COLUMBUS, Ohio - A win by freshman Nick Gray in the men's 60-meter dash highlighted the Ohio State track and field team's trip to the Power Five Conference Clash in Birmingham, Ala., Friday and Saturday.
THE SHORT STORY
Hosted by Auburn and Tennessee, the invitational pit eight teams from the SEC against seven squads from the other four Power Five conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12) combined. The Power 5 was victorious on the women's side, 85.5-84.5, while the SEC was a winner in the men's competition 91-74.
Gray, a native of Pickerington, Ohio, had an outstanding meet for the Buckeyes. His victory in the 60 dash came in a personal-best time of 6.71 seconds, the No. 5 time in the Ohio State record books and No. 20 in Division I this season. In addition, he was third overall in the 200-meter dash (21.26) and a member of the men's seventh-place 4x400-meter relay team.
Ohio State's top throwers on the men's side enjoyed a productive meet. Redshirt senior J.C. Murasky continued to show impressive form early in the season. Ranked fifth nationally in the shot put this season, Murasky was third overall in the event with a mark of 19.30 meters (63-4.00), finishing behind the No. 1- and No. 6-ranked throwers. In the weight throw, junior Aaron Zedella was fourth with a personal-best mark of 20.47 meters (67-2.00), a Top-20 performance nationally.
On the women's side, the 4x400-meter relay team was fourth overall in a competition featuring the five fastest relay teams in the world so far this year. Senior SoSo Walker, sophomore Beatrice Hannan, junior Karrington Winters and junior Aaliyah Barnes combined for a time of 3:37.28, just shy of their No. 3-ranked time of 3:36.16 set at the Kentucky Invitational last weekend.
Barnes was sixth in the women's 200-meter dash finals after posting a season-best time of 23.70 in preliminary heats, a Top-15 time in Division I this season. Sophomore Chantel Ray was also a standout in the prelims, finishing first overall in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.29 seconds.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
Champ Page - A senior from Marlboro, Md., Page was fourth in the 400-meter dash in 47.23 seconds. He is currently ranked seventh in the event this season with a season-best time of 47.01.
Clayton Bowie - The sophomore was third in the 3000-meter run in a personal-best time of 8:15.29, a Top-30 time in Division I. He was joined in the Top 10 by freshman Luke Landis (seventh, personal-best 8:20.32).
Ohio State has a week off before competing at two meets the weekend of Feb. 5-6: the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City and the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame.