Jan. 4, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field program will open up its 2017 indoor season on Friday, Jan. 6, at French Field House. Field events are slated to begin at 4 p.m., and track events will start at 4:30 p.m.
Karen Dennis, director of track & field and cross country, is entering her 15th year in Columbus, and this will be the first of eight meets for the Buckeyes before they head to Geneva, Ohio, for the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 24-25).
Michael Hartfield Recognition
The Ohio State track and field program is excited to unveil a new Olympic banner at French Field House on Friday; Hartfield’s ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m. This summer, Hartfield represented the United States in Rio in the long jump. During his time at Ohio State, Hartfield captured five Big Ten individual titles, broke Jesse Owens’ 77-year old school record in the long jump, was a four-time All-American and he was named the 2011 USTFCCCA Great Lakes Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. All in all, Hartfield captured 19 individual titles between the long jump and triple jump as a Buckeye.
Fans are allowed to park for free in the north French Field House/St. John Arena lots or the south French Field House lot.
The men’s team returns 38.5 of their 63.5 points scored at last year’s Big Ten Championships where they placed fifth. Nick Gray, a two-time indoor All-American, will pace the Buckeyes’ sprints unit. In 2016 as a freshman, Gray broke two Big Ten championship records: he won the 200m dash with a time of 20.71, which also ranks No. 2 in program history, and he was a member of the 4x400m relay team that captured gold with a time of 3:06.38, which is the third-fastest in program history.
Zack Bazile, Donovan Robertson and Jared Fleming are three upperclassmen who scored at the 2016 Big Ten Championships that will look to contribute in even more meaningful action. Bazile racked up 11 points for the Scarlet and Gray at the conference meet last February; he placed third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump. Robertson is a two-time indoor All-American in the 60m hurdles with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships as a freshman and 13th-place showing as a sophomore. Fleming stakes claim to the fourth-fastest 800m run time in program history and will look to improve upon his eighth-place showing at the 2016 Big Ten’s.
Barnes set the school record in the 200m dash with a time of 23.27 to take silver at Big Ten’s, and she also earned points in the 60m dash with an eighth-place showing. Winters took fourth in the 600m run with a time of 1:30.28 and was a member of the 4x400m relay team that set a new program standard with a time of 3:32.88 to place second.
In addition to Barnes and Winters, Rachel Weber, Chantel Ray, Olivia Small and Maggie Barrie are four upperclassmen returning with Big Ten points. Weber, who ranks second in program history in the 800m run, placed eighth in that event in 2016. Ray (eighth place/60m hurdles), Barrie (eighth place/200m dash) and Small (eighth place/long jump) all will have a chance to score more points for the Buckeyes in 2017.
Mikaela Seibert and Sade Olatoye both made their presence felt as true freshmen. At Big Ten’s, Seibert collected a fourth-place finish in the triple jump with a season-best bound of 12.59m (41-3.75), and Olatoye finished sixth in the weight throw with a heave of 19.92m (62-4.25).
The Buckeyes will be competing against Dayton (women only), Central State University, Ashland University, Forza Athletics, Indy’s Racing Cheetahs and Metaphoric Speed International.
You can follow Ohio State track and field team on Twitter @OhioState_TFXC for live updates throughout the meet.