4x4 Relay Reclaims Big Ten Gold, No. 25 Buckeyes Finish Seventh Overall
March 1, 2014
GENEVA, Ohio – The Ohio State 4x400-meter team – sophomore Champ Page, senior Jordan Rispress, senior Javon Walker and freshman Lamar Bruton – cruised to a gold-medal time of 3:07.47, highlighting the final day of competition at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships for the 25th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team. The Buckeyes closed the meet with 55 points, finishing seventh overall.
The winning 4x400-meter time was the third-fastest in OSU indoor history and among the Top 15 times in Division I this season. It was the first win for the Buckeyes in the team’s signature event since 2012.
In individual competition, Ohio State collected three silver medals on the day. Junior Timothy Faust was a runner-up in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes, while redshirt freshman Donovan Robertson was second in one of the deepest 60-meter hurdle finals in Big Ten history. Also making the podium was junior Devin Smith. A receiver on the OSU football team, Smith stunned the field in the high jump with a bronze-medal and personal-best height of 2.12 meters (6-11.50), the fifth-best mark in school indoor history.
“I thought our guys in the finals really competed well,” Ohio State head coach Ed Beathea said after the meet. “We didn’t have any major hiccups and we held or improved on our spots from qualifying. The members of the team who weren’t competing on the final day rallied around the rest of our group and gave us a lot of energy. It was a solid step forward heading into the outdoor season.”
“A lot of guys stepped up,” he continued. “Devin was great in the high jump, Julian and Anthony provided some needed points in the triple jump and 600 meters, and Tim and Donovan led the way for us in the short sprints and hurdles.”
No. 4 Wisconsin won its second-consecutive Big Ten title, closing the meet with 122.5 points. No. 21 Nebraska was the runner-up with a team score of 118.
Here’s a complete breakdown of the final day of competition for the Scarlet and Gray:
Faust ran a personal-best time of 6.70 seconds, the third-fastest in OSU history. Purdue’s Raheem Mostert edged Faust with a first-place and facility-record time of 6.63.
Robertson stumbled across the finish line but still managed a collegiate-best and school-record time of 7.65 seconds, a Top-5 performance in Division I in 2014. Oladapo Akinmoladun of Nebraska won the gold medal in a blazing 7.61 seconds, a meet record.
Faust turned in an indoor personal-best time of 20.77 but was narrowly defeated once again by Mostert, who completed the short-sprint sweep with a facility- and meet-record time of 20.73. Faust’s run is ranked No. 2 in Ohio State indoor history and 10th in Division I this season.
Sophomore Champ Page ran a season-best and fourth-place time of 47.02. Stephon Pamilton Illinois won the conference title in 46.38 seconds.
In his conference championship debut, freshman Anthony Johnson was seventh in 1:18.01. Levi Gipson of Nebraska was victorious in a time of 1:17.07.
Sophomore Julian Vann posted a huge personal-best mark of 15.52m (50-11.00) to take fourth place. Iowa’s Babatunde Amosu was the first-place finisher (15.74 meters/51-7.75).
Senior Cory Kunze placed sixth with a season-best score 5334. Wisconsin’s Japheth Cato defended his conference crown with a winning score of 5837.
Final Team Standings
1) Wisconsin – 122.5 points
2) Nebraska – 118
3) Penn State – 72
4) Illinois -- 71.5
5) Purdue – 61
6) Minnesota – 57
7) Ohio State – 55
8) Michigan State – 51
9) Indiana – 40.5
10) Iowa -- 20
11) Michigan – 23.5
OSU Points Breakdown (55 total)
4x400m relay – 10
60m – 8
60m hurdles – 8
200m – 8
400m – 5
High Jump – 6
Triple Jump – 5
Heptathlon – 3
600m – 2