April 26, 2017

Buckeyes to Compete at Historic Drake Relays


April 26, 2017

Columbus, Ohio – A track only crew of 17 women and 18 men will represent the Ohio State track and field team at the 108th edition of the Drake Relays this Friday and Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa Drake Stadium, and a select few Buckeyes will head to Ashland, Ohio for the Ashland Alumni Open at Dwight Schar Athletic Complex on Friday and Saturday.

The whole meet of the Drake Relays will be streamed at usatf.tv (subscription required). 

Top 25 NCAA Marks
Entering the final regular season meet of the year, OSU has three athletes that have placed themselves inside the Top 25 in the NCAA. Along with the individuals, both men’s and women’s 4x400m relays have posted Top 25 times nationally.
Nick Demaline – Shot Put – 19.62m – No. 9
Deshawn Marshall – 200m Dash – 20.53 – No. 18
Maggie Barrie – 400m Dash – 52.82 – No. 20

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Ohio State will have 13 relay foursomes in action over the final two days of the meet. The men’s and women’s teams will field 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m, sprint medley and distance medley relay squads. The 13th relay will be men’s only, and they will enter in the 4x110m shuttle hurdle race.

The Buckeyes will have four athletes compete in the 100m dash: Deshawn Marshall, Nick Gray, Bliss Soleyn and Aaliyah Barnes. Marshall’s season-best time of 10.28 ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten, and Soleyn (11.67) has the seventh-fastest time in the conference.

Christine London will be doubling up in the 100m and 400m hurdles. She will be joined by Chantel Ray in the 100m hurdles as well. Ray (13.37) currently ranks No. 7 in the Big Ten and London is No. 6 in the 400m hurdles (59.00). The trio of Donovan Robertson, Brent Carroll and DaJuan Seward will be running the 110m high hurdles; Seward is also slated to compete in the triple jump. 

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Ohio State will send all of its throwers and pole vaulters to the Ashland Alumni Open. Joining those two groups will be Zack Bazile and Alexus Pyles. Bazile will compete in both the long jump and 100m dash; at last weekend’s Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic, Bazile won the long jump with a leap of 7.50m (24-7.25).

Alexus Pyles will participate in four events. The freshman will do the 100m dash, 100m hurdles, shot put and high jump, the latter three which are included in the heptathlon that Pyles is slated to compete in at the Big Ten Championships. 

Nick Demaline (shot put), Kate Deaton (hammer throw) and Coty Cobb (pole vault) all three of whom won titles last weekend will be in action.

4x400m Relay (Women) – 3:29.04 – Hannan, Winters, Barnes, Barrie – No. 6
4x400m Relay (Men) – 3:04.38 – Page, A. Johnson, Burke, Marshall – No. 10 

In addition to those five athletes, the Buckeyes currently have 29 other athletes (15 women and 14 men) that rank inside the Top 48 of the NCAA East Region. If an athlete is ranked inside the Top 48 of their respective event come the end of conference meets, they will compete at the NCAA East Preliminaries with a shot of clinching a berth to the NCAA Championships.

Event Squad Rankings
Ohio State has seven foursomes that ranks inside the Top 20 nationally in the Event Squad Rankings. The men’s 800m run group of Anthony Johnson, Alexander Lomong, Jared Fleming and Dominik Seitzer rank seventh in the nation with a group time of 7:17.95 (1:49.49 average).

The women’s 400m dash crew of Maggie Barrie, Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters and Tamani Wilson rank seventh nationally as well; they average a time of 53.56 in the one-lap sprint. The men’s shot put foursome of Nick Demaline, Jared Ballenger, Max Seipel and Reggie Browley have the eighth-best average in the nation (17.18m/56-4.25).

The women’s hammer throw crew had a personal-record party last weekend at the Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic, with all four throwers recording personal bests, and that propelled them all the way up to No. 9 in the nation. The quartet of Sade Olatoye, Kate Deaton, Grace Azenabor and Alexis Dowdy has an average of 56.41m (185-00).

The men’s 200m dash foursome of Deshawn Marshall, Nick Gray, Champ Page and Asa Burke average a entertaining 20.91 in their half-lap sprints to rank 12th overall. That exact same group ranks 20th in the NCAA in the full-lap dash with a clocking of 47.54.

A new entry in the Top 20 Event Squad Rankings this week comes via the men’s 100m dashers, all four of whom clocked wind-aided season bests at the home meet last weekend. Marshall (10.28w), James Clark (10.48w), Duan Asemota (10.56w) and Zack Bazile (10.59w) used the comfort of running on their home track to average a time of 10.48; that time is the 16th best average in the nation. 

Record Book Rewrites
Eleven individuals have registered Top 5 program marks in program history during the 2017 campaign. The most recent came from senior Rachel Weber at the Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic. Weber, who was competing at her last home meet, clocked a 1,500m run time of 4:21.08 to move into sole possession of the No. 2 spot in program history

Madison Roberts (4.00m/13-1.50) and Megan Hoffman (3.85m/12-7.50) rank first and second in program history with their clearances. Not to be outdone, men’s pole vaulter Cole Gorksi’s season-best clearance of 5.22m (17-1.50) at the Florida Relays is the second best Ohio State mark of all-time.

Sarah Kanney notched the third-fastest 3,000m steeplechase time by a Buckeye at the Raleigh Relays with a readout of 10:30.62, and graduate transfer Alyssa Kopp’s season-best javelin throw of 44.89m (147-3) is No. 3 all-time.

A trio of athletes have recorded the fourth-best mark in school history in their respective events: Nick Demaline (shot put/19.62m/64-4.50), Anthony Johnson (800m run/1:48.56) and Sade Olatoye (shot put/15.96m/52-4.50).

Mikaela Seibert launched a huge personal best last weekend at the Tennessee Relays with a bound of 12.86m (42-2.25) in the triple jump to move into No. 5 in program history. Last but not least, 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. 

You can follow Ohio State track and field team on Twitter @OhioState_TFXC for live updates throughout the meet.