Feb. 27, 2015

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GENEVA, Ohio – Senior Abie Ehimwenman and freshman Zack Bazile swept the conference long jump titles and the Ohio State women set five school records to highlight day one of the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships at SPIRE Institute. The track and field team enjoyed a productive first day of competition, with the women sitting in a tie for second with 24 points and the men in a tie for eighth with 14 points.

Ehimwenman, previously a bronze medalist in 2013 and a silver medalist in 2014, earned her elusive gold medal with a personal-best and school-record jump of 6.37 meters (20-10.75), bettering the previous OSU indoor record set in 2004 by her jumps coach, Rosalind (Goodwin) Joseph. Her gold medal performance ranks ninth in Division I this season.

Bazile, competing at his first-ever conference championship, stunned the field with a winning leap of 7.67 meters (25-2.00), a personal-best mark that ranks him 17th in Division I this season.

A total of five finals were contested on day one, which began – and ended – in fine fashion for the Buckeyes. Junior Jasmine Glover opened the competition with a new Ohio State pentathlon record and fourth-place score of 3857 points, besting the previous record set by Ashley Galbraith in 2012. Glover set massive PRs in the 60-meter hurdles (8.39) and high jump (1.77 meters/5-9.75), winning both events on the way to her new record point total.

The women’s distance medley team – junior Tammy Berger, junior Alexis Franklin, sophomore Rachel Weber and senior Katie Borchers – capped the day with a school-record and fifth-place time of 11:19.80, nearly eight seconds faster than the previous record. The men – sophomore Jared Fleming, junior Antonio Blanks, sophomore Anthony Johnson and senior Jackson Neff – combined for a sixth-place and season-best time of 9:47.84.

Freshman Allyson Simmons finished eighth for the Buckeyes in the pole vault with a new school-record height of 3.99 meters (13-1.00). She previously set an Ohio State indoor record in January at 3.90 meters (12-9.50).

The Buckeyes also scored in both shot put competitions. Junior Alyssa Gary placed fifth for the women at 14.90 meters (48-10.75), while sophomore Aaron Zedella finished eighth with a 17.67-meter (57-11.75) toss.

In the preliminary action, Borchers broke her own school record on her way to the top time of the day in the 800-meter run – 2:05.50, which ranks 15th nationally. Borchers will be joined in the final by Weber, who shattered her previous personal best with a fourth-place overall time of 2:06.80, the second-fastest time in school indoor history.

Senior Chesna Sykes and junior Rebecca Rings posted second-place overall finishes in their respective preliminaries in the 60-meter dash and 600-meter run. Sykes won her heat in 7.40 seconds, while Rings won her section with a personal-best time of 1:30.48, No. 5 all-time at OSU.

Seniors Timothy Faust and Jackson Neff impressed in the 200-meter and mile preliminaries, respectively. Faust, the 2013 Big Ten indoor champion and defending silver medalist in the 200, won his heat and placed third overall in 21.27 seconds. Neff won his section of the mile in 4:09.52 to qualify for the championship run.

Fleming produced the sixth-fastest time of the day in the men’s 800-meter prelim, racing to a win in his heat in 1:51.01.

Other highlights:
•A pair of Buckeyes qualified for both the men’s and women’s 400-meter finals. Sophomore Aaliyah Barnes won her heat and placed fourth overall in 54.37 seconds, finishing just ahead of junior SoSo Walker, who placed seventh overall in a time of 54.88. Sophomore LaMar Bruton (47.00) and junior Champ Page (47.32) placed 6-7 in the men’s prelim.
•OSU also qualified two athletes each in the men’s and women’s 60-meter hurdles. Sophomore Donovan Robertson, nursing a sprained ankle, was seventh overall in the men’s prelim in 8.02 seconds, while freshman Davon Anderson was ninth in a time of 8.10. For the women, junior Alexis Franklin was sixth overall in 8.37 seconds and freshman Chantel Ray ninth in 8.42 seconds.
•Junior Aisha Cavin placed eighth overall in the women’s 200-meter prelims in a season-best time of 23.88 seconds, the sixth-fastest time in school indoor history.

Women’s Team Standings (Five Events Scored)
1. Wisconsin – 31
2. Ohio State & Michigan State – 24
4. Penn State & Indiana – 23
6. Minnesota – 22
7. Nebraska – 20
8. Maryland – 19
9. Illinois – 18
10. Purdue & Michigan- 9
12. Rutgers – 8
13. Iowa – 4

Men’s Team Standings (Five Events Scored)
1. Nebraska – 39.50
2. Penn State – 33
3. Minnesota & Michigan State – 17.50
5. Michigan – 17
6. Wisconsin & Purdue – 15
8. Ohio State & Indiana – 14
10. Illinois – 9.50
11. Iowa – 2
12. Rutgers – 1

Points Breakdown
Long Jump – 10
Pentathlon – 5
Shot Put – 4
Distance Medley – 4
Pole Vault – 1

Long Jump – 10
Distance Medley – 3
Shot Put – 1

Events resume tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET.