DeChant Claims All-America Honors at NCAA Indoor Championships

Go Buckeyes! All-American Matt DeChant.
Go Buckeyes!
All-American Matt DeChant.
Go Buckeyes!

March 10, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Members of the No. 15 Ohio State men's track and field team opened competition at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho Friday evening.

"It was a day of highs and lows for sure," head coach Robert Gary said. "I was disappointed with the officials decision not to pass Cory (Leslie) onto the finals after getting pushed down with 80 meters to go. But the DMR guys did a solid job and will leave here All-Americans as well as Matt (DeChant) in the shot put."

The highlight of the evening was senior Matt DeChant, who claimed All-America honors for the third consecutive indoor season and for the fourth time overall with his eighth-place finish in the shot put (19.00 meters). DeChant and Max Maysalso will represent the Buckeyes tomorrow as they compete in the weight throw.

The DMR team of Cory Leslie, Korbin Smith, Chris Fallon and Dan Whiteplaced eighth for the Buckeyes in a time of 9:38.23 to claim All-America honors as well.

Leslie missed qualifying for Saturday's finals with a 13th place finish in the mile run (4:07.61) after getting knocked down with 80 meters to go. Officials did not rule him on to the finals. Miles Batty of BYU turned in the top time in the prelims at 4:03.85 - a facility record.

Making his seventh appearance at an NCAA championship, senior Thomas Murdaughqualified for Saturday's 400m finals with a time of 46.27, finishing third in his heat. Murdaugh will compete in the 400m dash as the finals of the 4x400m relay Saturday.



In the 60m hurdles, Demoye Boglecame in 13th in the prelims in a time of 7.84. The top time went to Andrew Riley of Illinois at 7.55.

Day two of the championships begins tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET.