Jan. 21, 2017
Birmingham, Ala. – The triumvirate of Aaliyah Barnes, Maggie Barrie and Karrington Winters had one busy day at the Birmingham CrossPlex Saturday afternoon. All three sprinters registered marks that rank inside the top 10 of the NCAA in their respective events.
Barnes won her 200m dash race against a loaded field of SEC sprinters with a season-best readout of 23.66 to set the No. 8 mark in the NCAA. Barnes also took sixth place in the 60m dash with a time of 7.51.
“Aaliyah is way ahead of where she was last year in the 200m dash, and she’s coming around in the 60-m dash too,” director of track & field and cross country Karen Dennis said. “We still want her to get a bit faster in the 400-meter relays, but that will come in due time.”
The duo of Barrie and Winters both competed in the 400m dash and set personal records. Winters (54.144) narrowly edged out Barrie (54.15) as they had a photo finish on their way to a two-three showing. Winters’ time ranks No. 9 in the NCAA and Barrie’s is one spot behind in 10th.
“Karrington truly battled out there today,” Dennis mentioned. “She was coming off a bout with food poisoning, but she did what we asked her to do and it was impressive. Maggie had an outstanding day on the track. Her final leg in the 4×400-meter relay was one of the best I’ve seen in a long, long time.”
Those three athletes teamed up with Beatrice Hannan in the 4x400m relay to close out the meet with a first-place finish. The foursome clocked the nation’s fourth-fastest time with a readout of 3:36.48. Barrie entered the last leg outside of the top position and mixed in a 53 second split to catapult the relay team into first place.
Pole vaulter Cole Gorski won his event with a career day. The junior cleared 5.20m (17-0.75) to set a personal record and his mark is the third best in program history. In the women’s pole vault, Megan Hoffman cleared a personal-best height of 3.75m (12-3.50) to catapult herself into No. 3 in program history.
“Cole was my MVP of the meet,” Dennis noted. “I was really happy to see him break that 17-foot barrier. Now, we just want him to consistently stay there and keep progressing to new marks. The work that Coach (Rob) Banhagel has done with him has been stellar.”
The Buckeyes had a solid showing in the 3.000m run from both Christine Frederick and Mitch Leitch. Frederick took first place with a season-best time of 9:40.46 to beat five other athletes. Leitch was the first collegiate runner to finish line in his race with a time of 8:25.84.
Mikaela Seibert jumped her way to a second-place finish in the triple jump with a bound of 12.12m (39-9.25). Freshman Davion Fisher jumped 7.22m (23-8.25) in the long jump for silver as well. In the mid-distance spectrum, senior Rachel Weber led the Scarlet and Gray with a second-place showing in the 800m run with a time of 2:10.49.
“You know, as a team we’re still working on some things,” Dennis said. “We have a little over a month left before Big Ten’s and we expect to clean up some small things before then.”
The Buckeyes will stay in-state next weekend as they attend the Findlay Classic, Jan. 27-28, in Findlay, Ohio.