Columbus, Ohio – At the conclusion of three days of non-stop action and fierce competition, the Buckeyes have concluded this weekend’s campaign in Knoxville.
Alexus Pyles began the action for the Buckeyes with her stellar performance in the women’s heptathlon. Pyles was able to walk away with a fourth place overall finish (4923 points). The Maryland native snagged second place in both the 200m dash (24.99) and the long jump (5.87m), third in the 100m hurdles (14.19) and fourth in the 800m run (2:29.97).
The Buckeyes had three top five finishers from both the men and women’s teams in the 400m dashes. Maggie Barrie took second place (52.88) and her teammate, Karrington Winters, took fifth (53.43). For the men, Andre Jeff walked away with a second place showing with a time of 46.92.
Both Chantel Ray and DaJuan Seward hailed in at fifth in the hurdle events. Ray participated in the women’s 100m hurdles (13.11), while Seward participated in the men’s 110m hurdles (14.05).
Eric Harrison Jr. saw great victory in the men’s 100m and 200m dashes. Harrison Jr. clocked a time of 10.32 in the 100m dash to land fourth place and clocked a time of 20.70 in the 200m dash for silver.
Sarah Kanney rolled out a first place finish in the women’s 3000m steeplechase. Kanney was able to claim yet another title with this finish (10:54.77).
As the meet moved into the longer distance events, Aaron Wood claimed silver in the men’s 5000m run. This second place finish was a personal best for Wood in this event.
For the field events, Sarah Stanley snagged silver in the women’s javelin with a throw of 42.23m. Zach Bazile claimed third place in the men’s triple jump (7.79m). Nicholas Demaline also claimed third in the men’s shot put with a heave of 19.62m.
To start of the days’ events, both the men and women’s teams finished with top five performances in the 4x200m relay. Duan Asemota, Joseph Cooper Jr., Jerry Jackson and DaJuan Seward clocked in a time of 1:25.44, for third place. Halimah Barlow, Ray, Syaira Richardson and Winters pushed for the quartets fifth place finish (1:36.44).
For the men’s 4x100m relay, Asemota, Bazile, Nick Gray and Harrison Jr. clocked in a time of 39.31 for second place.
Both 4000m-distance medley teams claimed fourth place amongst their competition in Knoxville. The women’s medley team (Courtney Clody, Abby Nichols, Julia Rizk and Karimah Senior) registered a time of 11:50.56, with the men’s medley team (Kevin Blank, Brent Carroll, Luke Landis and Alex Lomong) registering a time of 10:00.51.
The Buckeyes men’s 1600m-sprint medley team finished in first place with a time 3:27.82. Paul Bete, Andre Jeff, Kyle McKinney and Tavonte Mott all contributed to the team claiming gold.
For today’s field events Cole Gorski, Chance Ehrnsberger and Seward were all top five contenders in their respective events. Gorski tied for second in the men’s pole vault (5.30m). Seward placed third in the men’s triple jump with a jump of 16.05m. Ehrnsberger placed fourth in the men’s discus with a throw of 54.01m. Both Seward and Ehrnsberger hit personal best marks.
The Buckeyes will return back to their stomping grounds to host the Jesse Owens Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (April 20-21).