Hartfield Wins Third-Consecutive Big Ten Long Jump Title
May 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Michael Hartfield won his third-consecutive Big Ten title in the long jump Saturday afternoon at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, highlighting day two at the conference finals for No. 23 Ohio State.
The Manchester, Conn., native cleared 7.69m (25-2.75) on his first attempt to secure 10 points toward Ohio State’s team score and the unprecedented three-peat – he is the first Buckeye to school history to win three-consecutive conference titles in the long jump. In addition to Hartfield’s 10-point jump, senior Korbin Smith earned three points for OSU with a sixth-place mark of 7.30m (23-11.50).
Junior Cory Kunze and senior Heath Nickles also scored for the Buckeyes on day two, collecting a total of six points in the decathlon. Kunze used a personal-best score of 7227 to place fifth overall, while Nickles compiled a season-best point total of 7150 to take seventh. Wisconsin’s Zack Ziemek led wire-to-wire and captured the Big Ten crown with a Jesse Owens Stadium-record score of 7640.
Through seven events, the Buckeyes are fifth with 23 team points. No. 13 Nebraska leads the team competition with 46.5 points, followed by No. 10 Wisconsin (44.5). Five athletes qualified for six Sunday finals, along with the Buckeye 4x100m relay team.
Here’s a recap of day two for the Buckeyes:
110m Hurdle Prelims
Freshman Donovan Robertson and junior Demoye Bogle qualified for tomorrow’s finals. Robertson finished with the third-fastest time of the day, a season-best 14.06, while Bogle turned in the sixth-best time on the day (14.16). Vanier Joseph Illinois leads the field with a time of 14.04.
400m Hurdle Prelims
Other items of note:
• Indiana’s Derek Drouin set a new JOMS record in the high jump with his first-place height of 2.24m (7-4.25).
Team Standings – 7 Events Scored