May 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Michael Hartfield booked his ticket to the NCAA championships with a sixth-place finish in the long jump Thursday afternoon at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla.
The 2012 Big Ten champion in the long jump, Hartfield cleared 7.62m (25-0) to advance alongside 11 other competitors to the national championships, set for June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa. Florida's Marquis Dendy led the list of qualifiers with a mark of 7.81m (25-7.50).
Hartfield was the lone Buckeye national qualifier on day one from the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium, but he wasn't the only athlete in Scarlet and Gray to enjoy a successful first day of competition, as four of his teammates moved on to quarterfinal action. Thomas Murdaugh (400m), Dan White (800m), Antonio Blanks (400m hurdles) and Marcus Brooks (400m hurdles) will run in the their respectively quarterfinals Friday after advancing through Thursday's opening round, while Chris Fallon will compete Saturday in the 1500m quarters.
Here's a look at how the day played out for Ohio State:
Murdaugh placed fifth in his heat and 21st overall in a time of 46.75. George Mason's David Verburg won Murdaugh's section in 45.78 seconds, the fastest time of the day.
Running in heat three, Blanks (52.45) took third place and 21st overall, just ahead of teammate Demoye Bogle (52.98), who finished fourth in the section and 28th overall, falling one spot short of quarterfinal qualification. Brooks (52.88) was fifth in his race and 26th overall for the Buckeyes.
A time of 1:50.12 helped White to fourth place in his heat and 17th overall. Virginia's Lance Roller posted the top time of the day (1:48.69).
Fallon competed in the fastest heat of the day and finished in sixth place with the 10th-best time of the prelim (3:47.47). Andy Bayer of Indiana won Fallon's section and placed first overall in 3:45.53.
Competition resumes tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. ET with the hammer throw.