February 8, 2018

Ohio State Rolls South for Music City Challenge

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Feb. 8, 2018

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Columbus, Ohio  – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete at their final away regular season track and field indoor meet this Friday and Saturday as they compete at the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tenn. The two-day meet will feature 27 teams and over 750 student-athletes; Ohio State will send 53 athletes (28 women and 25 men) to don the Scarlet and Gray.

Teams attending include Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, and the host, Vanderbilt. Friday’s field events begin at 5 p.m. ET with the men’s/women’s high jump, women’s weight throw and women’s/men’s long jump. The action on the track gets going at 7:30 p.m. ET with the women’s 200m dash. Saturday is an all-day affair with the women’s 3,000m run slated to start at 11 a.m. ET, and the men’s 4x400m relay will conclude action at 6 p.m. ET.

Top Marks of 2018
Ten different Buckeyes have etched their names in the program record books during the 2018 campaign. Most recently, a pair of pole vaulters made improvements to their prior school records. Cole Gorski (5.45m) and Madison Roberts (4.02m) both had impressive performances at the Meyo Invitational. Gorski re-upped his school record with a two-inch improvement from his prior personal best, and Robert’s new personal best was .02-meters better than her prior mark.

Additionally at the Meyo Invitational, Christine Frederick shaved nearly 11 seconds off of her prior personal best to move up into No. 2 all-time in school history in the 3,000m run (9:24.77), and Aziza Ayoub, a freshman from Plain City, Ohio, clocked a personal-best time in the 800m run (2:08.96) to slide into the fifth-fastest spot in program history.

Zack Bazile is the only athlete to make his mark in three events this season; the senior from Montvale, N.J., now owns top-five marks in program history in the 60m dash (6.68), long jump (7.69m) and triple jump (15.68m).

Sade Olatoye is the school record holder in both indoor events she competes in. At the season-opening Buckeye Classic, Olatoye heaved the shot put 17.34m (56-10.75) to register the school standard. She followed that up two weeks later with another impressive performance, this time in the weight throw. At the Simmons-Harvey Quadrangular meet (Jan. 20), she launched the weight apparatus 22.76m (74-8.25) more than three feet farther than her prior school record.

Additional athletes that have collected top-five marks in program history this year are Karrington Winters (400m dash/53.41/No. 5), Nick Gray (60m dash/6.66/No. 2), Coty Cobb (pole vault/5.35m/No.3) and Aaron Zedella (weight throw/21.52m/No. 4).

NCAA Qualifying Times

With three meets remaining for the indoor slate before the NCAA Championships in mid-March, Ohio State currently has six individuals inside the qualifying number to advance to the NCAA Championships. In order to qualify, an athlete must rank inside the top 16 in his or her event.

Sade Olatoye – Weight Throw – 22.76m – No. 3

Cole Gorski – Pole Vault – 5.45m – No. 12

Nick Demaline – Shot Put – 19.19m – No. 12

Karrington Winters – 400m Dash – 53.41 – No. 13

Zack Bazile – Long Jump – 7.69m – No. 14

Aaron Zedella – Weight Throw – 21.52m – No. 16

In addition to the individuals, the women’s 4x400m relay of Winters, Syaira Richardson, Halimah Barlow and Maggie Barrie have the 10th quickest readout in the nation with a 3:34.92; that time is the third-fastest in program history.