May 28, 2021

Four, For Now, Qualify for NCAA Championships


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tyler Johnson and Eric Harrison have qualified for the NCAA Championships June 9-12 at Eugene Ore., in two events apiece to lead a team of four Ohio State Buckeyes out of the NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Fla., and on to the national stage.

Johnson qualified individually in his specialty, the 400 meters, by taking fourth overall in 45.31. He teamed with Kainnan Ramsey, Harrison and Adrian Curry to qualify for nationals in the 4×100 relay sixth overall in 39.10. The time is No. 11 nationally this year and it is the fifth-fastest in Ohio State school history.

Harrison, the Big Ten 200 meters champion, took first in his heat, was sixth overall and qualified in the 200 with a time of 20.31. Harrison, unfortunately, missed out in the 100. Despite running the second-fastest time of his life – 10.17 – he finished 17th overall as all 12 100 meters qualifiers to Eugene ran 10.10 or faster.

Johnson was also a part of Ohio State’s 4×400 relay team that finished in the dark in 3:09. That’s right. Midway through this 4×400 the lights went out at Hodges Stadium, fans immediately went to their phones and turned on their flashlights, and the race literally finished this way.

Late Friday night the race was still under review because of the darkness during Heat 2. Because of the difficulty in seeing and possible lane violations during this heat, Ohio State, Miami, Charlotte, Mississippi State & Akron – the five relay teams that didn’t automatically qualify in this heat – may get an opportunity to race again Saturday to record a Top 10, 11 or 12 time that would qualify them for nationals.

The men’s throwing seasons came to an end today, but not before Tanner Watson sent the discus further than all but two former Buckeyes: 54.80m / 179-9. His effort was a personal best and just missed qualifying him for the national championships. He finished 16th and the top 12 advanced to Eugene.

Watson’s teammate, Carlos Aviles, threw 49.26m / 161-7 to cap a successful season for him that included personal bests in the outdoor shot put and the discus.

A memorable year for Nick Miller also came to a close Friday evening as he missed out on a trip to Eugene by running the 800 in 1:52.09.