April 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 24th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team totaled 172 points to pick up an impressive team win at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday afternoon.
Leading the way for the Buckeyes was senior Michael Hartfield, who continued his fast start to the season with wins in both the long jump and triple jump. Other winners included freshman Billy Stanley in the javelin, freshman Joseph Velez in the hammer throw, and 4x400m relay team.
“Our Buckeye team competed hard today against a strong field of teams from the Pac 12 and Big 12," Ed Beathea, head coach of Ohio State men's track and field, said. "When you can finish ahead of Stanford, Texas, Arizona, Iowa, and Kansas State it is a good day.
We had several event winners and the team responded well to the heat today. I was encouraged by our overall team effort in only our second meet.”
Here’s a complete recap of the day:
Faust followed up his fourth-place performance in the 100 with a third-place finish in the 200 in a time of 21.39. Batcha placed fourth in 21.47, with Iowa’s Justin Austin claiming the win in 20.55.
Freshman Champ Page used a time of 46.94 to place third overall. Zack Bilderback of Texas finished first in 46.41.
Sophomore Antonio Blanks crossed the finish line in a time of 52.06 to place third overall. Iowa’s Ethan Holmes was first in 50.67.
Runner-up honors went to senior Marvel Brooks in a time of 1:52.46. Iowa’s Ryan Weir was first in 1:51.05.
A personal-best time of 3:53.94 helped freshman Michael Brajdic to a sixth-place finish. Arizona’s Samuel Macaluso was the winner in 3:50.82.
The Buckeyes were represented by sophomore Jackson Neff (second, 9:24.75) and freshman Jordan Redd (fourth, 9:34.81). Kansas State’s Fernando Roman finished first in a time of 9:19.11.
Hartfield dominated the field with a winning jump of 8.10m (26-7.00). Nick Ross of Arizona was a distant second (7.54m/24-9.00), while senior Korbin Smith finished fourth at 7.36m (24-1.75).
Hartfield made it two-for-two on the day with a first-place mark of 15.84m (51-11.75) in the triple jump, a top-10 performance in Division I this season. Iowa’s Klyvens Delauney was second at 15.40m (50-6.25), followed by senior Derek Blevins (personal best, 14.99m/49-2.25) and freshman Julian Vann (14.84m/48-8.25).
Stanley captured first place with a mark of 71.68m (235-2.00). Runner-up went to Iowa’s Matt Byers (71.24m/233-9.00)
Ohio State athletes finished 1-2 in the event: Velez placed first at 61.24m (200-11.00), followed by senior Billy Gehring (personal-best mark of 60.10m/197-2.00).
Freshman J.C. Murasky finished sixth with a throw of 16.85m (55-3.50). Arizona’s Jordan Young finished first overall (17.72m/58-1.75).
Junior Tyler Borton used a season-best height of 4.91m (16-1.25) to finish in fourth place, while junior Cody Marshall was fifth at 4.81m (15-9.25). Casey Wicker of Texas took the title with a vault of 5.11m (16-9.25).
The Buckeye team of Blackwell, Faust, Batcha and Bogle turned in a runner-up time of 39.72, the sixth-fastest time in Division I this season. Iowa won the race in a time of 39.35.
Ohio State ‘A’ – Page, Smith, Brooks and Blanks – captured first place in a time of 3:08.96, a top-20 time nationally. Kansas State was the runner-up in 3:09.07.
Three Buckeyes Complete in Decathlon
Redshirt senior Heath Nickles, freshman Jack Kincade, and redshirt junior Cory Kunze represented the Buckeyes in the Jim Click Combined Events Thursday and Friday. Nickles took fifth overall in the decathlon with a score of 6880. Kincade (6430) and Kunze (6203) finished 10th and 12th, respectively. Patrick Arbour, who was competing unattached, claimed first place with a score of 7593.
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