June 8, 2017

Demaline Secures Bronze at NCAA Championships


June 8, 2017

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Columbus, Ohio – On the biggest stage of the season, Nick Demaline shined bright for the Ohio State track and field team at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday. The junior launched the shot put 20.08m (65-10.50) to take third place in the 24-athlete field.

“We’re really happy with how much Nick has progressed since arriving on campus this year,” director of track and field and cross country Karen Dennis said. “Coach {Ashley} Muffet has done a brilliant job with getting him ready for this level of competition. Nick is a premium thrower, and we’re glad to have him here for one more year.”

Starting the meet off with a foul on his first throw of the event, Demaline recomposed himself and launched what would we be his second best mark of the night, a throw of 19.21m (63-0.25), one that put him inside the top nine to advance to finals. Not resting on his second round mark, Demaline carried that momentum into his third throw of the event where he launched the shot the aforementioned 20.08m (65-10.50) for bronze.

Demaline would foul on his last three attempts with aggressive throws in an understandable fashion. Demaline becomes first Buckeye to earn First Team All-America honors in the shot put since JC Murasky did so in 2015 (seventh-place finish). Demaline’s first year in Columbus comes to an end with a third-place finish at nationals, a Big Ten outdoor title in the shot put, First Team All-American indoor honors and a runner-up finish at the indoor B1G meet. Demaline also moved into the Top 5 all-time in program history for the indoor and outdoor shot put this year.

Demaline was the only Buckeye to score on day one of the NCAA Championships and his third-place finish that gathered six points for Ohio State has the Scarlet and Gray in a tie for 14th place with six events scored.

The men’s 4x400m relay of Asa Burke, Nick Gray, Deshawn Marshall and Champ Page ran in the second of three heats and registered a time of 3:03.59 to place second in their heat. The second-place finish earned the Buckeyes and auto-bid to Friday’s finals. The 4×4 will be the only Buckeye athletes in action on Friday evening at 10:51 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The 4x100m relay of James Clark, Gray, Duan Asemota and Marshall registered a school record with a time of 38.92 in their heat, but the ending was a bit bittersweet. The 38.92 got the Buckeyes a fourth-place finish in their heat, and a ninth-place finish overall, one spot away from a coveted berth in Friday’s finals. The time of 38.92 is the fastest non-qualifying performance in the history of the meet. The old school record belonged to the foursome of Butler By’not’e, Chris Nelloms, Chris Sanders and Aaron Payne who ran a 38.93 in 1992.

Marshall was also a bit of a tough luck recipient in the open 200m dash. Running in the first of three heats alongside Gray (20.63/17th place), Marshall clocked a time of 20.42 to take fourth in the heat. Sitting on the bubble entering the final heat, Marshall’s time got bested and he was the odd man out with a ninth-place finish, one spot out of the finals. Marshall earns Second-Team All-America honors and Gray will be a Honorable Mention All-American.

Donovan Robertson’s fantastic career came to a close on Wednesday. The fifth-year senior closed the season out matching his season-best of 13.85 in the first heat for a 18th-place finish overall. The Berea, Ohio, native ends his career as a five-time All-American, co-school record holder in the 60m hurdles (7.65) and the No. 2 time in the 110m hurdles (13.62).

Page placed 18th in the open 400m dash with a time of 46.27, and Zack Bazile placed 22nd in his event, the long jump. Bazile leaped to a mark of 7.14m (23-5.25) to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors. Robertson and Page will also be named Honorable Mention All-Americans. 

Up Next
Rachel Weber (800m run/9:14 p.m. ET) and Maggie Barrie (400m dash/9 p.m. ET) will be in action tomorrow night on ESPN2 as well as the 4x400m relay at 10:48 p.m. ET. 

TV Schedules
Thursday (women) – WatchESPN (3:30-7:30 p.m.), ESPN2 (7:30-11 p.m.)
Friday (men) – WatchESPN (3:30-8:30 p.m.), ESPN (8:30-11 p.m.)
Saturday (women) – WatchESPN (2:30-6:30 p.m.), ESPN (6:30-9 p.m.)
*all times listed above are eastern