May 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Alexis Thomas and sophomore Katie Borchers will represent the Ohio State women’s track and field team at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore., June 5-8, after successfully navigating intense competition in the hammer throw and 800m run Friday at the 2013 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Greensboro, N.C.
Thomas, a native of Huber Heights, Ohio, and the two-time defending Big Ten champion in the hammer throw, will make her second-consecutive trip to the national finals in the event after placing fifth overall at 62.57m (205-3.00). Three of the top-5 qualifiers out of the East region hail from the Buckeye state, as Bowling Green’s Brooke Pleger won the regional title with a mark of 64.04m (210-1.00) and Akron’s Brittany Funk secured runner-up honors at 63.55m (208-6.00).
Borchers, a Russia, Ohio, product, secured the first national championship appearance of her career after finishing fourth in her heat and 10th overall in a time of 2:06.03, one day after setting a school record of 2:05.56 in the preliminary round. Natoya Goule of LSU placed first overall in 2:01.04.
Here’s how the rest of the day unfolded for the Buckeyes:
Senior Ashlee Abraham and junior Adenike Pedro ran well in the 100m semifinal, finishing 13th and 15th, respectively. Abraham fell one spot shy of qualifying for Eugene, equaling her personal-best time of 11.37 and finishing .01 seconds behind 12th-place finisher Keilah Tyson of Kentucky, while Pedro turned in a personal-best time of 11.45. UCF’s Aurieyall Scott won the regional in a time of 11.05.
Abraham and Pedro followed up their 100m sprint with preliminary round competition in the 200m, and both Buckeyes advanced to Saturday’s semifinal. Abraham crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 23.64, finishing third in her heat and 14th overall. Pedro placed fourth in her heat and 22nd overall in 23.81. Scott of UCF ran the fastest time of the evening, crossing the finish line in 22.85 seconds.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year Alexis Franklin closed her freshman campaign with an 18th-place time of 59.26 in the 400m hurdles. Ugonna Ndu of Florida won the event in 57.08.
Ohio State returns to the track tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET for the 4x100m relay preliminary. Abraham and Pedro run in the 200m semifinal at 7:35 p.m. ET.
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