Jan. 21, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Arguably the top meet of the regular season awaits the Ohio State track and field team this weekend as the Buckeyes travel to Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 22-23 for the Power Five Conference Clash, hosted by Auburn and Tennessee at the Birmingham Crossplex.
The one-of-a-kind invitational features 15 schools from Power Five conferences and pits the SEC against the other four Power Five conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12) combined. The eight competing teams from the SEC – Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt – will combine for one score, while and the other seven Power Five schools – Ohio State, Arizona, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Texas and USC – will combine for the other score.
The two-day competition begins Friday at 3 p.m. ET and continues Saturday beginning at noon. Live results are available at the above link.
Competing Teams (Ranking)
Purdue (M – No. 24)
Texas (M – No. 2; W – No. 3)
USC (W – No. 7)
Alabama (M – No. 5)
LSU (W – No. 12; M – No. 14)
Ole Miss (W – No. 25)
South Carolina (M – No. 19)
Tennessee (W – No. 15)
Hannan Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Sophomore Beatrice Hannan was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week by the conference office on Wednesday after a standout performance at the Kentucky Invitational last weekend.
Hannan anchored the Ohio State 4×400-meter relay team to a blazing time of 3:36.16 to take first place by more than six seconds over runner-up Kentucky. An NCAA-leading time when posted on Saturday, the Buckeyes’ time now ranks third in the world and in Division I this season. It is also the second-fastest time in OSU indoor history.
As an individual, Hannan earned runner-up honors in the 400-meter dash in a time of 54.29, the No. 1 time in the B1G and No. 8 nationally in 2016.
Three Football Buckeyes Added to Track & Field Roster
Junior Dontre Wilson, sophomore James Clark and freshman Robert Landers – members of the Ohio State football team – have been added to the Ohio State track and field roster for the 2016 season.
Wilson, an H-Back from DeSoto, Texas, is widely regarded as one of the fastest Buckeyes on the football field. Wilson participated in track and field as a freshman, sophomore and junior at DeSoto High School.
Clark, a third-year wide receiver from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., placed fifth in the 100-meter dash and sixth in the 200-meter dash at the 2012 Florida Outdoor Championships. He owns personal-best times of 10.43 in the 100 and 21.51 in the 200.
Landers, a defensive tackle from Dayton, Ohio, was the OHSAA Division I state champion in the shot put as a junior at Huber Heights High School, as well as a state indoor champion in the shot put as a senior.
Buckeyes in the USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings
The Buckeye men were ranked 36th in the USTFCCCA Division I Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll, released January 6.
OSU totaled 22.14 points in the season-opening poll. Nine Big Ten teams in all were featured in the Top 50: No. 11 Nebraska, No. 21 Penn State, No. 24 Purdue, No. 30 Illinois, No. 32 Wisconsin, No. 33 Minnesota, the Buckeyes, No. 39 Rutgers and No. 45 Michigan. Florida was the preseason No. 1-ranked team, followed by No. 2 Texas and third-ranked Oregon.
The OSU women opened the season ranked 57th overall. Six Big Ten rivals were represented in the Top 25: No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 14 Michigan, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 29 Penn State, No. 43 Minnesota and No. 48 Purdue. Arkansas was the top-ranked women’s team in the preseason poll, followed by No. 2 Georgia and No. 3 Texas.
Week 1 rankings will be released Jan. 25, along with the first regional rankings of the season.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Nine Ohio State student-athletes and four relay teams have posted among the Top 25 times/marks in Division I so far this season according to Track & Field Results Reporting System (www.TFRRS.org). A look at where the Buckeyes sit:
Champ Page – No. 4, 400-meter dash
J.C. Murasky – No. 5, shot put
Distance Medley (Kevin Blank, Jack Kincade, Jared Fleming, Luke Landis) – No. 5
Nick Gray – No. 8, 200-meter dash
4×400-meter relay (Gray, Page, Antonio Blanks, Jerry Jackson) – No. 16
Clayton Bowie – No. 19, 3000-meter run
4×400-meter relay – (Barnes, Hannan, Karrington Winters, SoSo Walker) – No. 3
Distance Medley (Lilly Saniel-Banrey, Olivia Smith, Rachel Weber, Sakiko Minagawa) – No. 8
Hannan – No. 8, 400-meter dash
Chantel Ray – No. 10, 60-meter hurdles
Sade Olatoye – No. 18, shot put
Aaliyah Barnes – No. 22, 200-meter dash
Martha Sam – No. 23, 400-meter dash
Mikaela Seibert – No. 24, triple jump
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes continued their fast start to the 2016 season at the Kentucky Invitational last Friday and Saturday, earning victories in five events.
Ohio State closed the meet in impressive fashion, sweeping the competition in the 4×400-meter relay races. Along with the impressive winning time of 3:36.16 from the women’s team, the men –Gray, Blanks, Page and Jackson – turned in a time of 3:11.91, a Top-15 performance nationally.
Sprints and hurdles continued to standout for the Scarlet and Gray on the women’s side. Ray and senior Alexis Franklin finished 1-3 in the 60-meter hurdles, while four student-athletes finished in the Top 5 of the 400-meter dash, led by Hannan.
The men’s side featured a number of standouts. Page captured first place in the 400-meter dash in his individual season debut in a time or 47.01, the top time in the Big Ten this season and the third-best time in Division I. Gray was a runner-up in both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash, equaling his 60-meter PR of 6.77 in preliminary heats and posting a time of 21.12 in the 200, the top time in the Big Ten and eighth-fastest collegiate time in the nation so far this year.
Ohio State has a week off before competing at two meets the weekend of Feb. 5-6: the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City and the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame.