Feb. 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field completed its final preparations for the upcoming Big Ten championships Friday night at French Field House as hosts of the Buckeye Classic.
Highlights included a new French Field House record in a competitive 60m hurdle final, a 1-2 Buckeye finish in the 60m dash and a number of new personal-best times and marks.
“The meet was exactly what we needed headed into the conference weekend,” head coach Ed Beathea said. “Our guys were very focused on what they needed to accomplish. We’re looking forward to some great performances next weekend.”
Here’s a look at how the night unfolded:
The marquee event of the night featured a French Field House-record time of 7.69 seconds from unattached competitor Terrence Somerville. Freshman Donovan Robertson, competing unattached, earned runner-up honors in his first collegiate race, crossing the line in 7.84 seconds. Junior Justin Hines used a personal-best time of 8.08 to place fifth.
Senior Marcus Brooks finished third in a time of 1:21.73. Findlay’s Dillon Webster was the winner in 1:20.03, followed in second by Kevin Brown of Miami (1:21.72).
Second place went to sophomore Jackson Neff in a personal-best time of 4:16.88. Jarrod Genther of Ohio crossed the finish line in first place (4:15.00).
Senior Heath Nickles turned in a season-best height of 5.17m (16-11.50) to claim the win. Second place went to Findlay’s Corey Shank (5.02m/16-5.50), while junior Tyler Borton finished third at 4.72m (15-5.75).
Competing unattached, Michael Hartfield won the long jump with a 7.77m (25-6.00) leap. Runner-up honors went to senior Korbin Smith at 7.50m (24-7.25). Senior Derek Blevins used a season-best mark of 7.12m (23-4.50) to place fourth overall.
Hartfield also won the triple jump, clearing 15.34m (50-4.00). Blevins placed second with a mark of 14.63m (48-0.00).
A mark of 2.01m (6-7.00) helped Brant Reardon to third place. Eugene Cannaday of Tiffin won the event at 2.09m (6-10.25).
Freshman Joseph Velez finished second overall with a personal-best toss of 19.30m (63-4.00), while senior Billy Gehring placed third at 18.43m (60-5.75). Unattached competitor Justin Welch was the winner at 21.19m (69-6.25).
Ohio State ‘A’ won the race in a time of 3:11.77. The Buckeye ‘B’ team was second in 3:12.63.
The Buckeyes travel to Geneva, Ohio, for the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 22-23.
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