Jan. 14, 2017
Lexington, Ky. – Nick Gray captured the 200m dash (20.86) title and he finished second in the 60m dash (6.75) on Saturday at the Kentucky Invitational inside Nutter Field House. The standout sophomore’s 200m dash time is tied for the fourth-fastest mark in the nation.
“I thought Nick had a good opener in the 200 and 60-meter dash this weekend,” Karen Dennis, director of track & field and cross country, said. “He opened up better than he did last year, and I hope he continues to lead the way for our sprinters.
“We had numerous personal bests this weekend, so that’s always good to see. We are progressing in the right direction, but we know that we still have a lot of work to put in, and we aren’t going to shy away from it.”
The women’s 4x400m relay squad of Karrington Winters, Aaliyah Barnes, Beatrice Hannan, and Maggie Barrie closed out the meet with a bang. The foursome clocked a time of 3:37.97, which is currently the second-quickest in the NCAA.
Olivia Smith, Christine Frederick, and Mitch Leitch were the only other Buckeyes to win an event on Saturday; Smith, a junior ousted 41 other athletes in the 800m run with a time of 2:15.33, and Frederick clocked a 3,000m run of 9:50.08 to outrun the field by more than six seconds. Leitch won his 3,000m race with a time of 8:21.63 and he was followed by Clayton Bowie (8:25.64/second place) and Kevin Blank (8:26.80/third place/personal record).
“I thought our distance runners had a very good weekend, and they handled their heavy workload in fine fashion,” Dennis mentioned. “Most of our distance runners are veterans, so I expect them to perform at a high level.”
The duo of Sarah Kanney (4:53.13) and Luke Landis (4:07.65) both finished second in their respective mile races in the midst of setting personal records. Senior Rachel Weber finished one place behind Kanney to set a personal record of 4:53.39.
Barnes collected two second-places finishes on the day in the 60m dash (7.54) and 200m dash (23.76). In addition to Barnes’ second-place showing in the 200m dash, the Buckeyes nestled five more runners inside the top eight to dominate the event. Halimah Barlow (24.07/personal record) took third, Hannan (24.20/personal record) placed fourth, Barrie (24.24) finished fifth and Bliss Soleyn (24.54/personal record) came in seventh place.
Nick Demaline had a stout showing in the shot put with a heave of 18.78m (61-7.50) to garner silver. In the women’s shot, Sade Olatoye was the top-Buckeye finisher with a mark of 15.66m (51-4.50) to finish fourth.
Deshawn Marshall had a successful day doubling up in the short sprints. The senior finished in second place in the 200m dash in a personal-record span of 21.58, and he clocked a 60m dash readout of 6.85 to finish sixth.
In the long jump, freshman Davion Fisher took bronze with a personal-record bound of 7.34m (24-1.00). Dominik Seitzer matched his personal-record of 1:52.49 in the 800m run to take bronze, and Alex Lomong, who was running in his first-career race as a Buckeye placed fourth with a readout of 1:52.71.
Personal Records Set
26 Buckeyes set personal records this weekend. All the times and marks are listed below:
Keilan Beacham – 400m dash – 51.04
Reggie Browley – weight throw (15.37m) – shot put (16.33m)
Terry Johnson – 400m dash – 50.26
Max Seipel – weight throw – 19.24m
Maggie Barrie – 400m dash – 54.40
Kate Deaton – weight throw – 18.49m
Lyne’a Diller – shot put – 13.53m
Alexis Dowdy – weight throw (17.73m) – shot put (12.49m)
Sarah Kanney – mile – 4:53.13
Christine London – 400m dash – 56.44
Tamani Wilson – 400m dash – 55.42
Rachel Weber – mile – 4:53.39
Luke Landis – mile – 4:07.65
Alex Lomong – 800m run – 1:52.71
Annie Ubbing – 800m run – 2:19.04
Halimah Barlow – 200m dash – 24.07
Beatrice Hannan – 200m dash – 24.20
Bliss Soleyn – 200m dash – 24.54
Allison Mayfield-Brown – 200m dash – 25.32
Deshawn Marshall – 200m dash – 21.58
Zack Bazile – 200m dash – 22.23
Brent Carroll – 200m dash – 22.44
Reggie Browley – shot put – 16.33m
Davion Fisher – long jump – 7.34m
DaJuan Seward – long jump – 7.10m
Kevin Blank – 3,000m run – 8:26.80
Ohio State will travel to Birmingham, Ala., for the Power 5 Clash on Jan. 21.