No. 22 Ohio State Prepares for 118th Penn Relays

Go Buckeyes! Madison McNary
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Madison McNary
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April 25, 2012

Meet Information
Ohio State Entries
Competing Teams

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s track and field team will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete in the 118th Penn Relays alongside some of the best track and field competition in the world. The meet will take place at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus April 26-28. This meet has always been a premier track and field meet for athletes of all ages. This year, more than 22,000 entrants from over 60 countries will compete in more than 425 events over a 35 hour span.

Ohio State will begin action at the Penn Relays at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday with the hammer, high jump and 400m hurdles. A complete recap will be available after each day at The Penn Relays will also be broadcast live over the internet at

Ohio State Entries
Chesna Sykes - 100m
Christina Manning - 100m, 100m hurdles
Madison McNary - 100m
Christienne Linton - 100m hurdles
Nyjah Cousar - 400m hurdles
Tori Brink - 3000m steeplechase
Meredith Wagner - 5000m
Ashley Galbraith - high jump
Adenike Pedro - long jump
Kelcey McKinney - long jump, triple jump
Abie Ehimwenman - long jump, triple jump
Rachael Mack - triple jump
Norianna Brown - shot put, discus
Carly Pendleton - discus
Maggie Mullen - hammer, javelin
Alexis Thomas - hammer
4x100m Relay
4x200m Relay
4x400m Relay
4x800m Relay
Sprint Medley
Distance Medley



Scouting the Field
The Scarlet and Gray will truly face some of the best collegiate talent in the nation at the Penn Relays. Including No. 22 Ohio State, 14 of the nation’s Top 25 teams will be in attendance. The Buckeyes will also get a preview of the Big Ten championship competition as Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue will all be competing at the Penn Relays.

Buckeyes in the USTFCCA Rankings
In the April 24 rankings, the Buckeyes checked-in at No. 22 according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), an improvement of nine spots since the April 17 rankings.

Ohio State is currently the only Big Ten team ranked in the Top 25. Clemson is now ranked No. 1 followed by second-ranked LSU and third-ranked Texas.

Manning Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Christina Manning was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week Wednesday by the conference office after her top-notch performance at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Gainesville April 21.

In Gainesville, Manning represented the Scarlet and Gray in the international division of the 100m hurdles as one of two collegians. The All-American turned in a wind-aided time of 12.57 to claim the silver medal. Due to the wind, the time is ineligible for the Ohio State record, however, the time does currently stand as the fastest Division I time this season. In the 200m, dash Manning ran a 24.03 for eighth. The Waldorf, Md., native also helped the 4x100m relay team to a second-place finish in 43.92.

Buckeyes in the Individual Top 30 Rankings
Ten members of the Scarlet and Gray are ranked within the Top 30 nationally in several event areas. A look at where the Buckeyes sit:

Last Time Out
Ohio State split for the All-Ohio Championships in Oxford and the Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Gainesville, Fla.

At the All-Ohio Championships, the Buckeyes placed fifth with 58.5 points. With PR performances, Maggie Mullen (62.42m/204-9) and Alexis Thomas (59.61m/195-7) went 1-2 in the hammer throw for a combined 18 points for the Scarlet and Gray. Mullen’s throw is the third-best mark in Ohio State history. Mullen also scored in the javelin where she placed third with a throw of 43.83m (143-09).

In the 3000m steeplechase, Michelle Thomas scored six points with a third-place finish in 10:51.99. As the lone Buckeye in the 10000m race, Mallory Kreider (37:32.96) took third to collect six points for Ohio State.

While many of the distance runners and throwers stayed close to home, a group of sprinters and jumpers competed in Gainesville at the University of Florida to face talent from around the world.

In a speedy 100m hurdle race, All-American Manning did not disappoint as she placed second in the international division. Manning ran a wind-aided time of 12.57 as one of two college athletes in the division. Competing in the collegiate division of the 100m hurdles for Ohio State was Alexandria Johnson (13.41) and Christienne Linton (13.43). The pair used PRs to place 1-2. Continuing the Scarlet and Gray's dominating presence in the hurdles was Nyjah Cousar who ran a 58.79 in the 400m hurdles to collect a bronze medal, the highest student-athlete finish.

Aisha Cavin represented Ohio State well as she ran a 23.85 in the 200m dash for fourth. Cavin had the highest collegiate athlete finish in the race. Senior Shaniqua McGinnis ran her fastest 400m dash this season on her way to a third-place finish. McGinnis crossed the line in 52.93 as the first collegiate athlete to finish in her division.

Both of Ohio State’s relay teams placed second. The 4x100m 'A' team of Linton, Manning, Chesna Sykes and Madison McNary combined for a time of 43.92. In the 4x400m relay,
Jackie Dim, Cousar, Linton and Cavin crossed the line in 3:39.58.

In the high jump, Ashley Galbraith claimed a silver medal with her leap of 1.70m (5-7). Freshman Abie Ehimwenman used a mark of 11.92m (39-1.25) to seal the victory in the triple jump. Rachael Mack (11.73m/38-6) took third.

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Up Next
The Scarlet and Gray will take some time off to rest up for the 2012 Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis., May 11-13.