Buckeyes Face Big Competition in the Big Apple

Feb. 6, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women's track and field team faces some of the nation’s top collegiate squads at the 2014 Armory Collegiate Invitational presented by NYRR in New York City this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8.

Events from New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory are scheduled to begin at approximately 9 a.m. ET Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Notable Competing Teams
Boston College
No. 11 Kansas
No. 17 Mississippi State
North Carolina
Ohio State
No. 15 South Carolina

Armory Collegiate Invitational is the USTFCCCA Meet of the Week
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has selected the Armory Collegiate Invitational as its “Meet of the Week.” More than 100 colleges and universities from around the nation and globe will descend upon the historic Armory in New York City for a weekend of intense competition.   
OSU Ranked No. 77 in USTFCCCA Week-Two Poll; Second in Regional Rankings
Ohio State is ranked No. 77 in the week-two edition of the USTFCCCA Division I team rankings, released Feb. 3.
Oregon is the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, followed by Texas and third-ranked Texas A&M. Purdue is the top-ranked Big Ten squad at No. 14. Michigan (No. 18) and Penn State (No. 21) are also represented in the Top 25.

In the Great Lakes regional rankings, Ohio State checks in at No. 2 behind Notre Dame. Purdue, Indiana, and Michigan round out the Top 5.
For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit www.ustfccca.org.

Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Three members of the women's track and field team are ranked within the Top 25 in several event areas nationally according to Track & Field Results Reporting System (www.TFRRS.org).  A look at where the Buckeyes sit:

• Chesna Sykes – No. 16 in the 60-meter dash and No. 22 in the 200-meter dash
• Ashlee Abraham – No. 17 in the 60-meter dash
• Alexis Franklin – No. 23 in the 60-meter hurdles

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes competed at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., Jan. 24-25.

Ohio State enjoyed tremendous success in the sprints and hurdles. Sykes and sophomore Aliyah Everson placed 1-2 in the 200-meter invitational, with Sykes also capturing first place in the 60-meter dash. Sophomore SoSo Walker was a runner-up in the 400-meter invitational, while freshman Aaliyah Barnes claimed first place in the 400-meter open.

Up Next
Ohio State competes at the SPIRE NCAA Division I Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, Feb. 14-15.