Scarlet and Gray Look Towards NCAA Championships
June 6, 2012
Championship Central: NCAA.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor-women/d1
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nine Buckeyes will represent No. 22 Ohio State at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 6-9 at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Great Lakes Region Track Athlete of the Year and the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year Christina Manning will represent Ohio State in the 100m hurdles and she is expected to follow her second-place finish last season with a stellar final performance as a Buckeye. The senior enters with the fastest Division I time this season and the fastest time from the prelims (12.78). Manning will also join teammates Christienne Linton, Aisha Cavin and Chesna Sykes to compete for the national title in the 4x100m relay. The relay team enters the meet with the fifth-best seed time (43.98).
Senior Shaniqua McGinnis will represent Ohio State in the 400m dash. McGinnis enters with a seed time of 52.78 and is looking to run personal-best times to stay in the hunt for the title. With the tenth-best qualifying time, the Buckeyes 4x400m relay team of Nyjah Cousar, Jackie Dim, Cavin and McGinnis hopes to improve on their seed of 3:33.41 when they take the track in Iowa. Cousar, competing in her first NCAA championships, will also run in the 400m hurdles. Cousar set a PR in the race with her fourth-place finish at the Big Ten championships and will enter the race for the national title race with seed of 58.19.
Big Ten champion Alexis Thomas and senior Maggie Mullen will both compete in the first flight of the hammer throw. Mullen enters with a seed mark of 57.91m (189-9) and is no stranger to the NCAA meet. This will be the first NCAA championships for Thomas whose seed is 60.43m (198-3).
A recap will be available after each day at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Ohio State History at the NCAA Championships
The Buckeyes have produced more than 30 outdoor All-Americans, the last coming last season when Christina Manning and Letecia Wright placed second and fifth, respectively, in the 100m hurdles. Assistant coach Rosalind Joseph (formerly 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. Karen Dennis and the Buckeyes finished 26th at the 2011 finals with 12 points.
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