Gray, Murasky Win Gold Medals at Big Ten Championships
May 15, 2016


Freshman Nick Gray swept the 100- and 200-meter titles, and senior J.C. Murasky won gold in the shot put as Ohio State finished sixth overall at the 2016 Big Ten Outdoor Championships Sunday in Lincoln, Neb., with a team score of 75.5.

Gray, from Pickerington, Ohio, was the star of the championships on the track, scoring 20 points for the Buckeyes with his gold-medal winning sprints. He opened in the 100, crossing the finish line in a time of 10.49, and defended his indoor 200-meter crown with a winning outdoor time of 20.54, just shy of his personal-best time of 20.51.

Murasky saved his best for last in shot put. Sitting second overall entering his final attempt, the Zanesville, Ohio, native launched a personal-best throw of 20.21 meters (66-3.75) to defend his title from the indoor season. The throw ranks third in the Ohio State outdoor record book and No. 3 nationally this season.

Redshirt junior Bill Stanley made his long-awaited return to the Big Ten championships Sunday. Stanley, the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and men's javelin champion, earned runner-up honors in the event with a top throw of 72.32 meters (237-3.00).

Senior Champ Page also medaled for Ohio State on the final day of the championships, using a personal-best time of 45.74 -- a Top-20 time nationally -- to finish third in the 400-meter dash.

Host Nebraska won the conference title with a team score of 140.5, followed by Michigan (90.5), Purdue (87), Iowa (86), Penn State (82) and the Buckeyes.

Other day three highlights included:

• A fourth-place finish by Antonio Blanks in the 400-meter hurdles in a season-best time of 50.71, a Top-20 performance nationally;
• a sixth-place effort in the 800-meter run from junior Jared Fleming, who turned in a personal-best time of 1:49.07;
• Points from freshman DaJuan Seward in both the triple jump and 110-meter hurdles. Seward was fifth in the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 15.20 meters (49-10.50) and eighth in the short hurdles with a time of 14.48;
• And a seventh-place performance in the triple jump by sophomore Zack Bazile (14.97 meters/49-1.50), a strong follow-up to his silver medal in the long jump on Friday.

All-Big Ten
Nick Gray - First Team
J.C. Murasky - First Team
Bill Stanley - Second Team
Zack Bazile - Second Team

Scoring Breakdown
100m - 10 points
200m - 10
Shot Put - 10
Javelin - 8
Long Jump - 8
400m - 6
Triple Jump - 6
400m Hurdles - 5
10,000m - 5
800m - 3
4x100m Relay - 2
Pole Vault - 1.5
110m Hurdles - 1
Total - 75.5

Final Standings
1. Nebraska - 140.5
2. Michigan - 90.5
3. Purdue - 87
4. Iowa - 86
5. Penn State - 82
6. Ohio State - 75.5
7. Minnesota - 72
8. Wisconsin - 54
9. Rutgers - 43
10. Indiana - 36
11. Michigan State - 27.5
12. Illinois - 24

Up Next
Ohio State competes at the NCAA East Preliminary May 26-28 in Jacksonville, Fla.