May 12, 2017
University Park, Pa. – The two best pole vaulters in Ohio State history delivered in a huge way Friday afternoon to get the Big Ten Championships started. Madison Roberts, the school record holder, and Megan Hoffman, who owns the second-best mark in program history, combined to score 9.5 points for the women in the pole vault with clearances of 4.03m (13-2.50) and 3.88m (12-8.75), respectively.
For Roberts, it’s her first podium finisher of her career; she ended up in a tie for third place with Minnesota’s Cami Gilson. The 3.88m clearance for Hoffman was the best of her career and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The freshman nestled her way into a fifth-place finish, which resulted in four points.
After fouling on three of her first five attempts, sophomore Sade Olatoye launched a hammer throw of 59.60m (195-6) to catapult herself four spots on the leaderboard from eighth to fourth place. Olatoye’s mark would stand and not be surpassed and she collected five points for Ohio State.
After four events of the heptathlon, freshman Alexus Pyles sits in ninth place with 2,913 points. The Clarksburg, Md., native registered personal bests in all four of her day one events. She started the day with a time of 14.43 in the 100m hurdles (918 points) and followed that up with a clearance of 1.55m (5-1.00) in the high jump for 678 points. She threw the shot put 10.38m (34-0.75) to tally 554 points, and then she closed out the day in the 200m dash with a time of 26.39 (763 points).
The rest of the day for Ohio State consisted of qualifying heats. The foursome of Deshawn Marshall (20.95), Nick Gray (21.00), Duan Asemota (21.14) and Champ Page (21.25) all qualified for the finals on Sunday at 3:35 p.m. ET.
The lone representative for the Buckeyes on the women’s side of the 200m dash is Aaliyah Barnes; the senior glided to a win in her heat with a time of 23.58. Christine London crossed the finish line with a time of 58.76 to scoop up the final qualifying spot.
Alexus Pyles will be the first Buckeye in action on Saturday with the long jump portion of her heptathlon. Women’s long jumpers Taylor DeLoach and Olivia Small will start their event at 12:15 p.m. ET.
For live updates, follow @OhioState_TFXC on Twitter. Beginning at 1:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, all field events finals will be streamed at btn2go.com.