Hartfield Wins Big Ten Long Jump Title; Buckeyes Fourth After Two Days
May 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Michael Hartfield won the Big Ten title in the long jump Saturday afternoon at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Madison, Wis., highlighting the second day of competition from Dan McClimon Memorial Track for the Ohio State men’s track and field team.
Hartfield successfully defended his 2011 outdoor title in the same event with a personal-best jump of 7.96m (26-1.50), the fourth-best mark in Division I this season and a top-5 performance in the Ohio State record books. The senior led a Buckeye long jump contingent that placed three athletes in the Top 6 and accumulated a total of 19 points for the team. Korbin Smith tied his PR in the event (7.68m/25-2.50, No. 16 nationally) to earn the bronze medal, while Steve MacDonald used a PR of 7.58m (24-10.50) to place sixth overall.
"The first jump, it was a big foul," Hartfield said. "This was my first meet jumping off my left leg the entire season so I wasn't sure how it would go. So my first jump I got so much height I didn't know what to do with it. So I kind of just landed all kind of crazy but ended up faulting anyways. But then the next one I got in control a little bit and that was the winning jump with 7.96, which is actually a PR by .01. So to come out with a PR after a season of jumping off the opposite leg ... I mean this is really a blessing.
"It feels good especially after getting your behind kicked all year, you know. To come back at Big Tens and really make a statement, it feels good."
Cory Leslie was the other big scorer for the Buckeyes on day two. The junior claimed eight team points with a runner-up finish in the 3000m steeplechase in a PR-time of 8:32.48, a performance that ranks him second in Division I this season and among the Top 5 in the event in school history. Michigan’s Craig Forys won the gold medal in a meet-record time of 8:28.90, tops in DI this season.
As a team, Ohio State sits in fourth place with 42 points after two days of competition. Host and 15th-ranked Wisconsin is in first with 62 points, followed by defending indoor champion and eighth-ranked Indiana (44), and No. 17 Nebraska (42.50)
Here’s a recap of the rest of day two action for the Scarlet and Gray:
110m Hurdle Prelims
400m Hurdle Prelims
Team Rankings – Eight Events Scored
Championship Sunday begins at 11:55 a.m. ET tomorrow morning.