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March 24, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State track and field team faces three of the top teams in the nation – Florida, Texas and USC – at the Power 5 Cardinal & Gold Challenge in Los Angeles March 25-26.

Hammer and discus will be held Friday at Coker Stadium beginning at 4 p.m. ET, with the rest of the events scheduled for Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Pac-12 Network will have live coverage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. A complete recap will be available after the meet at OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Competing Teams
Florida (M – No. 3, W – No. 10)
Ohio State (M – No. 13, W – No. 16)
Texas (M/W – No. 7)
USC (W – No. 4, M – No. 16)

Distance Runners Head to Raleigh Relays
Ohio State’s distance runners head to Raleigh, N.C., for a weekend trip to the Raleigh Relays.

Events begin at 10:30 a.m. ET Friday and 11 a.m. ET Saturday. ESPN3.com/WatchESPN and FloTrack will have live coverage of the meet.

Men 13th, Women 16th in USTFCCCA Outdoor Preseason Rankings
Ohio State is well represented in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason rankings, released Wednesday. The Buckeye men are ranked 13th in the inaugural poll, while the women are 16th. Both rankings are program bests since USTFCCCA began its rankings system in 2008.

The men totaled 121.32 points in the opening poll of the outdoor season, second in the Big Ten behind ninth-ranked Illinois. Redshirt senior J.C. Murasky owns the No. 1 preseason mark in the shot put, while the men’s 4x400-meter relay is ranked fourth. Darrell Bush, a transfer from LSU, is fifth in the 400-meter dash, while redshirt junior Bill Stanley is No. 7 in the javelin.

The women enter the outdoor season as the top-ranked team in the Big Ten with 97.16 points. Ohio State is ranked third in the 4x400-meter relay, while redshirt senior Aisha Cavin and senior SoSo Walker are ranked seventh in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash, respectively. Senior Alexis Franklin is also ranked in the Top 10, coming in at No. 9 in the 400-meter hurdles.

Welcome Back!
The track and field team welcomes back several familiar faces for the outdoor season.

Cavin, the 2016 Big Ten outdoor champion in the 200-meter dash, made her season debut last weekend at the Alabama Relays. Cavin, a seven-time All-American, had previously exhausted her indoor eligibility and was not eligible to compete this winter.

Ehimwenman, 2016 Big Ten indoor champion in the long jump, also debuted last weekend. Like Cavin, Ehimwenman had previously exhausted her indoor eligibility and was not eligible to compete this winter.

Ohio State’s javelin throwers – Stanley, Jared Ballenger and Allie Missler – also return to competition this spring. Stanley, the Ohio State record holder and an All-American and Big Ten champion, is competing after sitting out for the majority of the past two seasons.

Buckeye Men Finish in NCAA Top 25
Ohio State finished in a 24th-place tie with Oklahoma State at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala., earlier this month, the team’s best finish at the indoor national championships since 2012.

Two Buckeyes – Murasky and freshman Nick Gray – earned First Team All-America honors. Murasky was a bronze medalist in the shot put, while Gray was the top freshman in the 200-meter dash, finishing sixth overall.

OSU Shot Put = No. 1
The Ohio State men’s shot put team – including Murasky, sophomore Max Seipel, junior Dylan Dyke and junior Aaron Zedella – finished the indoor season ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) Event Squad rankings

With a cumulative average throw of 18.59 meters (60-11.75), Ohio State finished more than a foot better than No. 2 UCLA. All four OSU athletes ranked in the Top 65 nationally in the event at the conclusion of the indoor season.

In all, eight Buckeye event groups were ranked among the Top 25 nationally: men’s shot put (No. 1), women’s 400-meter dash (No. 11), women’s 200-meter dash (No. 13), men’s 60-meter dash (No. 15) men’s 400-meter dash (No. 16), women’s 60-meter dash (No. 16), men’s 200-meter dash (No. 19) and women’s 60-meter hurdles (No. 22).

Rings Named B1G Medal of Honor Finalist
Rebecca Rings, a senior from Delaware, Ohio, is one of Ohio State's five female finalists for the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor, set to be announced at the Scholar-Athlete Dinner March 29.

A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Rings has run on both the track and cross country course for the Buckeyes the past three seasons. A middle distance specialist, Rings placed fourth in the 600-meter run at the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships, contributing key points to the Buckeyes’ second-ever Big Ten indoor title. Rings has represented Ohio State at four conference championship meets, all while earning top marks in the classroom as a biomedical sciences major.

Minagawa a Semi-Finalist for Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award
Senior Minori Minagawa was chosen as one of 15 female semi-finalists for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award and the sport winner for women’s track and field by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.

Representing 36 sports, sport winners were chosen from more than 1,000 outstanding minority student-athletes nominated by their respective institutions.

Minagawa is a two-sport athlete for the Buckeyes, competing in cross country in the fall and track and field during the winter and spring. A native of Dublin, Ohio, she is a 4.0 student, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, USTFCCCA Academic All-American, Academic All-Big Ten selection and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport; maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2; and be active on their campuses or in their communities.

Last Time Out
Ohio State opened the 2016 outdoor season last Thursday-Saturday at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Buckeye athletes battled opponents both on the track and in the weather forecast – the first two days of competition were a wash, with a number of events and relays canceled. Saturday finally allowed for a portion of the schedule to be completed.

The highlight of the weekend came at the very end, as Ohio State swept the 4x400-meter relay races to close the meet.

On the women’s side, Walker, Cavin, Franklin and freshman Karrington Winters raced to a winning time of 3:36.31, nearly four seconds faster than the runner-up Crimson Tide. The Buckeyes own the top time in the nation after the first week of the outdoor season.

The men’s 4x4 – Gray, redshirt senior Antonio Blanks, senior Champ Page and sophomore Jerry Jackson – crossed the line in 3:08.69, the second-fastest outdoor time in Division I this season. Mississippi State was second overall in 3:09.38.

Up Next
Ohio State heads to Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida Relays April 1-2.