Jan. 12, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team is headed south to compete at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky., this Friday and Saturday. The meet will take place inside the Nutter Field House, and only two events will be contested Friday evening (weight throw and distance medley relay), while the large part of the meet will take place Saturday.
Ohio State in the USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings
The men’s program is ranked No. 21 in the USTFCCCA Indoor Track and Field Preseason Poll that was released on Monday. It is the first time since 2012 that the men’s program has been ranked inside the top 25 to begin the season.
The women’s program enters the season in the No. 32 slot. Only three Big Ten squads are ranked ahead of the Buckeyes: No. 10 Purdue, No. 12 Michigan and No. 28 Nebraska.
Top Times in America
A plethora of Buckeyes recorded top-10 national marks at the Buckeye Classic last Friday evening. The men’s team is headlined by Dominik Seitzer’s 800m run time; the senior’s flat-track converted time of 1:51.79 is the fastest in the nation. Sade Olatoye, who set a school record in the weight throw with a personal-record toss of 21.63m (70-11.75), currently has the second-best mark in the country. A full list below:
Seitzer – No. 1, 800m run
Luke Landis – No. 3, mile
Jared Fleming – No. 4, mile
Nick Gray – No. 4, 400m dash
Donovan Robertson – No. 6, 60m hurdles
Zack Bazile – No. 6, long jump
Nick Demaline – No. 6, shot put
DaJuan Seward – No. 9, triple jump
Kevin Blank – No. 9, mile
Deshawn Marshall – No. 9, 60m dash
Olatoye – No. 2, weight throw
Rachel Weber – No. 7, mile
B1G Athletes of the Week
Olatoye (female field) and Seitzer (male co-track) were named Big Ten Athletes of the Week on Wednesday.
Olatoye entered the Ohio State record books in the weight throw with a personal-record heave of 21.63m (70-11.75) on her sixth and final attempt to set the school record that had previously been set in 2008 by Veronica Jatsek. Seitzer registered the fastest 800m run time in the nation with a flat-track conversion of 1:51.79. He dusted the field by more than three seconds and his time leads the Big Ten by more than 1.5 seconds.
It was the first time in both athlete’s careers that they received B1G accolades.
Kentucky Invitational Field
Kentucky’s women (No. 8) and Ohio State’s men (No. 21) are the only two squads ranked inside the top 25. An additional 21 universities will be in action as well.
Follow Ohio State track and field on Twitter @OhioState_TFXC for live updates of the meet.