COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 11 Ohio State used a victory in the final race of the day, the 4x400m relay, to forge an 81-81 tie with No. 19 Michigan in the second edition of “The Dual” Saturday afternoon at French Field House.
For the second year in a row, the hotly contested meet came down to the final race. Trailing 78-76, Ohio State secured the five points awarded to the relay winner to tie the final score, as Michigan was awarded three points for second. With the tie, the Buckeyes now lead the all-time series 1-0-1.
“I thought we had some good performances in the sprint areas, and some of our throwers threw very well,” Ohio State head coach Karen Dennis said after the meet. “We were a little flat in some areas, and we need to beef up our mid-distance and our distance areas. We do know that Michigan is very strong, one of the best teams in the country, so for us to come out even is ok. Michigan had a great meet and we had a good meet.”
The meet was a sprint and distance battle, as the Buckeyes dominated the sprinting events and Michigan controlled the distance areas, with the two teams staying relatively even in the field events. All-American Christina Manning led the way for the Buckeyes, posting wins in the 60m dash, 60m hurdles and 200m dash.
“It felt good to pull off the sweep,” Manning said of her three victories. “That was the plan, to come out here and do what I try to do best. This is like a pre-Big Ten meet. I was trying to win as much as I could.”