COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team opened its road schedule for the 2016 indoor season Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky.
THE SHORT STORY
The Buckeyes continued their fast start to the 2016 season, earning victories in five events.
Ohio State closed the meet in impressive fashion, sweeping the competition in the 4x400-meter relay races. The women’s four – freshman Karrington Winters, senior SoSo Walker, junior Aaliyah Barnes and sophomore Beatrice Hannan – cruised to an NCAA-leading time of 3:36.16, the second-fastest time in OSU indoor history and six seconds faster than runner-up Kentucky. The men – freshman Nick Gray, redshirt senior Antonio Blanks, senior Champ Page and sophomore Jerry Jackson – turned in a time of 3:11.91, a Top-10 performance nationally.
Sprints and hurdles continued to standout for the Scarlet and Gray on the women’s side. Sophomore Chantel Ray and senior Alexis Franklin finished 1-3 in the 60-meter hurdles, while four student-athletes finished in the Top 5 of the 400-meter dash, led by runner-up Hannan (54.29).
The men’s side featured standouts in the short sprints (Gray), long sprints (Page), throws (J.C. Murasky in the shot put), pole vault (junior Nick Schrader) and distance events (sophomore Kevin Blank in the mile and freshman Luke Landis in the 3000-meter run).
TOP INDIVIDUAL PERFORMERS
Page – Prior to helping the 4x4 to a win, the Marlboro, Md., native captured first place in the 400-meter dash in his individual season debut in a time or 47.01, the top time in the Big Ten this season and the third-best time in Division I in 2016.
Gray – The Central Ohio standout from Pickerington was a runner-up in both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash, while also leading off for the Buckeyes in the 4x400 relay. He equaled his 60-meter PR of 6.77 in preliminary heats and posted a time of 21.12 in the 200, the top time in the Big Ten and fifth-fastest collegiate time in the nation so far this year.
Hannan - The sprinter from Dublin, Ohio, anchored the 4x400-meter relay team to its NCAA-leading time and first-place finish. Her runner-up time of 54.29 in the 400-meter dash ranks No. 1 in the B1G and No. 8 nationally in 2016.
Ray – The Hampton, Va., product won the women’s 60-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 8.28 seconds, the second-fastest time in the Big Ten this season and a Top-10 performance nationally.
Sade Olatoye – A freshman from Dublin, Ohio, Olatoye set new PRs in the women’s shot put (fifth, 16.04 meters/52-7.50) and weight throw (18.21 meters/59-9.00). In only her second collegiate meet, Olatoye is already fifth in the Ohio State indoor record book in the shot put, while also ranking among the Top-15 performers nationally.
Sakiko Minagawa – Minagawa, a senior from Dublin, Ohio, was victorious in the women’s 3000-meter run a time of 9:51.47.
Ohio State travels to Birmingham, Ala., for the Power 5 Conference Clash Jan. 22-23.