Strong Showing for Buckeyes in First Outdoor Meet of the Season
March 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team opened the 2014 outdoor season Friday and Saturday at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.
The Buckeyes’ top performance of the weekend came in the 400-meter dash, where freshman Aaliyah Barnes and sophomore SoSo Walker placed 1-2 in personal-best times of 53.34 and 53.40, respectively. Both time rank in the Top 5 in Division I so far this season.
Sophomore Alexis Franklin, the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Freshman of the Year, was strong in her season debut, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles in a Top-20 Division I time of 59.40, just behind Danielle Hill of Auburn Elite (58.91).
Senior Bianca Walton was a standout in the field, turning in personal-best marks in both the triple and long jumps. A native of Maple Valley, Wash., Walton was third in the triple jump at 12.39 meters (40-7.75) and fourth in the long jump at 5.93 meters (19-5.50).
In the final race of the day, the 4x400-meter relay team – junior Alexandria Johnson, Walker, Franklin, and Barnes – combined for a winning time of 3:40.03. Alabama was the runner-up in 3:41.56.
A time of 13.78 helped Johnson to a third-place finish. Auburn Elite’s Kimberley Laing crossed the finish line in a first-place time of 13.69.
Abraham placed third in a time of 24.08 behind Sheniqua Ferguson (23.56) and Kai Selvon (23.65) of Auburn Elite.
Runner-up honors went to sophomore Minori Minagawa in a time of 17:21.32. Hannah Stefanoff of Georgia State was first in 17:16.56.
Junior Carly Pendleton set a new personal best in the event with a third-place throw of 50.33 meters (165-1.00). Unattached competitior Nikola Lomnicka was the winner at 68.15 meters (223-7.00).
Pendleton turned in another third-place finish with a mark of 46.04 meters (151-0.00). Auburn’s Rachel Dincoff captured first place at 49.86 meters (163-7.00).
Sophomore Alyssa Gary was fourth overall at 13.60 meters (44-7.50). Dincoff placed first at 15.42 meters (50-7.25).
Abraham, Sykes, Prior and senior Adenike Pedro raced to a fourth-place time of 44.97. Auburn Elite won the event in 44.30.
OSU competes at the Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, La., April 6.
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