Buckeyes Host Big Ten Championships This Weekend at JOMS

Go Buckeyes! Alexandria Johnson
Go Buckeyes!
Alexandria Johnson
Go Buckeyes!

May 8, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team looks to win its third consecutive Big Ten outdoor title as its conference rivals travel to Columbus this weekend, May 10-12, for the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Championship Basics
Days: Friday, May 10 (12 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. ET); Saturday, May 11 (9:30 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.); Sunday, May 12 (11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.)
Venue: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
Television: BTN tape delay – Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. ET
Live Stats/Twitter updates: www.pttiming.com and @OhioState_WTRK

Single Session- Adult $10.00, Student/Senior $5.00
All Sessions- Adult $20.00, Student $10.00
*All-session and single session tickets will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, online at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com, in person at the OSU Athletic Ticket Office, located in the SE corner of the Jerome Schottenstein Center, or at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the day of the event. All tickets purchased online or via charge by phone will be subject to standard service fees.

Parking: With a number of events scheduled for this weekend around the campus area, fans attending the Big Ten championships are encouraged to park at the Gray Lots located south of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Parking for meet officials, media and event personnel will be available at the Biggs/Woody Hayes Athletic Center lot.

400m hurdles: Freshman Alexis Franklin will be the top challenger to Illinois All-American Ashley Spencer. Spencer is currently ranked fourth in Division I in the event, while Franklins owns a top-15 performance.



Hammer: Senior All-American Alexis Thomas, the defending Big Ten champion and meet-record holder in the event, is a heavy favorite to repeat.

4x100m: It will be a battle between Illinois and OSU for the gold medal. The Illini are ranked 18th in Division I this season, while the defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes are 23rd.

Buckeye History at the Championships
Ohio State has won back-to-back Big Ten outdoor titles, the only team championships in program history. The Scarlet and Gray have finished in the Top 5 in 21 of the 32 women's outdoor finals.

Four OSU athletes have won Athlete of the Championship honors: Dominique Calloway (track, 1999); Donica Merriman (track, 2000); Christina Manning (track, 2011) and Alexis Thomas (field, 2012).

Recapping the 2012 Big Ten Championships
Ohio State successfully defended its conference title en route to bringing home the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championship last May. The Buckeyes defeated Illinois and Nebraska by seven points as they tied for second with 110 points each.

All-American Christina Manning scored 28 points for Ohio State by winning the 100m hurdles, 100m dash and placing second in the 200m dash. In her final conference championship meet, Manning also helped bring in another 10 points as part of the 4x100m relay team that claimed the gold medal.

Thomas started the meet off right for the Scarlet and Gray by recording a meet-record mark of 64.62m (212-0.00) on her third throw in the hammer competition to capture the gold medal.

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
The 10,000-seat Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium arguably is one of the finest multi-sport facilities in the country, hosting track and field and lacrosse in the spring and soccer in the fall.

It serves as a cornerstone to the surrounding Ohio State athletic complex that features the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, softball's Buckeye Field, field hockey’s Buckeye Varsity Field, Bill Davis Stadium and the 19,200-seat Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 56 in USTFCCCA Week Six Poll; Fourth in Regional Rankings
Ohio State checked-in at No. 56 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week Six rankings for Division I, released May 7.

Five Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 20 Illinois, No. 26 Nebraska, No. 29 Michigan State, No. 32 Penn State and No. 35 Nebraska. Kansas is the No. 1-ranked team in the country, followed by No. 2 Texas A&M and third-ranked Florida.

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 Indiana State.

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

Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Six 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. 9 in the hammer throw
Alexis Franklin - No. 15 in the 400m hurdles
Ashlee Abraham - No. 23 in the 4x100m relay
Aisha Cavin - No. 23 in the 4x100m relay
Christienne Linton - No. 23 in the 4x100m relay
Adenike Pedro - No. 23 in the 4x100m relay

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.

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.

Last Time Out
Sophomore Katie Borchers broke her own school record in the 800m run at the Ohio Open in Athens, Ohio, May 2, crossing the finish line in 2:06.84 to finish in first place.

Borchers – whose previous record of 2:06.95 was set in February at the Big Ten indoor meet – defeated unattached competitor and former Buckeye Shaniqua McGinnis by more than two seconds. The time ranks among the Top 50 in Division I this season.

In all, Ohio State won nine events in its final meet prior to the Big Ten championships.

Up Next
The Buckeyes compete at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries May 23-25 in Greensboro, N.C.