Orlando, Fla. – Junior distance runner Julia Rizk won her second title in as many days on Saturday to close out the Black & Gold Challenge down in Orlando, Fla.
After claiming the top spot in the 1,500 meter run on Friday night, the UCLA transfer dashed around the track twice in the 800 meter run with a winning time of 2:11.46 to claim her second win of the weekend. In the men’s 800 meter run, sophomore Alex Lomong made it a sweep for the Buckeyes with a winning time of 1:49.19. In addition to the winners, Ohio State had two other racers finish in the top four; Abby Nichols (2:14.20) placed fourth in the women’s race and Kevin Blank (1:55.66) garnered bronze in the men’s race.
Luke Landis (1,500 meter run), Maggie Barrie (200 meter dash) and Brent Carroll (110 meter hurdles) all earned second-place showings in their respective events. A day after his first win in a collegiate 5,000 meter run, Landis cruised around the track three and a quarter times with a personal-best readout of 3:55.69 to garner his silver. Barrie made the most of her windy half-lap sprint in the 200 meter dash clocking a time of 23.59 to earn her second-place finish, and Carroll made it over the hurdles for a full lap earning a time of 54.27 for silver in his race.
Chantel Ray and the Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year, Anavia Battle, opened up their outdoor seasons with third-place showings. Ray clocked a time of 13.65 in her specialty event, the 100 meter hurdles for bronze, and Battle sprinted down the straight away in 11.85 seconds in the 100 meter dash to earn her third-place finish; Battle was second collegiately in the race and the top freshman finisher. A pair of shot putters, Lyne’a Diller and Max Seipel, each earned third-place showings; Diller tossed the shot put 14.68 meters (48-2.00), and Seipel heaved it a career-best distance of 17.39 meters (57-0.75).
The men’s 4×400 meter relay of Drelan Bramwell, Joseph Cooper Jr., Asa Burke and Andre Jeff registered a time of 3:06.72 to take the top collegiate spot to close out the meet. The women’s 4×400 meter relay of Beatrice Hannan, Battle, Tamani Wilson and Karrington Winters combined for a time of 3:37.87 to finish as the top collegiate team as well. The men’s 4×100 meter relay quartet of Asa Burke, Drelan Bramwell, Joseph Cooper Jr. and Andre Jeff placed third with a time of 41.10.