June 5, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State track and field assistant coach Joel Brown was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year on Sunday for his coaching efforts this outdoor season. Brown, a three-time Big Ten champion and school record holder in the 110m hurdles for the Scarlet and Gray, has four individuals and two relays prepped to compete at the NCAA Championships this week (June 7-10).
At the Big Ten Championships in mid-May, Brown’s athletes racked up 57 of Ohio State’s 103 points to help the Buckeyes finish second as a team, their highest finish since 2009. Two of his athletes, Deshawn Marshall and Champ Page, won their first career individual B1G titles in the 100m dash (10.05w) and 400m dash (45.59), respectively. The men’s 4x400m relay of Asa Burke, Nick Gray, Marshall and Page closed out the conference meet out with the program’s first gold medal in the event since 2011 with a time of 3:04.95.
At the NCAA East Preliminaries, Marshall (20.32) and Gray (20.38) ran the third and fifth-quickest wind legal 200m dashes in school history to advance to the Eugene, Ore., for the national meet. Gray registered a sub-20 wind-aided 200m dash at the Big Ten Championships on his way to silver with a readout of 19.96. Page’s qualifying time of 45.54 at the East Preliminaries was the fifth-fastest quarter mile ever run by a Buckeye during an outdoor season, and that clinched his spot at the NCAA Championships.
The fourth and final individual advancer was 110m hurdler Donovan Robertson. The fifth-year senior ran a season-best time of 13.85 at the East Preliminaries to register an 11th-place finish and move on to Eugene. Robertson owns the second-fastest 110m hurdle time in school history with a 13.62.
Brown’s oversight for both of the relays has been influential as well. The 4x100m relay squad of James Clark, Gray, Duan Asemota and Marshall ran the No. 2 time in school history (39.01) at the East Preliminaries to advance, and the men’s 4x400m relay dashed to a time of 3:03.51 to earn their spot at the national meet; the time of 3:03.51 is the fifth-fastest time to ever be run by an Ohio State foursome.