April 14, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's track and field team put on a strong showing at a rainy Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Even in the wet and cooler conditions, several Buckeyes turned in PR's and first-place performances in front of the home fans, much to the delight of head coach Karen Dennis.
“We had some great performances, some good performances and some improved performances," Dennis said. "Maggie Mullen had a huge personal best performance in the hammer throw and bested a great competitive field. Carly Pendleton and Alexandra Troester had personal-best performances in the discus. Christina Manning ran impressively on a wet day as did Aisha Cavin and Shaniqua McGinnis.
"It’s good to see Madison McNary coming around in the sprints because Chesna Sykes runs better when Madison and Manning are running well. Ashley Galbraith looked much better in the high jump and Abie Ehimwenman had a season best performance in the long jump. We had some improved performances out of Katie Betts and Katie Borchers, Michelle Thomas and Sarah Chilson in the 800m, steeple, and 5k events. We had hoped for better weather for our fans and seniors, but our team competed well in some adverse conditions. We still have to keep working for better performances across the board.”
Here is a breakdown of the day's events:
100m Hurdles: Christina Manning won the race with a time of 13.06, the ninth best in Division I this season. Chelsea Carrier-Eades (13.37) from West Virginia claimed second and Cassandra Lloyd (13.60) of Wright State came in third. Alexandria Johnson and Christienne Linton finished seventh and ninth, respectively.
400m Hurdles: Junior Nyjah Cousar took first with a time of 58.98. Chelsea Carrier-Eades of West Virginia claimed second with a time of 59.02. Jaelynn Pryor of Michigan State finished third. Senior Jewelisa Thompson finished eighth with a time of 1:04.72.
Long Jump: Freshman Abie Ehimwenman claimed fourth with a jump of 5.97m/19-07. Leah Eber of Purdue came in first after jumping 6.45m/21-02. Uhunoma Osazuwa (Unattached) and Stormy Nesbit (West Virginia) took second and third.
Triple Jump: Ehimwenman claimed third with a jump of 12.02m/39-05.25. Tori Franklin (12.20m/40-00.50) of Michigan State took first and Caroline Ehrhardt (12.11m/39-08.75) of London-Western finished second.
Shot Put: Norianna Brown of Ohio State came in fourth with a throw of 15.05m (51-7). Zara Northover (15.72m/51-5.50) from Central Park finished first while Nia Henderson (unattached) claimed second. Dani Bunch of Purdue took third.
Hammer Throw: Senior Maggie Mullen claimed first with a PR throw of 59.84m/196-04, the fifth best in school history. Alexis Thomas finished fourth with a throw of 57.57m/188-10. Brooke Pleger (unattached) and Jessica Rowland from Findlay finished second and third, respectively.
High Jump: Senior Ashley Galbraith won the event in her final showing at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. She bested the field with a jump of 1.70m, edging Sydney Cummings of West Virginia who leaped 1.65m.
100m Dash: Ohio State took second and third. Madison McNary claimed second with a time of 11.77. Chesna Sykes finished third (11.86) and Miana Griffiths (unattached) took first place with a time of 11.69.
200m Dash: Freshman Aisha Cavin finished first with a time of 24.24. Michigan State claimed second and third as Alicia Evans came in second with a time of 24.42 and TeJuanna Williams finished third with a time of 24.56.
400m Dash: Senior Shaniqua McGinnis claimed fifth with a time of 54.18. First place went to Mary Wineberg of NYAC. Shantavia Williams of Eastern Michigan and Alysson Bodenbach of Michigan State took second and third. Jacqueline Dim finished tenth.
800m Run: Freshman Katie Betts finished fifth with a time of 2:12.75. Kathy Klump (2:09.36) of Cincinnati took first. Kari Shoolbraid of Purdue and Steph Tinney (unattached) claimed second and third.
4x400m Relay: Aisha Cavin, Alexandria Johnson, Nyjah Cousar and McGinnis won the relay with a time of 3:45.12. Eastern Michigan finished a close second with a time of 3:45.21. Cincinnati claimed third with a time of 3:45.55.
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