Pickerington, Ohio resident and OSU track star Nick Gray knew all about Jesse Owens from reading about his four gold medal Olympic achievements. Also, being an Ohio State student, Owen’s legacy is kind of hard to miss.
While of course Owens was a mere mortal like the rest of us, legend can become more—and this is what had Gray surprised when he learned he broke an 80-year school record owned by Jesse Owens in the 100 meters.
With a time of 10.17 at the Gamecock Invitational at the University of South Carolina Gray won a silver medal (in a race he says was a bit of a struggle) and placed himself among the achievements of legends like Jesse Owens.
The 100-meter is not actually Gray’s strength, it is the 200-meter dash. And during this same event he broke another record that had been standing for 26 years in that race.
Gray is an 8-time Big Ten champion. He is a 5-time track and field First Team All-American. And he has also won more than 37 races as a Buckeye.