Orlando, Fla. – Julia Rizk (1,500 meter run), Cole Gorski (pole vault) and Luke Landis (5,000 meter run) both won event titles on the first day of the 2018 outdoor season for the Ohio State track and field team at the Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando, Fla.
Rizk, competing in her first outdoor race for the Scarlet and Gray, clocked a personal-best time of 4:25.84 in the 1,500 meter run to lead the Buckeyes to a one-two-three finish in the event. Senior Christine Frederick followed close behind with a personal-best readout of 4:25.98, and Abby Nichols took bronze in a career-best fashion with a time of 4:26.64.
Cole Gorski set a career-best in the outdoor pole vault with a clearance of 5.40 meters (17-8.50) to win gold; it was a personal-best clearance by over five inches and upped his previous school record. Coty Cobb took bronze with a personal-best outdoor height of 5.15 meters (16-7.50).
In his first-career 5,000 meter race, Luke Landis circled the track plenty of times and finished the race off with a time of 14:57.85 for gold. The freshman-sophomore duo of Aziza Ayoub (2:08.93) and Annie Ubbing (2:09.06) ran their way to a two-three finish in the 800 meter run. Sophomore Alex Lomong clocked a personal best of 3:48.56 in the men’s 1500 meter run to earn a fourth-place showing.
In the men’s hammer throw, Aaron Zedella heaved the ball and chain 62.09 meters (203-08) to earn a second-place finish, and Mikaela Seibert placed fourth in the triple jump with a bound of 12.01 meters (39-5.00)
It’ll be an early start for the women’s discus throw on Saturday with a 10 a.m. ET start, and the women’s 4×100 meter relay will get the track schedule going on Saturday.