Buckeyes Battle for the All-Ohio Title in Athens

Go Buckeyes! Nicole Hilton
Go Buckeyes!
Nicole Hilton
Go Buckeyes!

April 11, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team challenges its in-state rivals this Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, at the 2013 All-Ohio Championships in Athens, Ohio.

Competition is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Friday and 10 a.m. ET Saturday. Live results will be available at
www.onthemarktiming.com, and event recaps will be posted Friday and Saturday evening at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Competing Teams
Kent State
Ohio Dominican
Ohio State
Rio Grande
Shawnee State
Wright State

Buckeyes Ranked No. 47 in USTFCCCA Week Three Rankings; Sixth in Regional Poll
Ohio State checked-in at No. 47 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) team rankings for Division I, released April 9.

Seven Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 16 Illinois, No. 22 Nebraska, No. 26, Penn State, No. 30 Michigan State, No. 44 Michigan, the Buckeyes, and No. 48 Wisconsin. Kansas is the No. 1-ranked team in the country, followed by No. 2 Oregon and third-ranked Texas A&M.

In the Great Lakes regional rankings, Ohio State sits at No. 6. Michigan is the top-ranked team in the region followed by Notre Dame and Michigan State.

For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit www.ustfccca.org.

Jesse Owens Track Classic Set for April 19-20
Athletes from all levels, including individuals from more than 35 colleges are scheduled to compete at the 2013 Jesse Owens Track Classic April 19-20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Like the "J.O. Classics" of the past, the 2013 edition will serve as a stage for collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to perform at their highest levels. 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.



Former Buckeye Kelcey McKinney Honored at Scholar-Athlete Dinner
Kelcey McKinney, a 2012 graduate of The Ohio State University, was presented the Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award at the Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner April 1 at the Ohio Union.

Fergus scholars are male or female student-athletes who have excelled in athletics, achieved academically (3.00 GPA minimum), demonstrated positive qualities of character and citizenship and shown potential for success in a graduate or professional program. Established in 1967, the award is given in memory of Corwin A. Fergus, a member of the Ohio State football team (1912-14), a graduate of the Ohio State School of Law and later a successful businessman. The award reflects his strong commitment to the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence and his positive contributions to society. The $5,000 postgraduate scholarships, which each are renewable for up to three years, can be utilized for graduate study or professional programs at Ohio State.

McKinney is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, as well as the 2011 Big Ten champion in the triple jump and a two-time All-Big Ten performer.

As a team, Ohio State had a total of 28 student-athletes honored as Ohio State Scholar-Athletes.

Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Six members of the women's track and field team find themselves 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:

• Alexis Thomas – No. 10 in the hammer throw
• Alexis Franklin – No. 14 in the 400m hurdles
• Ashlee Abraham – No. 24 in the 4x100m relay
• Aisha Cavin – No. 24 in the 4x100m relay
• Alexandria Johnson – No. 24 in the 4x100m relay
• Christienne Linton – No. 24 in the 4x100m relay

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  and www.twitter.com/OhioState_WTRK to get the latest news and notes on the Buckeyes.

Last Time Out
The Ohio State women’s track and field team finished third overall at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., April 6. The Buckeyes totaled 102 points to place behind No.5 Arizona (188) and Stanford (135). Kansas State was fourth with 83 points, followed by Iowa (62).

The star of the day was Thomas, who took first place in the hammer throw with an impressive 63.80m (209-4.00) heave, nearly 13 feet better than second-place finisher Sara Savatovic of Kansas State (59.92m/196-7.00). The distance ranks 10th in Division I this season.

Up Next
Ohio State returns to Columbus next weekend, April 19-20, for the Jesse Owens Track Classic.