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Feb. 11, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team competes at the SPIRE NCAA Division I Team Invitational this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13, in Geneva, Ohio.
 
Events from the SPIRE Institute, host of the 2016 Big Ten Indoor Championships, are scheduled to begin at approximately 2 p.m. ET Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Notable Competing Teams (Ranking)
Akron (W – No. 19)
Kent State
Maryland
Michigan (W – No. 11)
Michigan State
Notre Dame (W – No. 16)
Ohio State
Pittsburgh

Buckeyes in the USTFCCCA Rankings
The Buckeye men were ranked 38th in the USTFCCCA Division I Indoor Track & Field Poll, released Feb. 8.

OSU totaled 23.14 points in the Week 3 poll. Eight Big Ten teams in all are featured in the Top 50: No. 16 Nebraska, No. 20 Penn State, No. 23 Purdue, No. 34 Minnesota, No. 35 Wisconsin, the Buckeyes, No. 43 Rutgers and No. 45 Illinois. Florida is the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, followed by No. 2 Texas A&M and third-ranked Virginia Tech.

The OSU women check in at 68th overall. Six Big Ten rivals are represented in the Top 40: No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 11 Michigan, No. 26 Michigan State, No. 27 Penn State, No. 29 Purdue and No. 40 Nebraska. Arkansas is the top-ranked women’s team, followed by No. 2 Georgia and No. 3 Oregon.

In the Great Lakes regional rankings, the women are ranked third behind Purdue (363.75) and Michigan (333.64) with 262.40 points. The men are seventh (207.56), with Indiana claiming the top spot (431.44). The regional team index uses data for only the 2016 indoor season and is designed to be a reflection of a team’s all-around strength.

Week 4 rankings will be released Feb. 15.

Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Six Ohio State student-athletes and one relay team have posted among the Top 25 times/marks in Division I this season according to Track & Field Results Reporting System (www.TFRRS.org). A look at where the Buckeyes sit:

Men
J.C. Murasky – No. 4, shot put
Aaron Zedella – No. 16, weight throw
Nick Gray – No. 17, 200-meter dash
Champ Page – No. 23, 400-meter dash

Women
4×400-meter relay – (Aaliyah Barnes, Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters, SoSo Walker) – No. 16
Chantel Ray – No. 19, 60-meter hurdles
Barnes – No. 25, 200-meter dash

Last Time Out
Ohio State captured four event titles at the Armory Track Invitational Feb. 5-6 at The Armory in New York City.

Seniors Murasky and Page opened the weekend with wins in the men’s shot put and 400-meter dash, respectively.

Murasky won by more than five feet with a new indoor personal-best mark of 19.93 meters (65-4.75). The Zanesville, Ohio, native now ranks fourth in Division I in the event this season and third in the Ohio State indoor record book. Murasky was named Outstanding Male Collegian of the meet for his efforts.

Page, a native of Marlboro, Md., picked up an easy win in the men’s 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a time of 47.62 seconds.

Buckeye sprinters swept the men’s and women’s 200-meter finals. Barnes raced to a time of 23.85 on the women’s side, while Gray crossed the line in 21.17 in the men’s section. Sophomore Maggie Barrie was runner-up to Barnes in the women’s final in a personal-best time of 23.99.

James Clark, a redshirt sophomore and receiver on the Buckeye football team, was fifth in the men’s 60-meter dash finals in a time of 6.82 seconds.

Ohio State placed two athletes in the Top 5 of the women’s 60-meter hurdles. Ray was third overall in a time of 8.34, while senior Alexis Franklin was fifth in 8.37 seconds.

In the field, freshman Sade Olatoye earned fourth-place finishes in both the women’s shot put and weight throw, while freshman Mikaela Seibert turned in a personal-best mark of 12.45 meters (40-10.25) to finish sixth in the women’s triple jump.

Meanwhile at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame, sophomore Cole Gorski was fourth in the pole vault with an indoor personal-best mark of 5.02 meters (16-5.50). Junior Rachel Weber posted a season-best time of 2:09.07 in the 800-meter run.

Up Next
Ohio State hosts the Buckeye Tune-up Feb. 19 at French Field House beginning at 4 p.m. ET.