April 21, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team captured the 2012 All-Ohio Outdoor Track and Field Championship Saturday at Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio. With a combined score of 160.83, the Buckeyes finished 12.50 points ahead of second place Akron (148.33) and 47.50 ahead of third place and host Miami (104).
Matt DeChant starred for the Buckeyes, picking up a pair of victories in the shot put and discus. His winning distance of 19.34m (63-5.50) in the shot put was a season-best and top-10 mark nationally, while his 52.82m (173-3.00) toss in the discus was a personal best. In all, DeChant contributed 20 points towards the Buckeyes’ team score.
"Our guys competed very hard this weekend and finished No. 1 in the state against some very strong competition," interim head coach Ed Beathea said. "The All-Ohio meet served as another opportunity for us to prepare for an anticipated tough conference championship. I know our guys will be up for the competition. I liked our effort and focus this weekend and our coaches did a god job of getting everyone ready to compete."
Below is a breakdown of the Buckeyes’ day in Oxford:
Ohio State picked up a total of seven points in the event. Timothy Faust placed fifth in 11.03, while Brandon Blackwell finished sixth in 11.04. First place went to Xavier’s Nick Williams (10.75).
Demoye Bogle claimed runner-up honors and eight points with a time of 14.31. Akron’s Tyshaun Peoples was the first-place finisher in 14.29.
Runner-up honors and eight points went to Korbin Smith in a PR of 21.83. Taylor Weary (sixth, 22.15) picked up an additional three points for OSU. Miami’s Jahquil Hargrove took home the win in 21.77.
Marvel Brooks (48.59) earned four points for the Buckeyes with a fifth-place finish. Miami’s Hargrove pulled off the double win in a time of 47.23.
The Scarlet and Gray amassed 21 points in the event with a 1-3-4 finish. Marcus Brooks took the win in a time of 52.65, followed by Kent State’s Miles Dunlap (52.78) and fellow Buckeyes Demoye Bogle (52.86) and Luke Norris (53.14).
Third place and six points went to Chris Fallon in a time of 1:52.44. Kent State’s Joshua Schmidt was the victor in 1:52.04.
Four Buckeyes placed in the Top 10. Korbin Smith won the event at 7.52m (24-8.25), while teammates Michael Hartfield (7.38m/24-2.50), Steve MacDonald (7.26m/23-10.00) and Derek Blevins (7.06m/23-2.00) finished fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively. In all, OSU athletes totaled 21 points in the event.
Blevins was awarded four points after a fifth-place jump (13.71m/44-11.75). Lake Erie’s Joseph Postwaite was first at 14.84m (48-8.25).
A 1.93m (6-4.00) jump helped Tyler Parrish to 1.50 points and a tie for seventh place with Xavier’s John Kolibab.
Tyler Branch added five points for the Buckeyes with a fifth-place toss of 17.33m (56-10.25).
Max Mays finished .01m off of his PR with a third-place toss of 61.84m (202-11), earning six team points in the process. Derrick Vicars of Findlay captured first place with a mark of 66.04m (216-08).
A 61.73m (202-06) throw helped Kenny Stephens to third place and six points. Ashland’s Tyler Kreim was the winner at 67.49m (221-05).
Cody Marshall cleared the bar on his second attempt at 4.90m (16-0.75) to earn 6.33 points and a second-place tie with Miami’s Sam Wildeman. Akron’s Joe Wesley won the event by clearing 4.90m on his first attempt.
Heath Nickles and Cory Kunze competed in seven of 10 events for the Buckeyes. Nickles picked up wins in the shot put and discus, while Kunze was the runner-up in the high jump. Miami’s Jordan Goffena totaled 7,314 points for the win.
Bogle, Faust, Nick Batcha, and Blackwell earned 10 points with a first-place finish in 41.11. Ashland placed second in 41.91, followed by Akron in third (42.00).
The Brooks twins, Norris, and Antonio Blanks closed the meet with a first-place time of 3:12.11, good for 10 team points. Findlay was second (3:13.07) and Ashland third (3:13.27).
Ohio State travels to Des Moines, Iowa, April 26-28 for the Drake Relays.
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