Columbus, Ohio - Two athletes and one coach that have ties to the Ohio State track and field program have made the trip across the pond to London for the 2017 IAAF World Championships that will be taking place Aug. 4-13. The meet will be taking place at the Olympic Stadium.
The rising senior will represent the country of Sierra Leone in the 400m dash. The two-time First Team All-American will run on Aug. 6 at 6:55 a.m. ET in one of three heats. Barrie, a rising senior, was the third leg of the women's 4x400m relay that claimed gold at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 3:32.76. She also helped the 4x400m relay set the indoor school record at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 3:31.23 en route to becoming the first foursome in program history to earn First Team All-America honors in the event.
"This is a blessing. I'm going to take this experience and make the most of it. I'm so excited because I get to represent my country and Ohio State. This was never about me, this is about the whole entire program and everyone who has worked so hard to get me where I am." - Maggie Barrie
The best short hurdler in school history is qualified to represent Team USA in the 100m hurdles. An event that the United States has dominated in recent times, nine of the top 16 times in the world have been run by Americans in 2017. Manning placed third at the USATF trials in Sacramento, Calif., in July to earn her bid to the world championships. The four-time Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year is slated to run on Aug. 11 at 5:45 a.m. ET.
"I'm so honored and excited for this opportunity. This is the first time I've made the senior national team and it feels good to be able to represent my country in one of the most stacked events. It's truly a blessing." - Christina Manning
A two-time U.S. Olympian and eight-time U.S. national champion in the 800m run, Robinson will oversee Team USA's efforts in the men's mid-distance events. Donovan Brazier, the U.S. national champion in the 800m run, will be going up against the best in the world in the event. Robinson will also work with 2016 Rio Olympic champion, Matthew Centrowitz in the 1,500m run.
Robinson was tabbed as the head cross country coach earlier this summer on July 11. Robinson brings a level of experience and knowledge that will help Ohio State's distance runners thrive. In addition to his cross country duties, Robinson will assist with the intermediate distance races during the track season.
"It's an honor to be a part of a world championships team as a coach. Having been a member of world championships and Olympic teams as an athlete, I have always admired the amount of support the coaching staff provides. Any time you are able to be a part of something bigger than yourself, you must cherish that moment. I'm proud to be one of three OSU representatives at the biggest stage of track and field for 2017." - Khadevis Robinson