April 1, 2017
Gainesville, Fla. – Cole Gorski (5.22m/17-1.50), the women’s sprint medley relay (3:52.54) and the women’s 4x400m relay team (3:29.04) all three moved into No. 2 on the all-time Ohio State track and field program history list on the final day of the Florida Relays at the James G. Pressly Stadium Saturday.
The women’s sprint medley relay (Karrington Winters, Tamani Wilson, Christine London and Rachel Weber) went toe-to-toe with some of the nation’s best on its way to a earning a second-place finish. The Buckeyes received splits of 23.7, 23.4, 55.2 and 2:09.9 from the foursome to nestle its way into the record books.
Cole Gorksi continued the impressive pole vault ascension into the record books currently taking place at Ohio State. Gorski cleared 5.22-meters to place fourth in the event. Ohio State has the best group of pole vaulters in school history right now: Gorski ranks second for the men, and Megan Hoffman and Madison Roberts are the co-record holders on the women’s side.
Both the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay closed out the meet for Ohio State with high-quality performances. The women’s squad of Beatrice Hannan, Winters, Aaliyah Barnes and Maggie Barrie ran a time of 3:29.04, missing the school record by less than a second to place fourth in the event; the time ranks No. 5 in the NCAA. The men’s 4x400m relay team of Champ Page, Anthony Johnson, Asa Burke and Deshawn Marshall finished fifth overall with the 10th-best time in the nation (3:04.38).
Nick Demaline has carried over his dominance in the shot put from indoors to outdoors. In his second event of the outdoor season, Demaline registered a huge personal record of 19.62m (64-4.50) to catapult himself into the No. 4 spot on the all-time list at Ohio State; the mark earned him a second-place finish in the invitational section and the No. 3 mark in the NCAA.
In the women’s shot put, Sade Olatoye placed ninth in the invitational portion of the meet with a personal-best toss of 15.96m (52-4.50). The mark ranks No. 4 in program history.
The men’s 4x100m relay of James Clark, Marshall, Page and Duan Asemota won their heat with a season-best time of 39.73 to finish 12th in the event. With a heavy slate of relays, the men’s 4x800m relay (Jared Fleming, Dominik Seitzer, Alex Lomong and Kevin Blank), a race that is rarely contested, clocked a time of 7:24.03 to earn bronze.
Ohio State will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Sea Ray Relays next Friday through Sunday (April 7-9).