Ohio State Begins NCAA Preliminary Round Competition Thursday

Go Buckeyes! Head coach Karen Dennis.
Go Buckeyes!
Head coach Karen Dennis.
Go Buckeyes!

May 22, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team travels to Greensboro, N.C., this Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25, for the 2013 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries.

A total of 12 athletes will represent the Buckeyes in 10 events. The Top 12 athletes/relay teams in each event will automatically advance to the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 5-8.

North Carolina A&T University will play host to Ohio State and the top college track and field teams east of the Mississippi River, including those from the Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Big East.

Regional Basics

Days: Thursday, May 23 (10 a.m. - 9:40 p.m. ET); Friday, May 24 (10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.); Saturday, May 25 (10 a.m. - 9:45 p.m. ET)

Venue: Irwin Belk Track at Aggie Stadium – Greensboro, N.C.

Live Results: www.flashresults.com

Buckeyes at the East Prelims

Ashlee Abraham – 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay

Katie Borchers – 800m

Aisha Cavin – 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay

Alexis Franklin – 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 4x400m relay

Alexandria Johnson – 100m hurdles

Christienne Linton – 4x100m relay

Bri Neitzel – 4x400m relay



Janel Olberding – 800m

Adenike Pedro – 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay

Alexis Thomas – hammer throw

Michelle Thomas – 10000m

SoSo Walker – 400m, 4x400m relay

Top 25 Teams Competing in Greensboro

No. 4 LSU

No. 5 Florida

No. 7 UCF

No. 10 Georgia

No. 15 Clemson

No. 17 Florida State

No. 24 Michigan State

No. 25 Illinois State

Franklin Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Freshman Alexis Franklin was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last Tuesday by the conference office.

Franklin, a native of Millersville, Md., took home a gold medal in the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.31 at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium May 12. A day earlier in preliminary competition, Franklin ran a personal-best time of 57.46 to earn the top seed heading into the final. Her time ranks fourth on the all-time Ohio State list and is a top-15 time nationally. She was also part of the Buckeyes’ silver medal-winning 4x400m relay team.

Franklin is the first Ohio State women’s track and field athlete to win the award since Amarachi Ukabam in 2003.

Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 50 in USTFCCCA Week Eight Poll; Fourth in Regional Rankings

Ohio State climbed three spots to No. 50 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week Eight rankings for Division I, released May 17.

Five Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 24 Michigan State, No. 26 Penn State, No. 27 Illinois, No. 29 Nebraska, No. 42 Wisconsin and the Buckeyes. Kansas is the No. 1-ranked team in the country, followed by No. 2 Texas A&M and third-ranked Oregon.

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. 11 in the 400m hurdles

•>Ashlee Abraham - No. 21 in the 4x100m relay

•>Aisha Cavin - No. 21 in the 4x100m relay

•>Christienne Linton - No. 21 in the 4x100m relay

•>Adenike Pedro - No. 21 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.

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Last Time Out

Ohio State finished third overall at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium May 12. Penn State won the team title with 133 points, followed by No. 20 Illinois (120) and the Buckeyes (86).

OSU athletes claimed three gold, one silver and three bronze medals over the three days of competition. Franklin was a winner in the 400 hurdles, while Thomas claimed her second-consecutive title in the hammer throw. Additionally, the 4x100m relay team won its third conference crown in a row.

Up Next

Qualifying athletes compete at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.