May 12, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team came on strong on day three of the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to finish with 86 points, good for a third place team finish. Penn State won the team title with 133 points, followed by No. 20 Illinois.
Ohio State earned two event titles on the final day of competition: an upset victory of Illinois in the 4x100m relay and an impressive gold-medal performance by freshman Alexis Franklin in the 400m hurdles.
The 4x1 team – junior Ashlee Abraham, junior Aisha Cavin, senior Christienne Linton and junior Adenike Pedro – opened the day with a first-place time of 44.76, the third-consecutive 4x1 crown for the Buckeyes at the conference championships. Illinois claimed second place in 45.58 while Michigan rounded out the top-3 teams in 45.90.
Later in the day, Franklin earned her first Big Ten title with a time of 58.31 in the long hurdles. Penn State freshman Kiah Seymour placed second in 58.90 while Illinois junior Jesica Ejesieme rounded out the Top 3 in 59.18.
In all, the Buckeyes totaled two gold, one silver and three bronze medals on the final day of competition. Here are the other Buckeye highlights from day three:
Abraham and Pedro represented the Buckeyes, claiming third and fourth place, respectively. Abraham notched six points for Ohio State after finishing with a season-best time of 11.47, while Pedro chipped in five points after tying with her teammate and crossing the line in a personal-best time of 11.47.
Sophomore Alexandria Johnson and freshman Alexis Franklin earned five and three points, respectively, for Ohio State. Johnson finished the race in fourth place with a personal-best time of 13.40 while Franklin crossed the line in sixth place in a season-best 13.62.
Pedro, Abraham and Cavin finished in third, fourth and fifth for the Buckeyes, earning a total of 15 points. Pedro led the three OSU runners after crossing the line in 23.65 behind Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer (23.20) and Penn State junior Mahagony Jones (23.37). Abraham finished the race in 23.97 while Cavin posted a time of 24.03.
Junior Aisha Cavin earned a top-3 finish, crossing the line with a time of 54.08 behind Spencer of Illinois (52.27) and Minnesota junior Megan Geyen (53.91). Behind Cavin, freshman Bri Neitzel placed fifth after crossing the line in 55.96. Cavin and Neitzel tallied six and four points, respectively, for the Buckeyes.
The Ohio State team of Neitzel, Johnson, freshman SoSo Walker and Franklin finished the race in second place with a time of 3:38.76. Illinois claimed first place in 3:36.18, while Penn State claimed third place in 3:39.10.
Final Team Standings
1) Penn State – 133 points
2) No. 20 Illinois – 10
3) Ohio State – 86
4) Michigan – 82
5) Michigan State – 76
6) Nebraska – 75
7) Wisconsin – 74.5
8) Minnesota – 66.5
9) Indiana – 38
10) Purdue – 37
11) Iowa – 21
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