May 14, 2017
University Park, Pa. – Deshawn Marshall (100m dash), Champ Page (400m dash), Sade Olatoye (shot put) and both the women’s and men’s 4x400m relay won gold on the final day of the Big Ten Championships Sunday at Nittany Lion Track. The men finished with a total of 103 points, which garnered a second place team finish, and the women scored a tally of 84.5 points to place fourth.
The men scored 85 points on the final day of the championships to move up into second after being in sixth after two days. Page’s and Marshall’s title’s fueled the comeback that was and those two individually were responsible for 32.5 points on the closing day (19 from Marshall and 13.5 from Page) of the conference meet.
Page won the first event title of the day with gold in the 400m dash. Page, the lone Buckeye in that final, outran four other athletes from Iowa to claim gold with a time of 45.59. Marshall’s winning time in the 100m dash would have been a school record if not for the helping wind. The senior closed out his Big Ten career with a 10.05 to claim gold. Marshall was also a member of the men’s 4x100m relay team (James Clark, Marshall, Nick Gray and Duan Asemota) that garnered bronze with a 39.90.
Both Page and Marshall represented the Scarlet and Gray in the 200m dash finals as well. Marshall crossed the line with a time of wind-aided time of 20.32 to place fourth and Page finished eighth with a readout of 20.76. Both men then returned to the track for one last time in the 4x400m relay, with a second-place team finish on the line. Marshall and Page were the final two relay legs and they shut the meet down closing out the race with a team time of 3:04.95. Asa Burke and the aforementioned Gray put the Buckeyes in great position after the first two legs of the 4x400m relay. The gold in the 4x400m relay earned Ohio State a second-place team finish.
Gray narrowly missed out on a title of his own in the 200m dash. The sophomore placed second in the nine-man field with a wind-aided time of 19.96. Asemota joined the scoring barrage with a sixth-place finish in the event (20.66). The 17 points scored in the 200m dash was the biggest point grab for the Buckeyes on the day. Gray also contributed four points to the team total in the 100m dash with a time of 10.25.
Sade Olatoye defended her indoor shot put title in a special way becoming the first Buckeye since Beth Bunge (1986) to win the outdoor shot put title. The standout sophomore set a school record while launching a huge personal best of 16.69m (54-9.25). The Big Ten title was the third of her young career. With Olatoye winning the shot put title today and Nick Demaline yesterday, it is the first time since 1981 that Ohio State has swept outdoor shot put titles.
The final event title closed out the Big Ten Championships in fitting fashion. The foursome of Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters, Maggie Barrie and Aaliyah Barnes dropped a 3:32.76 to win gold. It is the first time since 2009 that both the women’s and men’s 4x400m relay have swept gold at the Big Ten Championships.
Cole Gorski and Rachel Weber finished out their events with second-place finishes. Gorski continued his ascension in the pole vaulting game with a career best that set the school record; Gorski cleared 5.26m (17-3.00) for the top spot on the Ohio State list. Weber, who set the school standard on Saturday in the 800m run, dashed to a silver finish with a time of 2:04.45.
Zack Bazile had himself a stellar weekend with a couple of silver’s. After place second in the long jump on Saturday, Bazile returned to the sand pit for the triple jump on Sunday. Having not competed in the triple jump for over a calendar year, Bazile pulled a special performance out of his bag to garner silver in the event with a large triple bound of 16.21m (53-2.25), and if not for the large aiding wind, it would have been Top 5 in school history. DaJuan Seward finished with a leap of 15.92m (52-2.75) to earn three points in sixth place.
Senior Aaliyah Barnes finished off her Big Ten career with two bronze’s in addition to her gold in the 4x400m relay. In the 100m dash, Barnes finished with a time of 11.46 and she followed that up an hour later with a time of 22.99. Senior Donovan Robertson clocked the best time of his career in his final Big Ten race with a time of 13.64 for a third-place finish.
In the women’s 400m dash, the women’s trio of Hannan (54.29), Barrie (55.00) and Winters (55.13) sprinted to a six-seven-eight finish to collect six points.
Senior Alyssa Kopp earned a fifth-place finish in the javelin throw with a heave of 47.23m (154-11), Jared Fleming took sixth in the 800m run (1:51.29) and Mikaela Seibert earned a point in the triple jump with an eighth-place finish (12.60m/41-4.25).
The fields for the NCAA East Preliminaries will be announced this week. In order to compete at the NCAA East Preliminaries, an athlete must be ranked in the Top 48 of their event. The NCAA East Preliminaries will take place in Lexington, Ky. (May 25-27).