Kunze's Heptathlon Win Highlights Final Day at Kentucky
Jan. 25, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Cory Kunze won the heptathlon Saturday afternoon at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky., highlighting the final day of competition for the Ohio State men’s track and field team.
The Bondurant, Iowa, native finished with 5304 points and placed first in three of the seven events. Kunze defeated runner-up George Wayda of Illinois by nearly 300 points, and his winning score ranks eighth in Division I so far this season.
"This was a great meet for us to get feedback on where we are in the third week of the season," Ed Beathea, head coach of the Buckeyes, said following today's action. "We have been able to get in two very solid weeks of training and that showed in some guys this weekend. We represented the university well amongst strong fields. We just have to keep moving forward."
Other Buckeye highlights from the two-day event at the University of Kentucky’s Nutter Field House include:
A time of 6.80 seconds helped junior Timothy Faust to fifth place. Unattached competitor Dominique Hubbert was first overall in a time of 6.63.
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Senior Justin Hines used a personal-best time of 8.03 to place fourth overall. Unattached competitor Terrence Somerville won the race in 7.77 seconds.
Faust placed third in his heat and third overall in a time of 21.27, while fellow junior Nick Batcha was sixth in 21.62 after finishing first in his section. Baylor’s Blake Theriot was the winner in 21.19.
Senior Jordan Rispress was the runner-up in a time of 1:11.73, .04 seconds behind Zebo Zebe of Illinois (1:11.69).
Sophomore Josh Sabo ran an eighth-place time of 4:10.90. Luke Carroll of Illinois was the winner in 4:07.91.
Sophomore Julian Vann placed eighth at 14.87 meters (48-9.50). Baylor’s Felix Obi was first with a jump of 16.22 meters (53-2.75).
The Ohio State team of Austin, Sabo, freshman Dominik Seitzer and freshman Anthony Johnson finished seventh overall in a time of 10:01.50, a Top 20 time nationally. Virginia won the race in a meet- and facility-record time of 9:36.11.
Ohio State returns to action next Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind.