May 14, 2016


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team enjoyed a productive day two at the 2016 Big Ten Outdoor Championships Saturday in Lincoln, Neb., positioning itself for a great finish on Sunday in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

Sophomore Zack Bazile was the lone medalist on the second day in Lincoln for OSU, winning the third Big Ten medal of his career with a runner-up finish in the men’s long jump. Bazile cleared 7.65 meters (25-1.25) on his final attempt to vault into second place behind Rutgers’ Corey Crawford.

In the women’s javelin, senior Allie Missler scored points for the Scarlet and Gray for the second year in a row, finishing sixth overall with a personal-best throw of 46.96 meters (154-1.00).

Freshman Cody Cobb and senior Alyssa Gary also scored for OSU on Saturday, with Cobb tying for sixth place in the men’s pole vault (4.96 meters/16-3.25) and Gary placing eighth in the women’s shot put with a throw of 15.18 meters (49-9.75).

Opening round competition on the track was dominated by freshman Nick Gray, who turned in the top times of the afternoon in both men’s 100- and 200-meter prelims. Gray cruised to a personal-best time of 10.30 in the 100 – the No. 4 mark in the Ohio State record book – and crossed in a time of 20.58 in the 200.

Seniors Alexis Franklin, Aisha Cavin and SoSo Walker were all standouts for the Buckeye women on the track, qualifying for finals in multiple events:

• Franklin was first overall in the 400-meter hurdles in a season-best and Top-20 Division I time of 57.29, as well as  fifth overall in the 100-meter hurdles in a season-best 13.35.
• Cavin won her 200-meter heat and was second overall in the prelim with a season-best time of 23.12. She also qualified in the 100-meter dash with a sixth-place and season-best time of 10.56.
• Walker was victorious in both of her preliminary races. She raced to a personal-best time of 23.29 in the 200-meter dash and crossed the line in 53.25 seconds in the 400-meter dash.

Junior Rachel Weber was also a preliminary winner for the Scarlet and Gray, claiming first place overall in the women’s 800-meter run in a time of 2:06.97.

Four other Buckeyes qualified for finals on the track:

• Senior Champ Page, who won his 400-meter section and posted the sixth-fastest time overall (47.01) in the men’s 400-meter dash;
• Senior Antonio Blanks, winner of his heat in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with the fifth-best time of the day (51.48, a season best);
• Junior Jared Fleming, who was second in his section and fifth overall in the men’s 800-meter run in a season-best time of 1:49.87.
• Freshman DaJuan Seward, who claimed the eighth and final spot in the 110-meter hurdle finals with a time of 14.70.

With eight events scored on the men’s side, Ohio State is 10th overall with 14.5 points, while the women sit in ninth place with nine points after seven events. The Buckeyes are primed to move up the standings with so many qualifiers on the track and a number of field events and relays still to be held.

Competition resumes tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. ET. You can watch live on BTN2Go beginning at 2:40 p.m. ET, while BTN will air tape-delayed coverage at 7 p.m.

Scoring Breakdown
Long Jump – 8 points
10,000m – 5
Pole Vault – 1.5
Total – 14

Hammer – 3 points
Javelin – 3
10,000m – 2
Shot Put – 1
Total – 9