COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in a meet full of impressive performances Saturday at the Penn State Invitational in University Park, Pa. The meet included teams from Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland and was contested at the Horace Ashenfelter Indoor Track.
The Ohio State men competed in the morning and came away with six first-place performances, including wins in five of the eight racing events. The highlights:
- A couple of high-flying Buckeyes took first and second in the pole vault: Sr. Robert Oswald took first with a vault of 5.01m (16-5 1/4 feet) and So. Luke Bendick was second, clearing 4.91m (16-1 1/4).
- A 2-3-4 finish, respectively, for the Buckeye distance runners in the mile: Jr. Nick Miller (4:13.41) … Sr. Tom Sullivan (4:16.37) … Sr. Cameron Cooper (4:17.86).
- Tyler Johnson won the 400 for the second consecutive week and lowered his time in the process, winning in 47.20. So. Evan Mathews was second in 47.83 and Jr. Donnie James was fifth in 49.29.
- Praise Olatoke won his first race as a Buckeye, taking first in the 60-meter dash in 6.90. Sr. Eric Harrison was second in 6.94 and Jr. Kainnan Ramsey was fourth in 7.03.
- A 1-2-3-4 effort at 600 meters with Sr. Tyrese Fajardo winning in 1:20.07. Fr. Alex Kenish (1:20.10) and Sr. Cameron Cooper (1:20.32) ran with Tyrese in Heat 1 and Jr. Nick Miller won Heat 2 with an overall fourth-place time of 1:20.76.
- Eric Harrison, Olatoke and Jr. Kainnan Ramsey swept the top three places in the 200-meter dash. Harrison won in 21.21 with Olatoke (21.24) and Ramsey (21.66) second and third. Johnson was fourth in 21.72.
- Ohio State’s 4×400-meter relay team of Fajardo, Frank Hayes, David Palmer and Cameron Cooper raced to victory to close out the Penn State Invite in 3:16.66.
The women were equally impressive throughout their afternoon performances, with five more racing victories and six total. The best of the best today included:
- Freshman Chanler Robinson has now experienced the thrill of victory on the collegiate level, winning the 400-meter dash in 56.66.
- Graduate student Emma Nwofor, running unattached during this indoor season, took first in the 60-meter hurdles with freshman Marcia Sey second in 8.40.
- Senior Anavia Battle remained unbeaten on the young season with a win in the 60-meter dash in 7.46 with teammates Devine Parker, Yanique Dayle and Marcia Sey 3rd, 4th and 5th, respectively.
- Win No. 4 on the afternoon for the women’s team, and No. 10 overall for the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Penn State Invite, came from senior Mary Figler, who won the 600 in 1:32.02.
- Battle is now 4-for-4 on this young indoor season, adding a win in the 200-meter dash in 23.42 to her earlier win today in the 60. Sophomore Devine Parker was second (24.41).
- Junior Adelaide Aquilla set an early-season best with a throw of 16.33 meters/53-7 to win the shot put for the second consecutive weekend. Junior Divine Oladipo was second with a toss of 16.05m/52-8.