Spurred by an anchor leg from senior Karrington Winters, the Ohio State women’s 1,600 relay team earned a spot Thursday in the NCAA track and field championships finals by turning a season-best 3:31.02 in the semifinals in Eugene, Oregon.

The race run by Winters, Syaira Richardson, Maggie Barrie and Tamani Wilson came in the first heat and was just the fourth fastest of that group. But the semifinals consist of three heats, and the top two teams from each heat plus the next two fastest move on to the 8-team finals.

Florida, third in heat one, and Ohio State saw no one come close to bumping them in the next two races. They will join Oregon, Kentucky, Southern California, Purdue, Baylor and LSU in the finals.

On Friday, the Ohio State men’s 400 relay team will race in the finals after posting the fourth-best time (38.67 second) in Wednesday’s semifinals. The team is made up of Eric Harrison Jr., Duan Asemota, Drelan Bramwell and Zack Bazile. Bazile won the men’s long jump Wednesday, the first individual national event champion for the Buckeyes since 1993.

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