Jan. 6, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's track and field team opened the 2012 season with a clean sweep of the 14-event Buckeye Classic Friday evening at French Field House.
The Buckeyes were joined at the third annual season opener by members of NAIA national champion Shorter Univeristy and a number of quality unattached competitors from around the Central Ohio area.
Double victories by Demoye Bogle and Donny Roys highlighted the first meet of the season for the Scarlet and Gray, with Bogle taking home wins in the 60m dash and 60m hurdles and Roys winning the 800 and mile runs.
Here's an event-by-event breakdown of the season opener:
Demoye Bogle ran a PR time of 7.86 seconds - the third-fastest in OSU indoor history - to take first place in the 60 hurdles. Heath Nickles finished a distant second with a time of 8.32.
Bogle added another win and PR in the 60m dash, crossing the finish line in 6.76 seconds. Shorter's Allen Hunt was the runner-up, followed by Buckeye Brandon Blackwell.
Blackwell fared better in the 200m, using a PR time of 22.09 to capture first place. Blake Callahan finished second for the Scarlet and Gray in 22.29.
Antonio Blanks picked up a win in the first race of his collegiate career, finishing in a time of 48.75. Shorter finished 2-3, with Malik Fair taking second in 50.30 and Terence Scruggs placing third in 51.30. All-American Thomas Murdaugh led Blanks in heat one, but pulled up and dropped out of the race coming around the final turn.
Dan White (1:20.16) edged Marvel Brooks (1:20.44) for first place. Kurt Grove was third in 1:22.38
Donny Roys turned in a time of 1:59.84 for first place. Adam Green was the runner-up in 2:02.22.
Six Buckeyes competed in the mile, with Roys emerging as the winner in a time of 4:16.12. Runner-up honors went to Will Knickles (4:17.12).
Chris Fallon won the 3000m in a time of 8:40.43, with Jackson Neff turning in a second place time of 8:43.29, a PR.
OSU's Michael McCarty took the top prize with a winning jump of 7.47m (24-6.25). Shorter's Trebor Holmes was second at 7.23m (23-8.75), followed by Derek Blevins (7.07m/23-2.50).
The event featured two Buckeyes, with Brant Reardon (2.03m/6-8) edging Scott Kinkley (1.98m/6-6) for the win. Both Reardon and Kinkley surpassed the top mark by a Buckeye all of last season (Nickles, 1.92m/6-3.50).
Nickles and Cody Marshall both vaulted to 4.87m (15-11.75), with Nickles taking home the win after clearing the bar on his first attempt. Tyler Borton placed third for the Buckeyes at 4.27m (14 ft.)
A 20.40m (66-11.25) toss helped Max Mays to first place. Billy Gehring placed second at 18.84m (61-9.75), while Tyler Branch cleared 18.62m (61-1.25) for third.
Branch's 17.77m (58.3.75) heave earned him the shot put title. Curt Smith finished second with a 16.59m (54-5.25) toss, followed in third place by Dylan Vogt (14.66m/48-1.25).
The Ohio State `A' team of Marvel Brooks, Marcus Brooks, Luke Norris and Antonio Blanks raced to first place in a time of 3:17.90. Shorter's `A' team took second in 3:23.31.
The Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 14 for "The Dual" with the rival Wolverines.