May 13, 2017

Demaline Golden in the Shot Put, Weber and Kanney Set School Records


May 13, 2017

University Park, Pa. – Nick Demaline was golden in the men’s shot put on day two of the Big Ten Championships, and Rachel Weber (800m run) and Sarah Kanney (3,000m steeplechase) set school records in their respective events at the Nittany Lion Track.

For the second consecutive season, the Big Ten Outdoor Championships shot put title is coming back to Columbus with a Buckeye. Nick Demaline, who placed second at Big Ten Indoors in the shot put, avenged his previous defeat to conference foe Willie Morrison of Indiana with a throw of 19.75m (64-9.75) to claim his first Big Ten title of his career.

Your 2017 Big Ten Shot Put Champion…Nick Demaline (19.75m) 🥇 #GoBucks

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) May 13, 2017

“For Nick to go out there and get us ten points in the shot put was big,” Ohio State director of track & field and cross country Karen Dennis said. “Nick is the kind of guy that wants to PR (set a personal best) at every meet, and that’s why he’s so good. He always wants more. To accomplish what he has in his first year here (18 total points amassed at Big Ten Championships) is something special, and we’re glad we’ll have him around for another year.”

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In the team standings, day two of the Big Ten Championships finished with the men’s team in sixth place (18 points) and the women in eighth with 20.5 points. Meet host Penn State is on top of the standings in the men’s race with 52 points and Minnesota (45.5) paces the way for the women.

Weber, a senior, has been nibbling at the school record for quite some time in the 800m run. Before Saturday, Weber was No. 2 all-time in program history in the indoor 600m and 800m run as well as the outdoor 800m run, but she would move to the top of the outdoor 800m run with a precise, well-run 800m preliminary. Weber circled the track twice with a time of 2:03.90 to register the fastest qualifying time of any athlete. She will run in the finals tomorrow afternoon at 3:08 p.m. ET.

Kanney, a first-year steeplechaser, moved around the track with a steady pace in between the hurdles and the water jump. The freshman clocked a time of 10:22.74 to register a seven-second personal best on her way to setting the school standard. She broke 2011 steepler Tori Blink’s previous school mark of 10:27.45 to earn three points for the Buckeyes.

.@RunRach778 and @sarahJAYk set school records in their respective events this evening! #GoBucks

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) May 14, 2017

“Rachel has been, I don’t want to see chasing this record, but pursuing it for a while now,” Dennis mentioned. “She is the true definition of a Buckeye and loves this school more than anything else. For her to finally get this record is fitting, but she knows there is still work left to do tomorrow, and I expect her to have a solid showing in the finals.

“As far as it goes for, what more can you say,” Dennis noted. “Sarah transferred in this year and has been a tremendous addition to our distance group. She is only beginning to see how good she can be.”

Zack Bazile entered the men’s long jump with a slight chance of scoring as deemed by the season’s best list, but the junior thought otherwise. Competing in only his third outdoor meet of the season, Bazile launched an impressive career-best jump of 7.97m (26-1.75) on his sixth and final attempt to garner silver and earn eight points for the Buckeyes.

“Zack is truly the man,” said Dennis. “What a special performance by him. He’s slowly been coming back this outdoor season from an injury, and I tell you what, he is firing on all cylinders at the moment. (I’m) Looking forward to see what he does in two weeks at the NCAA East Preliminaries.” 

Zack Bazile records a huge PR in the men's long jump to earn 🥈 with a bound of 7.97m! #GoBucks

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) May 13, 2017

Bazile’s counterpart on the women’s side, Taylor DeLoach, finished with a bound of 6.05m (19-10.25) for a sixth-place showing for three points. All other events for the Buckeyes were qualifying sessions and a wide bevy of Scarlet and Gray will be featured in the finals tomorrow on the track (all times ET):
2:25 p.m. – Donovan Robertson – 110m hurdles
2:35 p.m. – Chantel Ray, Christine London – 100m hurdles
2:40 p.m. – Champ Page – 400m dash
2:45 p.m. – Karrington Winters, Beatrice Hannan, Maggie Barrie – 400m dash
2:50 p.m. – Nick Gray, Deshawn Marshall – 100m dash
2:55 p.m. – Aaliyah Barnes, Bliss Soleyn – 100m dash
3:03 p.m. – Jared Fleming – 800m run
3:08 p.m. – Rachel Weber – 800m run
3:28 p.m. – Christine London – 400m hurdles
3:35 p.m. – Nick Gray, Deshawn Marshall, Duan Asemota, Champ Page – 200m dash
3:42 p.m. – Aaliyah Barnes – 200m dash

The final day of Big Ten’s will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET with the contesting of the men’s triple jump and run through the 4x400m relays, which are set to begin at 4:33 p.m. ET. A full stream of all the action will be available at starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. The meet will then re-air on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. ET Sunday evening.

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