February 24, 2018

Buckeyes Win First Big Ten Indoor Title Since 1993


Feb. 24, 2018

Your 2018 Men’s Big Ten Track and Field Champions! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/LNBuZha6Q9

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) February 24, 2018

Geneva, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team scored 101.50 points to claim its first Big Ten indoor title since 1993 on Saturday at the Spire Institute. Nick Demaline (shot put), Zack Bazile (long jump), Cole Gorski (pole vault), Nick Gray (200m dash) and the 4x400m relay all captured titles to help lead the Buckeyes to the top of the podium.

“I’m most proud of these seniors,” director of track and field and cross country Karen Dennis said. “Nick Demaline, Cole Gorski and Zack Bazile are all seniors and they got us off to a great start on Friday. They are the ones who have bought into this program. They have really motivated everyone else.

“And then, I’m proud of the young ones. They really fought to the end. My coaches are amazing. They have put their heart and soul into this profession and they want to see the best for these kids. For all of us to be able to experience a victory like this is really exciting.”

This is the fifth title that the Buckeyes have won under the direction of Dennis and she becomes the first woman in Big Ten history to lead a men’s team to a track and field team title. She helped the women’s team win both the indoor and outdoor titles in 2011, the outdoor title in 2012, and the indoor title in 2015. This is the first men’s team title since Dennis took over as the director of track and field in 2015. It is the sixth indoor title in program history.

Final Results

The meet was a close one and came down to the final event of the day, the 4x400m relay. Trotting out the foursome of Asa Burke, Nick Gray, Drelan Bramwell and Andre Jeff, Ohio State had to finish ahead of Nebraska to secure the team title, and that they did. Entering the event, Ohio State had 91.5 points and Nebraska had 89.5 points. The quartet of Burke, Gray, Bramwell and Jeff won the event to secure the team title in school record fashion with a time of 3:05.09 to claim the gold medal in the race as well.

The foursome of Asa Burke, Nick Gray, Drelan Bramwell and Andre Jeff secured the team title for the #Buckeyes with gold in the 4x400m relay. Their time of 3:05.09 is a SCHOOL RECORD! pic.twitter.com/4oEuzVHtQr

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) February 24, 2018

Gray’s day two performance was simply amazing for the Buckeyes. His title in the 200m dash on Saturday was his third consecutive title in the event at the B1G indoor meet. Gray came out of the blocks hot and never looked back clocking a school record and meet record time of 20.45 on his way to a breezy win in the event. His time of 20.45 was .11 seconds better than the runner up and it ranks as the second fastest in the NCAA. Gray is now a eight-time Big Ten champion. Gray has now lowered his B1G indoor meet record each of the last three years.

.@__saintnick__ wins his 3rd straight Big Ten 200m indoor title! His time of 20.45 is a SCHOOL RECORD and is the No. 2 time in the NCAA! @lamarr__4 takes fourth with a 20.87! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/m4uuNuPrNj

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) February 24, 2018

The 200m dash wasn’t Gray’s only scoring event of the day; he also scored in the 60m dash with Kendall Sheffield. The Buckeye sprinters dashed their way to a two-three finish in the event. Sheffield garnered silver with a time of 6.68 and Gray followed with a time of 6.72 for bronze. Gray tallied a whopping 18.5 points for the Scarlet and Gray Eric Harrison Jr., a freshman from Washington, D.C., earned a fourth-place finish in the 200m dash with a personal-best readout of 20.87 which ranks as the fifth-fastest time in program history.

Buckeyes grab 14 points in the finals of the 60m dash with a second place finish by Kendall Sheffield (6.68) and third place finish by Nick Gray (6.72)! pic.twitter.com/cHngAIdcnk

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) February 24, 2018

The men’s triple jump duo of DaJuan Seward and Zack Bazile brought their A game to the sand pits of the Spire Institute on Saturday. Seward went a career-best distance of 15.77m (51-9.00) for a bronze medal and Bazile, one day after winning gold in the long jump, finished fifth with a triple bound of 15.69m (51-5.75). Bazile scored a total 14 points at the meet for the Buckeyes.

Sophomore mid-distance star Alex Lomong ran himself to a fourth-place finish in the 800m run with a time of 1:51.06. The Buckeyes also received points from distance runners Luke Landis in the mile (sixth place) and Ryan Harrington in the 600m run (eighth place). Brent Carroll clocked a time of 8.00 in the finals of the 60m hurdles to place seventh and score two points. Andre Jeff pitched in a point with an eighth-place finish in the 400m dash with a readout of 48.29. Aaron Zedella heaved the weight apparatus 20.66m (67-9.50).

A re-air of the championship meet will take place on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

VICTORY LAP pic.twitter.com/EoQx1FMiY5

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) February 24, 2018

Women’s Recap
Chantel Ray won her first career Big Ten 60m hurdle title matching her personal best of 8.21 to come away with the crown to help Ohio State to a third-place finish with 75 points. It is the second year in a row that the women have finished in third place.

.@shhdont_tell wins 🥇 in the 60m hurdles matching her personal best time of 8.21! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/4cUGwgEsUx

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) February 24, 2018

Sade Olatoye finished second in the women’s weight throw climbing her two-day point tally to 18 points. Olatoye launched the weight apparatus a career-best distance of 23.84m (78-2.75) to set a new school record in the event. Olatoye’s mark is the sixth best to ever be recorded in the history of the NCAA and ranks as the eighth best by an American.

Anavia Battle had herself a fantastic first career B1G meet garnering two bronze medals. The freshman from Wayne, Mich., finished third in both the 60md dash and 200m dash. Her final race of the day, the 200m dash, saw her set a school record in the event with a time of 23.24 for third place. The time was .13 seconds faster than Aaliyah Barnes‘ time set in 2016. She matched her personal best of 7.42 in the 60m dash to finish in third as well.

.@annaavviiaa collects her second bronze of the meet with a time of SCHOOL RECORD time of 23.24! @syaira_richards takes 8th! pic.twitter.com/pWzyoQ1Sj2

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) February 24, 2018

The foursome of Beatrice Hannan, Syaira Richardson, Tamani Wilson and Maggie Barrie combined to register a time of 3:31.52 in the 4x400m relay for silver and the second-fastest time in school history. Barrie (52.82) and Hannan (53.42) both scored in the open 400m dash with fourth and sixth-place finishes, respectively. Barrie’s career-best indoor time of 52.82 is the third-fastest in school history. Richardson also scored one point in the 200m dash with a time of 23.87.

In the women’s triple jump, Mikaela Seibert earned a bronze medal with a triple bound of 12.69m (41-7.75). Olivia Small also added points to the Buckeye total in the event with a mark of 12.30m (40-4.25) to finish in sixth place.

In the distance events, Ohio State received points from Annie Ubbing in the 600m run for the second straight year; the sophomore registered a time of 1:29.99 to finish in fifth place. Freshman Aziza Ayoub (2:11.32) and newcomer Julia Rizk (2:13.68) finished in seventh and eighth place in the 800m run.