April 19, 2017

32nd Edition of the Jesse Owens Classic Track and Field Classic is Here


April 19, 2017

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team will host the 32nd Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. This meet will serve as Ohio State’s only home outdoor meet of the 2017 season.

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Over 30 teams will be in attendance including Kentucky, Michigan State, Michigan, Cincinnati and a plethora of others. Friday’s action will begin with the women’s hammer throw at 2 p.m. ET and distance events on the track will commence at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday will get started with the men’s pole vault at 10 a.m. and track events are slated to begin at noon. 

Parking | Saturday Parking Map
Parking on Friday will be free in every lot around the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. On Saturday, fans are encouraged to park in the free lots to the northwest of the JOMS. See attached parking map above. Admission to the meet will be free both days. 

Top 25 NCAA Marks
Five meets into the outdoor season, OSU has five athletes that have placed themselves inside the Top 25 in the NCAA. Along with the individuals, both men’s and women’s 4x400m relays have posted Top 25 times nationally.

Nick Demaline – Shot Put – 19.62m – No. 6
Deshawn Marshall – 200m Dash – 20.53 – No. 14
Maggie Barrie – 400m Dash – 52.82 – No. 18
Champ Page – 400m Dash – 46.30 – No. 23
Anthony Johnson – 800m Run – 1:48.56 – No. 23 

4x400m Relay (Women) – 3:29.04 – Hannan, Winters, Barnes, Barrie – No. 6
4x400m Relay (Men) – 3:04.38 – Page, A. Johnson, Burke, Marshall – No. 10 

In addition to those five athletes, the Buckeyes currently have 26 other athletes (16 women and 10 men) that rank inside the Top 48 of the NCAA East Region. If an athlete is ranked inside the Top 48 of their respective event come the end of conference meets, they will compete at the NCAA East Preliminaries with a shot of clinching a berth to the NCAA Championships.

Senior Day
Ohio State will honor 15 seniors on Saturday at 4 p.m. for their accomplishments. The 15 seniors: James Clark, Deshawn Marshall, Aaliyah Barnes, Donovan Robertson, Jared Fleming, Christine London, Rachel Weber, Indya Slaughter, Dominik Seitzer, Josh Fridley, Bill Stanley, Champ Page, Jack Kincade, Alyssa Kopp and Kaitlyn Willette.

Hygiene Product Drive
In conjunction with Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic (April 21-22), the Ohio State track and field program has partnered with The Ohio State University Black Alumni Society (OSUBAS) to collect hygiene products that will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

The drive will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Southwest end of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Mid-Ohio has requested the following products: deodorant, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes and bar soap.

History at the Jesse
Like J.O. Classics of the past, the 2017 edition will serve as a stage for collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to perform at their highest levels. In its history, the Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic has served as a top venue for many future and former Olympians. Current and past record holders for the Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic include Olympic medalists John Drummond, Michelle Finn, Allen Johnson, Edwin Moses, Dwight Stones and former Buckeyes Diane Dixon, Joe Greene and Butch Reynolds. Others of Olympic fame include Judi Brown, Roger Kingdom, Carl Lewis, Louise Ritter and Calvin Smith, as well as past OSU Olympians Mark Croghan and Stephanie Hightower. 

Event Squad Rankings
Ohio State has five foursomes that ranks inside the Top 20 nationally in the Event Squad Rankings. The men’s 800m run group of Anthony Johnson, Alexander Lomong, Jared Fleming and Dominik Seitzer rank second in the nation with a group time of 7:18.17 (1:49.54 average).

The women’s 400m dash crew of Maggie Barrie, Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters and Tamani Wilson rank sixth nationally. They average a time of 53.56 in the one-lap sprint. The men’s shot put foursome of Nick Demaline, Jared Ballenger, Max Seipel and Reggie Browley have the eighth-best average in the nation (17.12m/56-2.25).

The men’s 400m dash quartet of Champ Page, Asa Burke, Deshawn Marshall and Nick Gray average a entertaining 47.54 in their one-lap sprints to rank 15th overall. Finally, the women’s hammer throw unit of Sade Olatoye, Kate Deaton, Grace Azenabor and Alexis Dowdy has an average of 54.05m (177-3, which ranks 14th in the NCAA. 

Record Book Rewrites
Eleven individuals have registered Top 5 program marks in program history during the 2017 campaign. Madison Roberts (4.00m/13-1.50) and Megan Hoffman (3.85m/12-7.50) rank first and second in program history with their clearances. Not to be outdone, men’s pole vaulter Cole Gorksi’s season-best clearance of 5.22m (17-1.50) at the Florida Relays is the second best Ohio State mark of all-time.

Sarah Kanney notched the third-fastest 3,000m steeplechase time by a Buckeye at the Raleigh Relays with a readout of 10:30.62, and graduate transfer Alyssa Kopp’s season-best javelin throw of 44.89m (147-3) is No. 3 all-time.

A slew of athletes have recorded the fourth-best mark in school history in their respective events: Nick Demaline (shot put/19.62m/64-4.50), Anthony Johnson (800m run/1:48.56), Rachel Weber (1,500m run/4:24.78) and Sade Olatoye (shot put/15.96m/52-4.50).

Mikaela Seibert launched a huge personal best last weekend at the Tennessee Relays with a bound of 12.86m (42-2.25) in the triple jump to move into No. 5 in program history. Last but not least, the women’s 4x400m relay of Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters, Barnes and Maggie Barrie registered the second-fastest time (3:29.04) at the Florida Relays. The sprint medley relay of Hannan, Winters, Halimah Barlow and Weber clocked the third-fastest time in program history with a 3:52.54 at the Florida Relays. 

You can follow Ohio State track and field team on Twitter @OhioState_TFXC for live updates throughout the meet.