April 6, 2017

Tennessee Relays on Deck for Ohio State

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April 6, 2017

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team will compete at the Tennessee Relays, the 50th edition of the meet, this weekend in Knoxville, Tenn. The two-day meet will feature some high-quality competition and will be streamed on WatchESPN.

Meet Schedule | Live Results | Live Stream (Friday: 3-7:40 p.m. ET | Saturday: 12-4 p.m. ET) | Heat Sheets 

Top 25 NCAA Marks
Three weeks into the outdoor season, OSU has 10 athletes that have placed themselves inside the Top 25 in the NCAA.

Nick Demaline – Shot Put – 19.62m – No. 4
Deshawn Marshall – 200m Dash – 20.53 – No. 7
Maggie Barrie – 400m Dash – 52.82 – No. 9
Champ Page – 400m Dash – 46.30 – No. 10
Anthony Johnson – 800m Run – 1:48.56 – No. 13
Rachel Weber – 800m Run – 2:07.31 – No. 14
Cole Gorski – Pole Vault – 5.22m – No. 15
Alex Lomong – 800m Run – 1:48.83 – No. 20
Beatrice Hannan – 400m Dash – 53.32 – No. 20
Sade Olatoye – Shot Put (15.96m | No. 24) and Hammer Throw (60.68m | No. 24)
 
Relays
4x400m Relay (Men) – 3:29.04 – Hannan, Winters, Barnes, Barrie – No. 5
4x100m Relay (Men) – 39.73 – Clark, Marshall, Burke Asemota – No. 20
4x400m Relay (Men) – 3:04.38 – Page, A. Johnson, Burke, Marshall – No. 8 

Tennessee Relays Preview
After narrowly missing a Top 5 mark in program history last weekend in the 400m dash, Maggie Barrie is scheduled for that event again this weekend. She, along with five of her teammates, will compete in that event at 4:30 p.m. ET Friday afternoon. In the men’s 400m dash, Deshawn Marshall and Asa Burke will lace up the spikes; Burke set a personal-best of 47.66 last weekend at the Florida Relays. Marshall and Burke are also both scheduled to run in the 100m dash at 3:40 p.m. ET on Friday along with teammates James Clarke and Duan Asemota.

In the field events, Nick Demaline will take the best shot put of the season in the Big Ten with him to Tennessee. Demaline heaved the shot a personal best 19.62m (64-4.50) to earn silver at the Florida Relays last weekend; that mark ranks second in program history. Sade Olatoye will head up the women’s throwing unit by competing three events: the shot put, discus and hammer throw. Last weekend, Lyne’a Diller and Olatoye went two-three in the discus. Diller’s career-best mark of 50.79m (166-8) was just outside of the Top 5 in Ohio State history.

Three of the best pole vaulters in school history will be in action as well. Co-school record holders Madison Roberts and Megan Hoffman will compete at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, and the second-best men’s pole vaulter in program history, Cole Gorski, will leap into action at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday in the invitational portion of the meet.

The distance crew will be running in the 800m run, 1,500m run and 3,000m steeplechase. Brittany Atkinson, Devon Leahy, Patrick Kunkel and Clayton Bowie will be running the challenging steeple races beginning at 5:40 p.m. ET. In the 1,500m run, Ohio State will have three women (Sarah Kanney, Lilly Saniel-Banrey and Rachel Weber) and four men (Rick Andrews, Kevin Blank, Alex Lomong and Bowie) representing the Scarlet and Gray. 

DaJuan Seward will be doubling in the triple jump and 110m hurdles this weekend. Alexus Pyles will be competing in several events for her preparation of completing a full heptathlon later in the season. Pyles will be joined by Mikaela Seibert, Olivia Small and Karimah Senior in the triple jump.

Competition
The field will feature five women’s team that are ranked in the Top 25 of the USTFCCCA: No. 2 Kentucky, No. 10 Florida State, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 15 Virginia Tech and No. 18 Ole Miss. The men have three ranked teams in attendance: No. 14 Tennessee, No. 15 Ole Miss and No. 18 Virginia Tech.

Follow us on Twitter @OhioState_TFXC for live updates throughout the meet.