Seventeen Buckeyes will travel to Jacksonville for NCAA East Regionals
May 22, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio. – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s track and field team will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., May 24-26 for the 2012 NCAA East Regional preliminary meet. This season, the University of North Florida will play host to the top teams east of the Mississippi River including those from the Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Big East.
A look at the Buckeyes set to compete this weekend:
Chesna Sykes - 100m dash, 200m dash, 4x100m relay
All-American Christina Manning will be looking to do well in Jacksonville to make strides towards winning her first ever NCAA outdoor title after finishing second last season. Manning claimed the indoor NCAA hurdle title earlier this year and will enter this meet with the fastest Division I hurdle time this season. Alexandria Johnson and Christienne Linton hold the No. 17 and No. 18 times, respectively, for the region. Also expected to make a move in Jacksonville is Nyjah Cousar who holds the seventh-fastest 400m hurdle time in the east.
In the 100m dash, Chesna Sykes holds the 16th-fastest time in the east region. Teammates Madison McNary and Linton will join Sykes to follow-up Ohio State’s domination in the 100m dash at the Big Ten championships with a strong showing in the NCAA prelims.
Coming off of a PR in the 400m dash at the Big Ten championships is Shaniqua McGinnis who holds the No. 10 time in the 400m dash for the region. McGinnis will also take to the track as part of the No. 4 seeded 4x400m relay team. The 4x100m relay team enters with the fifth-best regional time.
On the field events side, Alexis Thomas has the top hammer throw mark after winning the Big Ten title with a new school record and PR. Senior Maggie Mullen will join Thomas in the hammer with a top 10 ranking.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 30 Rankings Nine members of the Scarlet and Gray are ranked within the Top 30 nationally in several event areas. A look at where the Buckeyes sit:
Big Ten Champions!
Thomas captured the first Buckeye medal of the championships by recording a stellar mark on her third throw in the hammer competition to capture the gold medal. The junior's throw of 64.62m (212 ft.) is now the new Ohio State record and the newest Big Ten meet record.
Manning scored 28 points for Ohio State by winning the 100m hurdles (12.71), 100m dash (11.49) and placing second in the 200m dash (23.30). 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.
The 4x100m relay team of Manning, Linton, Sykes and Cavin ran a time of 43.70 to set a new school record and Big Ten meet record. The Big Ten meet record was previously held by an Illinois relay team and had stood for 16 years.
Thomas, Manning and Dennis Win Big Ten Honors
Thomas was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships after an impressive performance in the hammer throw. The Huber Heights native’s win in the hammer throw is her first Big Ten title and she is the first Buckeye in history to be named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships.
Manning was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year after a strong outdoor season that included setting a new school record in the 100m hurdles (12.68) at the Tom Jones Memorial and being named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week twice. This is the second consecutive outdoor Big Ten Athlete of the Year honor for Manning and the fourth of her career including the indoor season.
Fellow Big Ten coaches selected head coach Karen Dennis as Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season as she kept her team at the head of the conference to successfully defend their title. This season, Dennis helped lead the Scarlet and Gray to four titles, two silver medals and four bronze medals while two school records and Big Ten meet records fell.
Cavin, Linton and Sykes joined Manning and Thomas as First Team all-Big Ten selections after claiming the gold medal in the 4x100m relay. McNary was named a Second Team all-Big Ten performer after her runner up finish in the 100m dash (11.71). In addition, Mullen was recognized as the Oho State recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
Buckeyes in the USTFCCCA National Rankings
Five Big Ten teams join the Buckeyes in the top 50 with No. 19 Illinois leading. After the Buckeyes, Big Ten teams in the top 50 are No. 27 Nebraska, No. 35 Wisconsin, No. 47 Michigan and No. 49 Michigan State. Sprinting powerhouse and No. 1 ranked LSU will be the toughest competition in Jacksonville. The Tigers hold the top seeded times in the 100m dash, 200m dash, 800m run, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay.
In the final USTFCCCA Regional Rankings of the 2012 season, Ohio State surpassed Notre Dame for the No. 1 spot in the Great Lakes Region. The Buckeyes lead the region ahead of No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 3 Notre Dame.
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