February 16, 2019

Annual Buckeye Tune Up Shows Progression Heading Into Big Ten’s

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes hosted their only home meet of the 2019 indoor season on Friday. The men’s and women’s teams secured gold medals in 12 events total, and two more school records fell over the weekend.

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How it Happened 

Tyrese Fajardo started the Buckeye Tune Up with a gold medal in the 600m run (1:21.58s) for the Bucks. In the women’s edition of the same event, Mary Figler also took the gold home. After she was able to register a personal record at last week’s Grand Valley State University Big Meet, Figler did it again with a new best time of 1:31.09.

 

 

Ohio State was able to stay perfect as Tamani Wilson finished the 300m dash at the top of the podium for the Bucks. Wilson’s time of 38.87s becomes a new career best for the junior sprinter.

Junior Alexus Pyles and Freshman Britten Bowen brought home two more medals for the Buckeyes, finishing second and third in the women’s 60m hurdles. Pyles finishing with a time of 8.41s and Bowen crossed the line in 8.57s.

Buckeye standout Sade Olatoye started the weight throw competition with her first toss measuring in the lower 23 meter mark. The Dublin native’s furthest throw of the meet was 23.24m to earn silver.

 

 

Junior Cody Stine continued to show progression in the men’s high jump, where he was able to clear a height of 2.11m for just the second time in his career.

Anavia Battle, who is currently No. 1 in the Big Ten in the women’s 60m dash, took the gold with a new personal record time of 7.32s. Soleyn Bliss, a teammate of Battle, crossed the finish line with a new career best as well (7.43s) to earn second.

 

Alex Lomong, a distance specialist, earned gold for the Buckeyes in the 800m run. The junior was able to cross the finish line with a time of 1:53.18s.

In the women’s triple jump, Mikaela Seibert claimed the title; her furthest jump measuring at an impressive 12.72m. In the men’s event, DaJuan Seward also won the competition with a leap of 15.43m that surpassed the field by over a full meter.

The men’s 1600m relay team of Terry Johnson, Donnie James, Amir Metts and Kyle McKinney took silver in the final running event of the Buckeye Tune Up.

 

 

Notre Dame Invite

There were two more personal records for the Buckeyes in the 400m dash. Tyler Johnson led the way with his personal best time of 46.93s to earn first place. Senior Asa Burke came in second, while Ryan Harrington took 4th with a career best time of 48.43s.

Luke Landis, who has been dominating for the Buckeyes during his final season, took second in the mile run with a time of 4:06.06, making it five-straight top finished for the distance specialist.

Both Aziza Ayoub and Frank Hayes took second in their respective 800m races. Ayoub registered a new personal best time of 2:06.40 while Hayes ran a 1:47.90, which is a new personal best for the junior, too.

 

 

Up Next

The Buckeyes will head back up to TTUN’s indoor facility to compete in the 2019 edition of the Indoor Big Ten Championships. The men are coming in as the previous champs and look to defend their title.