April 19, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State track and field team lit up the track at the Virginia Challenge Friday and Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., winning six event titles over two days of competition at Lannigan Field.
Redshirt junior Antonio Blanks led the Buckeyes on the men’s side, returning to his All-Big Ten form with a win in the 400-meter hurdles. Blanks ran a time of 50.42 for the victory, trimming over two seconds off his previous season-best performance in the process. The time, which ranks 11th in Division I this season and second in the Big Ten, is the fastest from the Dayton, Ohio, native in nearly three years.
Blanks also anchored the men’s 4×400-meter relay team to a first-place finish. Sophomore LaMar Bruton, junior Champ Page and senior Timothy Faust joined Blanks in producing a season-best time of 3:05.91, the eighth-best time in Division I this season and the top time in the Big Ten.
Ohio State would make it a sweep of the 4×400-meter relay titles as the women’s team, the reigning Big Ten indoor champions in the event, also emerged victorious. Junior SoSo Walker, sophomore Aaliyah Barnes, freshman Beatrice Hannan and senior Aisha Cavin combined for a season-best time of 3:34.00, the fourth-best time in school outdoor history, the 11th fastest in Division I this season and the top time in the B1G.
Two seniors were winners in the field for the Buckeye women. Abie Ehimwenman claimed first place in the long jump with a season-best mark of 5.96 meters (19-6.75), while Carly Pendleton won the hammer throw with a season-best throw of 52.54 meters (172-4.00).
Also earning a win for the Scarlet and Gray was Cole Gorski in the men’s pole vault, as the freshman from Tontogany, Ohio, cleared the bar at a collegiate-best height of 4.90 meters (16-3.75).
Redshirt junior J.C. Murasky led an impressive list of non-winners for the Buckeyes. The redshirt junior from Zanesville, Ohio, crushed his previous personal-best mark in the shot put, finishing fourth in an extremely competitive invitational with a throw of 19.72 meters (64-8.50), a distance that ranks the redshirt junior third in OSU outdoor history, 11th in Division I this season and third in the Big Ten.
Freshman Allyson Simmons set the school outdoor record in the women’s pole vault, clearing the bar at a season-best 3.70 meters (12-1.50). Simmons also owns the school indoor record in the event, set this past February (3.99 meters/13-1.00).
In the women’s 200-meter dash, Cavin ran a personal-best time of 23.42 to earn runner-up honors, a Top-25 time in Division I this season and the third fastest in the Big Ten. Barnes posted a personal-best time of 23.78 to finish seventh.
Another runner-up performance came in the women’s 400-meter dash, as Walker crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 53.38, a Top-25 performance in Division I this season and the top time in the Big Ten.
· The women’s 4×100-meter relay team — sophomore Aaliyah Everson, Cavin, senior Chesna Sykes and Barnes — claimed runner-up honors with a season-best time of 44.72, the second-fastest time in the Big Ten this outdoor season and a Top 25 Division I time.
· Bruton ran a season-best time of 46.45 in the men’s 400-meter dash, placing fourth overall on his way to a Top-25 DI time and the second-best performance in the Big Ten this spring.
· Third place in the men’s long jump went to freshman Zack Bazile at 7.50 meters (24-7.25). Bazile owns a season-best mark of 7.56 meters (24-9.75), a Top-20 performance nationally.
· In the men’s 800, sophomore Jared Fleming crossed the line in a season-best time of 1:49.92 to finish in fourth place.
· Faust made strides in both the 200-meter and 100-meter dashes, posting season-best times in both events. Faust was third in the 200 in a time of 20.86 and sixth in the 100 in 10.62 seconds.
· Ohio State placed three athletes in the Top-10 of the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Junior Alexis Franklin was third in a season-best time of 13.39, while freshman Chantel Ray, a Virginia native, claimed fifth place with a time of 13.62 seconds. Junior Jasmine Glover was seventh in a time of 13.74.
· Junior Allie Missler improved upon her personal-best mark in the women’s javelin, placing fifth overall with a throw of 45.34 meters (148-9.00). Missler owns the No. 2 spot in the OSU record books in the event.
Ohio State travels to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays April 23-25 before returning to Columbus for the 30th Jesse Owens Track & Field Classic May 1-2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.