April 13, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team will be represented by 44 athletes (24 women and 20 men) this Friday and Saturday at the All-Ohio Championships. The meet will be hosted by the University of Cincinnati at Gettler Stadium.
Top 25 NCAA Marks
Halfway through the outdoor season, OSU has seven athletes that have placed themselves inside the Top 25 in the NCAA. Along with the individuals, both men’s and women’s 4x400m relays have posted Top 25 times nationally.
Nick Demaline – Shot Put – 19.62m – No. 5
Deshawn Marshall – 200m Dash – 20.53 – No. 9
Maggie Barrie – 400m Dash – 52.82 – No. 14
Champ Page – 400m Dash – 46.30 – No. 19
Anthony Johnson – 800m Run – 1:48.56 – No. 19
Cole Gorski – Pole Vault – 5.22m – No. 20
Mikaela Seibert – Triple Jump – 12.86m – No. 23
4x400m Relay (Men) – 3:29.04 – Hannan, Winters, Barnes, Barrie – No. 5
4x400m Relay (Men) – 3:04.38 – Page, A. Johnson, Burke, Marshall – No. 8
In addition to those seven athletes, the Buckeyes currently have 25 other athletes (18 women and seven men) that rank inside the Top 48 of the NCAA East Region. If an athlete is ranked inside the Top 48 of their respective event come the end of conference meets, they will compete at the NCAA East Preliminaries with a shot of clinching a berth to the NCAA Championships.
All-Ohio Championships Preview
Ohio State’s athletes will only compete in field events on Friday. Max Seipel will get things started with the hammer throw at 1 p.m. ET, while the first women in action will be Megan Hoffman (pole vault) and Olivia Small (long jump). The foursome of Kate Deaton, Grace Azenabor, Alexis Dowdy and Sade Olatoye will toss the hammer at 4 p.m. Olatoye’s season-best mark in the hammer throw, a 60.68m toss, ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
Saturday’s action will get started with the women’s javelin and men’s discus at 10 a.m. ET; the Buckeyes will be represented by Alyssa Kopp in the javelin and Jared Ballenger, Max Seipel and Jack Kincade will toss the discus. Kincade will also compete in the shot put along with sprinting the 100m and 400m dashes as part of his training for the decathlon.
The duo of Donovan Robertson and James Clark will be competing in both the 100m and 200m dash. Christine London will return in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Last weekend at the Tennessee Relays, London clocked a season-best time of 59.00 to win gold in the 400m hurdles, and she placed second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.70.
Ohio State will enter five women in both the 800m run and 1,500m run; Devon Leahy has the top 800m time of the group (2:12.0) and Lilly Sanrey-Banrey’s time of 4:37.78 is the fastest in the 1,500m.
*Note – the men’s and women’s javelin throw (Saturday) and hammer throw (Friday) will be held at Coy Field, located just off campus at the end of Coy Street
Record Book Rewrites
Eleven individuals have registered Top 5 program marks in program history during the 2017 campaign. Madison Roberts (4.00m/13-1.50) and Megan Hoffman (3.85m/12-7.50) rank first and second in program history with their clearances. Not to be outdone, men’s pole vaulter Cole Gorksi’s season-best clearance of 5.22m (17-1.50) at the Florida Relays is the second best Ohio State mark of all-time.
Sarah Kanney notched the third-fastest 3,000m steeplechase time by a Buckeye at the Raleigh Relays with a readout of 10:30.62, and graduate transfer Alyssa Kopp’s season-best javelin throw of 44.89m (147-3) is No. 3 all-time.
A slew of athletes have recorded the fourth-best mark in school history in their respective events: Nick Demaline (shot put/19.62m/64-4.50), Anthony Johnson (800m run/1:48.56), Rachel Weber (1,500m run/4:24.78) and Sade Olatoye (shot put/15.96m/52-4.50).
Mikaela Seibert launched a huge personal best last weekend at the Tennessee Relays with a bound of 12.86m (42-2.25) in the triple jump to move into No. 5 in program history. Last but not least, the women’s 4x400m relay of Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters, Barnes and Maggie Barrie registered the second-fastest time (3:29.04) at the Florida Relays.
The meet, which will featured competitors from 14 different schools from around the state, will be a scored team meet that will crown individual and relay champions, along with team champions at the end of the meet.
Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Cedarville, Central State, Cleveland State, Dayton, Findlay, Miami, Ohio, Rio Grande, Shawnee State, Ursuline, Wright State and Xavier will all be in attendance.
Follow us on Twitter @OhioState_TFXC for live updates throughout the meet.