Ohio State Hosts Buckeye Classic Friday at French Field House

Go Buckeyes! Christienne Linton
Go Buckeyes!
Christienne Linton
Go Buckeyes!

Jan. 10, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women's track and field team opens its 2013 indoor season this Friday, Jan. 11, in front of a home crowd at the Buckeye Classic. The Buckeyes will play host to Miami (Ohio), Wright State, Ashland and several top area individuals.
Action from French Field House is scheduled to begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. ET with field events, with running events set for 5:30. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Live Results can be found at www.FinishTiming.com and updates will be available throughout the game on Twitter, @OhioState_WTRK.

What’s New in 2013?
Eight-time U.S. champion Khadevis Robinson was named assistant coach in August 2012. Robinson serves as head cross country coach and as distance coach for the track and field team. Prior to his arrival at OSU Robinson served as the head cross country coach/assistant track and field coach at UNLV since January of 2011. Robinson spent the past decade training and competing while coaching athletes from all age groups. He also spent time as a public speaker, an educator at Santa Monica Unified School District and co-founded a 501 c3 non-profit called The Youth Track and Running Club (YTRC).

Rosalind Joseph was promoted to associate head coach of the Buckeyes in September 2012. Joseph, a graduate of Ohio State, became an assistant coach for the women’s track and field program in July of 2008. Joseph primarily works with jumpers and multi-event athletes.

Former Olympians Richard Jones and Jackie Ulm joined the program as volunteer assistants in October 2012. Jones begins his second stint as a volunteer assistant with the Buckeyes after 10 years as a head coach at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, Ohio.  At Hartley his team rewrote the state records in all sprint events in Division II. Over a four year stretch, the team was either state champs (2009, 2011) or state runners-up (2008, 2010). Ulm, who will work with directly with the throwers, made her first Olympic team in 2004. She owns the NCAA Division II record in the 20-pound weight (20.53m/67-4.25) and also the all-time NCAA Division II mark in the hammer throw (64.86m/212-9.00).



Top Returners
Alexis Thomas, senior thrower – 2012 Honorable Mention All-American in the hammer throw … 2012 Big Ten champion in the hammer throw … Ohio State school record-holder in the hammer (64.62m/212 ft.) … Big Ten championship meet record-holder in the hammer (64.62m/212 ft.) … 2012 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year … 2012 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships … two-time All-Big Ten honoree.

Chesna Sykes, junior sprinter – 2012 first-team All-American in the 4x100m relay … two-time second-team All-American … two-time Big Ten champion … three-time All-Big Ten performer … member of the school record-holding 4x100m relay (43.70) … Big Ten championship meet record-holder in the 4x100m relay (43.70).

Aisha Cavin,  sophomore sprinter – 2012 first-team All-American in the 4x100m relay … 2012 second-team All-American in the outdoor 4x400m relay … 2012 Big Ten champion in the 4x100m relay … Big Ten championship meet record-holder in the 4x100m relay (43.70) … member of the school record-holding 4x100m relay (43.70).

Top Newcomers
Alexis Franklin, sprinter/hurdler – Native of Millersville, Md. … eight-time Maryland Class 4A state champion ... set a state record in the 300m hurdles at the 2012 state championships (41.31) ... 2012 Penn Relays champion in the 400m hurdles ... 2012 and 2011 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Girls Track and Field Performer of the Year ... No. 1-ranked high school hurdler in the country.

Cheyenne Hoerr, sprinter – Native of Affton, Mo. … captured four titles (100m, 100m hurdles, 200m, 300m hurdles) at the 2012 MSHSAA Class 3 State Championships ... fourth place in the 400m at the 2011 state championships and sixth in 2010 ... fourth in the 400m hurdles at the 2012 AAU National Junior Olympic Championships.

Alyssa Gary, thrower – Native of Findlay, Ohio … 2012 OHSAA Division II State Champion in the discus; placed seventh in the shot put ... runner-up in both the discus and shot put at the 2011 OHSAA State Championships ... fourth place in both the shot put and discus at the Midwest Meet of Championship ... five-time All-Ohio selection.

Buckeyes Ranked No. 55 in USTFCCCA Preseason Poll
Ohio State is ranked No. 55 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason rankings, released Jan. 8.

Six Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 50: No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 19 Michigan, No. 21 Nebraska, No. 22 Illinois, No. 23 Michigan State and No. 50 Penn State.

Follow the Buckeyes on Facebook and Twitter!
The women's track and field and cross country programs are on Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.facebook.com/OSUwtrackXC and www.twitter.com/OhioState_WTRK to get the latest news and notes on the Buckeyes.

Up Next
Ohio State travels to Bloomington, Ind., next Friday, Jan. 18, for the Gladstein Invitational.