April 22, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – Deshawn Marshall possessed a swagger that no other runner could match on the final day of the Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The senior collected titles in the 100m and 200m dash while helping the 4x100m relay win gold as well.
Marshall won his first title of the day as a member of the 4x100m relay team that consisted of James Clark, Nick Gray, Champ Page and himself. The foursome ran away with gold in a time of 40.13, a full second better than the rest of the field. Marshall came back exactly two hours later and clocked what would have been a huge personal best if not for the headwind of 3.5 mph; Marshall crossed the finish line with a time of 10.28. One of 15 seniors celebrating Senior Day, Marshall came back and completed the trifecta with a convincing win in the 200m dash. Marshall outran teammates Gray (wind-aided 20.72) and Page (wind-aided 20.81) with a wind-aided time of 20.62.
The Scarlet and Gray had a more than successful day in the sand pits winning three titles in events that consisted of leaping through the whistling air. Zack Bazile and Taylor DeLoach combined to sweep the men’s and women’s long jump. In what was Bazile’s first meet of the outdoor season, the junior leapt 7.50m (24-7.25) to claim gold, and DeLoach floated through the air with a personal best of 6.10m (20-0.25) to come away with the title. For the second competition in a row, Mikaela Seibert came away victorious in the triple jump. The sophomore collected a mark of 12.62m (41-5.00) for the win.
Rachel Weber and Jared Fleming made the most of the final home meet of their careers with titles in the 800m run. Weber, who scorched around the track Friday evening in the 1,500m run for the second-fastest time in program history, came back about 18 hours later and won her second event of the weekend with a readout of 2:06.38. Fleming capped out his home career with a time of 1:49.46 to secure gold.
Seniors Aaliyah Barnes and Page scooted away with titles in their respective sprinting events; Barnes collected gold with a 200m dash time of 23.22 and Page ran away with victory in the 400m dahs with a time of 46.90. Beatrice Hannan made it a Buckeye sweep in the 400m dash when she won gold with a readout of 54.17. Chantel Ray picked up a win in the 100m hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.37 seconds.
Ohio State had three men win field events on the final day of the meet. Nick Demaline won his first title of the outdoor season by launching the shot put 19.39m (63-7.50). Coty Cobb (5.16m/16-11.00/personal best) and Josh Fridley (2.03m/6-8.00) both won their first titles as Buckeyes in the pole vault and high jump, respectively.
Beside the 14 titles from 13 athletes on Saturday, a copious amount of other Buckeyes had successful showings. Behind Hannan in the women’s 400m dash, Karrington Winters (54.49) and Tamani Wilson (55.17) ran their way to a two-three finish.
In the 100m dash, Barnes narrowly missed out on her second title of the day with a second-place finish (wind-aided 11.61). DeLoach clocked a wind-aided time of 11.68 to place third and was followed by Allison Mayfield-Brown (wind-aided 11.70), who placed fourth in the 100m dash.
Hannan missed a double-title day too by slim margins in the women’s 200m dash, that of which Barnes won. Hannan clocked a time of 23.57 for second and Winters (wind-aided 23.94) placed fourth. In the men’s 800m run, Alex Lomong placed two spots behind Fleming, his training partner, with a time of 1:50.33.
Christine London and Sade Olatoye placed third in a number of events. London secured her bronzes in the 400m hurdles (59.28) and the 100m hurdles (wind-aided 13.61). Olatoye place third in both the shot put and discus throws with marks 16.03m (52-7.25) and 47.92m (157-03), respectively. Behind Olatoye in the discus were two other Buckeyes: Kate Deaton placed fourth with a throw of 47.90m (157-02) and Lyne’a Diller followed in fifth with a toss of 47.54m (156-00).
Sophomore DaJuan Seward had himself a productive day in the triple jump and 110m hurdles. In the triple hop, Seward registered a personal-best mark of 15.30m (52-2.50) to earn silver. In his hurdles race, he clocked a wind-aided readout of 14.12 to take bronze.
Ohio State nestled three men three men in the next four slots behind Marshall in the 100m dash. The aforementioned Clark placed third with a 10.48, Duan Asemota (10.56) took fourth and Bazile placed fifth with a 10.59: all three of those times were wind-aided.
Saturday Personal Bests
Lyne’a Diller – Shot Put – 14.53m (47-8.00)
Alexus Pyles – Long Jump – 4.98m (16-4.25)
Karimah Senior – Long Jump – 5.39m (17-8.25)
Olivia Smith – 800m Run – 2:11.72
Reggie Browley – Shot Put – 16.18m (53-1.00)
Brent Carroll – 400m Hurdles – 53.92