Six Buckeyes Travel to Eugene for NCAA Championships
June 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team sends six student-athletes to the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., this Wednesday-Saturday, June 5-8.
Senior Alexis Thomas will lead the way for the Scarlet and Gray in the hammer throw. A 2012 Honorable Mention All-American and two-time Big Ten champion, Thomas will be competing in her second national championship Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. PT.
Ohio State’s 4x100m relay team returns to the national championships once again after a fifth-place finish in 2012. Senior Christienne Linton and sophomore Aisha Cavin will be making their second trip to the national championships, while senior Ashlee Abraham and junior Adenike Pedro compete for the first time. The 4x1 team begins competition Wednesday with semifinal action at 4 p.m. PT. Abraham also competes as an individual in the 200m semifinals Thursday at 4 p.m. PT.
Sophomore Katie Borchers is set to contend at the national championships for the first time Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. PT in the 800m semis. A native of Russia, Ohio, Borchers broke her own school record in the event two weeks ago at the NCAA East Prelims, crossing the finish line in a time of 2:05.95.
Ohio State Schedule
Wednesday, June 5
• 1:30 p.m. PT: Alexis Thomas in the hammer throw finals
• 4 p.m. PT: Ashlee Abraham, Aisha Cavin, Christienne Linton and Adenike Pedro in the 4x100m relay semifinals
• 4:30 p.m. PT: Katie Borchers in the 800m semifinals
Thursday, June 6
• 4 p.m. PT: Abraham in the 200m semifinals
Friday, June 7
• 5:20 p.m. PT: 800m finals
Saturday, June 8
• 2:05 p.m. PT: 4x100m relay finals
• 2:43 p.m. PT: 200m finals
Buckeye History at the NCAA Championships
Ohio State athletes have collected a total of 48 outdoor All-America awards. Last season, Manning earned All-America honors in the 110m hurdles and 4x100m relay, while Cavin, Linton and Chesna Sykes collected A-A laurels in the 4x1 as well. Associate head coach Rosalind Joseph (Goodwin) took home All-American honors in 2004 and 2005 in the triple jump.
Former coach Russ Rogers guided the Buckeyes to a 14th-place finish in 1999, the best in program history. Head coach Karen Dennis and the Buckeyes finished 21st in 2012 and 26th in 2011.
Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 50 in USTFCCCA Week Nine Poll
Seven Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 16 Illinois, No. 24 Penn State, No. 25 Michigan State, No. 26 Nebraska, No. 32 Wisconsin, No. 46 Indiana and the Buckeyes. Kansas is the No. 1-ranked team in the country, followed by No. 2 Texas A&M and third-ranked Florida.
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
Franklin Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year
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.
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Last Time Out
Thomas and Borchers secured tickets to the national championships with fifth- and 10th-place finishes, respectively, in the hammer throw and 800m. Thomas moved on to the national finals with a mark of 62.57m (205-3.00), while Borchers secured a national-championship birth with a time of 2:06.03, one day after setting a school record of 2:05.56 in the preliminary round.
On Saturday, the Buckeye 4x100m relay team –Abraham, Cavin, Linton and Pedro – claimed its spot in the NCAA championship field by placing second in its heat and fifth overall in a time of 44.56. Abraham competed later in the day in the 200m, advancing to Eugene with a sixth-place and personal-best time of 23.50.