Borchers and Abraham Win Gold at B1G Championships
May 18, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior Katie Borchers and senior Ashlee Abraham captured individual Big Ten titles on the final day of the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Rankin Track and Field in West Lafayette, Ind., helping the Ohio State women's track and field team to an eighth-place team finish.
Borchers won the first Big Ten title of her career in the 800-meter run, besting her own school record in the process with a winning time of 2:05.17, a Top-25 performance in Division I this season and Rankin Track record. She edged runner-up Bre'Anna Smith of Purdue by a tenth of a second to take home the gold medal.
"I've worked so hard for this all year going through a lot of ups and downs on the road, but I'm just so happy and blessed," Borchers said following the race. "I don't have words for it. We came in Friday with fresh legs, took care of ourselves and rested. Nobody's fresh the second day so it's really just about how bad you want it."
Abraham, the reigning conference 60-meter champion, retained her title as the fastest woman in the Big Ten with a gold-medal performance in the 100-meter dash. Abraham crossed the finish line in a time of 11.51, edging defending Big Ten champion Mahagony Jones of Penn State for the second individual conference title of her career.
"My team and I have been through a lot of ups and downs this year throughout the season," Abraham said. "Even at this meet, it didn't go as well as I wanted it to. To take that win, it meant a lot to me."
As a team, Ohio State closed the meet with 64 points. No. 15 Penn State won the conference title for the second year in a row with 134 team points. Nebraska was the runner-up with a score of 102.5.
Other Buckeye highlights from the final day of competition:
Final Team Standings
Ohio State Point Breakdown (64 Team Points)
Ohio State returns to action in two weeks at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla. The three-day event is scheduled for May 29-31.