January 12, 2019

First Meet of the Season Shows Promise as Both Teams Entered Ranked Top 25


Lexington, Ky– Both Ohio State track and field teams traveled to the University of Kentucky for the first meet of the indoor season. For the first time in history, both teams entered a competition ranked in the top 25.


Friday’s Recap


• Alexander Lomong, Frank Hayes, Cameron Cooper, and Luke Landis raced off to a first place finish in the distance medley with a time of 10:00.53.

• Cody Stine, who is new to the program this year, placed 5th in the men’s long jump competition. Stine was able to clear a height of 2.05 meters.


 Abby Nichols, Lainey Studebaker, Sarah Kanney, and Annie Ubbing took the gold medal with a time of 11:38.31. Following closely was the team of Aziza Ayoub, Mary Figler, Julia Rizk, and Courtney Cloudy who took second with a time of 11:44.11.

• Senior Alexus Pyles added points for the Buckeyes by placing 7th in the women’s high jump. The notable athlete was able to clear a height of 1.66 meters.


Saturday Recap


• Senior sprinter, Nick Gray got the competition started off early in the day by placing second in the men’s 60 meter dash with a time of 6.77. Teammate, Tyler Johnson added fuel to the competition as he placed four spots behind Gray with a time of 6.92.

• Cole Gorski, who has been an asset to the Buckeyes in previous years in pole vault, ended the first meet of the season with a personal best clearance height of 5.52 meters.

• RJ Russell had an amazing start to his first season as a Buckeye where he took gold in the 400 meter dash clocking in a time of 47.69. Teammate Jerry Jackson finished close behind with a time of 48.64 earning bronze.

• DaJuan Seward showed his off-season preparations were worth it as he placed first in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 15.56 meters. He also scored for the Buckeyes in the 60 meter hurdles where he placed fourth.

• The last event of the day belonged to the Buckeyes as Andre Jeff, Nick Gray, RJ Russell and Asa Burke crossed the finish line first with a time of 3:09.63.



• At the sound of the gun, Anavia Battle took off for the finish line of the 60 meter dash where she was able to cross second. Battle finished with a new career best time of 7.46.

• A trio of mid-distance runners occupied the top 5 spots in the women’s 800 meter dash and scored for the Buckeyes. Annie Ubbings (2nd/2:09.78), Aziza Ayoub (3rd/ 2:10.56) and Mary Figler (5th/ 2:12.18)

• Jumper Mikaela Seibert hopped, skipped and leaped her way to a gold medal in the women’s triple jump. Seibert’s winning mark was 12.48 meters and teammate Cierra Pyles was able to mark a 12.05 meters earning 5th.

• Sade Olatoye kept Ohio State rolling with a gold medal in shot put with a 17.23m throw, while Adelaide Aquilla records a new personal best 15.34m toss, becoming the fourth Buckeye to set a personal best in the first meet of the season. 

• Senior Julia Rizk set the bar high in the first meet of the season creating a new career best time of 9:30.77 in the women’s 3000 meter run.


Up Next
Next weekend, Jan 18th and 19th, both teams will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich to compete in the second meet of the 2019 indoor season.