Feb. 22, 2013
GENEVA, Ohio - The Ohio State men's track and field team sits in 10th place through five events at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Two individuals scored a total of five points for the Buckeyes on day one at SPIRE Institute. J.C. Murasky used a personal-best mark of 18.27m (59-11.25) to finish fifth overall in the shot put and contribute four points to the team score. Korbin Smith added the other point for Ohio State with an eight-place finish in the long jump (7.24m/23-9.00).
"I was really excited for J.C. to place fifth in his first conference championship," Ohio State head coach Ed Beathea said. "For him to PR is a great performance and great effort. As a team, we competed about as expected. We really have to make sure we get focused for tomorrow so we finish the meet strong."
In preliminary competition, Ohio State qualified five student-athletes for six championship events. Eight additional individuals and the 4x400m relay team will be in action in five finals as well, so the team is expected to move up the standings throughout day two.
Here are some of the Ohio State highlights from day one of the championships:
Timothy Faust and Demoye Bogle advanced to final round competition with fifth- and eighth-place times in the preliminaries. Faust was third in his section in a time of 6.79. Bogle also placed third in his heat (6.81). Brandon Stryganek of Illinois finished first overall (6.73).
60m Hurdle Prelims
Bogle also qualified for the 60 hurdle finals, finishing second in his heat and sixth overall in a time of 7.87. Vanier Joseph is the leader after the first day of competition having completed his race in 7.74.
Faust won his section and finished with the fourth-fastest preliminary time of the afternoon (21.10). Styganek of Illinois (21.02) is the leader of the pack heading into tomorrow's final. 11:11.41
Champ Page will run in tomorrow's championship after finishing second in his heat and seventh overall in a time of 47.68. Stephon Pamilton of Illinois ran the fastest preliminary time (46.53).
In his first 600 of the year, Marvel Brooks won his heat and finished fifth overall in a personal-best time of 1:18:18 to qualify for the finals. Penn State's Casmir Loxsom ran the top time of the day (1:16.33, a facility record).
Chris Fallon qualified for Saturday's final, finishing second in his heat and seventh overall in a time of 4:05.52. Minnesota's Nick Hutton posted the top preliminary time, winning his heat in 4:03.37.
Shot Put Finals
Wisconsin's Danny Block took home the gold medal at 19.40m (63-7.75).
Long Jump Finals
First place went to Nebraska's Patrick Raedler (7.87m/25-10.00).
Heptathlon - Through Four Events
Cory Kunze (2815 points) and Heath Nickles (2769) are 13th and 14th, respectively, through four events. Indiana's Derek Drouin leads the competition with 3358 points after setting a world record in the heptathlon high jump (2.30m/7-6.50).
Team Standings - Five Events Scored
1. Wisconsin, 39 points 2. Nebraska, 29.666 3. Indiana, 27 4. Illinois, 20.5 5. Minnesota/Michigan, 19 7. Penn State, 13 8. Purdue, 12.833 9. Iowa, 7 10. Ohio State, 5 11. Michigan State, 3