February 15, 2018

Buckeyes Return Home for Annual Buckeye Tune Up


Feb. 15, 2018

T&F: Buckeyes Return Home for Annual Buckeye Tune Up

After a long stretch on the road, the Buckeyes will return to their stomping grounds to host the Buckeye Tune Up on Feb. 16.

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Columbus, Ohio.  – After a long stretch on the road, both the women’s and men’s teams Ohio State track and field will be returning back to Columbus for the Annual Buckeye Tune Up this Friday at French Field House.

There will be 22 teams competing in this Friday’s Buckeye Tune Up, which includes; Alderson Broaddus, Austin Peay, Bellarmine, Buckeye Pole Vault Academy, Carnegie Mellon, Central State, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, John Carroll, Kenyon, Marietta, Miami (Ohio), Mount Union, Northern Kentucky, Oberlin, Ohio, Ohio Dominican, Otterbein, PSU-Behrend, Southwest Sprinters, Washington & Jefferson.

Top Marks of 2018

Thirteen different Buckeyes have etched their names in the program record books during the 2018 campaign. Most recently, Zack Bazile registered the third-best long jump of 2018 in the world last Friday night at the Music City Challenge with a leap of 8.13-meters (26-8.25) at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility. The mark of 8.13-meters is tied for the longest by an American this year, it ranks as the leading NCAA mark, and it goes down as the second best jump by a Buckeye in program history. Bazile is the only athlete to make his mark in three events this season; the senior from Montvale, N.J., has now registered top-five marks in program history in the 60m dash (6.68), long jump (8.13m) and triple jump (15.68m).

Over the last two weeks, Cole Gorski (5.47m) and Madison Roberts (4.02m) both have had impressive performances. Gorski re-upped his school record for the third time this year with a career best clearance at the Music City Challenge. Robert’s collected her personal best at the Meyo Invitational, which was .02-meters better than her prior mark. Both Gorski’s and Roberts’ seasons best marks are school records.

Additionally at the Meyo Invitational, Christine Frederick shaved nearly 11 seconds off of her prior personal best to move up into No. 2 all-time in school history in the 3,000m run (9:24.77). Frederick also had an impressive showing at last weekend’s Music City Challenge where she placed 5th in the mile (4:43.92), which is No. 2 in school history. It’s her second week in a row that she has registered the second-best mark in program history. Aziza Ayoub, a freshman from Plain City, Ohio, clocked a personal-best time in the 800m run (2:08.08) to slide into the fourth-fastest spot in program history.

Sade Olatoye has set school records in the shot put and weight throw this season. At the season-opening Buckeye Classic, Olatoye heaved the shot put 17.34m (56-10.75) to break Krista Keir’s prior school record (55-3.00). At the Michigan Simmons-Harvey Quadrangular meet, Olatoye heaved the weight apparatus 22.76m (74-8.25) to break her own school record she set in 2017 as a sophomore.

Additional athletes that have collected top-five marks in program history this year are Karrington Winters (400m dash/53.21/No. 4), Nick Gray (60m dash/6.66/No. 2), Coty Cobb (pole vault/5.35m/No.3) and Aaron Zedella (weight throw/21.52m/No. 4). Kendall Sheffield (60m dash/ 6.71/No. 6), DaJuan Seward (Triple Jump /15.76m (51-8.50) No. 5), Lainey Studebaker (5000m run/ 16:31.14/ No. 3).

NCAA Qualifying Times

With two meets remaining for the indoor slate before the NCAA Championships in mid-March, Ohio State currently has six individuals inside the qualifying number to advance to the NCAA Championships. In order to qualify, an athlete must rank inside the top 16 in his or her event.

Zack Bazile – Long Jump – 8.13m– No. 1

Sade Olatoye – Weight Throw – 22.76m – No. 3

Cole Gorski – Pole Vault – 5.47m – No. 13

Nick Demaline – Shot Put – 19.74m – No. 5

Nick Gray – 200m Dash – 20.92 – No.15

In addition to the individuals, the women’s 4x400m relay of Winters, Syaira RichardsonHalimah Barlow and Maggie Barrie have the 16th quickest readout in the nation with a 3:34.92; that time is the third-fastest in program history. The men’s 4x400m relay of Asa Burke, Ryan Harrington, Nick Gray, Andre Jeff have the 15th fastest finishing time in the nation with a 3:07.27.