Columbus, Ohio – For the fourth time this season, junior Nick Demaline found himself atop the podium after winning a shot put title. Demaline, who already had the fourth-best throw in program history, bested his prior personal record by a long shot on Saturday at the Spire Invite with a mark of 19.23m (63-1.25); he now ranks sixth in the NCAA.
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Aside from Demaline in the shot, Sade Olatoye followed up yesterday’s win in the weigh throw with a bronze finish in the women’s shot put with a mark of 15.72m (51-7.00).
In the women’s pole vault, both Madison Roberts (3.88m/12-8.75) and Megan Hoffman (3.82m/12-6.25) had career days. Both of their marks are personal bests and it moves them into No. 2 and No. 3 all-time in program history for the pole vault.
Bliss Soleyn had a standout afternoon in her short sprints. She qualified for the 60m dash finals with a time of 7.57 in the preliminaries and then she returned and set a personal record in the finals with a readout of 7.49 for silver. Josh Fridley took second place in the men’s high jump with a season-best clearance of 2.06m (6-9.00).
In the distance portion of the meet, Kevin Blank collected silver in the mile with a personal-record time of 4:07.36. The women had two 3,000m runners collect personal bests: both Jessica Passwater (9:47.58) and Emily Stoodley (9:55.62) cracked the 10-minute barrier for the first time in their careers.
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Against stacked competition, Aaliyah Barnes and Deshawn Marshall both fared well in the 200m dash. Barnes clocked a time of 23.64 to place seventh in a field of 40-plus athletes. Marshall, who has gradually been lowering his time all season, notched a personal record of 21.20 in his 200m dash heat to place 10th; his mark ranks seventh in the Big Ten.
DaJuan Seward registered a fifth-place showing in the triple jump with a bound of 15.25m (50-0.50) on his second attempt of the competition.
The Buckeyes closed out the Tyson Invitational with a fifth-place finish in the women’s 4x400m relay. The foursome of Tamani Wilson, Karrington Winters, Beatrice Hannan and Barnes finished with a time of 3:38.76.
The Buckeyes will host the Buckeye Tune Up next Friday (Feb. 17), which will serve as their last prep work for the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 24-25).
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