Jan. 28, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Cory Leslie broke his own school record in the mile Saturday afternoon at the Penn State National Invitational in University Park, Pa., highlighting the final day of competition at Ashenfelter III Indoor Track for No. 11 Ohio State.
With an NCAA automatic qualifying run of 3:56.85 - the third-best Division I time this season - Leslie finished in second place behind former Ohio State All-American Jeff See, who topped Leslie's facility and meet record set in 2011 with a winning time of 3:56.51. Sam McEntee of Villanova placed third in an NCAA qualifying time of 3:57.86.
Take a look at the rest of the Buckeyes' trip to Penn State event-by-event:
Timothy Faust sprinted to a time of 21.73 and a runner-up finish. Hampton's Brien Berry was the winner in 21.68 seconds.
400m Dash Invitational
All-American Thomas Murdaugh used a time of 47.14 - the third-fastest in Division I this season - to place first in his heat and fourth overall. Unattached competitor Josh Scott won the race in a meet-record time of 46.40.
Two Buckeyes placed in the top 5. Antonio Blanks turned in a fourth-place time of 48.36, while Korbin Smith crossed the finish line in fifth (48.62). St. Augustine's Josh Edmonds finished first in 47.87.
Marvel Brooks won his heat and finished first overall in a time of 1:03.95. Brother Marcus Brooks also placed first in his heat, but settled for fifth overall (1:04.63). Luke Norris finished second behind Marcus in heat two and seventh overall in 1:05.05.
800m Run Invitational
Dan White used a top 10 national-time of 1:49.80 to place second in his heat and fourth overall. 2011 All-American and Big Ten Champion Casimir Loxsom of Penn State captured first place in 1:48.24, the fastest run in Division I so far this season.
A time of 2:30.24 helped Josh Sabo to third place behind a pair of Temple Owls led by William Keller (2:28.94). Will Knickles placed sixth in 2:30.70.
Chris Fallon also competed in the mile invite for OSU, turning in an eighth-place time of 4:06.43.
3000m Run Invitational
A top 15 national-time of 8:11.29 helped Adam Green to a third-place finish behind Penn State's Kyle Dawson (8:06.36) and unattached competitor Brian Long (8:11.12). Donny Roys place ninth in 8:20.05.
Devin Smith, a wide receiver on the Ohio State football team, debuted in the high jump Saturday by clearing the bar at 2.10m (6-10.75) for third place. Sean Reilly of Penn State won the event at 2.15m (6-10.75).
Derek Blevins took 10th for the Buckeyes at 14.38m (47-2.25). First place went to Virginia's Marcus Robinson (16.30m/53-5.75).
Matt DeChant used a 17.63m (57-10.25) heave to place sixth overall. Unattached competitor Joe Kovacs took home the title at 19.30m (63-4).
4x400m Relay Invitational
Ohio State's team of Antonio Blanks, Korbin Smith, Marvel Brooks and Murdaugh finished third in a time of 3:09.40, a top 10 effort nationally. Penn State was first in a meet-record time of 3:08.87, followed by Pittsburgh (3:09.04).
Ohio State competes at both the Akron and Meyo Invitationals Feb. 3-4.
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