Ohio State Hits the Road for the 104th Drake Relays

Go Buckeyes! Ashlee Abraham
Go Buckeyes!
Ashlee Abraham
Go Buckeyes!

April 24, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's track and field team is off to Des Moines, Iowa, this Thursday through Saturday, April 25-27, to compete in the 2013 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee on the campus of Drake University.

The 104th edition of the Drake Relays continues the tradition of what has long been considered one of the top track and field meets in the United States. This year 111 events will be contested between the nation's best high school, college and professional athletes.

Live results are available at www.godrakebulldogs.com. Visit www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com at the conclusion of each day of competition for event recaps.

Buckeyes No. 61 in USTFCCCA Week Four Rankings; Fourth in Regional Poll
Ohio State checked-in at No. 61 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) team rankings for Division I, released April 22.

Five Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 17 Illinois, No. 32 Penn State, No. 40 Nebraska, No. 42 Indiana, and No. 46 Michigan State. Texas A&M is the No. 1-ranked team in the country, followed by No. 2 Kansas and third-ranked Arizona.

In the Great Lakes regional rankings, Ohio State remained fourth overall. Notre Dame is the top-ranked team in the region followed by Michigan, Michigan State, the Buckeyes, and Kent State.

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

Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Two members of the women's track and field team are ranked within the Top 25 in their respective event areas nationally according to Track & Field Results Reporting System (www.TFRRS.org). A look at where the Buckeyes sit:

Alexis Thomas - No. 7 in the hammer throw
Alexis Franklin - No. 17 in the 400m hurdles



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 find the latest news and notes on the Buckeyes.

Four Athletes Selected to Participate in Bucks Go Pro
Women's track and field athletes Carly Pendleton, Christienne Linton, Minori Minagawa and Kelcey McKinney have been selected to the inaugural class of Bucks Go Pro, a career development program aimed to provide student-athletes with valuable experience working within a university athletics department.

Through a competitive interview process, 19 student-athletes were chosen among a total of 76 applicants in the first year of the program. They will be working a minimum of 100 hours this summer and will be paid $1,500 for their duties.

"Our Bucks Go Pro program was created to directly and positively impact our student-athletes," Heather Lyke, senior associate athletics director and program director, said. "Our goal is to help them find meaningful work through internships, be better prepared for career opportunities and educate them about the process of building a career."

Pendleton will be interning in the camps office, Linton with LiFE Sports, Minagawa at the OSU golf course, and McKinney with human resources.

Be sure and follow the program on Twitter at @BucksGoPro. 

Last Time Out
Ohio State played host to the 28th Jesse Owens Track Classic last Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Thomas turned in the performance of the meet for the Buckeyes, breaking her own school record in the hammer throw with a second-place mark of 65.48m (214-10.00).Thomas, who set the previous school record last May at the Big Ten outdoor championships (64.62m/212-0.00), currently ranks seventh in Division I this season.

Winners at the JOTC included Franklin in the 400m hurdles, sophomore Alexandria Johnson in the 100m hurdles, sophomore Katie Borchers in the 800m, sophomore Nicole Hilton in the steeplechase, and the 4x400m relay team.
Up Next
The Buckeyes take a week off before hosting the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships May 10-12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.