Jan. 28, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team opened competition at the Penn State National Invitational at Ashenfelter III Indoor Track in University Park, Pa., Friday evening.
The night featured victories in two events for the Scarlet and Gray, as well as personal-best times from two Buckeye hurdlers.
Here’s an event-by-event breakdown of day one from Penn State:
Brandon Blackwell placed ninth overall in 6.81. Unattached competitor Michael LeBlanc won the race in 6.64 seconds.
A personal-best time of 7.83 – the third-fastest in school history – helped Demoye Bogle to fourth place behind champion Jarret Eaton of Syracuse, who posted a meet-record and NCAA-qualifying time of 7.49 to finish first. Barron Witherspoon finished 14th overall in 8.06 and clocked a PR of 8.01 in the prelims.
Distance Medley Relay
OSU placed seventh in a time of 9:51.91. Penn State used a meet-record time of 9:35.42 to secure the victory.
Steve MacDonald turned in a 7.00m (22-11.75) leap for sixth place overall, while Devin Smith made his Buckeye debut in 10th place at 6.86m (22-6.25). Unattached competitor Rashad Cannon was the winner at 7.40m (24-3.50).
Cody Marshall cleared the bar at 4.95m (16-2.75) to take home first place ahead of Central Michigan’s Adam Lohner and Henry Johnson of East Carolina.
Ohio State placed sixth athletes in the top 7 led by first-place finisher Max Mays (20.25m/66-5.25). Matt DeChant was sixth with a 19.18m (62-11.25) toss, while Billy Gehrig placed seventh at 18.65m (61-2.25).
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