June 7, 2016

Buckeyes Vie For Titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships


June 7, 2016

Championship Central

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team will have entries in 12 events at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore. Hosted by the University of Oregon at historic Hayward Field, the four-day meet features men’s events June 8 and 10 and women’s finals June 9 and 11.

Fans can enjoy unprecedented coverage of the national championships on the networks of ESPN. ESPN2 will have live coverage from 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday. ESPNU takes the reigns Thursday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. before coverage switches to ESPN from 8:30-11 p.m. ESPN will carry competition both Friday (8:30-11) and Saturday (6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.). Live field event coverage is available throughout the week at ESPN3.com and on the WatchESPN app.

All information regarding the meet including the meet schedule, start lists and live results can be found using the championship central link at the top of the page. A complete recap will be available following completion of each day’s events on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Follow along on Twitter (@OhioState_TFXC and #ncaaTF) for updates and results throughout the week.

#ncaaTF Basics
Days: Wednesday, June 8(3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET); Thursday, June 9 (1:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET); Friday, June 10 (3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET); and Saturday, June 11 (2:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET)
Venue: Hayward Field – Eugene, Ore.
Television: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU & ESPN3.com
Live Results
Twitter: @OhioState_TFXC, #ncaaTF

Buckeye Qualifiers and Schedule (All times ET)
Wednesday (Men)
8:45 p.m. – Bill Stanley, javelin final
8:46 p.m. – Nick Gray, 100-meter semifinal
9 p.m. – Zack Bazile, long jump final
9:30 p.m. – J.C. Murasky, shot put final
9:30 p.m. – Antonio Blanks, 400-meter hurdle semifinal
9:44 p.m. – Nick Gray, 200-meter semifinal
10:48 p.m. – 4×400-meter relay semifinal (Blanks, Gray, Jerry Jackson, Champ Page)

Thursday (Women)
9 p.m. – SoSo Walker, 400-meter semifinal
9:30 p.m. – Alyssa Gary, shot put final
9:30 p.m. – Alexis Franklin, 400-meter hurdle semifinal
9:44 p.m. – Aisha Cavin, 200-meter semifinal
10:48 p.m. – 4×400-meter relay semifinal (Walker, Cavin, Franklin, Karrington Winters)

Friday (Men)
9:22 p.m. – 100-meter final
9:57 p.m. – 400-meter hurdle final
10:07 p.m. – 200-meter final
9:10 p.m. – 200-meter final
10:51 p.m. – 4×400-meter relay final

Saturday (Women)
7:32 p.m. – 400-meter final
7:57 p.m. – 4×400-meter final
8:07 p.m. – 200-meter final
8:51 p.m. – 4×400-meter relay final

Buckeye History at the NCAA Championships
Ohio State athletes have earned a total of 35 NCAA titles at the NCAA outdoor championships. Chris Nelloms (200-meter dash in 1993) is the last Buckeye to earn an individual title, more than 70 years after the Buckeyes’ first national champion, Pete Stinchcomb, captured his long jump crown in 1922. Olympic great Jesse Owens leads all Buckeyes with a total of eight national titles to his name.

The Buckeyes’ lone team championship came in 1929 under head coach F.R. Castleman. The 1992 season witnessed a second-place finish under head coach Russ Rogers, as the Buckeyes swept both the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relay titles.

Two Buckeyes have won national titles, both in the 100-meter hurdles: Christina Manning in 2012 and Donica Merriman in 2001.

Former coach Russ Rogers guided the Buckeyes to a 14th-place finish in 1999, the best in program history. Head coach Karen Dennis and the Buckeyes finished 21st in 2012.

Buckeyes in the USTFCCCA National Rankings
The Buckeye men are 40th and the women 42nd in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Outdoor Track & Field Week 9 rankings, released May 29.

The men of the Scarlet and Gray scored 61.15 points in the weekly poll. Six Big Ten rivals are featured in the Top 50 along with the Buckeyes: No. 23 Purdue, No. 24 Nebraska, No. 27 Michigan, No. 30 Penn State, No. 37 Iowa and No. 45 Wisconsin. Texas A&M is the No. 1-ranked team, followed by No. 2 Florida and third-ranked Oregon.

OSU totaled 44.31 points on the women’s side. Ten Big Ten teams are represented in the Top 50: No. 19 Wisconsin, No. 20 Nebraska, No. 21 Michigan, No. 29 Purdue, No. 31 Minnesota, No. 34 Indiana, No. 38 Michigan State, the Buckeyes, No. 49 Iowa and No. 50 Penn State. Arkansas is ranked No. 1, followed by Kentucky and Texas.

Sakiko Minagawa Named Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Winner
Sakiko Minagawa was recognized by the Big Ten as an Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner, the conference announced Tuesday.

Minagawa was a two-sport athlete for the Buckeyes, competing in cross country in the fall and track and field during the winter and spring. She was a four-time Big Ten-championship participant in cross country and the top Buckeye finisher as a senior, as well as a key contributor on the Buckeyes’ 2015 team that qualified for the NCAA championships for only the second time in school history. On the track, she was a two-time regional qualifier and ranks second in the Ohio State record book in the 10,000-meter run.

A native of Dublin, Ohio, Minagawa graduated in May with a degree in exercise science. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, USTFCCCA Academic All-American, Academic All-Big Ten selection and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and participated in multiple service projects during her time at OSU.

Dan Taylor Headed to Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame
Nine-time All-American, seven-time Big Ten champion and two-time NCAA champion Dan Taylor (2000-04), will be one of eight former Buckeye athletes inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this coming September.

A former NCAA record-holder in the weight throw (24.01 meters/78-9.25), Taylor still owns school records in the weight, hammer (69.34 meters/227-6.00) and discus (58.17 meters/190-10.00) throws. He was a Big Ten record holder in the weight throw and hammer throw until 2015.

Unlike many of his peers at the time who specialized in one or two throwing events, Taylor excelled in all major throwing specialties. In 2004, he became the first and only collegiate male to win both the NCAA indoor shot put and weight throw titles in the same season. That same year, he earned runner-up honors in the outdoor shot put.

Taylor, a native of Middlefield, Ohio, was a two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year, two-time Outstanding Male Athlete at the Penn Relays and the 2004 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year. He graduated from Ohio State in 2005 with a degree in construction systems management.

Ohio State Mourns the Loss of Mamie Rallins
Former Ohio State women’s track and field head coach Mamie Rallins passed away May 16 after a car accident in Fremont, Ohio. She was 74.

Rallins, a two-time Olympic hurdler, helped start the women’s track and field and cross country programs at Ohio State when she became head women’s coach in 1976. The first African-American woman to ever coach at Ohio State, she coached 60 Big Ten indoor/outdoor champions, 24 All Americans, nine Olympic trial qualifiers and one Olympian during an 18-year career. She also served as assistant athletic director for three years.

A resident of Port Clinton, Ohio, Rallins remained active with the Ohio State track and field team up until her death. A volunteer coach and team statistician, Rallins had just returned with the team from the Big Ten outdoor championships.

“The Ohio State track & field and cross country family is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend, Mamie Rallins,” Karen Dennis, director of track & field and cross country, said. “As the first African-American woman to coach at The Ohio State University, Mamie was a trailblazer and a champion for all things Ohio State. She was our biggest supporter – mentor, coach, cheerleader, statistician and team grandma. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, current and former student-athletes. A two-time Olympian, Division I track and field coach, athletic administrator and 2000 Olympic team manager, she has touched the lives of countless individuals in the world of track and field. She will be greatly missed.”

Rallins also coached elite athletes during her career, serving as the head coach of the U.S. indoor world championship team in 1987 and assistant coach of the USA Olympic team in 1996. She was the Olympic head manager for the USA women’s track and field team at the 2000 Sydney Games.