Jan. 6, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – Sade Olatoye’s sixth and final weight throw resulted with a change in the Ohio State record books Friday evening at the Buckeye Classic. Entering her final throw at the French Field House, the rising sophomore registered a huge personal record of 21.63m (70-11.75) to run away with gold in her first event of 2017.
“Her performance was outstanding today,” head coach Karen Dennis said. “To break any school record is special, and we hope her progression continues throughout the year.”
Olatoye’s throw broke Veronica Jatsek’s prior record of 21.53m (70-7.75) that she set in 2008. The sophomores mark currently ranks second nationally and No. 1 in the Big Ten. Olatoye also added in a second-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 15.10m (49-6.50).
The Buckeyes carried that momentum throughout the rest of the competition winning 21 of 31 total events at the meet.
“Our athletes showed their competitive nature at tonight’s meet,” Dennis mentioned. “I realized they showed up and competed tonight. I love our comradery. Our jumpers, sprinters, throwers and distance athletes all did well tonight.
“We have some warriors. We have to use this indoor season to get tough. I see us developing a strong culture that allows us to work together in practice and come out here and compete.”
The sprint crew excelled in a plethora of events. The women’s trio of Aaliyah Barnes (7.48), Maggie Barrie (7.49) and Beatrice Hannan (7.52/personal record) swept the top three spots in the 60m dash. On the men’s side, Deshawn Marshall took gold with a personal record of 6.74 to narrowly edge fellow Buckeye Zack Bazile (6.81/personal record).
In the 400m dash, sophomore All-American Nick Gray ran away with the title with a readout of 48.47. Terry Johnson (51.25) and Keilan Beacham (51.43), both making their Buckeye debuts, swept the second and third places. The women’s duo of Martha Sam and Indya Slaughter took the top two spots with times of 57.41 and 57.50, respectively.
In the 200m dash, Soleyn Bliss clocked a personal record of 24.59 to place first, and freshman Halimah Barlow took second with a time of 24.70. In the 60m hurdles, Chantel Ray cruised to victory with a readout of 8.47 and Christine London picked up silver with a time of 8.53.
Some of Ohio State’s jumpers were using abbreviated approaches in the season opener, but they still managed to collect some solid finishes.
DaJuan Seward stole the show in the triple jump with a tremendous personal record leap of 15.24m (50-0.0); that mark ranks fifth in the nation.
In the triple jump, Mikaela Seibert (11.96m/39-3.00) and Olivia Small (11.47m/37-7.75) took the two-three slots. Small doubled up in the long jump and finished second in that meet as well with a mark of 5.54m (18-2.25). Josh Fridley picked up a win in the men’s high jump with a clearance of 2.01m (6-7.00).
Freshman Taylor DeLoach won her first-career event in the Scarlet and Gray; she leaped 6.00m (19-8.25) to take gold. In the men’s long jump, Bazile finished with a mark of 7.58m (24-10.50) and freshman Davion Fisher placed second with a bound of 7.31m (23-11.75).
In the women’s pole vault, Madison Roberts moved into second place all-time in Ohio State history with a personal record clearance of 3.80m (12-5.50). Megan Hoffman cleared 3.65m (11-11.75) to take second, and that mark ranks her fourth on the all-time list.
Cole Gorski captured the men’s pole vault title with a personal record mark of 5.10m (16-8.75).
Nick Demaline, who transferred to Columbus from Western Kentucky University, won his first event in the Scarlet and Gray uniform with a shot put throw of 18.14m (59-6.25). Jared Ballenger registered a personal record in the shot to finish third with a heave of 17.25m (56-7.25).
In the 3,000m run, the men swept the top three spots with high-quality performances. Mitch Leitch took first place with a time of 8:29.71, and Patrick Kunkel (8:36.36) and Jake Mandel (8:38.93/personal record) finished it out. Christine Frederick won the women’s 3,000m run with a time of 9:52.96, and she was followed by Emily Stoodley, who set a personal record of 10:03.10 to place second.
Luke Landis (4:09.69) and Jared Fleming (4:09.74) both set personal records in the mile run to finish second and third, respectively. Rachel Weber clocked a personal best on her way to capturing gold in the mile with a readout of 4:54.69.
Both men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams captured gold to conclude the meet.
The Buckeyes will head south to Lexington, Ky., to compete in the Kentucky Invite next Saturday (Jan. 14).