DES MOINES, Iowa – The Ohio State track and field team won nine races over the weekend at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Ohio State’s women’s team took second in the team scoring with 27 points, just behind first-place Purdue at 31 points, while the men tied for third with Illinois at 18 points, behind winner Iowa and second-place Iowa State.
The Buckeyes now will have two weeks off before traveling to Big Ten Championship starting May 11 at Indiana.
Senior Courtney Clody opened the meet up on Thursday with a second-place finish in the unseeded 800-meter run, tallying a 2:08.70.
Friday opened with Taylor DeLoach winning the women’s long jump at 6.14m (20’1.75”) and DaJuan Seward taking second in the men’s triple jump at 15.35m (50’4.5”). The women’s and men’s 200-meter dash races both produced solid showings by the Buckeyes. For the women, Maggie Barrie took second with a 23.20 while Anavia Battle finished third at 23.35 and Karrington Winters placed fourth at 23.52 as each Buckeye claimed a personal best. On the men’s side, Eric Harrison Jr. won the event with a personal best 20.59 while Drelan Bramwell took third at 21.08 and Asa Burke fourth at 21.14.
Julia Rizk then notched her personal best with a 4:25.22 to win the 1500-meter run and Kevin Blankran his best collegiate time with a 3:47.30 to finish second in the 1500-meter run. The women’s 4×800 relay of Aziza Ayoub, Olivia Smith, Courtney Clodyand Annie Ubbing took second with a time of 8:41.48.
On the final day, Zack Bazile opened with a 7.70m (25’3.25) jump to win the long jump before the Buckeyes were well-represented on both sides on the 100-meter dash. Anavia Battle took the title on the women’s side with an 11.60 while Bliss Soleyntook fourth at 11.83. For the men, Eric Harrison Jr. placed second with a 10.74 while Zack Bazileplaced third at 10.78, narrowly edging teammate Duan Asemota by less than a second. Chantel Ray then took second with a 13.41 in the 100-meter hurdles while DaJuan Seward placed third with a personal-best 13.94 in the men’s 110-meter hurdles.
Annie Ubbing followed by taking the title in the 800-meter run at 2:07.92, closely followed by Aziza Ayoub, who finished second at 2:08.30. Alex Lomong then took second in the men’s 800-meter run at 1:49.88.
A quartet of Buckeye relay teams followed by closing out the day in strong fashion. The women’s 4×100-meter relay of Bliss Soleyn, Anavia Battel, Chantel Ray and Maggie Barrie placed second at 45.02 while the men’s 4×100-meter team of Tavonte Mott, Eric Harrison, Duan Asemota and Zack Bazile won their event at 39.69. A pair of second-place finishes four the Buckeyes finished the afternoon as the women’s 4×400-meter relay of Karrington Winters, Tamani Wilson, Syaira Richardson and Maggie Barrie went 3:31.33 and then men’s team of Asa Burke, Kyle McKinney, Andre Jeff and Drelan Bramwell came in at 3:06.78.