Feb. 17, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 19th-ranked Ohio State men's track and field team entertained the hometown fans at the Buckeye Tune-up Friday night at French Field house in its final warm-up for next weekend's Big Ten championships.
Leading the list of seven winners for Ohio State Friday evening were Adam Green, who pulled off wins in both the mile and 3000m, and Heath Nickles, who cleared the bar at 5.17m (16-11.50) in the pole vault.
However, the highlight of the meet was the weight throw competition, where All-Americans Matt DeChant and Max Mays enjoyed record-setting performances. DeChant turned in a 21.57m (70-9.25) heave, while Mays recorded a 21.51m toss (70-7). Both marks rank among the top 5 in OSU history and the top 7 in Division I this season.
A look at the rest of the Buckeye performers from Friday:
Nick Batcha raced to first place in 22.03. Ashland finished 2-3, led by Justin Chappell (22.42).
Ohio State placed two athletes in the top 3. Marvel Brooks finished second in 1:19.58, trailed closely by teammate Dan White (1:19.60). Drew Windle of Ashland took first in 1:19.42.
The Buckeyes finished 1-2 in the event. Green was first in a season-best time of 4:11.25, followed by Will Knickel in a time of 4:13.21. Third place went to unattached competitor Matt Stratman (4:18.28).
Green would go on to win the 3000m later in the evening, completing the race in 8:28.33. Curtis Hanle was second in a time of 8:35.96, followed by Jackson Neff (PR of 8:36.17).
The Scarlet and Gray pulled off a top-5 sweep in the event. Korbin Smith placed first with a season-best jump of 7.41m (24-3.75). He was followed by Michael McCarty (7.32m/24-0.25) and Steve MacDonald (7.01m/23 ft.).
Derek Blevins won the event at 14.87m (48-9.50). Josh Lynch of Heidelberg claimed runner-up honors with a jump 14.28m (46-10.25), while John Cantwell of Miami (OH) settled for third at 14.11m (46-3.50).
The top 3 consisted of both current and former Buckeyes. Tyler Parrish, competing unattached, took first place at 2.11m (6-11), while alumnus Pat Woods finished second at 2.01m (6-7). Third place went to Brant Reardon.
Cody Marshall took second behind Nickles at 4.87m (15-11.75). Unattached competitor Josh Dangel was third.
DeChant (second) and Mays (third) finished behind Ashland's Ryan Loughney (21.74m/71-4).
DeChant finished in second place with a season-best throw of 18.99m (62-3.75), 10th-best in Division I this season. Second Sole's Kurtis Roberts won the event at 19.55m (64-1.75).
Ohio State travels to Lincoln, Neb., for the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 24-25.