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Nov. 17, 2016

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field program and director of track & field and cross country, Karen Dennis, welcomed eight new student-athletes to the family during the early signing period (Nov. 9-16) this past week.

The class features eight athletes (six women and two men) made up of three sprinters, four mid-distance runners and one high jumper. Five of the athletes hail from Ohio and the other three come from Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Listed below are the signees with their personal records and accolades.

PRs

60m dash – 7.81

100m dash – 12.00

200m dash – 24.67

400m dash – 53.38

– Placed third at the 2016 USATF Junior National Championships in the 400m dash (53.38)
– Two-time reigning VHSL State Champion in the 400m dash; won title as sophomore with time of 55.78 and clocked a readout of 54.27 to win as a junior
– Helped the 4x400m relay team take gold with a time of 3:49.96 at the 2016 Outdoor VHSL 5A State Championships
– Captured another state title as a member of the 4x400m relay team at the 2015 VHSL 4A Indoor State Championships
– Took third in the 100m dash (12.00) at the 2016 VHSL 5A State Championships
– School record holder in the 400m dash (54.27)

PRs
800m – 2:09.76

– Took gold in the 800m run (2:11.15) at the 2016 USATF Junior Olympics
– Captured state title in the 800m run at the 2016 OHSAA Division II meet with a personal record of 2:09.76
– School record holder in the 100m dash (12.31), 400m dash (56.81) and 800m run (2:09.76)

PRs

High Jump – 1.77m (5-10.00)

– Two-time reigning high jump state title winner in Ohio
– Won in 2016 with a clearance of 1.77m and cleared 1.72m to win in 2015
– Won three other high jump titles throughout 2016
– School record holder in the high jump

PRs

800m – 2:10.67

– Two-time reigning 800m run OHSAA Division III state champion; captured title as a sophomore (2:16.07) and as a junior (2:10.67)
– Helped 4x200m and 4x800m relay win state titles at the 2015 and 2016 OHSAA Division III State Meet
– Placed inside top 10 at 2014 (sixth place) and 2015 (second place) at the OHSAA Division III Cross Country Championships
– School record holder in the 400m dash (58.24) and 800m dash (2:10.67)

PRs

800m run – 2:17.32

– Four-time Ohio state champion with two titles in the 4x200m and 4x400m relay
– Won a state title in the 4x800m relay at the 2016 OATCCC Indoor State Championships
– Finished 12th as an individual in the 800m run at the OHSAA Division III State Meet
– Ranks fourth in program history in the 800m run

PRs

800m – 2:10.42

– Placed third in the 800m run at the 2016 OHSAA Division I State Meet with a personal record of 2:10.42
– Finished eighth in the 800m run at the 2015 OHSAA Division I State Meet
– School record holder in the 400m dash (57.88) and 800m run (2:10.42)

PRs

60m dash – 6.81

100m dash – 10.65

200m dash – 21.58

– Finished second in both the 100m dash (10.95) and 200m dash (22.00) at the WCAC Championship in May
– Set his personal record of 10.65 at the McNamara Mustangs Invitational to take gold
– Tied for school record in the 100m dash (10.65) and owns the school record in the 200m dash (21.58)

PRs

60m dash – 6.93

100m dash – 10.51

200m dash – 21.29

– Clocked a personal record of 10.51 at the 2016 New Balance Nationals in the 100m dash for fifth place
– Took silver at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympics in the 100m dash
– Registered a readout of 21.29 (personal record) at the UIL 6A Area 21/22 meet to take gold
– Owns school records in the 100m dash (10.51) and 200m dash (21.29)