May 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Billy Stanley and sophomore Antonio Blanks became the latest Buckeyes to secure bids to next month’s NCAA championships with impressive performances in the javelin and 400m hurdles, respectively, Friday at the 2013 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Greensboro, N.C.
Stanley, the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and conference- and school-record holder in the javelin, cleared 73.02m (239-7.00) on his first and only attempt of the day to place second overall. Florida State’s Morne Moolman captured the regional title with a distance of 75.17m (246-7.00) on his third and final attempt, marking the first time in nearly two years Stanley, a native of South Park, Pa., has failed to finish at the top of the podium in a javelin competition.
Blanks, a sophomore from Dayton, will compete in the 400m hurdles at the national championships for the second year in a row. A First Team All-American in the event as a freshman in 2012, Blanks finished third in his heat and seventh overall in a time of 51.52 to move on to Eugene. Louisiana Tech’s Yusuf Muhammad was the regional champion in a time of 50.86.
Here’s how the rest of the day unfolded for the 23rd-ranked Buckeyes:
110m Hurdle Preliminary
Junior Demoye Bogle placed fourth in his heat and 22nd overall in a season-best time of 13.99 as the top-24 athletes advanced to the Saturday semifinal. Terrence Somerville of Cincinnati posted the top time of the day, crossing the finish line in 13.37 seconds.
Sophomore Timothy Faust advanced to Saturday’s semifinal by finishing fourth in his heat and 21st overall in a time of 21.04. Isiah Young of Ole Miss placed first overall in 20.34.
400m Hurdle Semifinals
Junior Jordan Rispress fell three spots shy of advancing to Eugene, finishing 15th overall in a season-best time of 52.12.
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