May 24, 2017

Buckeyes Roll South for NCAA East Preliminaries


May 24, 2017

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team will have 28 athletes (16 women and 12 men) in action this Thursday through Saturday (May 25-27) at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Lexington, Ky., with hopes of advancing to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 7-11. In addition to the 28 athletes competing as individuals, the Buckeyes will have four relays in action; both the women’s and men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay will have a chance to advance to Eugene.

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All three days of action will be streamed on WatchESPN. Thursday’s stream will begin at 9 p.m. ET and have coverage of the men’s and women’s 10,000m run, which are semifinals. Friday’s coverage will start at 5:30 p.m. ET with the 400m dash and run through 9 p.m. ET (men’s 3,000m steeplechase). The meet will close on Saturday beginning with coverage at 6 p.m. ET for the 4x100m relays and end at 9:45 p.m. ET with the 4x400m relays. 

In order to advance to the NCAA Championships, an athlete must finish inside the top 12 of their respective events. Entering the East Preliminaries, the Buckeyes have six athletes competing who have already traveled to the mecca of collegiate track and field, Hayward Field, for the NCAA Championships. 2016 First Team All-Americans that will be competing this weekend include Champ Page (4x400m relay), Nick Gray (4x400m relay, 200m dash) and Zack Bazile (long jump).
Ohio State has seven sprinters entered in the qualifying rounds this weekend. The biggest group is the trio of women 400m dashers: Maggie Barrie (52.82), Beatrice Hannan (53.32) and Karrington Winters (53.67). The lone entry for the men in the 400m dash is Page. His season best of 45.59 that he clocked at the Big Ten Championships to win gold is the No. 8 time in the east.

Senior Deshawn Marshall is entered in the 100m dash and 200m dash alongside Gray in the 200m dash. Marshall’s season’s best wind legal mark of 20.53 in the 200m dash ranks him as the 10th fastest in the east. Gray and Marshall will more than likely be members of both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, and Page will assuredly be on the 4x400m relay squad.

Hannan will also be running in the open 200m dash alongside senior Aaliyah Barnes. Barnes is the lone Buckeye in the 100m dash with a qualifying time of 11.46. The foursome of Hannan, Winters, Barrie and Barnes will make up the 4x400m relay squad. 

The throwing corps will have six members in action. In the shot put, Nick Demaline (19.75m/No. 5 seed) and Sade Olatoye (16.69m/No. 13 seed) will have their work cut out for them. With 48 entries, the throwers will only receive three throws apiece with a bid to Eugene on the line. Both Demaline and Olatoye recorded their best marks of the season at the Big Ten Championships to win gold and became only the third duo from the same school to sweep the outdoor shot put titles at the conference meet.

Olatoye will also be trying to punch her ticket to Eugene in the hammer throw alongside junior Kate Deaton. Freshman Lyne’a Diller will be the lone Buckeye twirling the discus; her season-best throw of 50.79m earned her the No. 33 seed in the event. Graduate transfer and the second-best javelin thrower in school history, Alyssa Kopp, will compete on Thursday at 4 p.m.; she tossed the javelin a career-best 47.23m at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago for the No. 33 seed. Freshman Daniel Mastropaolo will heave the javelin at noon ET on Thursday to get the action started for the Buckeyes. 

School record holder and fourth-year senior Rachel Weber will take the eighth-fastest qualifying time into the meet with her 2:03.90 that she clocked at the Big Ten Championships in the preliminary round of the 800m run. In the men’s 800m run, senior Jared Fleming and freshman Alex Lomong, both of whom have Top 5 times in program history, will run in the first round on Thursday at 8:35 p.m. ET just after Weber’s race.

The two other distance entrants are Sarah Kanney and Emily Stoodley. Kanney, the school record holder in the 3,000m steeplechase, ran the best time (10:22.74) of her young steeple career at the Big Ten Championships to place sixth at the conference meet. Stoodley’s career-best 10,000m run time of 34:53.30 earned her a spot at the East Preliminaries.  

Four athletes that wear the Scarlet and Gray will be present in the hurdles portion of the meet. In the women’s 100m hurdles, Chantel Ray (13.09) and Christine London (13.50) will be attempting to lower their personal bests with hopes of advancing to Eugene. Ray’s season-best time of 13.09 is the seventh fastest in the east this season. London will also be competing in the 400m hurdles in addition to the 100m hurdles.

Donovan Robertson (14.12) and DaJuan Seward (14.12) both take in the same qualifying time to the quarterfinals. Robertson will be looking to advance to Eugene in the 110m hurdles for the third time in his career. 

Zack Bazile had himself one heck of a weekend at the Big Ten Championships a week and a half ago and the junior will be looking to replicate his performances in the sand pit. Bazile has a grand chance of advancing to Eugene in both the triple and long jumps. A 2016 All-American in the long jump, Bazile has registered huge personal bests in 2017 in both  disciplines; the junior will be competing in the long jump at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday and in the triple jump at 3 p.m. Saturday. Seward, the aforementioned hurdler, will also be triple leaping on Saturday as well.

The women jumpers in the sand pits will be Taylor DeLoach (long jump) and Mikaela Seibert (triple jump). School record holders in the pole vault, Cole Gorski (5.26m) and Madison Roberts (4.08m), will be attempting to clear new heights along with Coty Cobb (5.16m).

Record Book Rewrites
Twelve individuals have registered Top 5 program marks in program history during the 2017 outdoor campaign. Weber has etched in her name in the school record books twice in 2017. Most recently, at the Big Ten Championships, the senior took down Katie Borchers’ school record of 2:04.62 in the 800m run with a time of 2:03.90 in the preliminary rounds at the conference meet. Weber, who was competing at the Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic on April 22, the last home meet of her career, clocked a 1,500m run time of 4:21.08 to move into sole possession of the No. 2 spot in program history.

Three other school records fell at the Big Ten Championships as well. Men’s pole vaulter Cole Gorski’s season-best clearance of 5.26m (17-3.00) at the Big Ten Championships helped him set the school record while capturing silver at the conference meet. Sade Olatoye’s shot put heave of 16.69m (54-9.25) set a school standard and it earned her gold. Sarah Kanney circled the track seven and a half times at the Big Ten Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase to best Tori Brink’s school record of 10:27.45 with a readout of 10:22.74 for a sixth-place finish.

Madison Roberts (4.08m/13-4.50) and Megan Hoffman (3.85m/12-7.50) rank first and second in program history with their clearances. Coty Cobb’s personal-best clearance of 5.16m (16-11.00) at the Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic moved him into a tie for No. 5 all-time. Graduate transfer Alyssa Kopp’s season-best javelin throw of 47.23m (154-11) earned her a fifth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships and No. 2 spot in the program record books.

Nick Demaline’s shot put of 19.75m (54-9.75) moved him up one slot into No. 3 all-time on the list; the throw of 19.75m won him gold at the Big Ten Championships. Continuing the trend with Big Ten champs, Champ Page’s 45.59 at the Big Ten Championships nudged him into the No. 5 spot in program history.

Anthony Johnson’s season-best mark of 1:48.56 in the 800m run has him in the No. 4 spot, and Mikaela Seibert’s huge personal best at the Tennessee Relays with a bound of 12.86m (42-2.25) in the triple jump moved her into No. 5 in program history.  

The women’s 4x400m relay of Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters, Barnes and Maggie Barrie registered the second-fastest time (3:29.04) at the Florida Relays. The sprint medley relay of Hannan, Winters, Halimah Barlow and Weber clocked the third-fastest time in program history with a 3:52.54 at the Florida Relays.