May 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Katie Borchers broke her own school record in the 800m run Friday afternoon at the Ohio Open in Athens, Ohio, crossing the finish line in 2:06.84 to finish in first place.
Borchers – whose previous record of 2:06.95 was set in February at the Big Ten indoor meet – defeated unattached competitor and former Buckeye Shaniqua McGinnis by more than two seconds. The time ranks among the Top 50 in Division I this season.
In all, Ohio State won nine events in its final meet prior to the Big Ten championships. Here’s a complete recap:
A personal-best time of 23.55 helped junior Adenike Pedro to first place. Sophomore Aisha Cavin (23.58) and senior Ashlee Abraham (24.09) finished second and third, respectively, with season-best times.
Sophomore Janel Olberding placed third behind Borchers in a 2:09.41.
Runner-up honors went to freshman Tammy Berger in 4:36.48. Julie Accurso of Ohio was the winner in 4:33.99.
It was a race between six Buckeyes, with sophomore Michelle Thomas emerging victorious in a time of 10:09.42.
Freshman Sakiko Minagawa won the event in 18:04.78.
Sophomore Carly Pendleton turned in a season-best mark of 48.12m (157-10.50) to finish in first place.
Abraham, Cavin, Pedro and senior Christienne Linton combined for a first-place time of 46.10.
The Ohio State team of Olberding, Borchers, Neitzel and Berger won the race in 3:56.64.
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