33rd Annual Jesse Owens Classic in the Books
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Day one of the Jesse Owens Classic is in the books. Competition began at 2 p.m. ET with the women’s hammer throw. Alexus Dowdy placed third with a throw of 54.76 meters. Aaron Zedella also took third in the men’s hammer throw where he heaved a personal best distance of 65.05 meters. Sarah Stanley took fourth in the women’s javelin where she was able to throw for a distance of 44.16 meters. On the men’s side, Daniel Mastropaolo also took fourth in javelin (57.71 meter).
Running events began at 6:30 p.m. ET with the women’s 5000-meter run where senior Christine Frederick claimed the title with a personal best time of 16:25.77. Teammate Claire Wiles wasn’t far behind with a fourth-place finish, crossing the finish line at 16:35.94. For the men’s section of the 5000-meter run, Aaron Wood was able to clutch a seventh-place finish (14:38.80). The final race of the evening belonged to the men’s and women’s 1500-meter run. Julia Rizk claimed silver with a time of 4:23.35 and teammate Abby Nichols came in close behind with a fourth-place showing (4:28.91). Rounding out Friday’s events was Kevin Blank, taking third place in the men’s portion of the 1500-meter run, crossing the finish line with a time of 3:49.57.
Day two of the Jesse Owens classic competition started off this morning at 10:30 a.m. ET with the women’s shot put competition.
Ohio State claimed gold in the men and women’s triple jump. DaJuan Seward leaped a distance of 14.80 (48′ 6¾”) meters, while Mikaela Siebert leaped 12.48 meters (40′ 11½”).
For the men’s pole vault, it came down to a jump-off between Cole Gorski and Coty Cobb. This battle ultimately ended with Gorski clearing 5.27 meters (17′ 3½”) for the title and Cobb clearing 5.12 meters (16′ 9½”) to take second.
Nick Demaline clutched first place for the Buckeyes with a heave of 18.65 meters (65′ 2″) in the men’s shot put championship. His teammate, Max Siepel took third with a distance of 17.96 meters (58′ 11¼”)
Senior Zack Bazile put on a stellar performance on day two of the Jesse Owens Classic. Bazile took first in long jump (7.35m/24’1”), first in the men’s 100 meter dash (10.35/PR), and was a part of the 4×100 team that claimed first. Teammate Davion Fisher finished right behind Bazile in the men’s long jump with a jump of 7.06 meters (23’2”).
The women’s 4×100 relay team claimed the title with a time of 44.92. The men’s 4×100 team also took the title with a time of 40.17, which included runners Zack Bazile, Asa Burke, Tavonte Mott and Eric Harrison Jr.
Senior Chantel Ray crossed the finish line with a time of 13.61 to earn second-place, while teammate Alexus Pyles crossed the finish line at 14.10 to earn fourth place for the Buckeyes in the women’s 100 meter hurdles. On the men’s side, DaJuan Sewardtook second in the 110 meter hurdles, crossing the threshold at 14.05.
In the women’s 400 meter dash, Tamani Wilson was able to cross the threshold at 54.10 to take silver. In the men’s 400 meter dash, Andre Jeff was crowned champion with a winning time of 46.89 with teammate Asa Burke hailing in at third with a personal best time of 47.24.
As today’s events progressed, the Buckeyes saw great victory in the men’s 100 meter dash. Eric Harrison Jr. crossed the finish line at 10.45 to claim second and Duan Asemota crossed at 10.49 to claim third. For the women, Anavia Battle took the title for the Buckeyes in the women’s 100 meter dash, crossing the finish line with a personal best time of 11.56.
A trio of Buckeyes on the women’s team dominated the 800 meter run with personal best times. Annie Ubbing placed first (2:05.79), Aziza Ayoub took fourth (2:07.30), Courtney Clody came in at fifth (2:08.40). With the men’s 800 meter race following, Alex Lomong crossed the finish line at 1:52.25 to earn bronze.
For the men’s 200 meter dash, Asa Burke was able to cross the finish line with a personal best time of 21.10 to claim gold. Senior Drelan Bramwell was also able to cross the finish line with a personal best time to claim silver (21.12). In the women’s section of the 200 meter dash, Maggie Barrie placed first with a personal best time of 23.27 and Anavia Battle took third with a time of 23.66.
Both men and women’s 4×400 teams crossed the finish line first to round out an impressive day of track and field events. Buckeyes on the women’s team consisted of Karrington Winters, Tamani Wilson, Halimah Barlow and Maggie Barrie (3:42.01). For the men’s team Terry Johnson, Eric Harrison Jr., Keilan Beacham and Drelan Bramwell (3:13.92)
The Ohio State Buckeyes men’s and women’s teams will take on the Drake Relays next Friday and Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.