Murdaugh, Stephens record wins at Jim Click Shootout

Go Buckeyes! All-American Thomas Murdaugh.
Go Buckeyes!
All-American Thomas Murdaugh.
Go Buckeyes!

April 1, 2012

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TUSCON, Ariz. -- Senior All-American Thomas Murdaugh and sophomore Kenny Stephens picked up wins for the men's track and field team at the Jim Click Shootout at the University of Arizona.

Murdaugh picked up his win in the 400m dash with a time of 45.96 while Stephens won the Javelin with a throw of 62.07m (203'8) -- one week after throwing 186 feet.

This wasn't your typical meet, as it feautured a conference event scoring with the Pac-12 duo of Arizona and California winning with a score of 460, ahead of the Big Ten combination of the Buckeyes and Penn State, who combined to score 422.33. Clemson and Miami represented the ACC with a total of 266. Arizona won the event with 120 points, followed by the Buckeyes in second (107). Penn State and Cal tied for third with 96 points each.

The meet was capped off with a combined men's 4x400-meter relay, which saw the Big Ten team of Marvel Brooks and Antonio Blanks team up with Penn State's Aaron Nadolsky and Brandon Bennett-Green. The team came away with a victory in a time of 3:10.69.

"This was a great experience for the team," associate head coach Ed Beathea said after the meet. "We definitely took some steps forward from last weekend and the guys seemed more focused. Korbin in the Long Jump, Thomas in the 400m, Marvel in the 800m, Stephens in the javelin, Mays in the Hammer and DeChant in the shot put were highlights of a very productive meet for our team."

In the 800m dash, Marvel Brooks came in second in a time of 1:51.86, while Chris Fallon came in fourth (1:52.39).

Antonio Blanks started his outdoor season with a time of 51.48 in the 400m hurdles, good for second place. Marcus Brooks finished third (52.54) and Luke Norris fifth (53.53).

Tim Faust turned in a second-place finish in the 200m dash (21.03) while Adam Green was sixth in the 3000m with a time of 8:41.76.

Moving on to the throws, Max Mays came in second in the Hammer with a throw of 61.19m. Tyler Branch was fifth with a toss of 58.07m and Tom Davis was right behind in sixth (57.05).

In the shot put Matt DeChant finished second with a toss of 18.38m (60'3¾) while Tyler Branch was fourth 17.60 (57'9). DeChant also finished third in the discus with a throw of 50.39m (165'4). Curt Smith finished fifth 46.83 (153'8).

Korbin Smith had a big performance to finish second in the long jump 7.68 (25'2½) while Derek Blevins was fourth 7.36 (24'1¾).

The Buckeyes will take a week off from competition before competing in the 2012 Jesse Owens Classic April 13-14 in Columbus.