Buckeyes Host Big Ten Championships This Weekend at JOMS
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.
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.
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
Recapping the 2012 Big Ten Championships
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
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
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
• Alexis Thomas - No. 9 in the hammer throw
Four Athletes Selected to Participate in Bucks Go Pro
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.
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Last Time Out
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.