Zack Bazile set an Ohio State record in the long jump at the NCAA track and field championships on Wednesday night and made that stand up for victory at the Hayward Field facility in Eugene, Oregon.
He leaped 27 feet, 5 1/2 inches, almost 14 inches longer than his nearest competitor, to take the top step on the podium. It also blew away the previous OSU record of 26 feet, 9 3/4 inches set indoors by Chris Sanders in 1992.
A senior from Montvale, New Jersey, Bazile’s previous best leap of 26-8 1/4 had been in an indoor meet, the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee, in April.
He clearly saved his best for last, having won the Big Ten outdoor title a month ago at 26-4 1/4 before slipping to fifth in the NCAA East regional with a best of 25-7 1/4.
Second to Bazile was Akron’s Jordan Latimer (26-3 3/4) with Odaine Lewis of Texas Tech third (26-2 3/4).
Bazile also is on the 400 relay team that turned in the fourth-best time in the prelims (38.67 seconds) with Eric Harrison Jr., Duan Asemota and Drelan Bramwell. They advanced to the finals Friday.
In the shot put, Ohio State senior Nick Demaline flung a personal best 66-2 1/2 inches, but it was good only for eighth place.