Feb. 4, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team sends its top sprinters and throwers to New York City this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6, for the 2016 Armory Track Invitational.
Events from New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory are scheduled to begin at noon ET Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. A live stream (paid subscription) is available at the above link. An event recap will be posted after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Top Competing Teams (Ranking)
Duke (W – No. 17)
Miami (W – No. 15)
Syracuse (M – No. 19)
Wisconsin (W – No. 9)
Football Buckeyes Set to Make Track Debut in NYC
Junior Dontre Wilson, sophomore James Clark and freshman Robert Landers – members of the Ohio State football team – will make their debuts with the track and field Buckeyes in New York City this weekend.
Wilson and Clark will hit the starting line for the 60-meter dash, while Landers competes in both the shot put and weight throw.
Distance Runners Head to Notre Dame
Ohio State’s distance runners, along with several sprinters, hurdlers and field athletes will compete this weekend at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.
Events at the Loftus Sports Center on the University of Notre Dame campus begin at 3:45 p.m. ET Friday and 9:45 a.m. ET Saturday. Live results are available at the above link.
Zedella Sets New Weight Throw PR at Findlay
Junior Aaron Zedella set a new personal-best mark of 21.01 meters (68-11.25) in the weight throw this past weekend at the Findlay Indoor Track & Field Classic, where a small contingent of Buckeyes competed during the bye week.
The throw earned Zedella runner-up honors and ranks 14th in Division I this season. It also places the Cleveland native fifth on the all-time performers list at Ohio State.
Buckeyes in the USTFCCCA Rankings
The Buckeye men were ranked 48th in the USTFCCCA Division I Indoor Track & Field Poll, released Feb. 1.
OSU totaled 19.63 points in the Week 2 poll. Six Big Ten teams in all are featured in the Top 50: No. 16 Nebraska, No. 21 Penn State, No. 26 Purdue, No. 35 Minnesota, No. 41 Illinois and the Buckeyes. Florida is the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, followed by No. 2 Texas A&M and third-ranked Texas.
The OSU women check in at 67th overall. Five Big Ten rivals are represented in the Top 50: No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 16 Michigan, No. 22 Michigan State, No. 25 Penn State and No. 45 Purdue. Arkansas is the top-ranked women’s team, followed by No. 2 Georgia and No. 3 Oregon.
In the Great Lakes regional rankings, the women are ranked third behind Michigan (399.63) and Purdue (372.39) with 239.86 points. The men are eighth (185.42), with Indiana claiming the top spot (431.44). 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 3 rankings will be released Feb. 8.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Seven 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:
4×400-meter relay – (Aaliyah Barnes, Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters, SoSo Walker) – No. 10
Chantel Ray – No. 15, 60-meter hurdles
Barnes – No. 19, 200-meter dash
Sade Olatoye – No. 25, shot put
Last Time Out
A win by Gray in the men’s 60-meter dash highlighted Ohio State’s trip to the Power Five Conference Clash in Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 22-23.
Hosted by Auburn and Tennessee, the invitational pit eight teams from the SEC against seven squads from the other four Power Five conferences combined. The Power 5 was victorious on the women’s side, 85.5-84.5, while the SEC was a winner in the men’s competition 91-74.
Gray, a native of Pickerington, Ohio, had an outstanding meet for the Buckeyes. His victory in the 60 dash came in a personal-best time of 6.71 seconds, the No. 5 time in the Ohio State record book and No. 26 in Division I this season. In addition, he was third overall in the 200-meter dash (21.26, No. 17 in the NCAA this season) and a member of the men’s seventh-place 4×400-meter relay team.
Ohio State’s top throwers on the men’s side enjoyed a productive meet. Murasky continued to show impressive form early in the season. Ranked seventh nationally in the shot put this season, Murasky was third overall in the event with a mark of 19.30 meters (63-4.00), finishing behind the No. 3- and No. 8-ranked throwers. In the weight throw, Zedella was fourth with mark of 20.47 meters (67-2.00).
On the women’s side, the 4×400-meter relay team was fourth overall in a competition featuring five of the Top-15 ranked relays in Division I this season. Walker, Hannan, Winters and Barnes combined for a time of 3:37.28, just shy of their season-best time of 3:36.16.
Barnes was sixth in the women’s 200-meter dash finals after posting a season-best time of 23.70 in preliminary heats, a Top-20 time in Division I this season. Ray was also a standout in the prelims, finishing first overall in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.29 seconds.
Ohio State travels to Geneva, Ohio, site of the Big Ten indoor championships, Feb. 12-13 for the SPIRE DI Challenge at SPIRE Institute.