Neff, Rispress and Walker Claim Victories at Purdue
May 3, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team wrapped up competition in West Lafayette, Ind. Saturday at the Dave Rankin Invite hosted by Purdue University.
Three different Buckeyes claimed individual victories on the track Saturday afternoon.
Redshirt junior Jackson Neff was a winner for the Buckeyes in the 3000 meter steeplechase, racing to a first-place time of 9:16.34. Sophomore Jordan Redd finished right behind Neff in a time of 9:26.79.
A time of 53.07 seconds was good enough for the victory in the 400-meter hurdles for Ohio State senior Jordan Rispress. Rispress beat out second-place finisher Obokhare Ikpefan of Purdue by .01 seconds.
Here is a look at how the rest of the Buckeyes fared:
After qualifying for the final with a third-place finish in his heat, senior Brandon Blackwell finished fifth overall with a final time of 11.00 seconds. Michigan State’s Ross Parsons raced to a winning time of 10.72 seconds.
Second place went to Ohio State senior Justin Hines who crossed the finish line with a time of 14.40 seconds, .32 seconds behind unattached winner Joshua Hembrough.
The Buckeyes claimed three of the top five spots in the 200-meter dash, led by a second-place finish by junior Timothy Faust (21.36 seconds). Junior Nick Batcha (21.64) and sophomore Donovan Robertson (22.36) finished 4-5 for the Buckeyes, respectively. Raheem Mostert of Purdue crossed the finish line in 20.96 seconds to take home the victory.
A pair of freshmen placed third and fifth overall for the Buckeyes in the 800 meter event. Anthony Johnson raced to a time of 1:53.65 to claim the bronze while fifth went to Dominik Seitzer who ran a time of 1:54.40.
Sophomore Blake Taneff ran a time of 14:58.48 to take third place in the 5k run. The gold went to Michigan State’s Alex Wilson who finished with a time of 14:41.19.
Sophomore Brant Reardon cleared 2.00 meters to finish in fifth place. The winning height of 2.10 meters was cleared by Kurt Schneider of Michigan State.
Junior J.C. Murasky took the bronze with a mark of 17.76 meters while freshmen Aaron Zedella (16.07m) and Dylan Dyke (15.95m) placed fifth and seventh, respectively. The winner of the event was Michigan State’s Antonio James with a throw of 19.35 meters.
Zedella’s toss of 48.56 meters was good for sixth place. The top mark of 59.58 meters again went to MSU’s James.
The Ohio State senior duo of Tyler Borton and Cody Marshall finished 3-4, respectively. Borton cleared a height of 5.00 meters while Marshall cleared 4.85 meters. First place went to Michigan State freshman Tim Ehrhardt with a vault of 5.10 meters.
Junior Julian Vann claimed third place with a jump of 14.62 meters. Purdue’s Anaquan Peterson (15.19m) was the winner in the event.
A jump of 6.98 meters gave senior Brady Gelvin a third place finish. The top jump of the day was by unattached competitor Malcolm Pennix (7.55m).
The Ohio State squad of Rispress, freshman LaMar Bruton, Walker and Austin raced to a time of 3:14.70. The time was good for third place while a winning time of 3:10.47 was run by Michigan State.
The 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, hosted this year by Purdue in West Lafayette, will take place Friday-Sunday, May 16-18.
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