April 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Alexis Thomas broke her own school record in the hammer throw at the 28th Jesse Owens Track Classic Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, clearing 65.48m (214-10.00) to finish second overall.
Thomas, who set the previous school record last May at the Big Ten outdoor championships (64.62m/212-0.00) , currently ranks seventh in Division I this season. Akron’s Brittany Funk won the event at 65.96m (216-5.00) – she ranks sixth in the country in 2013.
Other Buckeye winners included freshman Alexis Franklin in the 400m hurdles, sophomore Alexandria Johnson in the 100m hurdles, sophomore Katie Borchers in the 800m, and the 4x400m relay team.
Here’s a complete recap of day two at the JOTC:
Senior Ashlee Abraham (11.75) and junior Adenike Pedro (11.78) finished in third and fourth, respectively. Adella King of Indiana Tech was first in 11.50 seconds.
Johnson took first place with a time of 13.92. Senior Christienne Linton crossed the finish line in second with a time of 14.04.
Third place went to sophomore Aisha Cavin in a time of 55.57. Kent State’s Shanequa Williams placed first in 55.13.
Franklin took first with a time of 58.50. She was followed by Zalika Dixon of Indiana Tech (1:00.83) and Breanna Peabody of Oakland (1:01.61).
Buckeyes took both first and second place. Borchers finished in first with a time of 2:10.76, with sophomore Janel Olberding placing second in 2:11.92.
Sophomore Abie Ehimwenman jumped a season-best 5.90m (19-04.25) to take second place. Leah Eber, competing unattached, was the winner at 6.19m (20-3.75).
Junior Bianca Walton, competing unattached, placed third at 11.92m (39-1.25). Kent State’s Keri Dantley finished first (12.26m/40-2.75), followed by former Buckeye Kelcey McKinney (12.07m/39-7.25).
Freshman Bri Neitzel, Cavin, Olberding and Franklin combined for a first-place time of 3:44.36. Indiana State finished second in 3:47.35.