Ohio State Buckeyes Preview
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As we march through 2022, the track and field season will be here before we know it. When December comes, Winners Only is usually at either Grand Valley State or Indiana covering some of the first indoor track meets of the season. Why wait until December. We're so ready for the track and field season that we're starting our previews in the early days of autumn. Take a break from your college football, NFL, Major League Baseball playoff pushes and even your college volleyball action. Let's take a peek at some of our favorite programs and athletes that we're most looking forward to seeing in 2023.
After a productive first season at Ohio State in 2021, Yanique Dayle became a brighter star for the Buckeyes in 2022. In 2021 Dayle won her first Big Ten title as a fourth of the 400-meter relay. She also earned a silver medal in the 100 meters and a bronze medal in the 200 meters. Dayle, from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica earned NCAA Honorable Mention honors in the 400-meter relay. Last season, she took a silver medal in the 1,600-meter relay at the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships. During the outdoor season Dayle exploded winning 400-meter relay gold, a silver medal in the 200 meters and a bronze medal in the 100 meters at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships. When the season concluded Dayle earned First-Team All-American honors in the 400-meter relay. She was also All-American Honorable Mention in the 100 and 200 meters.
Senior Nya Bussey has made a great climb up the ladder as Buckeye. Last season she earned First-Team All-America Honors in the 400-meter relay and Second-Team All-America Honors in the 100 meters. Bussey was a Big Ten champ in both of those events last season. The sprinter from Twinsburg, Ohio also recorded a top six finish in the 200 meters which helped the Ohio State dominate and win the overall team championship at the Big Ten outdoor meet.
A hurdler from London, United Kingdom, Marcia Sey returns in hopes of having her first full campaign as a Buckeye. In 2021 she competed during the indoor season where she recorded nothing short of top three 60-meter hurdles finishes in five meets. One of those meets was the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, where she won the bronze medal. In 2022, Sey competed in the outdoor season. She had her best showing finishing 13.32 in the 100-meter hurdles at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships which was good for fifth place.
Amaya Ugarte is a junior jumper from Winter Garden, Florida. Last season was a strong year for her as she won her first Big Ten medal by finishing third in the high jump at the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships with a mark of 1.78. She earned All-American honors by qualifying and competing at the NCAA indoor championship meet. She recorded her first ever outdoor win in the high jump at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, which is a home meet for the Buckeyes. Ugarte went on to win another bronze medal at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships, this time hitting a mark of 1.79. She finished her season competing at the NCAA East Preliminary Round for the second straight season.