Women's Track & Field

Ten Athletes Set to Join Buckeyes for 2014-2015 Season

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March 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s track and field/cross country head coach Karen Dennis announced today the addition of 10 student-athletes to the Buckeye roster for the 2014-2015 school year.

Highlighting the class is four-time Virginia state champion hurdler Chantel Ray, the Virginia state meet-record holder in the 100-meter hurdles currently ranked in the Top 5 nationally, and Olivia Small, the 2013 OHSAA Division I state outdoor champion in the long jump and 2014 indoor state champion in the long and triple jumps from Big Walnut High School. Other Ohio state champions include Allyson Simmons, the 2013 OHSAA Division ll outdoor champion and 2014 indoor state champion and record holder in the pole vault, and Beatrice Hannan, the 2014 OATCCC Division I indoor state champion in the 200 meters and runner up in the 60 meters. Joining Ray, Small, Simmons and Hannan as Buckeye commits are distances runners Courtney Clody, Christine Frederick, Erin Gyurke, Molly Pusateri, and Olivia Smith, and throws prospect Kate Deaton.

Learn more about the new additions to the Buckeye family:

Courtney Clody
Distance
Perrysburg, Ohio (Perrysburg)

• Sixth place in the 1600 meters at the 2013 OHSAA Division I State Championship
• Third place in the 1600 meters at the 2013 OATCCC DI State Championship
• Third place in the 800 meters at the 2014 OATCCC DI State Championship

PRs
1600 meters – 5:02.35 (No. 4, Class of 2014; No. 8, U.S. High School)
5000 meters – 19:03.00

Coach Dennis: “Courtney is one of the top milers in the state of Ohio.  As a former soccer player that is relatively new to cross country, Courtney also displays athleticism that will be a tremendous asset to our program."

Kate Deaton
Throws
Eaton, Ohio (National Trail)

• Fifth place in the discus at the 2013 OHSAA Division III State Championships; 12th in 2012
• Runner-up in the discus and fourth in the hammer at the 2014 USATF Region 5 Junior Olympics

PR
Discus – 41.61 meters/36-6.00

Coach Dennis: "Kate is a three-sport athlete (track, basketball, volleyball) from National Trail High School. She is making great strides in the discus throw on a regional level, and her athleticism will make her a competitive prospect for the outdoor hammer throw event.”

Erin Gyurke
Distance
Oregon, Ohio (Clay-Oregon)

• Sixth place in the 3200 meters at the 2013 OHSAA Division I State Championship
• Eighth place at the 2012 OHSAA Division I State Cross Country Championship; also ran in 2013, 2011 and 2010

PRs
1600 meters – 5:08.45
5000 meters – 17:57.54

Coach Dennis: “Erin will be a big contributor in both cross country and track.  She is one of the top returners in the 3200 meters in Division I this year.  As a three-sport athlete and a competitive gymnast in the winter, Erin has untapped potential that will be immediately apparent once she begins running year-round."

Christine Frederick
Distance
Cincinnati, Ohio (Ursuline Academy)

• Fourth place at the 2013 OHSAA Division I State Cross Country Championship; placed 41st in 2012
• Runner-up at the 2013 Midwest Catholic Cross Country Championships

PRs
1600 meters – 5:08.20
3200 meters – 11:14.36
5k (XC) – 18:07.23

Coach Dennis: “Christine has proven she is one of the best cross country runners in the state of Ohio by finishing fourth this past year at the Division I state meet. Not only will she help our cross country team, she will also contribute in the longer distances on the track.”

Beatrice Hannan
Sprints
Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Coffman)

• 2014 OATCCC Division I state champion in the 200-meter dash; runner-up in the 60 meters
• Fourth place in the 200 meter at the 2013 OATCCC DI State Championship; seventh in the 60 meters
• Seventh in the 200 meters and ninth in the 100 meters at the 2012 OHSAA Division I State Championships

PRs
60m – 7.61 (No. 29, U.S. High School)
100m – 12.22
200m – 24.44

Coach Dennis: "Beatrice is the newly-crowned Division I state indoor 200-meter champion and 60-meter runner up. Beatrice has a tremendous upside along with diverse athletic skills. She has range in the sprints as well as some experience as a hurdler. Additional strengths include her passion for the sport and a solid work ethic that will inevitably enhance our sprint/hurdle group."

Molly Pusateri
Mid-Distance
Louisville, Ohio (St. Thomas Aquinas)

• Fourth place in the 800 meters at the 2013 OHSAA Division III State Championship
• Third place in the 800 meters at the 2013 OATCCC Division II/III State Championship

PR
800 meters – 2:16.10

Coach Dennis: "Finishing fourth last year at the state championship in the 800 meters, Molly will be a great addition to a strong middle distance squad."

Chantel Ray
Sprint/Hurdles
Hampton, Va. (Hampton)

• Two-time Virginia Group AAA state champion in the 100-meter hurdles; posted a time of 13.69 at the 2013 championship, a state-meet record and the second-best time in state history behind Olympian Tear Brown
• Two-time Virginia Group AAA state indoor champion in the 55-meter hurdles (2014 and 2011); runner-up in 2013 and third place in 2012
• Selected the Buckeyes over Texas, Florida, LSU and Kentucky

PRs
55-meter hurdles – 7.88 (No. 1, Class of 2014; No. 2, U.S. High School)
60-meter hurdles – 8.37
100-meter hurdles – 13.69 (No. 4, Class of 2014; No. 8, U.S. High School)

Coach Dennis: "Chantel has been described as one of the top high school hurdlers in the country and was recruited by many of the best programs in the nation.  For the past two years she has ranked in the Top 5 nationally among a great hurdle class.  She's a student of the sport and committed to becoming one of the best collegiate hurdlers in the country.  She comes to our program with assets that will provide immediate impact."

Allyson Simmons
Pole Vault
Fairless, Ohio (Fairless)

• 2013 OHSAA Division II state champion in the pole vault (3.80 meters/12-5.50); seventh in 2012
• Stark County-record holder in the pole vault (3.82 meters/12-6.25)
• Two-time OATCCC Division II/III state champion in the pole vault

PR
Pole Vault – 3.82 meters/12-6.25 (No. 17, Class of 2014)

Coach Dennis: “Allyson will add depth to a young OSU vault squad.  Her progression in the vault over the last few years, as well as her energy and work ethic make her a great fit for our program. We’ve been watching her vault for some time, and it's exciting to have her officially join our Buckeye family."

Olivia Small
Jumps
Sunbury, Ohio (Big Walnut)

• 2013 OHSAA Division I state champion in the long jump; runner-up in 2012 and 10th in 2011
• Three-time OATCCC Division I state champion in the long jump; meet-record holder at 18-8.25
• Two-time OATCCC Division I state champion in the triple jump

PRs
Long Jump – 6.01 meters/19-8.75 (No. 10 U.S. High School, No. 3 Class of 2014)
Triple Jump – 11.71 meters/38-5.00

Coach Dennis: “With the triple jump only contested as an indoor event in Ohio it is rare to find someone who can excel in the event with so few competitions. Olivia’s intelligence and ability to pick up on the technical aspects of the event will allow her to flourish.  We expect Olivia to provide immediate impact at the conference level in the long jump.”

Olivia Smith
Mid-Distance
Tiffin, Ohio (Tiffin-Calvert)

• Two-time OHSAA Division III state champion in the 800 meters
• Two-time OHSAA state cross country participant

PR
800 meters – 2:14.12

Coach Dennis: “Olivia is a two-time Division III state champion in the 800 meters and will be an asset on the track in all of the middle distance events.”


 

 

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