COLUMBUS, Ohio - Redshirt senior J.C. Murasky won a Big Ten title in the shot put and sophomore Zack Bazile claimed a bronze medal in the long jump on the opening day of the 2016 Big Ten Indoor Championships Friday afternoon at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Murasky captured his first career B1G gold medal with a personal-best throw of 20.19 meters (66-3.00), the fourth-best throw in Division I this season. The Zanesville, Ohio, native, who ranks third in the event all-time at OSU, is the first Buckeye to win a Big Ten indoor title in the shot since Dan Taylor in 2004.
Junior Dylan Dyke joined Murasky as a scorer for the Scarlet and Gray in the shot put, finishing eighth overall with a season-best throw of 17.91 meters (58-9.25).
Bazile, the 2015 Big Ten indoor champion in the long jump, earned his third career medal at the conference championships with a third-place and season-best jump of 7.58 meters (24-10.50).
In preliminary action, freshman Nick Gray began an early campaign for Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors by posting the top time of the day in both the 60-meter and 200-meter competitions. Gray equaled his personal-best time of 6.71 in the 60 and raced to a new career-best time of 20.86 in the 200, a Top-15 time nationally and the fourth-fastest indoor time in school history.
Gray will be joined in the 60-meter final on Saturday by James Clark, who was ninth overall in 6.81 seconds.
In the 60-meter hurdle prelims, redshirt junior Donovan Robertson raced to a season-best time of 7.97 seconds in only his second meet of the season. Robertson was the runner-up in his heat and posted the fifth-fastest time on the afternoon.
Senior Champ Page and junior Jared Fleming also qualified for finals on the track Saturday in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run, respectively. Page won his 400 heat and was sixth overall in 46.87 seconds, while Fleming earned the eighth and final spot in the 800 with a season-best time of 1:50.09.
Through five events, Ohio State is fourth overall with 17 points. Wisconsin owns the lead with 40 points, followed by Nebraska (23), Illinois (20) and the Buckeyes.
Day two at the Big Ten championships begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET. Live coverage on BTN2Go is set for 1:15 p.m.
Shot Put - 11
Long Jump - 6
Team Rankings - Five Events Scored
1) Wisconsin - 40
2) Nebraska - 23
3) Illinois - 20
4) Ohio State - 17
5) Michigan - 16
5) Michigan State - 16
7) Indiana - 13.5
8) No. 17 Penn State - 13