No. 24 Ohio State Travels to Wisconsin to Defend Big Ten Outdoor Title
May 9, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No.24 Ohio State women's track and field team is traveling to Madison this weekend for the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Ohio State won the Big Ten outdoor championships last season for the first time in program history in 2011 and are looking to again bring the title to Columbus. The McClimon Complex at the University of Wisconsin will play host to the eleven Big Ten teams competing for this year's Big Ten outdoor title.
"Our team is feeling pretty good headed into the weekend. We're fit, we're healthy and we're about as strong as we can be right now," said head coach Karen Dennis. "I'm feeling really good about our team. I'm always really nervous and I'm always feeling better after the meet is over, but at the same time I'm feeling really good about where we are at and I'm looking forward to going and defending our outdoor championship."
Buckeyes to Watch
Christina Manning - The All-American currently holds the top American time in the 100m hurdles this year after turning in a school record with a time of 12.68 back in March at the Jim Click Shootout. Manning also holds the nation's fastest wind-aided time this season after running a 12.57 in Gainesville last month. Last season, the senior won gold in the 100m hurdles, 100m dash and 4x100m relay and will be in the running to defend all of those titles with the second-fastest 100m dash time in the conference and the fastest hurdle and relay times in the Big Ten. The Waldorf, Md., native also enters the conference meet with three Athlete of the Championship and Athlete and Athlete of the Year honors to her name.
Chesna Sykes - In her second year as a Buckeye, Sykes is making a strong impact on the track for the team. Sykes enters the meet looking to be victorious in the 100m dash. The Columbus native currently holds the fastest 100m dash time in the Big Ten. Sykes ran that time of 11.42 in the first outdoor meet of the season. In the 200m dash Sykes is tied with teammate Aisha Cavin for the No. 3 time (23.85) in the Big Ten. Sykes will also play a role in helping the top Big Ten ranked 4x100m relay team defend their title.
Maggie Mullen - At the All-Ohio Championships, Mullen set a PR throw in the hammer throw. The senior now has the second-best hammer mark in the Big Ten, the 12th-best mark in the country and the fourth-best throw in Ohio State history. Mullen will be looking to end her senior season with strong showings in the hammer and javelin at the Big Ten championships as she was the javelin champion in 2010 and the bronze medalist in the hammer in 2011.
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Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships Manning helped catapult the team with victories in the 100m dash (11.29), 100m hurdles (12.86) and as the anchor of the 4x100m relay team.
All-American Madison McNary joined Manning as a member of the Big Ten champion 4x100m relay team. In addition, McNary won an individual title in the 200m (23.22), bringing her career total to three after only one season with the Buckeyes. Letecia Wright and Chesna Sykes were the other two members of the champion 4x100m relay team that turned in a time of 43.94.
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Competing for the Buckeyes in the championship division of the triple jump was McKinney. The senior used a leap of 12.32m (40-5) to claim the silver medal.
The Scarlet and Gray saw action in the elite Championship of America division with the 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, sprint medley and 4x800m relay. Linton, Manning, Cavin and Sykes placed fourth in the 4x100m relay. They crossed the line in 44.70. Linton, Johnson, Dim and McGinnis turned in a time of 3:53.90, the second-best time in Ohio State history, to place fifth in the sprint medley. The 4x800m relay team of Katie Betts, Jordan Jennewine, Katie Borchers and Tori Brink turned in a time of 8:58.85 for ninth. In the 4x4, Cousar, Dim, Cavin and McGinnis worked together to earn a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:36.53.