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Track and Field: Julia Rizk claims first in 1500-meter run at Black and Gold Challenge

Individual members of Ohio State’s track and field team competed in the Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando, Florida, despite the team not sending its full roster.

The two-day meet hosted 22 teams, including Kentucky, Florida State and South Carolina, all three of which faced off against Ohio State during the indoor national championship on March 9-10.

Ohio State was not alone in leaving a bulk of its roster behind. However, the Buckeyes traveled without junior Sade Olatoye, their best thrower during the indoor season.

Senior and All-American long jumper Zack Bazile was on the heat sheet, but did not compete in long jump. Junior Nick Gray did not compete in the 200-meter dash, the event in which he claimed a Big Ten championship.

Women’s recap

Ohio State claimed each of the three top spots at the 1500-meter run with sophomore Julia Rizk finishing first at 4:25.84, senior Christine Frederick finishing second at 4:25.98 and sophomore Abby Nichols finishing third at 4:26.

In the 200-meter dash, senior Maggie Barrie finished second with a time of 23.59 seconds, a personal best. Barrie, an individual second-team All-American in the 400-meter run, did not compete in the event during the invite.

After an indoor All-American 4×400-meter-relay performance last week, Ohio State split up its runners and put them into two separate teams. The ‘A’ team, which consisted of senior Beatrice Hannan, freshman Anavia Battle, sophomore Tamani Wilson and junior Karrington Winters, finished second at 3:37 behind Empire Athletics, a professional team.

In the 800-meter run, freshman Aziza Ayoub finished second with a time of 2:08.Senior Chantel Ray finished third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.65 seconds. In the 100-meter dash, Battle finished third with a time of 11.85 seconds.

Men’s recap

Senior Cole Gorski broke his previous school outdoor record of 5.25 meters with a jump of 5.40 meters. Junior Coty Cobb finished third at 5.15 meters.

In his first-ever 5000-meter race as a Buckeye, junior Luke Landis finished first with a time of 14:47.

Sophomore Brent Carroll finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.27 seconds.

Ohio State’s 4×400-meter-relay team, consisting of senior Drelan Bramwell, freshman Joseph Cooper, sophomore Asa Burke and freshman Andre Jeff, finished second with a time of 3:06. That same unit finished third in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 41.10 seconds.

Senior Max Seipel finished third in shot put with a throw of 17.39 meters. Nicholas Demaline, an All-American in shot put, did not compete.

The Buckeye will head off to Los Angeles for the USC Invite on March 23-24.

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