COLUMBUS, Ohio -
Ohio State track & field senior Zack Bazile and freshman Eric Harrison Jr. were honored with Big Ten Athlete of the Year awards, announced by the conference office on Wednesday. Bazile, the NCAA long jump champion, claimed Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, while Harrison Jr. took Outdoor Freshman of the Year plaudits after a runner-up finish in the 4x100m relay at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Bazile, a native of Montvale, N.J., is the first Field Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season since Michael Hartfield in 2011. Bazile’s long jump of 8.37m (27-5.5) broke the record set by Hartfield in 2013 at 8.15m (26-9), and was a career-best mark to win the title at the NCAA Championships. Bazile also claimed the 2018 Big Ten long jump title, and ran as the anchor on the National Runner-Up and Big Ten Champion 4x100m relay team.
Bazile finishes his Buckeye career as a four-time All-American and three-time Big Ten Champion. This marks the second Big Ten Athlete of the Year award for Bazile, as he won Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year in 2015.
Harrison Jr., from Washington, D.C., becomes the first Freshman of the Year since Billy Stanley in 2013. Harrison Jr. is a two-time Big Ten Champion in just his first year on the team, winning the 200m and running on the 4x100m relay team that broke the Big Ten Championships record at a time of 38.93. Harrison Jr. helped the quartet to a school record time of 38.67 in the preliminary at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and finished second overall in the final race.
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