May 28, 2017
Lexington, Ky. – Donovan Robertson (110m hurdles), Nick Gray (200m dash), Deshawn Marshall (200m dash), both 4x400m relays and the men’s 4x100m relay of the Ohio State track and field team punched their tickets on Saturday at the UK Track and Field Complex to compete at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 7-10.
The first and most deserving Buckeye on Saturday to clinch his berth to the final site in Oregon was the redshirt senior Robertson. Running in the third of three heats in the 110m hurdles, Robertson needed to place inside the Top 3 of his heat to earn an automatic bid, but the third heat turned out to be the fastest and he placed fourth. The good news though was his time of 13.85 was fast enough to secure one of the last three at-large bids. Robertson will be returning to Eugene for the third time in his career.
The dynamic sprinting duo of Marshall and Gray sprinted around half the track in record-breaking fashion Saturday evening. Marshall ran in the fastest heat of the night and placed fourth, but his time of 20.32 in the 200m dash was quick enough to collect one of the three remaining at-large spots. Gray saved his magic for the final heat of the evening and clocked a time of 20.38 to place third in his section to pick up the auto-bid. Both Marshall’s and Gray’s times are Top 5 in program history with Marshall’s ranking No. 3 and Gray’s settling in at fifth on the list.
Marshall and Gray were both huge cogs in the men’s relays moving on to Eugene. To start off the day in the 4x100m relay, the foursome of James Clark, Gray, Duan Asemota and Marshall moved the baton around the track in spectacular fashion clocking a readout of 39.01, the second-fastest time in program history to claim their bid. The foursome of Asa Burke, Gray, Marshall and Champ Page closed out the evening with the fifth-fastest 4x400m relay in program history to place first in their heat with a time of 3:03.51 to move on.
The final relay to advance to Eugene is the women’s 4×4 of Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters, Maggie Barrie and Aaliyah Barnes. The B1G champs circled the track four times with a readout of 3:31.17 to place third in their heat to earn the auto-bid.
All in all, Ohio State advanced eight individual athletes from the NCAA East Preliminaries to the NCAA Championships (June 7-10) and three relays:Rachel Weber – 800m run
Nick Gray – 200m dash
Deshawn Marshall – 200m dash
Zack Bazile – long jump
Nick Demaline – shot put
Champ Page – 400m dash
Maggie Barrie – 400m dash
Donovan Robertson – 110m hurdles