June 5, 2018

Buckeyes Headed To Tracktown For NCAA Championships

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June 5, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track & field team is bound for Eugene, Ore., for the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships from June 6-8. The Buckeyes are entered in seven individual events as well as three relays taking place at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

The four-day meet alternates between men’s and women’s competition each day, with men’s action on Wednesday and Friday while the women compete on Thursday and Saturday. Ohio State can be seen on ESPN2 on Wednesday and Thursday for both semifinal and final rounds, and those moving on to final rounds on Friday and Saturday will be broadcast on ESPN. A full broadcast schedule can be found below.

BUCKEYE BREAKDOWN
Four individuals and two relay teams from the men’s squad represents the Scarlet and Gray, and three individuals plus a relay group hails from the women’s team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Senior Cole Gorski (pole vault), senior Zack Bazile (long jump), junior DaJuan Seward (triple jump) and senior Nick Demaline (shot put) compete individually, along with the 4x100m and 4x400m relay groups. On the women’s side, senior Maggie Barrie (400m), senior Christine Frederick (10,000m), senior Chantel Ray (100m Hurdles) and the 4x400m relay squad will compete for OSU.

Men’s 4x100m Relay (semis) | Wednesday | 7:32 p.m. ET | ESPN2
The contingent of freshman Eric Harrison Jr., senior Duan Asemota, senior Drelan Bramwell and Bazile qualified for the 4x100m relay with a school record-breaking time of 38.91 at the NCAA East Preliminaries on May 26, knocking off the previous program-best of 38.92 set by James ClarkNick Gray, Asemota and Deshawn Marshall in 2017 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The four will run in the second heat, striving for the top two times or the next two fastest times overall to qualify for the final.

Cole Gorski | Pole Vault (finals) | Wednesday | 8:00 p.m. ET | ESPN2
Gorski, a native of Tontogany, Ohio, competes in the pole vault after placing ninth at the NCAA East Preliminary with a vault of 5.35m (17-6.5). Gorski’s season-best of 5.50m (18-0.5) is the highest clearance in school history, set on April 7 at the Jim Click Shootout.

The Big Ten Outdoor Championships silver medalist, Gorski makes the first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships of his career, hoping to secure All-America status in the pole vault finals to close out his Buckeye career.

Zack Bazile | Long Jump (finals) | Wednesday | 9:00 p.m. ET | ESPN2
Bazile returns to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump after a fifth-place leap of 7.80m (25-7.25) at the NCAA East Preliminary. A native of Montvale, N.J., Bazile’s career-best long jump (8.03, 26-4.25) was good for gold at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and moved him to fifth all-time in school history.

A three-time All-American in the long jump, Bazile looks for his fourth honor in as many years.

Nick Demaline | Shot Put (finals) | Wednesday | 9:40 p.m. ET | ESPN2
The defending bronze medalist from the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Demaline makes his second appearance at the event following a heave of 18.87m for 10th place at the NCAA East Preliminary. Demaline, a native of Swanton, Ohio, has been a force to be reckoned with on the Buckeye throwing squad since transferring from Western Kentucky last year.

Hoping to continue his post-season success, Demaline’s career-best outdoor throw of 20.08m came at last year’s NCAA East Preliminary and is the fourth-best all-time throw in school history. His season-best mark of 20.14m earned him silver at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

Men’s 4x400m Relay (semis) | Wednesday | 10:48 p.m. ET | ESPN2
Sophomore Asa Burke, junior Nick Gray, Bramwell and freshman Andre Jeff earned a bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a 4x400m time of 3:06.98, good for seventh overall at the event. The group is set to run in the second heat, aiming for a Top Two time or the next two best overall times to qualify for the final on Friday.

Chantel Ray | 100m Hurdles (semis) | Thursday | 8:02 p.m. ET | ESPN2
Competing in her first individual event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Ray qualified in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 13.37 at the NCAA East Preliminary. Ray, from Hampton, Va., achieved a career-best time of 13.17 at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in the 100m Hurdles prelim, ending up in fourth place in the final by clocking in at 13.49.

Ray will compete in the second heat of the 100m Hurdles, aiming for a Top Two finish or the next two best times overall to compete in the final on Saturday.

Maggie Barrie | 400m (semis) | Thursday | 8:30 p.m. ET | ESPN2
Barrie reprises her 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships appearance as the new school record holder in the 400m dash, clocking in at 51.36 at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships for a silver medal finish. Barrie placed sixth overall in the 400m dash quarterfinal at the NCAA East Preliminary, crossing the line at 51.74 to finish third in the first heat.

Barrie, a native of Columbus, Ohio, looks for her second All-America accolade in the 400m dash. Running the third heat, a Top Two finish or the next two best times will advance her to the final on Saturday.

Christine Frederick | 10,000m (finals) | Thursday | 9:38 p.m. ET | ESPN2
Frederick punched the first ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Championships of her career with a thrilling finish at the NCAA East Preliminaries, running a 1:07.97 split in the final 400m to place 11th in the event, also the second-fastest final leg out of all competitors.

Frederick’s 10,000m time was a personal best, solidifying her hold on the second-fastest all-time 10K in program history. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Frederick goes for her first Outdoor Track & Field All-America honor.

Women’s 4x400m Relay (semis) | Thursday | 10:18 p.m. ET | ESPN2
Senior Karrington Winters, freshman Syaira Richardson, Barrie and sophomore Tamani Wilson clocked in at 3:32.25 at the NCAA East Preliminary, finishing second in the third heat to earn a bid to NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The four teamed up for a season-best time of 3:31.33 at the Drake Relays on April 28, and are set for the first heat on Thursday. A Top Two finish or the next two best times guarantees the group an appearance in the final on Saturday.

DaJuan Seward | Triple Jump (finals) | Friday | 8:40 p.m. | ESPN
Seward earned the first ticket of his career to the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a career-best triple jump of 16.12m, claiming fifth at the NCAA East Preliminaries. The leap increases Seward’s hold on the second farthest all-time triple jump in school history.

Seward, a native of Ebony, Va., continues his roll of post-season success after a silver-medal finish of 16.00m in the triple jump to go along with a bronze medal in the 110m Hurdles.

BUCKEYE HISTORY AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Men
Ohio State athletes have earned a total of 41 NCAA titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Chris Nelloms (200m dash in 1993) is the last Buckeye to earn an individual title, more than 70 years after the Buckeyes’ first national champion, Pete Stinchcomb, captured his long jump crown in 1922. Olympic great Jesse Owens leads all Buckeyes with a total of eight national titles to his name.

The Buckeyes’ lone team championship came in 1929 under head coach F.R. Castleman. The 1993 season witnessed a second-place finish under head coach Russ Rogers, as the Buckeyes won gold in the 4x400m relay and third in the 4x100m relay.

Women
Two Buckeyes have won national titles, both in the 100m hurdles: Christina Manning in 2012 and Donica Merriman in 2001.

Former coach Russ Rogers guided the Buckeyes to a 14th-place finish in 1999, the best in program history. Head coach Karen Dennis and the Buckeyes finished 21st in 2012.

WAYS TO WATCH
Wednesday (Men) – 3:20 p.m. on ESPN3, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2
Thursday (Women) – 12:50 p.m. on ESPN3, 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Friday (Men) – 3:20 p.m. on ESPN3, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
Saturday (Women) – 2:20 p.m. on ESPN3, 6:30 p.m. on ESPN

REGIONAL ACCOLADES
To continue a historic season for director of track & field Karen Dennis, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Dennis as the Great Lakes Regional Men’s Coach of the Year on Friday. Dennis led the men’s team to the first Big Ten Outdoor Championship since 1993 and was named the first Men’s Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year. Dennis is also the first female Men’s Regional Coach of the Year since its inception in 2007.

In addition, Rosalind Joseph was named Great Lakes Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, the first female to earn the nod in the Great Lakes region. Joseph leads three of Ohio State’s four individual entries on the men’s side in Gorski, Seward and Bazile. All three individuals achieved career-bests this season.