April 22, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Florida - The Ohio State women's track and field team had a successful weekend between the Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Gainesville and the All-Ohio Championships in Oxford. Sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers traveled to Gainesville while throwers and distance runners stayed in Ohio. Despite rainy weather in Gainesville and a delay on the track, the Buckeyes performed exceptionally well in Florida.
In a speedy 100m hurdle race, All-American Christina Manning did not disappoint as she placed second in the international division of the 100m hurdles. Manning ran a wind-aided time of 12.57 to finish right behind Tiffany Porter (12.47) of Great Britain. The senior competed as one of two college athletes in the division.
Competing in the collegiate division of the 100m hurdles for Ohio State was Alexandria Johnson (13.41) and Christienne Linton (13.43). The pair used PRs to place 1-2. Continuing the Scarlet and Gray's dominating presence in the hurdles was Nyjah Cousar who ran a 58.79 in the 400m hurdles to collect a bronze medal, the highest student-athlete finish.
Senior Shaniqua McGinnis ran her fastest 400m dash this season on her way to a third-place finish. McGinnis crossed the line in 52.93 as the first collegiate athlete to finish. Libania Grenot, representing Nike, ran a 51.19 for the win.
Aisha Cavin represented Ohio State well as she ran a 23.85 in the 200m dash for fourth. Cavin had the highest collegiate athlete finish in the race. Adidas' Charonda Williams (22.81) took first.
In the high jump Ashley Galbraith claimed a silver medal with her leap of 1.70m (5-7). Florida's Taylor Burke won with a mark of 1.79m (5-10.5). Freshman Abie Ehimwenman used a mark of 11.92m (39-1.25) to seal the victory in the triple jump. Teammates Rachael Mack (11.73m/38-6) and Kelcey McKinney (11.55m/37-10.75) took third and fourth with their marks.
Here's a recap of the rest of the action from the Tom Jones Memorial Classic:
Running an 11.65 in the 100m dash was Chesna Sykes for fifth. Christienne Linton (11.80) took ninth and Adenike Pedro (12.06) finished in 11th. McKinney also ran crossing the line in 12.35 for 15th. Adidas' Williams (11.27) placed first.
Also competing in the collegiate division was Galbraith who placed seventh in 14.68.
Sykes (23.97) and Manning (24.03) finished sixth and eighth, respectively. McGinnis came in 12th-place with a time of 24.57. Ehimwenman (24.77) took 14th, Adenike Pedro (24.87) finished 17th and Alexandria Johnson (25.12) took 22nd.
A PR time of 54.87 helped Jackie Dim to finish ninth.
Jewelisa Thompson (1:04.86) placed 14th. Unattached hurdler Dominique Darden won with a time of 57.20.
Placing fifth and sixth for Ohio State was McKinney (5.96m/19-6.75) and Ehimwenman (5.89m/19-4), respectively. Pedro (5.75m/18-10.5) and Mack (5.56m/18-3) took 11th and 12th, respectively. Eloyse Lesueur from France won with a mark of 6.87m (22-6.5).
The 'A' team of Linton, Manning, Sykes and McNary combined to take second in 43.92. Earning the fifth-place spot with a time of 46.52 was the 'B' team of Mack, McKinney, Ehimwenman and Pedro. The University of Central Florida's 'A' team won in 43.35.
Dim, Cousar, Linton and Cavin used a time of 3:39.58 to place second in the relay. Florida won in 3:36.09.
The group of Buckeyes competing in the All-Ohio Championships collected a total of 58.5 points for a fifth-place finish in Oxford. The University of Cincinnati scored 191 points to win the team title.
In the second day of competition, Janel Olberding represented Ohio State in the 400m dash at the All-Ohio Championships. Olberding placed eighth with a time of 58.16. Rachael Clay (54.60) from Miami placed first.
Scoring for the Buckeyes in the 800m run was Katie Betts (2:12.92) who placed sixth. Katie Borchers (2:17.74) and Kelsey Rosenburg (2:18.34) finished 13th and 14th, respectively. Cincinnati's Kathy Klump (2:07.85) finished first. Jordan Jennewine picked up four points in the 1500m run after taking fifth in 4:40.12. Jessica Hoover from Miami ran a 4:35.66 for the win.
Camai Brandenberg (15.89) and Jordan Moxley (17.09) placed 12th and 17th, respectively, in the 100m hurdles. Cassandra Lloyd of Wright State won with a time of 14.09. Brandenberg also placed eighth in the high jump with a leap of 1.57m (5-1.75) to score for the Scarlet and Gray. Ashland's Jennifer Foster (1.67m/5-5.75) won.
Two Buckeyes competed in the 3000m steeplechase and both scored for the team. Michelle Thomas scored six points with a third-place finish in 10:51.99 and Tori Brink (11:01.17) took eighth to collect one point. Xavier's Ashley Vincent (10:43.64) captured the win.
The Ohio State 4x400m relay team of Olberding, Borchers, Rosenburg and Betts ran a 3:58.36 for seventh. Cincinnati's relay team took first.
Ohio State will compete in the Penn Relays April 26-28.
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