Men's Track & Field

Matt DeChant

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Avon Lake, Ohio

High School:
Avon Lake

Position:
Throws

Major:
Consumer & Family Financial Services

Matt DeChant

06/24/2012

Hartfield Places Sixth in the Long Jump at the Olympic Trials

DeChant takes 18th in the shot put

06/21/2012

Ed Beathea named men's track and field head coach

Elkhart, Ind., native becomes eighth head coach in program history

06/21/2012

Follow the Track and Field Buckeyes at the Olympic Trials!

Current and former Ohio State stars compete in Eugene, Ore., June 21-25 and June 28-July 1

06/09/2012

Leslie, DeChant Earn First Team All-American Honors at NCAA Championships

Buckeyes finish tied for 23rd with 12 team points

06/08/2012

Blanks Places Seventh in 400 Hurdles at the NCAA Championships

Freshman earns First Team All-American honors

Athletic Accolades
Three-time First Team All-American (shot put)
Three-time Second Team All-American (shot put and weight throw)
Two-time Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week
2012 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award

PRs
Shot Put - 19.82m /65-0.25
Weight - 21.57m /70-9.25
Hammer - 54.26m /178 ft.
Discus - 52.82m /173-3.50

2012 Outdoor (Senior) Named First Team All-American after afifth-place finish in the shot put at the NCAA championships (season-best mark of 19.57m/64-2.50) ... seventh in the shot put at the NCAA East Prelims; also competed in the discus throw... bronze medalist in the shot put at the Big Ten championships; placed 18th in the discus ... runner-up in the discus at the Campbell/Wright Invitational ... runner-up in the shot put and 11th in the discus at the Drake Relays ... All-Ohio champion in both the shot put (19.34m/63-5.50) and discus (PR of 52.82m/173-3.50) ... runner-up in the shot put at the Jesse Owens Track Classic ... second in the shot and third in the discus at the Jim Click Shootout ... first place in the shot put and third place in the discus at theBig Ten/SEC Challenge ... 2012 Big Ten Sportmanship Award.

2012 Indoor (Senior) First Team All-American in the shot put andSecond Team All-American in the weight throw; finished eighth in the shot (season-best mark of 19.00m/62-4.00) and 13th in the weight (19.41m/63-8.25) at the NCAA championships ... third place in the weight throw (21.18m/69-5.75)and 11th in the shot put at the Big Ten championships... runner-up in both the weight throw (PR of 21.57m/70-9.25) and shot put at the Buckeye Tune-up ... fourth place in the shot put at the Don Kirby Elite ... sixth place in both the shot and weight at the PSU National Invitational ... first place in shot put and third in the weight throw at "The Dual."

2011 Outdoor (Junior) Represented the Buckeyes in the shot put at the NCAA East Prelims ... finished sixth in the shot at the Big Ten championships; also competed in the discus ... fifth in the shot put at the Drake Relays ... placed eighth in both the discus and shot put at the Jesse Owens Track Classic ... first place in the shot, fifth in the discus and sixth in the hammer at "The Dual" ... runner-up in the shot put at the Jim Click Shootout; placed sixth in the discus as well ... posted top-10 finishes in both the discus and hammer at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge.

2011 Indoor (Junior) Earned Second Team All-Americanhonorswith a 10th-place finish in the shot put at the NCAA championships (18.68m/61-3.50) ... bronze medalist in the shot put and 10th place in the weight throw at the Big Ten championships ... first in the both the weight throw (season-best markof 20.51m/67-3.50) and shot put (18.83m/61-9.25) at the Rick Meindl Last Call ... runner-up in the weight throw and third in the shot put at the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational ... named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after a first-place finish in the shot put (PR of 19.82m/65-0.25) and runner-up finish in the weight throw at the Penn State National ... first in the shot and third in the weight at "The Dual" ... first in the shot and fifth in the weight at the Buckeye Classic.

2010 Outdoor (Sophomore) Earned a First Team All-American award with a season-best and eighth-place throw of 18.54m (60-10.00) in the shot put at the NCAA outdoor championships ... finished eighth in the shot at the NCAA East Preliminaries (18.20m/59-8.50) ... third in the shot put and eighth in the discus at the Big Ten outdoor championships ... used aseason-bestmarkof 53.93m (176-11.25) to finish fifth in the hammer at the OSU-Michigan Dual ... set aseason bestof 50.57 (165-11) in the discus at the Jesse Owens Classic.

2010 Indoor (Sophomore) Second Team All-American in the shot put, finishing 10th at the NCAA indoor championships ... finished fourth in the weight throw and sixth in the shot put at the Big Ten championships ... named Big Ten Field Athlete of the week after settingseason bestsin the weight throw (19.88m/65-2.75) and shot put(18.56m/60-10.75) at the Buckeye Classic.

2009 Outdoor (Freshman) Did not compete

2009 Indoor (Freshman) Owned the top team marks in both the shot put and weight throw ... fifth in the weight throw (19.41m/63-8.25, a season best) and sixth in the shot put at the Big Ten championships... season best in the shot put was set at the Penn State Nationals, an NCAA provisional toss of 18.05m (59-2.75), fourth best in the Big Ten during the indoor season.

2008 Indoor/Outdoor (Redshirt) Qualified for USATF outdoor junior nationals and competed unattached in the shot put ... finished sixthat 18.62m (61 feet, 1 1/4 inches) ... the mark was a World junior championships qualifying distance and the best shot put by a Buckeye in 2008.

Avon Lake High School Owned second-best regular season shot put mark in Ohio at 18.16m (59-7) ... placed ninth at the Division I OHSAA state championships.

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