New York, N.Y. – Zack Bazile claimed his second and third individual titles of the weekend on Saturday afternoon at the Columbia Challenge hosted at The Armory. A native of Montvale, N.J., Bazile won his two titles in the long jump and triple jump to close out an excellent trip to the East Coast.
“Zack (Bazile) had a great weekend,” director of track & field and cross country Karen Dennis said. “The 6.68 in the 60-meter dash on Friday night was a special start to the weekend for Zack. He came back today with a mindset that he was going to win two more events, and that he did.
“The triple jump was special just because he wasn’t even in the top three of the event going into his final jump. When you combine his heart and his skill set, you get a great competitor that always wants to be the best.”
Bazile started his day with a win in the long jump when he recorded a personal-best leap of 7.69m (25-2.75) for gold. He then returned to the sand pit a little over two hours later for another awe-inspiring performance in the triple jump. Entering his sixth and final jump of the event in fifth place, Bazile launched a three-step personal-best bound of 15.68m (51-5.50) to catapult himself to the top of the leaderboard. The mark of 15.68m is the fifth-best mark to be recorded in program history. The win capped off a perfect weekend for Bazile as he leaves The Armory with three individual titles: 60m dash (6.68/No. 4 school history), triple jump and long jump.
Aaron Zedella launched the weight apparatus a personal best 21.52m (70-7.25) to win gold with the fourth-longest throw in program history; the win in the weight throw is his second of the year.
Freshman Eric Harrison Jr. made a name for himself on Saturday afternoon at the Columbia Challenge hosted at The Armory. Coming out of the blocks hot in the 200m dash, the freshman from Washington, D.C., clocked a time of 21.23 to claim gold in a field that featured 30 athletes.
DaJuan Seward registered a personal best in the triple jump with a mark of 15.50m (50-10.25) to collect a third-place finish. In the women’s triple jump, Mikaela Seibert leaped out to a distance of 12.38m (40-7.50) to garner bronze as well.
Sade Olatoye won her third weight throw competition of the season with a throw of 21.44m (70-4.25). The Buckeyes also had a pair of bronze finishers in the men’s and women’s shot put with Olatoye and Nick Demaline. Olatoye tossed the shot 16.46m (54-0.00) for her bronze, and Demaline registered a mark of 19.19m (62-11.50). In addition to the third-place showing by Demaline, Max Seipel heaved the shot put 17.99m (59-0.25) for fifth place.
In the women’s 400m dash, Maggie Barrie (54.48) and Karrington Winters (54.64) dashed their way to a three-four showing. The men’s 4x400m relay of Nick Gray, Andre Jeff, Asa Burke and Drelan Bramwell closed out the meet with a gold clocking a time of 3:12.26.
The Buckeyes distance crew will head to South Bend, Ind., for a meet at Notre Dame next Friday and Saturday.
Bazile Named Big Ten Athlete of the Week