Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field program will make their way across the country for the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge hosted by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA at Loker Stadium on March 23-24. The two-day meet will feature five teams including the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes will be taking on Tennessee, Mississippi, Miami and USC.
Women Leading the Way
The meet between Ohio State, Miami, Tennessee, USC and Mississippi features very successful women’s head coaches which are in charge of both the men’s and women’s programs. Ohio State’s Karen Dennis, who is in her fourth season as head coach will be joined with USC’s Caryl Smith Gilbert (five seasons), Miami’s Amy Deem (28 seasons), Tennessee’s Beth Alford-Sullivan (four seasons), and Mississippi’s Connie Price-Smith (three seasons).
A Look Back
At last weekend’s Black & Gold Challenge in Orlando, Fla., a host of Buckeyes had first place showings. Junior distance runner, Julia Rizk won two titles in the 800 meter run (2:11.46) and 1,500 meter run (4:25.84) earning her the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA Division I Outdoor rankings. Pole Vaulter Cole Gorski also had an impressive showing in the sunshine state, where he set a career-best in the outdoor pole vault with a clearance of 5.40 meters securing the No.4 spot in the NCAA. Teammate Luke Landis took the title for the men in the 5,000 meter race with a time of 14:57.85. Alex Lomong ran a winning time of 1:49.19 in the men’s 800 meter run that has now placed him No. 1 in the NCAA. The men’s 4×400 meter relay of Drelan Bramwell, Joseph Cooper Jr., Asa Burke and Andre Jeff registered a time of 3:06.72 to take the top collegiate spot to close out the meet. The women’s 4×400 meter relay of Beatrice Hannan, Battle, Tamani Wilson and Karrington Winters combined for a time of 3:37.87 to finish as the top collegiate team as well. This is the second of 11 outdoor meets the Buckeyes will compete at between now and early June.
The Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge is set to start Friday at 3 p.m. ET where there will be just two field events, men’s and women’s hammer throw along with discus. On Saturday the meet will begin at 3 p.m. ET where the rest of the field and track events will start, leading with the women’s 3,000 meter run.