Zack Bazile Wins NCAA Long Jump Title for Ohio State

Ohio State's Zack Bazile came up with the greatest performance of his life when it mattered most on Wednesday when New Jersey native soared a school record 27-5 1/2 to win the NCAA Division 1 long jump title at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.  

The 27-5 1/2 by Bazile, a 2014 graduate of NJ's St. Joseph (Mont.), is No. 10 in the world this season, tied for No. 4 in NCAA history, and shattered the Ohio State record of 26-9 set by Michael Hartsfield in 2013. Bazile is the first Buckeye to win an NCAA title since Chris Nelloms won the 200 in 1993. 

Bazile, who had a previous best of 26-7, won the competition by nearly 14 inches over runner-up Jordan Latimer of Akron.

Bazile, now a four-time All-American in the long jump, is the second New Jersey athlete to capture a national title in the long jump this season.

Last month, Montclair State's George Alexandris, a graduate of Fair Lawn High School, won the NCAA Division 3 long jump championhip.

Not only did Bazile win the long jump at NCAA Championships on Wednesday, but he also anchored the men's 4x100m relay team that qualified for the final with a school record time of 38.67. Ohio State will compete in the 4x100m relay final on Friday for the first time since 1994.