Jan. 3, 2018
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams will open up their 2018 indoor schedule on Friday afternoon at French Field House with the annual Buckeye Classic. The field events are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and the track events will get going at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and fans can park in the north or south French Field House parking lots for free.
Fans are encouraged to follow along with the action on Twitter @OhioState_TFXC.
This will be the fourth season for Karen Dennis serving as director of track and field and her 16th season overall. Ohio State will compete at six different indoor meets before returning back to Columbus for the Buckeye Tune Up on Feb. 16 at French Field House. One week after hosting the Buckeye Tune Up, the Scarlet and Gray will trek north to Geneva, Ohio for the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 23-24).
Coming off a bronze finish at the 2017 Big Ten Indoor Championships, the Ohio State women’s team returns 69 of its 83 points scored at that meet. Sade Olatoye headlines the returnees; she became the first woman in program history to win both the shot put and weight throw at a single Big Ten championship meet in 2017 racking up a total of 20 points for the Buckeyes. The school record holder in the weight throw won seven titles in the weight throw as a sophomore in 2017, and she capped it off with First Team All-America honors at the NCAA Championships.
Karrington Winters returns for her junior season as the reigning Big Ten champion in the 600m run (school record/1:27.60). She accounted for a total of 12 points at the 2017 conference meet scoring 10 points with her gold in the 600m run and helping the 4x400m relay register a second-place showing. Winters alongside Maggie Barrie and Beatrice Hannan bring back three-fourths of the 4x400m relay that set the school record with a readout of 3:31.23 at the 2017 NCAA Championships to become the first indoor 4x400m relay in program history to garner First Team All-America honors.
Taylor DeLoach (long jump) and Mikaela Seibert (triple jump) both earned fourth-place finishes in their respective events in 2017 at the conference meet and will look to improve upon their performances from a year ago. As a freshman, Halimah Barlow captured a fifth-place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 7.59.
The highest point scorers coming back to don the Scarlet and Gray for the men are Nick Gray and Nick Demaline. Gray won his second-straight 2000-meter Big Ten title at the 2017 conference meet with a meet record time of 20.58, which ranks No. 2 in program history. Demaline earned a silver showing in the shot put with a heave of 19.76m (64-10.00) and would go on to earn First Team All-America honors in the same event at the NCAA Championships with a sixth-place finish.
Other point scorers at the conference meet on the roster for 2018 include Cole Gorski, DaJuan Seward and Alex Lomong. Aaron Zedella, who has scored at several Big Ten Championships in the throws, will also be suiting up in the Scarlet Gray for 2018.