in both events, crossing the finish line in a time of 53.59 in the 200 and 23.90 in the 200. The 400-meter time ranks the Columbus, Ohio, native fifth all-time in Ohio State indoor history in the event.
Through six events, the Buckeyes sit in ninth place with 10 points. Michigan leads the competition with a team score of 38.
Other day one highlight for OSU:
Senior Ashlee Abraham won her heat and placed first overall in 7.32 seconds. She will be joined in the final by seniors Alycia Prior (fourth, 7.47) and Adenike Pedro (sixth, 7.48), who ran season bests to advance.
60m Hurdle Prelims
Junior Alexandria Johnson tied a personal-best with a time of 8.38 seconds, placing third in her heat and fifth overall – she will compete in the final race Sunday. Cindy Ofili of Michigan was first overall in 8.19.
Abraham will join Barnes in the finals. She was the runner-up behind her freshman teammate in the fourth heat and eighth overall in 24.10. Mahogany Jones of Penn State was first overall in 23.47.
Sophomore SoSo Walker finished second in her heat and seventh overall in 1:31.50 to claim a spot in the championship race. Alena Brooks of Minnesota was the top runner of the day (1:29.51).
A season-best time of the 2:08.00 helped Borchers to a runner-up finish in her heat and the third-fastest time on the day. Michigan’s Danielle Pfieffer turned in the top time of the day (2:07.58).
Sophomores Helen Willman (4:55.60) and Minori Minagawa (4:58.56) posted personal-best times, finishing 14th and 18th, respectively. Brook Handler of Michigan led the preliminary heats with a time of 4:43.77.
Team Standings – six events scored
Michigan – 38 points
Indiana – 35
Nebraska – 30
Penn State – 28.5
Minnesota -- 23.5
Michigan State – 21
Wisconsin – 17
Purdue – 16
Ohio State – 10
Iowa – 9
Illinois – 6
OSU Points Breakdown
Long Jump – 8
DMR – 2