May 26, 2017

Four More Buckeyes #HeadedToHayward


May 26, 2017

Lexington, Ky. – Four more Buckeyes punched their tickets to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Championships (June 7-10) on day two of the NCAA East Preliminaries at the UK Track and Field Complex on Friday. Two of the bids came via Maggie Barrie and Champ Page in the 400m dash, and Rachel Weber (800m run) and Nick Demaline (shot put) advanced in their respective events. All four of the qualifiers that advanced on Friday set personal bests and all of their marks rank inside the Top 5 of the school record book.

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Demaline had arguably the best performance of any thrower at the meet today when he launched a tremendous personal best heave of 20.15m (66-1.50) to claim the top spot at the East Preliminary; the mark of 20.15m ranks No. 4 in program history. To put the throw in perspective, Demaline added a whopping 17-plus inches to his prior best, which is a very large improvement. Of the 96 athletes across the nation trying to earn a berth at the NCAA Championships in the shot put, Demaline’s mark was the third-farthest of the qualifying round. The trip to Eugene will be the first of Demaline’s career.

Huge PR in the shot by Nick Demaline to take 1st at NCAA East Preliminaries and yup, you guessed it…he’s #HeadedToHayward! #GoBucks

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) May 27, 2017

Barrie got the qualifying party started with a huge personal record in the 400m dash to move into No. 4 in Ohio State history. The junior shaved more than a half of a second off her prior career best (52.82) as she dashed to a 52.27 to finish fourth in her heat. Narrowly missing out on the auto-bid (top three in each heat), Barrie secured one of the three remaining bids to advance to the NCAA Championships. This will be her first trip to Eugene for the NCAA Championships, but she is not short of NCAA experience. In March, Barrie was a member of the women’s 4x400m relay that became the first crew in school history to earn First Team All-America honors indoors.

Maggie Barrie is the 2nd #Buckeye to clinch a spot in Eugene! #GoBucks #HeadedToHayward

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) May 26, 2017

Less than 10 minutes after Barrie cruised to Eugene, Page followed her act up with a personal best of 45.54 to improve to the school’s fifth-fastest quarter miler ever. Page took third in his heat and his time was the seventh fastest of the 12 qualifiers. For Page, it is the first time in his career that he has qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual. Page has been named an All-American three times during his career as a member of the 4x400m relay.

We’ve got another 400m dasher #HeadedToHayward! @Champ_400 advances to Eugene for the 1st time in his career as an individual! #GoBucks

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) May 26, 2017

In the 800m run, Weber, a four-year letterwinner, could not have drawn it up better. Peaking at the right time of the year and coming off a school record at the Big Ten Championships, the senior lowered her previous school standard by more than a full second when she circled the track twice to take silver in her heat with a time of 2:02.67 earning herself the auto-bid. The trip to Eugene will be the first of Weber’s career.

.@RunRach778 just lowered her school record by more than a second AND she’s #HeadedToHayward for the first time in her career! #GoBucks

— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioState_TFXC) May 26, 2017


In other action on day two, Chantel Ray (13.42) and Donovan Robertson (wind-aided 13.90) kept their season’s alive with quality times in the 100m and 110m hurdles, respectively. Ray will run at 7:05 p.m. ET Saturday and Robertson will follow at 7:20 p.m. The other two athletes to advance from their event were Nick Gray (20.54) and Deshawn Marshall (20.66). Both of the sprinters placed second in their 200m dash heats and they will run again Saturday night in the quarterfinals at 7:50 p.m. ET.
A couple of other athletes did not advance, but they clocked personal bests:
Christine London – 100m Hurdles (13.53) and 400m Hurdles (58.18)
DaJuan Seward – 110m Hurdles (14.06)
Beatrice Hannan – 400m Dash (53.10) and 200m Dash (23.75) 

The NCAA East Preliminaries will conclude action on Saturday. The Buckeyes have eight athletes slated to compete on Saturday:
Shot Put – Sade Olatoye
Triple Jump – Zack Bazile and DaJuan Seward
Triple Jump – Mikaela Seibert
200m Dash – Nick Gray and Deshawn Marshall
100m Hurdles – Chantel Ray
110m Hurdles – Donovan Robertson

In addition to these individuals, Ohio State will be represented by the women’s and men’s 4×100 and 4x400m relay units to attempt to qualify for Eugene. WatchESPN will have coverage of the final day beginning at 6 p.m. ET.