Columbus, Ohio – For the fifth time in as many weeks, the Ohio State track and field team will be lacing up the spikes for competition. The Buckeyes will make the trip to South Bend, Ind., for the 2018 edition of the Meyo Invitational.
A bevy of teams that feature the likes of Notre Dame, Iowa, Bowling Green, Tennessee Tech, Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Butler and more will be in action at the two-day meet that begins on Friday and ends Saturday. A two-hour window on Saturday afternoon (2-4 p.m. ET) will be streamed on WatchESPN via the ACC Digital Network.
The events that will be streamed on Saturday afternoon will be the men’s triple jump, men’s pole vault, men’s/women’s 60m hurdle finals, men’s/women’s 60m dash finals, men’s/women’s 400m dash finals, men’s/women’s mile, men’s/women’s 800m run, men’s women’s 3,000m run and the women’s 4x400m relay.
Forty-three Buckeyes (21 women and 22 men) will don the Scarlet and Gray at the Meyo Invitational. Fans are encouraged to follow along with the action on Twitter @OhioState_TFXC for live updates throughout the meet.
Top Marks of 2018
Eight different Buckeyes have etched their names in the program record books four weeks into the 2018 campaign. Zack Bazile is the only athlete to make his mark in three events this season; the senior from Montvale, N.J., now owns top-five marks in program history in the 60m dash (6.68), long jump (7.69m) and triple jump (15.68m).
Sade Olatoye is now the school record holder in both indoor events she competes in. At the season-opening Buckeye Classic, Olatoye heaved the shot put 17.34m (56-10.75) to register the school standard. She followed that up two weeks later with another impressive performance, this time in the weight throw. At the Simmons-Harvey Quadrangular meet (Jan. 20), she launched the weight apparatus 22.76m (74-8.25), more than three feet farther than her prior school record.
Additional athletes that have collected top-five marks in program history this year are Karrington Winters (400m dash/53.41/No. 5), Cole Gorski (pole vault/5.40m/school record), Nick Gray (60m dash/6.66/No. 2), Coty Cobb (pole vault/5.35m/No.3) and Aaron Zedella (weight throw/21.52m/No. 4).
Last Time Out – Columbia Challenge
Last weekend in New York, senior long jumper/sprinter Zack Bazile had himself a weekend. He claimed two titles in the long jump (7.69m) and triple jump (15.68m), both of which were personal bests and top-five marks in program history. In the 60m dash, he garnered silver with a readout of 6.68 in the 60m dash to account for the fourth-fastest time in program history.
The Buckeyes swept a pair of weight throw titles with Sade Olatoye (21.44m) winning the women’s title, and Aaron Zedella won the men’s contest with a heave of 21.52m. Freshman Eric Harrison Jr. won the first individual title of his young and budding career in the 200m dash, clocking a time of 21.23. Lastly, the men’s 4x400m relay of Nick Gray, Andre Jeff, Asa Burke and Drelan Bramwell closed out the meet in fine fashion securing gold with a time of 3:12.26.
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