Big Ten Champions! Scarlet and Gray bring title back to Columbus
May 13, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Three gold medals and 93 points were picked up by Ohio State on the last day of the Big Ten championships to help the Buckeyes successfully defend their conference title en route to bringing home the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championship -- the second in school history in as many years. Ohio State has now won three of the last four championships counting indoor and outdoor.
The Buckeyes defeated Illinois and Nebraska by seven points as they tied for second with 110 points each. Penn State placed fourth with 87 points.
"The seniors brought us here and they deserved to take home the trophy," head coach Karen Dennis said. "This meet was by far one of the toughest Big Ten championships I've been in. All of the conference schools have stepped up in every area. The seniors committed themselves to working hard all year to finish their careers as champions. We fell short indoors. However, that seemed to motivate us more. Our sprinters and hurdlers led the way, followed by our throwers and jumpers. Alexis Thomas got us jump started with a Big Ten record-win in the hammer and we rode on her momentum. I'm happy for the women who made this win possibe and grateful to my staff. They were absolutely committed!"
All-American Christina Manning scored 28 points for Ohio State by winning the 100m hurdles, 100m dash and placing second in the 200m dash. In her final conference championship meet, Manning also helped bring in another 10 points as part of the 4x100m relay team that claimed the gold medal.
In the 100m dash, the Scarlet and Gray ran hard together to bring in a total of 28 points while placing 1-2-3-5. Manning led the Buckeye surge with a time of 11.49. Madison McNary (11.71) and Christienne Linton (11.72) finished very close together for the silver and bronze medals. Sophomore Chesna Sykes then crossed the line in 11.80 for fifth.
The Ohio State sprinters have been getting great starts and senior Manning credited her start to helping seal the deal in the 100.
“I tried to get a better start than I did in my hurdles race because I know my teammates have been getting good starts and I tried to get out with them,” Manning said.
The speedy group combined for the 4x100m relay where they again claimed a gold medal. A school record and Big Ten meet record were also set when the Ohio State relay team crossed the finish line in 43.70. The Big Ten meet record was previously held by an Illinois relay team and had stood for 16 years.
Earning her second consecutive individual title in the 100m hurdles was Manning who finished the race in 12.71 for the gold medal and well ahead of the second-place finisher, Breeana Coleman (13.22) from Illinois. Alexandria Johnson (13.71) placed sixth in her first outdoor championships to collect 3 points for the team.
Here’s a recap of the rest of the action from the final day of the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships:
Final Team Standings