April 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team finished third overall at the Jim Click Shootout Saturday afternoon in Tucson, Ariz. The Buckeyes totaled 102 points to place behind No.5 Arizona (188) and Stanford (135). Kansas State placed fourth with 83 points, followed by Iowa (62).
The star of the day was senior thrower Alexis Thomas, who took first place in the hammer throw with an impressive 63.80m (209-4.00) heave, nearly 13 feet better than second-place finisher Sara Savatovic of Kansas State (59.92m/196-7.00). The distance ranks eighth in Division I this season.
Here’s a complete recap of the day’s events:
Three athletes placed in the Top 6. Third place went to sophomore Alexandria Johnson in a time of 13.79, with senior Christienne Linton finishing fifth (13.99) and freshman Alexis Franklin placing sixth (14.08).
Abraham crossed the finish line in 24.11 seconds to place fifth overall. Arizona’s Shapri Romero was the victor in a time of 23.50.
A personal-best and top-20 Division I time of 53.86 helped freshman SoSo Walker to a second-place finish. Romero of Arizona finished first in 52.37.
Franklin used a personal-best time of 58.19 – the fourth-best time in school outdoor history and a top-15 time nationally – to finish third overall. Kori Carter of Stanford placed first in 54.71.
Sophomore Janel Olberding finished fourth in a time of 2:08.55. Justine Fedronic of Stanford was first in 2:03.93.
Ohio State finished 5-6-7 in the event, with all three athletes turning in personal-best times. Freshman Tammy Berger was fifth in 4:38.40, followed by sophomore Michelle Thomas (4:39.50) and sophomore Katie Borchers (4:39.72). First place went to Arizona’s Jennifer Bergman (4:29.50).
Thomas was the top finisher for OSU, placing fourth in a time of 10:24.64. Unattached competitor Yuriko Kobayashi won the race in 9:50.11.
A time of 11:14.58 earned sophomore Nicole Hilton third-place honors. Arizona’s Stephanie Bulder was first in 10:46.21.
Sophomore Abie Ehimwenman finished third overall with a mark of 5.76m (18-10.75). Kansas State’s Jasmine Gibbs took first place at 5.95m (19-6.25).
Ehimwenman took third with a jump of 12.15m (39-10.50). Stanford’s Jordan Merback was first at 12.48m (40-11.50).
Emily Schwartz turned in a third-place height of 3.51m (11-6.25), a mark that ranks the freshman fifth all-time in the Ohio State outdoor-record books. Stanford’s Katherine Zingheim placed first at 3.86m (12-8.00).
Ohio State ‘A’ – Aisha Cavin, Abraham, Johnson and Linton – finished second behind Arizona (44.76) with a time of 45.00.
The Buckeye team of Walker, Cavin, Johnson and Franklin raced to fourth-place time of 3:38.91, a top-25 time nationally. Arizona won in a time of 3:33.32.
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