March 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Redshirt senior Michael Hartfield and freshman Billy Stanley turned in performances to remember Saturday afternoon at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
Both athletes were making debuts in Ohio State's first meet of the 2013 outdoor season. Hartfield, in the first meet of his senior campaign, dominated the field in the long jump, posting a stunning mark of 8.08m (26-6.25) to better his previous PR in the event by four inches. The performance ranks the Manchester, Conn., native No. 1 in Division I this season and third all-time in the OSU record book.
Meanwhile Stanley, competing in the first collegiate meet of his career, broke George Hoover's 12-year-old school record in the javelin on his first attempt of the day, clearing 72.16m (236-9.00) for a first-place finish. The school-record mark by the South Park, Pa., native ranks No. 4 in Division I this season.
Adding to the Buckeyes' list of impressive debuts Saturday was freshman Donovan Robertson, who opened his college career with a win in the 110m hurdles and a runner-up finish in the 400m hurdles.
"I am very excited for Mike and his outstanding long jump mark, as well as Billy Stanley in the javelin -- both are national level marks," Ohio State head coach Ed Beathea said after the meet. "Donovan and Champ Page were also event winners that had very solid first meet performances. We had an overall strong team showing for our outdoor season opener."
Here's a complete recap of all of the action from Nashville:
Runner-up honors went to sophomore Timothy Faust in a time of 10.61, while sophomore Nick Batcha placed fourth in 10.76. Unattached competitor Tahir Walsh was the first-place finisher in 10.45.
Robertson picked up a win in his first race as a Buckeye, crossing the finish line in 14.15 seconds, a top-15 time nationally. Louisville's Calvin Arsenault was second in 14.19 and Cory Kunze fifth (14.92).
Faust (21.35) and Batcha (21.42) finished second and third, respectively, behind Lipscomb's Tucker Peabody (21.32).
Page, a freshman, was the winner in a time of 47.69. DePaul's Mac Melto was the runner-up in 47.95. Junior Javon Walker took fourth (48.39).
Robertson followed up his victory with a second-place time of 52.20 in the 400 hurdles, the eighth-best time in DI this season. Louisville's Arsenault crossed the finish line in 52.03 for first place.
A time of 3:56.83 helped freshman Michael Brajdic to a seventh-place finish. Sam Penzenstadler of Loyola (Ill.) was first in 3:50.06.
Ohio State placed two athletes in the Top 3. Sophomore Jackson Neff was second in 5:55.07, while freshman Jordan Redd finished third in 5:56.13. Louisville's Mattias Wolter took home the win in 5:38.60.
Brajdic followed up his seventh-place effort in the 1500m invitational with a victory in the 3000m run in a personal-best time of 8:21.10. Freshman Blake Taneff was second in a personal-best time of 8:23.70.
Senior Korbin Smith (7.27m/23-10.25) and senior Derek Blevins (7.14m/23-5.25) joined Hartfield in the Top 6, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively. Runner-up honors went to Eric Reeves of Southern Illinois at 7.34m (24-1.00).
Senior Heath Nickles was the runner-up at 4.81m (15-9.25), while junior Tyler Borton finished fourth at 4.66m (15-3.50). Austin Crenshaw of Memphis captured first place with a height of 4.96m (16-3.25).
Sixth place went to freshman Caden Johnson at 1.96m (6-5.00). Unattached competitor Peter Stefanski placed first (2.09m/6-10.25).
Joining Stanley in the Top 4 was sophomore Will Lauricella, who turned in a personal-best mark of 64.57m (211-10.00) to finish in fourth place. Runner-up honors went to unattached competitor Ignacio Guerra (69.68m/228-7.00).
Sophomore J.C. Murasky turned in a fourth-place toss of 17.13m (56-2.50). Yannik Schaly of Memphis took first place at 17.23m (56-6.50).
Fifth place went to senior Billy Gehring at 58.35m (191-5.00), a personal-best mark. James Lambert of Southern Illinois won the event with a mark of 67.09m (220-1.00).
Sophomore Dylan Vogt placed eighth with a throw of 45.78m (150-2.00). Robert Stein of Miami (Ohio) claimed the win at 50.52m (165-9.00).
Ohio State `A' raced to a second-place time of 3:11.55. Loyola (Ill.) placed first in 3:11.10.