Feb. 18, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team returns to French Field House Friday, Feb. 19 for the Buckeye Tune-Up. The meet will serve as the Buckeyes’ final regular-season event prior to the Big Ten indoor championships next weekend at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Field events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET, with competition on the track set for 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Follow the action with live scoring at www.finishtiming.com and Twitter updates via @OhioState_TFXC. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Buckeyes in the USTFCCCA Rankings
The Buckeye men were ranked 50th and the women 61st in the USTFCCCA Division I Indoor Track & Field Poll, released Feb. 15.
OSU totaled 21.05 points in the Week 4 poll on the men’s side. Six Big Ten teams in all are featured in the Top 50: No. 14 Penn State, No. 22 Purdue, No. 28 Minnesota, No. 35 Wisconsin, No. 49 Nebraska and the Buckeyes. Arkansas is the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, followed by No. 2 Tennessee and third-ranked Texas A&M.
The women’s rankings include five Big Ten teams in the Top 50: No. 9 Michigan, No. 21 Purdue, No. 24 Wisconsin, No. 26 Penn State and No. 41 Nebraska. Florida is the top-ranked women’s team, followed by No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Georgia.
In the Great Lakes regional rankings, the women are ranked third behind Michigan (375.15) and Purdue (368.71) with 232.44 points. The men are seventh (215.67), with Akron claiming the top spot (324.29). The regional team index uses data for only the 2016 indoor season and is designed to be a reflection of a team’s all-around strength.
Week 5 rankings will be released Feb. 22.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Six Ohio State student-athletes and one relay team have posted among the Top 25 times/marks in Division I this season according to Track & Field Results Reporting System (www.TFRRS.org). A look at where the Buckeyes sit:
J.C. Murasky – No. 4, shot put
4×400-meter relay (Antonio Blanks, Nick Gray, Jerry Jackson, Champ Page) – No. 14
Aaron Zedella – No. 19, weight throw
Page – No. 19, 400-meter dash
Gray – No. 22, 200-meter dash
Last Time Out
A sweep of the 4×400-meter relay titles, two wins in the 200-meter dash and another big victory by Murasky in the shot put highlighted the Ohio State track and field team’s weekend trip to the SPIRE DI Team Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.
The women’s 4×400 relay turned in the performance of the weekend for the Buckeyes, winning the 1600-meter competition in a school indoor-record time of 3:33.38, the No. 9 time nationally this season and the top performance in the Big Ten. Walker, Hannan, Franklin and Winters finished more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Notre Dame.
Ohio State was also victorious in the men’s 4×4 as Blanks, Gray, Jackson and Page turned in a season-best time of 3:08.26, the No. 6 time in the OSU indoor record book and a Top-15 performance in Division I this season.
For the second week in a row, Buckeye sprinters swept the men’s and women’s 200-meter finals. Junior Aaliyah Barnes raced to a time of 23.90 on the women’s side ahead of runner-up Maggie Barrie, while Gray crossed the line in 21.25 in the men’s section. Gray added a third-place effort in the 60-meter dash (6.89 seconds) as the freshman from Pickerington, Ohio, enjoyed another outstanding meet.
Murasky equaled his season-best mark of 19.93 meters (65-4.75) to win the men’s shot put for the second week in a row. The winning throw, a SPIRE facility record, ranks fourth in Division I this season and third in the Ohio State indoor record book.
Murasky had company for standout field performance. Olatoye earned a runner-up finish in the women’s weight throw with a personal-best toss of 20.38 meters (66-10.50), a mark that ranks 21st in Division I this season.
Ohio State returns to SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, for the 2016 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 26-27.