Faust, Robertson Lead No. 25 Ohio State on Day One at B1G Championships
Feb. 28, 2014
GENEVA, Ohio – The 25th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team kicked off competition at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio, Friday afternoon.
Junior Timothy Faust enjoyed a tremendous afternoon, qualifying first overall in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. The defending conference champion in the 200 meters, Faust broke his own meet record in the event, tying Purdue’s Raheem Mostert for first place in the preliminaries with a time of 21.00. The Harvey, Ill., product also posted a personal-best time of 6.72 seconds in the 60 meters, a time that ranks him fifth all-time in school history.
In the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries, redshirt freshman Donovan Robertson posted the top qualifying time of the day, crossing the finish line in a time of 7.73 seconds. Defending silver medalist Vanier Joseph of Illinois was second overall in 7.77.
The Buckeyes have yet to score through five events. Wisconsin and Nebraska are tied for first at the end of day one with 41.5 points.
Other day one highlights for the Scarlet and Gray:
Sophomore Champ Page ran a time of 47.44 to place sixth overall and qualify for the final race. DJ Zahn of Illinois was first overall in 46.99.
Freshman Anthony Johnson surprised the field with a personal-best time of 1:17.89 to win his heat and finish fifth overall. The Newark, Ohio, native now ranks fourth all-time in the event in school indoor history. Indiana’s Tretez Kinnaird leads the field headed into the final race tomorrow afternoon (1:17.42).
Senior Tyler Borton cleared a personal-best 5.01 meters (16-5.25) for a 12th-place finish. Zach Siegmeier of Minnesota won the conference crown at 5.26 meters (17-3.00).
Through four events, senior Cory Kunze sits in an eighth-place with Indiana’s Stephen Keller with 2952 points. Zach Ziemek of Wisconsin leads at the end of day one with 3312 points.
Team Standings – Five events scored
Wisconsin – 41.5 points
Nebraska – 41.5
Michigan State – 28
Minnesota – 20
Purdue – 17
Penn State – 16
Indiana – 12.5
Michigan – 11