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.
• 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.
• 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.
— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioStateTFXC) January 12, 2019
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.