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:
Manning crossed the finish line in 23.30, a PR, for second. McNary (23.70) finished fifth and Aisha Cavin (23.78) used a PR to finish directly behind McNary in sixth. Ashley Spencer (22.99) from Illinois took first.
Shaniqua McGinnis ran a PR of 52.59 for the bronze medal and six points for the Buckeyes. McGinnis and the top 2 finishers all beat the facility record. The winner, Spencer from Illinois set a meet record with a time of 51.02. Nyjah Cousar (53.77) finished in seventh place picking up two points with a new PR.
With a PR, Cousar placed fourth in 57.35. Latoya Griffith from Illinois claimed the gold medal in a time of 57.12.
As the lone Buckeye in the finals, Jordan Jennewine (4:35.88) took tenth. Ashley Miller of Nebraska placed first in 4:16.53.
Tori Brink finished in 17:03.87 for 13th. Freshman Nicole Hilton took 18th with a PR of 17:16.35. Iowa’s McKenzie Melander (16:14.03) won the race.
With a season-best mark, Ashley Galbraith cleared the bar at 1.77m (5-9.75) for fifth place and five points. Nebraska’s Marusa Cernjul (1.83m/6 ft.).
Kelcey McKinney followed up her fifth-place performance in the long jump Saturday with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump. McKinney’s final jump of 12.77m (941-10.75) was her best jump of the meet and of the season. In her first Big Ten outdoor meet, Abie Ehimwenman (12.18m/39-11.50) finished 12th. Rachael Mack (11.92m/39-1.25) and Ashley Woodruff (11.72m/38-5.50) took 15th and 17th, respectively. Nebraska’s Anna Weigandt (12.96m/42-6.25)
Tenth place went to Carly Pendleton (46.66m/153-01). Norianna Brown (42.89m/140-8) and Alexandra Troester (41.43m/135-11) finished 19th and 20th, respectively. Pendleton’s older sisters, Erin (55.42m//181-10) and Emily (54.86m/180 ft.), placed first and second, respectively, with throws that both beat the facility record. Both throw for Michigan.
The Scarlet and Gray brought home the bronze medal in 3:33.58. The top 3 times all bested the 25-year-old Big Ten meet record. Illinois claimed the gold medal in 3:31.77.
Final Team Standings
1) Ohio State - 117 points
2) Illinois - 110
2) Nebraska - 110
4) Penn State - 87
5) Wisconsin - 78
6) Michigan State - 72
7) Michigan - 67
8) Iowa - 53
9) Minnesota - 45
10) Indiana - 40