May 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's track and field team concluded an eventful second day of the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes saw eight individuals, as well as their 4x100m relay team, qualify for finals in seven events that will take place Sunday.
Here are the highlights from day two:
Senior Ashlee Abraham and junior Adenike Pedro qualified second and third, respectively, with season-best times of 11.49 and 11.50. Penn State's Mahogany Jones owns the top qualifying time of 11.40 heading into tomorrow's final.
100m Hurdle Prelims
Sophomore Alexandria Johnson won her heat and placed third overall in a time of 13.59. Freshman Alexis Franklin also qualified for the finals, finishing fourth in her heat and eighth overall in 13.85. Evonne Britton was the top qualifier in a time of 13.40.
Three Buckeyes moved on to the championship race: Pedro (third, 23.46), sophomore Aisha Cavin (23.62) and Abraham (23.70) -- the times by Pedro and Abraham were personal bests. Jones of PSU leads the field with a time of 23.15.
Two Buckeyes qualified for Sunday's championship with season-best times: Cavin (second, 53.62) and freshman Bri Neitzel (55.12). Spencer of Illinois was first overall in 52.66.
400m Hurdle Prelims
Freshman Alexis Franklin used a personal-best time of 57.46 - the fourth-fastest time in school history and a top-15 performance nationally - to win her heat and finish first overall in the preliminary round. Penn State's Kiah Seymour owns the No. 2 time (58.41) entering Sunday's final.
Sophomore Janel Olberding qualified sixth overall after a third-place finish in her heat in a time of 2:08.30. Samantha Murphy of Illinois posted the top qualifying time (2:05.04).
Freshman Tammy Berger posted a personal-best time of 4:30.02 to finish 14th overall, two spots short of qualification. Michigan's Jillian Smith was the top runner of the day, crossing the finish line in 4:25.25.
Pedro earned the Buckeyes four points with a fifth-place finish in the long jump (5.85m/19-2.50). Mara Griva of Nebraska took the gold medal with a jump of 6.32m (20-9.00).
Ohio State qualified first overall in a season-best time of 44.39, the third-best time in school history and a top-20 performance nationally. Illinois won the first heat of the day and placed second overall in 44.90.
Team Standings - 8 Events Scored
1. Wisconsin - 51 points
2. Nebraska - 47
2. Penn State - 47
4. No. 20 Illinois - 31
5. Michigan - 25
6. Minnesota -24
7. Michigan State - 23
8. Purdue - 21
8. Indiana - 21
10. Ohio State - 14
11. Iowa - 8
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