March 23, 2012
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:
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.
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.
Faust placed sixth in a PR of 21.09. Young was the champion once again in 20.50.
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).
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).
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).
Blevins captured fifth place with a 14.05m (46-1.25) mark. Jason Harper of Ole Miss was first (14.97m/49-1.25).
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).
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.
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.
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.