Buckeyes Travel West for Jim Click Shootout
March 28, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 27 Ohio State women’s track and field team will travel west for the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., this Saturday, March 31.
Two teams from the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 will compete inside the Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the campus of the University of Arizona this weekend. Saturday’s action will begin with the hammer throw at noon ET. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Live stats can be found at http://athletics.arizona.edu/tfstats/tf/.
Ohio State joins two other Big Ten teams ranked among the Top 30 nationally. Nebraska leads the conference coming in at No. 20. No. 26 Penn State follows the Cornhuskers in the rankings. The Oregon Ducks are the top-ranked team in the country, followed by second-ranked LSU and No. 3 USC.
Preseason national team rankings are calculated using data from previous seasons as a base of evaluation. Marks gained in the early part of this season will supersede previous-year marks if they are superior. The next USTFCCCA rankings will be released on April 3.
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The Columbus native ran her fastest time since becoming a Buckeye when she crossed the line in 11.42 in the 100m dash for third. That time is No. 4 in Ohio State history and tied for second in Division I. Sykes also helped the Ohio State 4x100m relay team place third with a time of 43.88, the second-fastest time in school history and the fifth-best time in the nation this season. Both of those marks are currently the best in the Big Ten as well.
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Chesna Sykes (11.60) bested the competition to take first in the 100m dash. In the 200m dash, Madison McNary ran a 23.66 to win the gold. Then senior Letecia Wright pulled in another victory for Ohio State with a time of 12.94 in the 100m hurdles. At the time, Wright recorded the fastest Division I time so far in the season. Another gold medal was picked up in the 4x100m relay. Wright, McNary, Sykes and Christienne Linton posted a 44.70 in the relay for the win.
Jesse Owens Track Classic Set for April 13-14
Like the "J.O. Classics" of the past, the 2012 edition will serve as a stage for scholastic, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to perform at their highest levels in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. In its history, the Jesse Owens Track Classic has served as a top venue for many future and former Olympians. Current and past record holders for the Jesse Owens Track Classic include Olympic medalists John Drummond, Michelle Finn, Allen Johnson, Edwin Moses, Dwight Stones and former Buckeyes Diane Dixon, Joe Greene and Butch Reynolds. Others of Olympic fame include Judi Brown, Roger Kingdom, Carl Lewis, Louise Ritter and Calvin Smith, as well as past OSU Olympians Mark Croghan and Stephanie Hightower.
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