April 26, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second time this season, a new school record was set in the 4x800m relay by members of the 2013 Ohio State women’s track and field team, this time on the second day of competition at the 104th Drake Relays Friday evening in Des Moines, Iowa.
Freshman SoSo Walker and sophomores Katie Betts, Katie Borchers and Janel Olberding combined for a fifth-place time of 8:39.80, 16 seconds better than the previous record set last month at the Shamrock Invitational. Notre Dame won the event in 8:33.65.
It was a solid day all around for the Buckeye relays teams – both the 4x400m and 4x100m performed well in preliminary competition to advance to Saturday finals. The 4x400m squad of Olberding, Walker, freshman Alexis Franklin, and sophomore Aisha Cavin finished second in its heat and fifth overall in a season-best time of 3:38, while the 4x1 team consisting of Cavin, senior Ashlee Abraham, senior Christienne Linton and junior Adenike Pedro place second in its heat and third overall in 45.81 seconds.
In individual competition, Borchers and Olberding both turned in season bests in the 800m, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Borchers crossed the finish line in 2:07.58, the third-best 800m time in OSU outdoor history, while Olberding completed her race in 2:08.01 to rank fourth on the all-time outdoor performers list at Ohio State.
Other Buckeye highlights:
Abraham won her heat and finished second overall in 12.05 seconds. Iowa Central’s Dominque Kimpel leads the field heading into Saturday’s final.
Betts placed sixth in a season-best time of 2:10.12.
A season-best time of 16:44.90 helped sophomore Michelle Thomas finish seventh overall. UTEP’s Risper Kimaiyo was first in 16:18.00.
Competition resumes tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. CT.
Buckeye Spotlight - Kate Deaton