May 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team opened up preliminary competition Thursday at the 2013 NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C. Sophomore Katie Borchers, freshman Alexis Franklin and juniors Ashlee Abraham and Adenike Pedro all qualified for tomorrow’s semis in their respective events.
Borchers broke her own Ohio State record in the 800m with a time of 2:05.56, finishing second in her heat and ninth overall to advance to Friday night’s semifinal race. Charlene Lipsey of LSU ran a 2:04.25 to finish the day with the top time. The top 12 finishers in the semis will advance to the NCAA Championships, June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
Franklin, the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, used a time of 58.47 seconds to finish second in her heat, 12th overall, to advance to the semifinal race in the 400m hurdles taking place Friday evening. Kendra Harrison of Clemson ran a 55.77 to finish with the best time of the day.
In the 100m event, Abraham used a personal-best time of 11.37 seconds to finish second in her heat and seventh overall. Pedro (11.53) finished third in her heat and 16th overall to also advance to the semis tomorrow night. UCF’s Aurieyall Scott finished with the top overall time of 11.15 seconds.
NCAA East Regional action picks back up Friday at 10 a.m. starting with the hammer throw.
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