Buckeyes, Big Ten Defeat SEC 400.5-314.5 in Second-Annual Challenge

Go Buckeyes! Matt DeChant
Go Buckeyes!
Matt DeChant
Go Buckeyes!

March 23, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 25th-ranked Ohio State men's track and field team and the Big Ten Conference posted a convincing 400.5-314.5 victory over the Southeastern Conference in the second-annual Big Ten/SEC Challenge at Carl Maddox Track in Starkville, Miss.

All-American Matt DeChant was the star of the day for the Buckeyes, claiming top-3 finishes in two events, highlighted by a victory in the shot put. Ohio State turned in a solid team performance despite resting many of its top track and multi-event athletes.

"This meet was exactly what we needed to start our outdoor season," associate head coach Ed Beathea said. "It allowed our guys to get a good sense of where they are right now. We had several encouraging performances against strong Big Ten and SEC schools."

Here's a look at how the Buckeyes competed Saturday:

100m Dash
Timothy Faust turned in a fourth-place time of 10.58 seconds for the Buckeyes. Isiah Young of Ole Miss won the event in 10.16 seconds.

110m hurdles
Justin Hines was fifth for the Scarlet and Gray in a collegiate-best time of 14.60. Mississippi State's Nathan Arnett was first in 14.01.

200m Dash
Faust placed sixth in a PR of 21.09. Young was the champion once again in 20.50.

400m Hurdles
The Buckeyes had two top-10 finishers in the event. Luke Norris was ninth in 54.14 and Marcus Brooks 10th in 54.39. Emanuel Mayers of Mississippi State placed first (50.68).

Long Jump
Derek Blevins (7.14m/23-5.00) and Steve MacDonald (6.99m/22-11.25) finished third and fifth, respectively, for Ohio State. Mississippi State's Jarrett Samuels was the victor at 7.73m (25-4.25).

High Jump
Tyler Parrish opened his outdoor season with a fourth-place finish at 2.10m (6-10.75). Ricky Robertson took home first for Ole Miss by clearing the bar at 2.25m (7-4.50).

Triple Jump
Blevins captured fifth place with a 14.05m (46-1.25) mark. Jason Harper of Ole Miss was first (14.97m/49-1.25).

Shot Put
A mark of 18.37m (60-3.75) helped DeChant to first place. Three other Buckeyes joined him in the Top 10: Tyler Branch (fifth, 17.22m/56-6), Curt Smith (ninth, 15.54m/50-11.75), and Dylan Vogt (10th, 14.57m/47-9.50).

Discus Throw
Led by a third-place performance by DeChant (50.48m/165-7.50), OSU placed a total of four athletes in the Top 10. Max Mays was fourth at 50.21m (164-8.75), followed by Vogt (45.15m/148-1.50) and Smith (44.82/147-0.50) in ninth and 10th, respectively.

Hammer Throw
Ohio State claimed four of the top-10 spots in the event. Mays (60.60m/198-9.75) and Davis (58.18m/190-10.50) placed second and third, while Branch (55.63m/182-6.25) and Billy Gehring (51.00m/167-3.75) finished sixth and ninth.

Javelin Throw
Kenny Stephens debuted for the Buckeyes in sixth place at 55.72m (182-9.75). Wisconsin's Derek Steinbach was the winner at 61.71m (202-5.50).

Ohio State competes next week at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, and the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz.