Feb. 14, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A sweep of the 4×400-meter relay titles, two wins in the 200-meter dash and another big victory by senior J.C. Murasky in the shot put highlighted the Ohio State track and field team’s weekend trip to the SPIRE DI Team Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.
The women’s 4×400 relay turned in the performance of the weekend for the Buckeyes, winning the 1600-meter competition in a school indoor-record time of 3:33.38, the No. 5 time nationally this season and the top performance in the Big Ten. Senior SoSo Walker, sophomore Beatrice Hannan, senior Alexis Franklin and freshman Karrington Winters finished more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Notre Dame.
Ohio State was also victorious in the men’s 4×4 as senior Antonio Blanks, freshman Nick Gray, sophomore Jerry Jackson and senior Champ Page turned in a season-best and Big Ten-leading time of 3:08.26, the No. 6 time in the OSU indoor record book and a Top-15 performance in Division I this season.
For the second week in a row, Buckeye sprinters swept the men’s and women’s 200-meter finals. Junior Aaliyah Barnes raced to a time of 23.90 on the women’s side ahead of runner-up Maggie Barrie, while Gray crossed the line in 21.25 in the men’s section. Gray added a third-place effort in the 60-meter dash (6.89 seconds) as the freshman from Pickerington, Ohio, enjoyed another outstanding meet.
Murasky equaled his season-best mark of 19.93 meters (65-4.75) to win the men’s shot put for the second week in a row. The winning throw, a SPIRE facility record, ranks fourth in Division I this season and third in the Ohio State indoor record book.
The Buckeyes turned in a pair of third-place finishes in the 400-meter dash finals, both in season-best times. Page crossed the line for the men in 46.75 seconds – a Top-15 performance nationally – and Walker finished in 54.36 for the women.
Ohio State placed two athletes in the Top 5 of the women’s 60-meter hurdles. Sophomore Chantel Ray was third overall in a time of 8.36, while Franklin was fourth in 8.43 seconds.
Two Buckeyes placed in the Top 5 of the women’s 600-meter run. Winters was fourth in a time of 1:30.98, while sophomore Olivia Smith was 10th in 1:31.76. The time by Winters ranks eighth in the Big Ten this season.
Murasky had plenty of company for standout field performances. Freshman Sade Olatoye earned a runner-up finish in the women’s weight throw with a personal-best toss of 20.38 meters (66-10.50), a mark that ranks 17th in Division I this season.
Sophomore Olivia Small was third in the women’s long jump with a collegiate-best mark of 5.77 meters (18-11.25), while junior Josh Fridley was a runner-up in the men’s high jump in an indoor personal-best time of 2.06 meters (6-9.00).
The OSU distance crew was led by freshman Luke Landis, who was fifth in the 3000-meter run in a personal-best time of 8:13.66, and senior Sakiko Minagawa, who crossed the line in a highly-competitive 5000-meter competition in a personal-best time of 16.46.05.
Ohio State hosts the Buckeye Tune-up next Friday, Feb. 19, at French Field House. Field events begin at 4 p.m. ET and admission is free.