Buckeyes Travel West for Jim Click Shootout

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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/.

Competing Teams
No. 18 Arizona
No. 4 Clemson
Miami (Florida)
No. 27 Ohio State
No. 26 Penn State

Buckeyes in the USTFCCCA Rankings
In the March 22 preseason rankings, the Buckeyes checked-in at No. 27 according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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.

Sykes Named Big Ten co-Track Athlete of the Week
Chesna Sykes was named Big Ten co-Track Athlete of the Week Wednesday by the conference office after turning in two of the nation's best times in Orlando last weekend at the UCF Invitational.

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.

Eleven Buckeyes in Individual Top 25 Rankings
Take a look at where members of the team sit within the Top 25 in various events:

A Look Back at the 2011 Jim Click Shootout
Last season the Buckeyes finished second with 169 points behind host University of Arizona’s 176 points. The team collected six first-place finishes and numerous PRs on their way to taking second.

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.

The other two gold medals were claimed in field events. Kelcey McKinney leaped 12.63m (41-5.25) to win the triple jump and Alexis Thomas threw the hammer for 57.17m (187-6.75) for the victory.

Jesse Owens Track Classic Set for April 13-14
Athletes from all levels are scheduled to compete at the 27th Jesse Owens Track Classic 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.

Last Time Out
The Scarlet and Gray competed in the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla., to open up the 2012 outdoor season. Below are some of the highlights from the meet:

  • Alexis Thomas (57.46m/188-6) won the hammer throw.
  • In the 100m dash, Sykes turned in the No. 2 time in the nation and the fourth-fastest time in Ohio State history as she crossed the line in 11.42 for third.
  • With a time of 59.93, Nyjah Cousar placed second in the 400m hurdles.
  • Ashley Galbraith cleared the bar at 1.73m (5-8) for a three-way tie for second in the high jump.
  • McNary, Christina Manning, Sykes and Linton combined to take third in the 4x100m relay with a time of 43.88, the second-best time in school history and fifth-fastest Division I time this season.

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 to get the latest news and notes on the Buckeyes. Be sure to also follow the team on Twitter @OhioState_WTRK.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will stay home for the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 13-14.