BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Ohio State track and field team, highlighted by Zack Bazile’s long jump championship, had multiple competitors turn in solid performances both in finals and qualifying on the second day of Big Ten Championships Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.
Senior Aaron Zedella took sixth in the men’s hammer throw with a heave of 65.07m (213’6”). In the final event of the evening, senior Christine Frederick took eighth in the women’s 10,000-meter run with a time of 35:06.51 while sophomore Aaron Wood placed seventh on the men’s side of the event at 30:41.08.
Freshman Anavia Battle and senior Maggie Barrie each qualified for the finals in the 200-meter dash, placing first and eighth, respectively. Batter ran a 23.27 while Barrie went 23.66. On the men’s side freshman Eric Harrison Jr. qualified third with a 20.96 while junior Nick Gray sat in eighth after a 21.35.
Later in the evening, sophomore Julia Rizk took first in the 1,500-meter run, qualifying with a personal-best 4:18.25 and junior Luke Landis qualified in the men’s 1,500 at 3:47.76. Rizk’s time broke Katie Borchers’ school record of 4:20.69 set back in 2015.
Finals for the 200-meter dash and 1,500-meter run will take place Sunday in Bloomington.
After four events, including a third-place finish with a 13.76 in the 100-meter hurdles, Alexus Pyles sits eighth in the women’s heptathlon. The event concludes with the long jump, triple jump and 800-meter run Saturday.
After sitting eighth through Friday night, sophomore Alexus Pyles improved to take sixth place in the women’s heptathlon with a career-best 5,148. Fellow sophomore Taylor DeLoach also notched a sixth-place finish in the women’s long jump with a career-best 6.20m (20’4.25”) leap.
Zack Bazile then became the first Buckeye Big Ten champion this week, taking first in the long jump at 8.03m (26’4.25”), and senior Nick Demaline took second in the shot put at 20.14m (66’1”).
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Junior Karrington Winters and senior Maggie Barrie then each qualified for Sunday’s finals in the 400-meter dash after placing seventh and eighth, respectively. Winters posted a PR of 53.19 while Barrie also notched a personal-best 53.23. On the men’s side, freshman Andre Jeff, sophomore Asa Burke and senior Drelan Bramwell each qualified for the 400-meter dash finals in the sixth through eighth spots. Jeff was just off his best time at 46.86 while Burke notched his PR of 46.94 and Bramwell tallied his career-best 46.94.
In 100-meter dash qualifying, freshman Anavia Battle placed second with a time of 11.47 while junior Bliss Soleyn came in eighth at 11.68 and DeLoach followed in ninth at 11.70. For the men, Bazile ran a PR of 10.23 for first while freshman Eric Harrison Jr. went 10.38 for fifth and senior Duan Asemota qualified seventh with a time of 10.42.
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, senior Chantel Ray qualified third with a time of 13.17. For the men’s 110-meter hurdles, junior DaJuan Seward placed fourth in qualifying with a personal-best 13.88.
Next up was qualifying for the 800-meter run, where senior Courtney Clody placed fourth in women’s qualifying with a time of 2:06.38 and sophomore Alex Lomong took fourth in the men’s at 1:49.32.
The final day starts at 11 a.m. Sunday with the men’s triple jump.