April 27, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 23rd-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team faced three ranked teams and won a total of four events – the long jump, javelin, 3000m steeplechase and 4x400m relay – Saturday afternoon at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
In a possible national championship preview in the long jump, redshirt senior Michael Hartfield – currently ranked second in Division I in the event – battled No. 1-ranked Marquis Dendy of Florida, with the redshirt senior using a jump of 7.89m (25-10.75) to finish ahead of Dendy, who settled for second at 7.77m (25-6.00). Dendy previously defeated Hartfield at the Texas Relays in March.
Meanwhile, freshman Billy Stanley remained undefeated as a collegiate in the javelin, clearing 69.49m (228-0.00) to take home the victory, while the win in the steeplechase came from senior Donny Roys, who crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 9:06.49. And in the final event of night, Ohio State’s 4x400m relay team crossed the finish line in 3:11.65 to claim first place.
Here’s a complete meet recap for the Buckeyes:
Junior Timothy Faust was the runner-up in a time of 10.62 behind Tulsa’s John Teeters (10.54).
Faust and sophomore Nick Batcha finished sixth and seventh with times of 21.55 and 21.94, respectively. Florida’s Arman Hall was first in 21.06.
Senior Marcus Brooks posted a time of 52.94 to place second behind Florida’s Kadesh Roberts (52.86).
Josh Sabo, a redshirt freshman, finished fifth in a season-best time of 3:55.81. Tulsa’s Adam Palamar took the win in 3:50.87.
Redshirt freshman Blake Taneff (8:33.11) placed second behind Tulsa’s Andrew Heyes (8:24.10).
Roys and freshman Jordan Redd (9:16.72) finished 1-2 for the Buckeyes. Third place went to Raymond Joseph of Arkansas in 9:18.90.
Sophomore Brant Reardon cleared a season-best height of 1.97m (6-5.50) to finish in fourth place. Brede Ellingsen of Arkansas was first at 2.02m (6-7.50).
Senior Korbin Smith placed sixth at 7.06m (23-2.00).
Third place went to freshman Julian Vann at 14.72m (48-3.50). Florida’s Omar Craddock claimed first place with a jump of 15.78m (51-9.25).
Runner-up honors went to sophomore J.C. Murasky at 49.30m (161-9.00). Tulsa’s Chase Sammons placed first with a mark of 51.77m (169-10.00).
Murasky also finished second in the shot put at 16.10m (52-10.00), while junior Curt Smith placed fourth with a season-best mark of 15.94 (52-2.50). Sammons of Tulsa finished first overall (17.43m/57-2.25).
Senior Heath Nickles cleared the bar at season-best height of 5.01m (16-5.25). First place went to Andrew Irwin of Arkansas (5.16m/16-11.00).
The Ohio State team of Faust, Batcha, Bogle and junior Justin Hines crossed the finish line in 40.71 seconds, finishing a distant third behind Arkansas (39.52) and Florida (39.78).
The Buckeyes compete at the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio, May 3-4.
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