Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field team is sending six individuals (four men and two women) along with both 4x400m relay teams to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas. The meet will be hosted at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium on Friday and Saturday evening. The two-day meet will be streamed on WatchESPN starting at 6 p.m. ET on Friday and 5 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Zack Bazile (long jump), Nick Gray (200m dash), Sade Olatoye (weight throw/shot put), Nick Demaline (shot put), Maggie Barrie (400m dash) and Cole Gorski (pole vault) will be the individuals representing the Buckeyes at the NCAA meet.
Bazile enters the NCAA meet with the longest jump in the NCAA this year, a 8.13 meter (26-8.25) mark at the Music City Challenge. Earlier this week, Bazile was named the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Field Athlete of the Year. He’ll enter the meet looking to become the fourth First Team All-American in the long jump in school history. The senior from Montvale, N.J., will compete at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday night.
Gray will be the No. 2 seed in his best indoor event, the 200 meter dash. Gray won his third straight indoor Big Ten 200-meter dash title to help lead Ohio State to its first indoor conference title since 1993. In the process, he clocked the fastest time of his career and broke his own Big Ten meet record with a blazing time of 19.45. His preliminary race will take place on Friday night at 8:35 p.m. ET. Maggie Barrie will be the only other Buckeye on the track for night one of the championships; she’ll run the open 400-meter dash at 7:40 p.m. ET.
Friday will be a busy night for the Buckeye field athletes. In addition to Bazile competing in the long jump, both shot putters – Nick Demaline (8:20 p.m. ET) and Sade Olatoye (6:15 p.m. ET) – will be in action, and so will pole vaulter Cole Gorski (6:30 p.m. ET). Demaline enters the NCAA meet with the fifth-best throw in the field, a 20.24 meter (66-5.00) personal best that he launched at the Big Ten indoor meet to win gold. Olatoye will compete in the shot put at the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career; her best mark of the season is a school record heave of 17.34 meters (56-10.75) that ranks her 10th in the nation. Gorski will compete at his first NCAA meet carrying the 16th-best mark in the nation into the event (5.47 meters – 17-11.25).
Olatoye will return to competition on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. ET in the weight throw. Her school record and personal-best heave of 23.84 meters (78-7.25) at the B1G championships earned her a silver and the No. 4 seed at the meet. The men’s and women’s 4x400m relays will close the meet out on Saturday night with timed finals at 7:40 p.m. ET and 7:55 p.m. ET.