Ohio State Ready for the 2013 Big Ten Championships
Feb. 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team travels to Geneva, Ohio, this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, for the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Track & Field Championship at SPIRE Institute.
Follow the action all weekend with live scoring at www.lightningtiming.com and stay up-to-date on Twitter, @OhioState_WTRK. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Scouting the Big Ten’s Best
No. 20 Michigan – Michigan brings a deep distance squad to Geneva, led by No. 3-ranked 800m star Rebecca Addison. The Wolverine DMR team is ranked eighth in the country, while Kiley Tobel is among the top-15 pole vaulters in Division I this season.
200m – Aisha Cavin is Spencer’s top challenger for the 200m title, as the Buckeye sophomore is currently ranked 16th in Division I. Abraham owns the seventh-best time in the conference and is a serious threat to score.
Weight Throw – Big Ten athletes own four of the top-15 marks in the nation this season. Alexis Thomas sits fourth in the current conference standings but set a PR in the event just last week (20.64m/67-8.75).
About SPIRE INSTITUTE
SPIRE Institute was founded on the belief that sports and education enrich lives. Through healthy competition, individuals build character and the drive to help them reach their full potential.
Ohio State History at the Big Ten Championships
Three Buckeyes have taken home the Athlete of the Championship award. Donica Merriman earned the recognition in both 2000 and 2001 after winning the 60m hurdles and 200m dash each season. Bridgette Tate received the award in 1988 after her first-place finishes in the 55m dash, 55m hurdles and 300 yard run. Christina Manning captured the honor in both 2012 and 2011 meet after dominating the field in the 60m hurdles and short sprints.
Manning owns the current meet record in the 60m hurdles (7.95). Two Ohio State indoor championship records have been retired: Diane Dixon's 300-yard run in 1983 (33.83) and Tate's 60-yard hurdle performance in 1987 (7.78).
Ashlee Abraham Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Abraham's winning time of 7.45 ranks her fifth in the Big Ten this season in the 60m. The weekly award is the first of her career and the first for a Buckeye this season.
Buckeyes Ranked No. 71 in USTFCCCA Week Five Poll
Three Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 15 Illinois, No. 20 Michigan and No. 43 Wisconsin.
In the Great Lakes regional rankings Ohio State sits at No. 4 behind Michigan, Notre Dame and Kent State. Wisconsin completes the Top 5.
For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit www.ustfccca.org.
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Last Time Out
Highlights included a personal-best mark in the weight throw from Thomas, Abraham’s winning in performance in the 60m, and Janel Olberding’s personal-best and first-place time in the 600m (1:31.85).