Jan. 23, 2018
Columbus, Ohio – Both the Buckeye women’s and men’s track and field teams have entered the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 poll that was released on Jan. 22. The women are ranked 15th, and the men have earned the No. 24 ranking.
The No. 15 ranking for the women is their highest ranking since they were slotted in the 10th position during the latter stages of the 2012 indoor season. The Buckeyes can thank Sade Olatoye and Karrington Winters, both school record holders, for the positioning in the polls. Olatoye is the owner of two school records in indoor competition, both of which she has set this year. At the season-opening Buckeye Classic, Olatoye threw the shot 17.34m (56-10.75) to break Krista Keir’s 15-year old record in the event. This past weekend at the Harvey-Simmons Quad Meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., Olatoye launched the weight apparatus 22.76m (74-8.25) to best her prior school record. Olatoye’s season-best marks in the weight throw (22.76m) and shot put (17.34m) rank third and fourth in the NCAA, respectively.
Winters, the school record holder in the 600m run, is off to a hot start during her junior campaign. She clocked a personal-best time of 53.41 in the 400m dash at the Kentucky Invite (Jan. 13) to make her the fifth-fastest 400m dasher in program history during indoors. Winters also teamed up with Syaira Richardson, Halimah Barlow and Maggie Barrie at the Kentucky Invite in the 4x400m relay to clock a time of 3:34.92 that currently ranks as the fourth fastest in the nation. Her individual time of 53.41 is also the fourth-quickest mark of the 2018 season.
Nick Demaline and Nick Gray lead the men’s charge into the Top 25 at the No. 24 spot. Demaline’s season-best throw of 19.70m (64-7.75) at the 2018 opener is the second-best throw in the nation and is just two inches shy of his personal best indoors. Nick Gray came out the starting blocks hot in 2018 as well with a French Field House record of 6.66 to claim the ninth-fastest time in the NCAA thus far. Other Buckeyes on the cusp of scoring for Ohio State feature two pole vaulters – Coty Cobb and Cole Gorski – both of whom rank in the top three in program history for clearances indoors. Gorski is the school record holder at 5.40m (17-8.50), and Cobb sits in third all-time with a career-best mark of 5.35m (17-6.50). Their marks rank 10th and 13th in the NCAA.
This is the first time that both men’s and women’s programs have been in the Top 25 during an indoor season at the same time since the 2012 season. The USTFCCCA poll ranks teams accordingly to their projected scores at the NCAA Championships based off athletes who have times/marks that will score at the NCAA meet.