No. 22 Ohio State Prepares for 118th Penn Relays
April 25, 2012
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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
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
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
Last Time Out
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,
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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