Buckeyes finish day one at Big Ten championships
May 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's track and field team opened up competition Friday at the Big Ten outdoor championships at the McClimon Track Complex in Madison, Wis. Ohio State scored nine points Friday and sit in sixth place with two days remaining.
Max Mays scored five points for the Buckeyes in the hammer throw with his fourth-place toss of 61.55m. Minnesota's Quetin Mege won the event with a throw of 67.08m.
Ohio State picked up four points in the pole vault with Heath Nickles' fifth-place mark of 5.16m. Michigan's Jack Greenlee won the event with a top jump of 5.26m.
"We had a good first day with Max and Heath placing 4-5, respectively, in their events," interim head coach Ed Beathea said. "The guys are very focused for day two. I think some of them are going to have a hard time sleeping."
Nickles and Cory Kunze are in solid position in the decathlon with five events left on Saturday. Nickles tied for second in the high jump with a leap of 2.02m (6-07.50). He also finished fifth in the shot put 13.14m (43-01.50) and fourth in the 400m dash (50.01). Kunze was fourth in the 100m dash (11.13) and long jump (7.04m, 23-01.25) and sixth in the 400m dash (50.17).
1. Wisconsin - 26
2. Minnesota - 21.50
3. Michigan - 18
4. Illinois - 11
5. Indiana - 10
6. Ohio State - 9
7. Penn State - 7
8. Michigan State - 6
9. Purdue - 5
10. Nebraska - 2.50
11. Iowa - 1