Distance Runners Compete at Payton Jordan
April 29, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three members of the Ohio State men’s track and field distance squad traveled west this past Sunday for the prestigious Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational held Cobb Track and Angell Field at Stanford University.
The distance-running showcase lived up to expectations as numerous world-leading times were achieved and multiple meet records were broken.
In a meet that was more about times than where you finished, senior Chris Fallon ran a personal best 3:41.13 in the men’s 1500 meters. The Copley, Ohio native’s time is tied for fourth best in OSU outdoor history. . Alex Hatz of Wisconsin took first in section two with a time of 3:39.87, while unattached competitor Chris O’Hare had the best overall time of 3:38.48.
Redshirt sophomore Jackson Neff recorded a personal best in the 3000-meter steeplechase, crossing the finish line in a time of 9:00.82. The top overall time in the event went to unattached runner Matt Hughes with a world-best time of 8:21.34.
In a loaded field in the 5,000 meters event that saw the top-ten finishers all top the existing best time in the world this year, redshirt freshman Michael Brajdic finished 18th in his section with a time of 15:07.35. Saucony runner Ben True had the top overall time of 13:14.44.
Ohio State returns home to host the Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, May 10-12.