Elkhart, Ind., native becomes eighth head coach in program history
4x400 takes 11th; Nickles finishes 15th in decathlon
Balanced Buckeyes represented in six event areas
May 21 - 27, 2012
Nine athletes in total set to compete at next month's NCAA championships
2012 Outdoor (Senior) Earned Second Team All-American honors thanks to an 11th-place finish in the 4x400m relay at the NCAA championships (season-best time of 3:04.99) ... helped the 4x400m relay to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA East Prelims; also competed in the 400m ... sixth place in the 4x4 and 12th in the 400m at the Big Ten championships ... first place in the 4x4 relay at the Jesse Owens Track Classic ... named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after afirst place in the 400m (season-best time of 45.96) and third-place finishin the 4x4 at the Jim Click Shootout.
2012 Indoor (Senior) Named First Team All-American after anchoring Ohio State's 4x400m relay team to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA championships (3:07.26) ... helped the 4x400m relay to a Ohio State school-record and fourth-place time of 3:06.15 at the Alex Wilson Invitational; third place in the 400min a career indoor-best time of 46.17... Big Ten champion as a member of the 4x400m relay team (3:08.06); third place inboth the 400m and 200m (posted a PR of 21.43 in theprelims)... runner-up in the 400m at the Don Kirby Elite ... third in the 4x4 and fourth in the 400m at the PSU National ... All-Big Ten selection.
2011 Outdoor (Junior) Second Team All-American in the 400m (15th, 46.02) and 4x400m relay (3:07.06) ... posted top-10 finishes in the same events at the NCAA East Preliminaries ... Big Ten champion in the 400m (46.44) and 4x400m relay (3:06.45) ... third place in the 4x4 (3:07.57) and fourth in the 400m at the Drake Relays (46.16) ... anchored the 4x4 team to first place at the Jesse Owens Track Classic (3:07.13) ... first in the 4x400m and 400m, and second in the 200m at the OSU-Michigan Dual ... posted a season-best and first-place time of 45.81 in the 400 at the Jim Click Shootout; also anchored the 4x4 to a win at the event ... named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after finishing first in the 400m and second in 4x400m at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge ... All-Big Ten selection.
2011 Indoor (Junior) Earned Second Team All-American honors after a 15th-place finish in the 400m at the NCAA indoor championships (47.04) ... claimed the second Big Ten 400m title and sixth conference crown of his career with a winning time of 46.81 at the Big Ten indoor championships; also posted a runner-up finish with the 4x400m relay team and a third-place performance in the 200m (21.47) ... ran a season-best 400m time of 46.52 at the Don Kirby Invitational, finishing in first place; also anchored the 4x400m team to first ... captured wins in both the 400m and 4x400m relay at "The Dual" ... Big Ten Track Athlete of Week (Jan.17)... All-Big Ten selection.
2010 Outdoor (Sophomore) Repeated as USTFCCCA Great Lakes Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season ... finished 18th in the 400m dash (46.69) and 14th in the 4x400m relay (3:08.22) at the NCAA outdoor championships, earning Honorable Mention and Second Team All-American honors... used a season-best time of 45.86 to finish 12th in the 400m at the NCAA East prelims ... ran a anchor leg of 44.65 to help the 4x400m relay team to a third-place time of 3:03.97 at the East prelims, third-best in Ohio State outdoor history ... anchored the 4x4 to a Big Ten title (3:05.96) ... finished runner-up in the 400m (46.73) at Big Ten outdoors.
2010 Indoor (Sophomore) Second Team All-American in the 400m dash, finishing ninth at the NCAA indoor championships ... USTFCCCA Great Lakes Indoor Athlete of the Year ... Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Indoor Championships ... captured an individual Big Ten title in the 400m dash and anchored the 4x400m relay team to a first-place finish at the conference championships ... two-time Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week ... All-Big Ten selection.
2009 Outdoor (Freshman) First Team All-American in the 400m dash, finishing seventh at the NCAA outdoor championships ... set a PR at the Mideast regional championships in the 400m (PR of 45.78) ... runner-up in 400m at Big Ten outdoors ... anchored the Buckeyes' Big Ten champion 4x400m relay team ... All-Big Ten selection.
2009 Indoor (Freshman) Lone Buckeye qualifier at the NCAA indoor championships; finished 10th in the 400m run in a time of 47.16 ... placed second at Big Ten championships in the 400m ... set aseason-best timeat the Alex Wilson Invitational, a 46.58 run in the 800m that helped him qualify for the NCAA finals ... anchor of Ohio State's Big Ten champion 4x400m relay team ... All-Big Ten selection.
Dublin Scioto High School Murdaugh was second at the 2008 Ohio High School State Championships in the 400m dash with a time of 47.47 ... placed second at the Midwest Meet of Champions in the 400m dash with a time of 47.34 ... posted a best time of 21.63 in the 200m dash his senior year and was a member of the championship 4x400m relay team at the Midwest Meet of Champions, posting a winning time of 3:09.