BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Ohio State men’s track and field team won its fifth Big Ten Outdoor title in program history Sunday in Bloomington. The Buckeyes, who also were Big Ten Indoor champions in February, won two titles on the final day in addition to a long jump title Saturday, to total 109 points, 21 ahead of second-place Indiana.
The championship was the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten Outdoor title in 25 years after accomplishing the same feat at Big Ten Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio, three months ago.
“I felt like it was history repeating itself,” Karen Dennis, Ohio State director of track and field and cross country, said. “It was our time and this group of men was the one to make it happen. We had some outstanding performances with championships and personal bests. We received points from student-athletes who stepped up beyond what they have done in the past. As a team, we knew we needed that and this team did an excellent job and exceeded its point potential.”
The final day opened with triple jump as junior DaJuan Seward took second for the men with a jump of 16.00m (52’6”) and junior Mikaela Seibert placed seventh for the women at 12.53m (41’1.5”). The women’s 4x100 (Bliss Soleyn, Anavia Battle, Syaira Richardson, Taylor DeLoach) also took fourth at 44.63 but the men’s 4x100 (Eric Harrison Jr., Duan Asemota, Drelan Bramwell, Zack Bazile) highlighted the early events. The Buckeyes won the event with a 38.93 and broke the Big Ten Outdoor Championships record set by Ohio State in 1993.
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Sophomore Julia Rizk then continued her strong showing in Bloomington, earning bronze in the women's 1,500-meter run at 4:28.37. Hurdles were up next as senior Chantel Ray took fourth place in women’s 100-meter hurdles at 13.49 and Seward followed at third in the men’s 110 hurdles with career-best 13.64. Senior Maggie Barrie then recorded a PR of 51.36 for a second-place finish in the 400-meter run and freshman Anavia Battle took fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.52. The Buckeyes took second and third in the men’s 100-meter dash with senior Duan Asemota tallying a PR and Harrison Jr. tying his career best. Asemota went 10.22 while Harrison Jr. timed at 10.28. In addition, senior Zack Bazile continued an excellent trip to the Big Ten championships with a sixth-place finish at 10.43.
Both teams showed well in the 800-meter run with senior Courtney Clody placing sixth at 2:08.76 for the women and sophomore Alex Lomong notching a career-best 1:47.43 for fourth in the men’s race. Battle then took second in the women’s 200-meter dash with a PR of 22.94 and sophomore Abby Nichols took seventh in the women’s 5,000-meter run at 16:54.06.
In men's pole vault, senior Cole Gorski and junior Coty Cobb took second and third, respectively, at 5.36m (17'7") and 5.31m (17'5"). In addition, the women’s 4x400 (Karrington Winters, Halimah Barlow, Syaira Richardson and Tamani Wilson) also placed second at 3:33.69.
After sitting eighth through Friday night, sophomore Alexus Pyles improved to take sixth place in the women’s heptathlon with a career-best 5,148. Fellow sophomore Taylor DeLoach also notched a sixth-place finish in the women’s long jump with a career-best 6.20m (20’4.25”) leap.
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Junior Karrington Winters and senior Maggie Barrie then each qualified for Sunday’s finals in the 400-meter dash after placing seventh and eighth, respectively. Winters posted a PR of 53.19 while Barrie also notched a personal-best 53.23. On the men’s side, freshman Andre Jeff, sophomore Asa Burke and senior Drelan Bramwell each qualified for the 400-meter dash finals in the sixth through eighth spots. Jeff was just off his best time at 46.86 while Burke notched his PR of 46.94 and Bramwell tallied his career-best 46.94.
In 100-meter dash qualifying, freshman Anavia Battle placed second with a time of 11.47 while junior Bliss Soleyn came in eighth at 11.68 and DeLoach followed in ninth at 11.70. For the men, Bazile ran a PR of 10.23 for first while freshman Eric Harrison Jr. went 10.38 for fifth and senior Duan Asemota qualified seventh with a time of 10.42.
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, senior Chantel Ray qualified third with a time of 13.17. For the men’s 110-meter hurdles, junior DaJuan Seward placed fourth in qualifying with a personal-best 13.88.
Senior Aaron Zedella took sixth in the men’s hammer throw with a heave of 65.07m (213’6”). In the final event of the evening, senior Christine Frederick took eighth in the women’s 10,000-meter run with a time of 35:06.51 while sophomore Aaron Wood placed seventh on the men’s side of the event at 30:41.08.
Freshman Anavia Battle and senior Maggie Barrie each qualified for the finals in the 200-meter dash, placing first and eighth, respectively. Batter ran a 23.27 while Barrie went 23.66. On the men’s side freshman Eric Harrison Jr. qualified third with a 20.96 while junior Nick Gray sat in eighth after a 21.35.
Later in the evening, sophomore Julia Rizk took first in the 1,500-meter run, qualifying with a personal-best 4:18.25 and junior Luke Landis qualified in the men’s 1,500 at 3:47.76. Rizk’s time broke Katie Borchers’ school record of 4:20.69 set back in 2015.
Multiple Buckeyes were recognized as All-Big Ten performers after their efforts in Bloomington. Bazile, Harrison Jr., Asemota and Bramwell were named first team All-Big Ten while Demaline, Gorski, Gray and Seward picked up second team All-Big Ten honors.