April 27, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s track and field team kicked things of in Philadelphia Thursday with the first day of competition at the Penn Relays. Thirteen members of the Scarlet and Gray competed during the opening day of the meet.
In the first running event of the 118th Penn Relays, Nyjah Cousar used a time of 58.64 to finish third in a deep 400m hurdles race. Big Ten rival Latoya Griffith from Illinois claimed the top spot in 57.88.
Norianna Brown and Carly Pendleton joined Cousar to also collect bronze medals for the Buckeyes. Brown used a PR mark of 15.48m (50-9.5) for the medal in the shot put. Tremanisha Taylor from North Carolina State set a new meet record with her first-place throw of 16.44m (53-11.25). Pendleton and Brown competed alongside each other in the discus throw college division. Pendleton used a mark of 47.86m (157-0) to gain her medal. With a mark of 44.16m (144-10), Brown took ninth overall. A throw of 51.45m (168-9) was used by Amber Monroe from Miami (Florida) to win first.
Also representing Ohio State in field events was junior Alexis Thomas who placed fifth in the hammer throw championship division with a mark of 57.87m (190-2). Maggie Mullen (56.92m/186-8) finished in seventh place. The winner was fellow Big Ten competitor Penn State’s Melissa Kurzdorfer (62.53m/205-1). Ashley Galbraith competed in the college division of the high jump where she placed sixth after clearing the bar at 1.72m (5-7.75). North Carolina State’s Lacey Shuman (1.78m/5-10) won.
Three Buckeyes competed in the long jump college division. With Adenike Pedro leading the way, Ohio State took sixth, 18th and 19th. Pedro’s leap was 5.99m (19-8) for sixth. Placing 18th was Kelcey McKinney (5.70m/18-8.5) followed directly by Abie Ehimwenman (5.68m/18-7.75) in 19th. Julienne McKee (6.24m/20-5.75) claimed first representing Georgia Tech.
The distance medley relay team also took to the track Thursday. The team placed tenth with Jordan Jennewine, Alexandria Johnson, Tori Brink and Katie Betts working together to turn in a time of 11:52.34. Ohio State competed in the Championship of America division, which highlights the best college relay teams in the country. Villanova’s relay team placed first in 11:01.03.
Friday’s events for Ohio State begin at 10 a.m. ET with Kelcey McKinney competing in the championship division of the triple jump.