April 15, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field program had eight athletes win individual titles to wrap up the All-Ohio Championships on Saturday at Gettler Stadium.
Senior Aaliyah Barnes had a dominant day in the short sprints with titles in both the 100m and 200m dash. The senior won her first title of the day in the 100m dash with a time of 11.88; she returned to the track about an hour later in the 200m dash, this time clocking a readout of 23.81, to secure two wins.
Sophomore Nick Gray made his 2017 outdoor debut in the 400m dash and coasted to gold with a time of 48.39. It turned out to be a Buckeye sweep in the 400m dash, with Martha Sam claiming her first title of the 2017 season with a time of 54.82. Christine London won her third 400m hurdle title of the season with a time of 1:00.08 to outrun 10 other competitors.
Bill Stanley won his first javelin title of the year with a season-best throw of 65.93m (216-3.50). Freshman Daniel Mastropaolo followed Stanley’s lead and placed third in the event with a toss of 59.53m (195-3.50).
Lainey Studebaker won her first race as a collegian on Saturday in the 1,500m run. The freshman looped around the track nearly four times with a readout of 4:36.59 to claim gold. Jessica Passwater finished less than a second after Studebaker with a time of 4:37.45 to finish in second.
Chantel Ray claimed gold in the 100m hurdles with a scintillating time of 13.44, and James Clark was the victor in the 100m dash (10.69). In the men’s 110m hurdles, DaJuan Seward trotted down the track for a second-place finish with a time of 14.39 and Brent Carroll garnered bronze (14.59). In the longer hurdle race, the 400m hurdles, Carroll clocked a personal best of 54.45 to place fourth.
In the men’s discus throw, Jared Ballenger and Max Seipel slung their way to a two-four finish. Ballenger launched the discus 52.33m (171-8.00) and Seipel’s mark was 46.96m (154-0.75). Ballenger also launched a massive personal record of 16.62m (54-6.25) in the shot put to place third.
Lyne’a Diller took second place in the women’s discus with a mark of 47.58m (156-1.00), and Kate Deaton registered a personal-best heave of 47.06m (154-4.75) for fifth place. Graduate transfer Alyssa Kopp secured silver in the javelin throw with a mark of 43.33m (142-1.75).
Mid-distance runner Rick Andrews ran to a fourth-place finish with a personal record of 1:54.22 in the 800m run. Coty Cobb and Robby Oswald, two newcomers in the men’s pole vault, collected personal bests: Cobb cleared 4.87m (15-11.50) and Oswald leapt over 4.72m (15-5.75) for second and fourth-place finishes respectively.
Alexis Dowdy – Shot Put – 13.36m (43-9.75)
Steven Bauers – 1,500m Run – 4:10.36
Mitch Leitch – 1,500m Run – 4:00.02
Jake Mandel – 1,500m Run – 4:00.46
Grace Thomas – 800m Run – 2:26.40
Claire Wiles – 1,500m Run – 4:44.76
Kelsey Sandlin – 1,500m Run – 4:50.52
Chantel Ray – 200m Dash – 24.74
Tamani Wilson – 200m Dash – 24.78
Ohio State will host the 32nd edition of the Jesse Owens Classic next Friday and Saturday (April 21-22) at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Over 30 collegiate teams will be in attendance.