COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track & field team travels to Tampa, Fla., for the 2018 NCAA East Preliminaries hosted by South Florida on Thursday through Saturday, May 24-26, at the USF Track & Field Stadium, aiming to qualify for the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
Thirty individuals will compete in a total of 39 entries, marking the most since Ohio State qualified 40 in 2015. The Top 12 finishes at the East Regional will punch tickets to the Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Oregon at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
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Of the 30 individuals competing for the Scarlet and Gray, an even 15 will represent the men’s team and 15 compete for the women’s team. Ohio State also qualified both a 4x100m and a 4x400m relay team for the men’s and women’s teams.
Five athletes will compete in more than one individual event – senior Zack Bazile (100m and long jump), freshman Eric Harrison Jr.(100m and 200m), junior DaJuan Seward (110m hurdles and triple jump), sophomore Chance Ehrnsberger (shot put and discus) and freshman Anavia Battle (100m and 200m).
As far as event categories, OSU brings 14 sprinting entries, eight distance, two hurdling, four jumping, two vaulting and five throwing.
WAYS TO WATCH
FloTrack will provide a live stream of the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Championships to FloTrack Pro subscribers, available May 24-26 at FloTrack.com.
The most of any class to qualify is the experienced seniors, leading the pack with 11 individuals. The sophomores edged out the juniors with seven qualifiers, while the junior class qualified six and five freshmen will make their first appearance at the NCAA East Preliminaries.
All but one of the senior group brings experience from previous NCAA East Preliminaries, as the team looks to lead 11 Buckeyes through their first NCAA outdoor regional.
SPRINTING TO SUCCESS
With 12 individuals and 14 entries, the sprinting group is the largest of the Buckeye contingent.
Senior Duan Asemota headlines the 100m dash group at 10.22, a personal record set at the Big Ten Championships. Bazile follows at 10.23, and Harrison Jr. will round out the unit with a time of 10.28. On the women’s side, Battle is the lone competitor in the 100m at 11.33.
Harrison Jr. (20.39) and junior Nick Gray (20.55) are entered in the 200m dash as well. Harrison Jr.’s time of 20.39 is the eighth-fastest time in the region and the fastest time for a freshman in the 200m dash group, a time that earned him the Big Ten Championship in the event. Battle is again the only female running in the 200m dash with a time of 22.94.
Seven Buckeyes are entered in the 400m dash, four on the women’s side and three on the men’s side. Senior Maggie Barrie, the current school record-holder with a time of 51.36, junior Karrington Winters (52.49), sophomore Tamani Wilson (53.09) and freshman Syaira Richardson (53.76) will compete on the women’s team. Freshman Andre Jeff leads the men’s team at 46.85, followed by senior Drelan Bramwell and sophomore Asa Burke, both at 46.94.
Sophomore Alex Lomong is entered in the 800m run with a time of 1:47.43. For the women’s team, sophomore Annie Ubbing will compete with a qualifying time of 2:05.79. Senior Courtney Clody (2:06.42) and freshman Aziza Ayoub (2:07.30) are the remaining two entries. Junior Julia Rizk’s school record-breaking time of 4:18.25 qualified her for the 1,500m run.
In the 5,000m race, sophomore Abby Nichols represents the Scarlet and Gray with a time of 16:31.85. Senior Christine Frederickwill compete in the 10,000m race with a time of 34:24.74, while junior Claire Wiles qualified with a time of 35:09.76.
Junior DaJuan Seward is the single male entry in the 110m hurdles at 13.64. Senior Chantel Rey is the lone female entry in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.11.
ROLLING IN THE RELAYS
The men’s 4x100m relay team qualified with a time of 38.93, while the women’s team clocked in at 44.63. The women’s 4x400m relay team comes in at 3:31.33, and the men’s 4x400m team owns time of 3:06.72.
POLE VAULTING WITH PURPOSE
Senior Cole Gorski, who holds the school record in the pole vault, is entered with a mark of 5.50m. Junior Coty Cobb will also appear in the pole vault, qualifying with a season-best mark of 5.31m.
JUMPING FOR JOY
Bazile leads the jumpers as the Big Ten Champion in the long jump at 8.03m. After the 110m hurdles, Seward is entered in the triple jump with a mark of 16.00m. Sophomore Taylor DeLoach is entered in long jump on the women’s side with a mark of 6.20m, and junior Mikaela Seibert will compete in the triple jump at 12.72m.
Senior Nick Demaline is entered in the shot put at 20.14m, senior Max Seipel joins Demaline with a throw of 17.96m and sophomore Chance Ehrnsberger rounds out the shot put squad with a 17.86m qualifying mark. Ehrnsberger is also entered in the discus with a throw of 55.71m. Senior Aaron Zedella will compete in the hammer throw at 65.07m.
TIP TOP BUCKEYES
Out of 48 entries in each event group, nine Buckeyes are seeded in the Top 12 in the east region individually, and all four of OSU’s relay teams sit among the Top 15.
The highest seed for an individual is fourth, claimed by Lomong in the 800m and Barrie in the 400m. Bazile is the fifth seed in the long jump, while Demaline is the sixth-seeded shot putter. Gorski is seeded seventh in the pole vault, and Harrison Jr. is eighth in the 200m. Seward is the No. 9-seed in the 110m hurdles as well as the 11th seed in the triple jump. Battle is also the No. 11-seed in the 200m, rounding out the Buckeye favorites.
The men’s 4x100m relay team is slated third, while the women’s 4x100m team is 15th. The women’s 4x400m relay team earned the seventh seed and the men’s side claimed the 12th seed.
THE REIGNING CHAMPS
Ohio State returns to action this week after quite a successful showing at the Big Ten Championships on May 11-13 in Bloomington, Ind. The men’s team captured the Big Ten Outdoor title by collecting 120 points, sweeping both indoor and outdoor titles this year.
OSU claimed three Big Ten Champion titles: Harrison Jr. in the 200m (20.39), Bazile in the long jump (8.03m) and a Big Ten Championships record 4x100m relay time of 38.93 from Harrison Jr., Asemota, Bramwell and Bazile.
The women’s team finished fifth with 60 points, highlighted by two new school records. Rizk’s time of 4:18.25 in the 1,500m run and Barrie’s finish of 51.36 in the 400m dash rewrote the record book.
THE RECORD BOOKS ARE ROCKING
Not only did the women break two school records at the Big Ten Championships, but overall, 27 Buckeyes have entered or improved upon their marks in the all-time performers list this season.
Asemota is second all-time in the 100m dash at 10.22, behind the one and only Jesse Owens who set the school record at 10.20 in 1936. Bazile follows in second at 10.23, and Harrison Jr. is fifth at 10.28. The 4x100m team of Harrison Jr., Asemota, Bramwell and Bazile tied for the second-fastest time at 38.93. Seward is now fourth in the 110m hurdles at 13.64. Lomong is third all-time in the 800m run with his time of 1:47.43.
Bazile moves to fifth in the long jump at 8.03m, and Seward leaps to second in the triple jump at 16.00m. Gorski improved his own program-best pole vault at 5.50m, and Cobb comes in second at 5.31m. Ehrnsberger threw the school’s second-best discus at 55.71m, and Zedella takes second with a hammer throw of 65.07m.
On the women’s side, Battle is third in the 200m dash at 22.94, while Barrie is now first in the 400m dash at 51.36 followed by Winters in fifth at 52.49. The 4x400m relay team of Winters, Wilson, Richardson and Barrie is third all-time at 3:31.33. Ubbing (2:05.79) and Clody (2:06.38) are fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 800m run, and Rizk is the rightful owner of first in the 1,500m at 4:18.25. Frederick owns the fourth-best 3,000m run time of 9:38.90, while sophomore Devon Leahy’s 3,000m steeplechase time of 10:50.29 is fifth all-time. Frederick is also third in the 5,000m run at 16:25.77 and second in the 10,000m, clocking in at 34:24.74. Nichols now owns the fifth-best 5,000m time of 16:31.85.
DeLoach’s long jump of 6.20m is fourth all-time, and sophomore Sarah Stanley’s javelin throw of 44.16m is also fourth in program history. Sophomore Alexus Pyles moved into third in the heptathlon with a score of 5,148 points.