Jan. 5, 2016

Champ Page is entering his senior season with the Buckeyes in 2016. A five-time All-American, Page has been a key figure on the OSU 4×400-meter relay team the past three seasons while also enjoying individual success in the 400-meter dash. Page looks ahead to the 2016 season as the track and field Buckeyes prepare to open the year at the Buckeye Classic on Friday.

On last season
“I’m just glad I made it through the season – the success we had made it that much better. Coming back from injuries, I really feel like my season last year was a great way to come back. It feels like last year was right where I should have been my sophomore year.”

On the key to a successful relay team
“Understanding your teammates and understanding how your teammates are emotionally. You all do the workouts and you all work together, so that brings you closer. With track no matter how another person’s day is going, good or bad, they’re going to put their best foot forward.”

On his goals this season
“I want to make it farther than I did last year. I want to make it to NCAAs individually, indoor and outdoor. In the 4×4, I would like to really finish in the Top 4 indoor and outdoor. We ran a 3:02 last year and I would like to get that down to a 3:01, possibly 3:00 flat. That’s going to take a lot of effort and trust in each other. I do think 3:01 is reachable for us considering our 3:02 last year.”

On the expectations of the team
“We still have the same chemistry we did last year. I think that’s a benefit of having Tone (Antonio Blanks) here for another year, for a fifth year. A lot of our top sprinters on the men’s side were here last year and adding the talent of Nick [Gray] and DaJuan [Seward] will make us even better. We know what to do already, and it will be important that we help [the freshmen] adapt. I’m really looking forward to what’s to come.”