May 6, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team completed final preparations for the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships this weekend at the Campbell/Wright Invitational at the University of Akron’s Stile Field House.
"This meet was exactly what some of our guys needed to get them ready for next weekend," interim head coach Ed Beathea said. "I like where we are at and I feel like we are ready for a tough test at the Big Ten championships in Madison."
Here’s a look at how members of the squad performed:
Devin Smith made his season debut for the Buckeyes, finishing sixth overall in 10.86 seconds. First place went to unattached competitor Carlin Isles (10.39).
Justin Hines used a time of 14.56 to place third overall behind Akron’s Tyshaun Peoples (14.04) and Kent State’s Mitchell Seawood (14.41).
Fourth place went to Taylor Weary in a time of 21.70. Isles made it two-for-two by crossing the finish line in 20.95 seconds.
A PR of 52.06 helped Demoye Bogle to first place. Teammate Luke Norris finished fourth in 53.41 seconds.
The field of 10 featured eight Buckeye freshmen and redshirt freshman athletes. Jeff and Brian Hannaford, competing unattached, finished 1-2 in times of 8:37.15 and 8:37.31, respectively, to lead the Scarlet and Gray contingent. Third place went to Blake Taneff in 8:40.49.
Smith placed fourth overall by clearing the bar at 2.00m (6-6.75). Dean Wood of Kent State and Martel Durant of Akron tied for first at 2.05m (6-8.75).
OSU placed two athletes in the Top 10: Barron Witherspoon (fifth, PR of 6.99m/22-11.25) and Steve MacDonald (seventh, 6.95m/22-9.75).
A season-best mark of 5.10m (16-8.75) was good for a fourth-place finish for Cody Marshall. Akron’s Shawn Light vaulted to 5.25m (17-2.75) for the victory.
Tyler Branch earned runner-up honors with a 17.73m (58-2.00) throw. Kurtis Roberts of Second Sole was the winner at 19.02m (62-5.00).
Matt DeChant claimed second place at 52.27m (171-6.00). Akron’s Nicholas Banke (55.01m/180-6.00) placed first overall.
Hammer Throw Invitational
Ohio State went 4-5-6 in the event. Max Mays led the pack with a 59.25m (194-5.00) throw, followed by Tom Davis (57.90m/189-11.00) and Billy Gehring (56.00m/183-9.00). Nike’s A.G. Kruger used a 75.66m (248-3.00) heave to take the title, breaking a five-year Stile Athletics Field House record in the process.
The Buckeyes travel to Madison, Wisc., next Friday for a three-day fight for the Big Ten outdoor championship.