March 9, 2018
College Station, Texas – Ohio State’s Zack Bazile put the finishing touches on an excellent indoor season on Friday night at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium with a fourth-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Bazile saved his best leap of the night for his sixth and final jump. He launched a 7.96 meter (26-1.150) to place fourth. With the fourth-place finish, Bazile earns his first career First Team All-America honor on the indoor circuit. The 2018 Big Ten champ and USTFCCCA Great Lakes Field Athlete of the Year will move on to outdoor season with more to prove. Bazile’s five points have Ohio State in 17th place after day one.
In the shot put on Friday night, Ohio State had two throwers earn Second Team All-America honors. Nick Demaline tossed the shot put 19.24 meters (63-1-50) for a 10th-place finish; the senior from Swanton, Ohio, now has three career All-America honors. Junior Sade Olatoye placed 12th in the women’s shot put contest with a heave of 16.12 meters (52-10.75). Olatoye will be back action on Saturday in the weight throw at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Cole Gorski (pole vault), Maggie Barrie (400m dash) and Nick Gray (200m dash) all earned Second Team All-America honors in their events. Gorski no heighted in the pole vault, but that doesn’t diminish his season one bit. The senior will enter the outdoor slate as the school record holder in the pole vault both indoors and outdoors. Gray narrowly missed out on the finals of the 200 meter dash with a time of 20.82 for 10th place. Barrie ran a time of 53.28 to place 12th in the 400 meter dash. Both Barrie and Gray are set to run with the 4×400 meter relay on Saturday night.