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Feb. 27, 2016

Final Results 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nick Gray won a gold medal in the 200-meter dash and joined teammates Antonio Blanks, Jerry Jackson and Champ Page in capturing the 4×400-meter relay title on the final day of the 2016 Big Ten Indoor Championships Saturday afternoon in Geneva, Ohio.

Gray, a freshman from Pickerington, Ohio, made his case for a slew of conference end-of-the-year awards as we won the 200-meter crown in a Big Ten championship-record time of 20.71 seconds, the second-fastest time in school indoor history and the ninth-fastest time in Division I this season. He added a bronze medal in the 60-meter final in a time of 6.75 seconds.

Gray would add another medal to his collection in the final race of the day, teaming with Blanks, Jackson and Page for a Big Ten championship-record time of 3:06.38 in the 4×400 final, the third-fastest time in OSU indoor history and the seventh-fastest time in the nation this season. The win marked the Buckeyes’ sixth conference title in the event in the last nine seasons.

The two gold medals on Saturday, along with J.C. Murasky’s gold medal in the shot put on Friday, helped Ohio State to a fifth-place team finish, its best indoor performance since 2012. Ohio State closed the two-day competition with 63.50 points, finishing 7.5 points behind fourth-place Michigan. Nebraska won its second-consecutive Big Ten indoor title with 116 points.

Sophomore Zack Bazile opened the day in fine fashion for the Scarlet and Gray, finishing fourth in the triple jump with a season-best jump of 15.19 meters (49-10.00). Bazile had an impressive weekend for the Buckeyes, also earning a bronze medal in the long jump on Friday.

Page got things started on the track for Ohio State, crossing the finish line in the 400-meter final second overall in a personal-best time of 46.33. Page ranks fourth in the event in the OSU indoor record book and eighth nationally in 2016.

In the 60-hurdle finals, redshirt junior Donovan Robertson raced to a season-best time of 7.85 seconds, finishing fifth overall in highly-competitive race. Robertson ranks among the Top-30 performers in the event in Division I this season.

Junior Jared Fleming also scored for the Buckeyes on the track, finishing eighth overall in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:52.16.

Juniors Aaron Zedella and Josh Fridley added points for the Scarlet and Gray in the field. Zedella was seventh in the weight throw with a 20.58-meter (67-6.25) throw, while Fridley cleared 2.07 meters (6-9.50) to tie for eighth in the high jump.

First Team All-Big Ten
Antonio Blanks
Jerry Jackson
Nick Gray
J.C. Murasky
Champ Page

Points Breakdown
Shot Put – 11
200m – 10
4x400m Relay – 10
400m – 8
60m – 6
Long Jump – 6
Triple Jump – 5
60m Hurdles – 4
Weight Throw – 2
800m – 1
High Jump – 0.5
Total – 63.5 points

Team Rankings – All Events Scored
1) Nebraska – 116
2) Wisconsin – 73
3) Minnesota – 72
4) Michigan – 71
5) Ohio State – 63.5
6) Penn State – 60
7) Indiana – 57.5
8) Iowa – 50
9) Rutgers – 40
10) Illinois – 38
11) Michigan State – 34
12) Purdue – 27