May 25, 2017
Lexington, Ky. – Zack Bazile became the first Buckeye track and field athlete to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships on the first day of competition at the NCAA East Preliminaries Thursday night at the UK Track and Field Complex.
Jumping in the fourth of four flights, Bazile was the 46th jumper in a field of 48 athletes to enter the sand pit, and he did so with a starting bound of 7.43m (24-4.50), one that he knew he would have to improve upon if he wanted to advance. The 2016 First Team All-American in the long jump returned for his second jump and glided 7.86m (25-9.50) through the air for the third-longest leap of the competition to easily secure his trip to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Championships.
Bazile has been on a tear as of late as he enters the most important part of the season. Just two weeks ago at the B1G Championships, the junior racked up 18 points for the Buckeyes combining for a pair of silver finishes in the long and triple jump. The Montvale, N.J., native will attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the triple jump on Saturday.
It was also a successful day for the Ohio State sprinters, particularly in the 400m dash. A total of three athletes donning the Scarlet and Gray in the event advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals. For the women, Maggie Barrie (53.37) and Beatrice Hannan (53.60) both advanced with top-three finishes in their heats. Champ Page ran away with his heat from lane eight with a time of 47.01 to earn an auto-bid to the quarterfinals. Hannan and Barrie will race at 5:30 p.m. ET on Friday, and Page’s quarterfinal will immediately follow.
The No. 1 800m runner in school history, Rachel Weber, did what she had to do in her best event and won it with a time of 2:07.48 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal (6:30 p.m. ET). Two other seniors who moved on from their first round competition were Christine London (400m hurdles) and Deshawn Marshall (100m dash). London popped a time of 58.39, the eighth fastest of the day, in her heat to advance, and Marshall cruised to a clocking of 10.31 in his heat to take second and advance.
Day two of the NCAA East Preliminaries will resume on Friday at 2 p.m. ET with Lyne’a Diller repping the Scarlet and Gray in the discus throw. The first Buckeye in action on the track will be Chantel Ray in the 100m hurdles at 4:30 p.m. ET. A livestream via WatchESPN will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET for day two.