Senior Maggie Mullen.
April 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 30 Ohio State women’s track and field team is set to host the 27th Annual Jesse Owens Track Classic April 13-14. Athletes from more than 65 colleges and running clubs as far away as Australia are scheduled to compete in what is sure to be an exciting weekend of track and field in Columbus.
Meet Quick Facts
Days: Friday, April 13 (4:00 p.m. - 9:35 p.m.) and Saturday, April 14 (10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Venue: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Live Stats: www.finishtiming.com; www.twitter.com/OhioState_WTRK
Buckeyes in the USTFCCA Rankings
In the April 10 rankings, the Buckeyes checked-in at No. 30 according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Ohio State joins No. 20 Nebraska as the two Big Ten teams ranked among the Top 30 nationally. The Oregon Ducks are the top-ranked team in the country, followed by second-ranked LSU and No. 3 Clemson.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 35 Rankings
Ten members of the Scarlet and Gray are ranked within the Top 35 nationally in several event areas. A look at where the Buckeyes sit:
- Christina Manning – No. 1 in the 100m hurdles, No. 9 in the 4x100m relay, No. 14 in the 100m dash
- Chesna Sykes – No. 9 in the 4x100m relay, No. 11 in the 100m dash
- Madison McNary – No. 9 in the 4x100m relay
- Christienne Linton – No. 9 in the 4x100m relay, No. 30 in the 100m hurdles
- Kelcey McKinney – No. 30 in the triple jump
- Nyjah Cousar – No. 17 in the 4x400m relay, No. 32 in the 400m hurdles
- Jackie Dim – No. 17 in the 4x400m relay
- Shaniqua McGinnis – No. 17 in the 4x400m relay, No. 33 in the 400m dash
- Alexandria Johnson – No. 17 in the 4x400m relay
- Alexis Thomas – No. 35 in the hammer throw
About the JOTC
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.
A Look Back at the 2011 Jesse Owens Track Classic
The Scarlet and Gray collected three victories in the 26th Jesse Owens Track Classic which also marked the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Owens’ memorable performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany.
All-American Manning led a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 100m dash to knock off two-time defending Big Ten champion Shavon Greaves of Penn State. Manning posted the fastest time in the Big Ten and the fifth-best time in school history at the time, crossing the finish line in 11.58 to claim first. McNary (11.62), Sykes (11.77) and Linton (11.78) finished in second, third and fourth, respectively.
Shaniqua McGinnis narrowly missed the top spot in the 400m dash where she placed second with a time of 54.10. McNary took second place in the 200m dash (23.72).
The 4x100m relay team of Manning, then senior and All-American Letecia Wright, McNary and Sykes blew away the field with a mark of 44.52.
Leading the Buckeye distance runners was Kelsey McHugh who used a time of 17:01.66 in the 5000m run to finish in fourth.
McKinney used a leap of 12.41m (40-8.75) to claim first in the triple jump. With a mark of 1.75m (5-8.75) Galbraith placed second in the high jump.
Last Time Out
Seven members of the Ohio State women’s track and field team traveled to Oxford for the Miami Invitational April 6-7.
Redshirt senior Jordan Jennewine claimed a bronze medal in the 1500m run when she crossed the line in a time of 4:32.56 for six points.
Jennewine (2:16.85) and Kelsey Rosenberg (2:18.05) competed in the 800m run finishing 11th and 14th, respectively. Mallory Kreider (17:48.45) took eighth in 5000m run to score a point for Ohio State. Freshmen Devin Flood (18:20.80) and Sarah Chilson (18:38.11) placed 16th and 19th in the 5000, respectively.
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The Scarlet and Gray will head to Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida Invitational April 20-21.