June 28, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – Maggie Barrie, a rising senior on the Ohio State track and field team, has been selected to represent Sierra Leone at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in August. The event will take place in London at the Olympic Stadium dating Aug. 4-13.
“I’m so blessed and thankful for the opportunity to represent my country, Sierra Leone, at the IAAF World Championships,” Barrie said. “Everything that has happened to me has been a result of God and the people that He sent to help me along the way. People like my four-by-four teammates, Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters, and Aaliyah Barnes, who never failed to push me at practice. My coaches for their constant guidance, and then my dad and mom, who have always supported me.”
Beginning her career focusing on the short sprints (60m/100m/200m dash), Barrie has now expanded upon those events to the longer, more arduous 400m dash. In order to be successful in the quarter mile, athletes must have a delicate balance of speed and endurance. One thing is for sure, Barrie has both of those and has enjoyed the transition to the longer race.
“I just started running the 400 seriously this year, only running it once during the outdoor season in 2016,” Barrie noted. “My lifetime best before this year was a 54.40, and I’ve lowered that by more than two seconds in 2017. I’m just thankful and ready to give it my all at the world stage.”
Barrie’s lifetime best came this year at the NCAA East Preliminaries with a clocking of 52.27 to help her advance to the NCAA Championships as an individual for the first time in her career. Her career-best time of 52.27 is the third-fastest time to be registered by a Buckeye in school history.
A member of one of Ohio State’s most lethal 4x400m relays in program history, Barrie helped the squad break some records in 2017. In March at the NCAA Indoor Championships, running as the anchor leg alongside Hannan, Winters, and Barnes, the foursome became the first women’s relay in program history to earn First Team All-America honors at the indoor national meet; they set the school record with a time of 3:31.23 at the national meet and finished in sixth place.
That same crew won a Big Ten title at the outdoor conference meet with a readout of 3:32.76. The quartet carried their momentum to the NCAA Outdoor Championships and earned an eighth-place finish to earn First Team All-America honors. Barrie helped the 4x400m relay squad to the No. 2 outdoor time in program history with a readout of 3:29.04 at the Florida Relays.
Barrie will spring into action on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 6:55 a.m. ET in the first round of the 400m dash.