Thomas Murdaugh and the 4x400m relay team advanced to the NCAA championships with a sixth-place finish Saturday.
May 26, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's track and field team concluded competition at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday evening.
Demoye Bogle (110m hurdles) and Matt DeChant (shot put) earned national championship berths in their respective events, while the 4x400m relay team of Antonio Blanks, Korbin Smith, Marvel Brooks, and Thomas Murdaugh also secured a ticket to next month's NCAA outdoor championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
"I was very proud of how our team competed in a very strong regional meet," interim head coach Ed Beathea said. "We advanced 10 men to the championships and I think they all have a good chance to finish in the top 8. Our staff did a great job of putting our guys in a position to be competitive this weekend. They showed great toughness and competed with pride.”
Bogle tied his personal-record time of 13.81 seconds - the fourth-fastest time in OSU history - to finish fourth in his heat and 10th overall in the sprint hurdles. Miami's Devon Hill posted the top time of the championship qualifiers, finishing his race in 13.41 seconds.
Finishing seventh overall in his shot put was DeChant, who recorded a distance of 18.89m (61-11.75) on his first attempt of the day to advance to nationals. Penn State's Joe Kovacs was the champion at 19.91m (65-4.00).
The 4x400m relay team closed the meet in style, crossing the finish line in 3:06.08 to place third in its heat and seventh overall. LSU won the Buckeyes' section and finished first overall in a time of 3:03.20.
Also competing Saturday for the Scarlet and Gray were Cody Marshall (pole vault), Chris Fallon (1500m), Timothy Faust (200m), Tyler Branch (shot put), all of whom fell short of championship qualifcation. However, Marshall impressed with a PR of 5.17m (16-11.50) - third-best in school history - to finish 25th overall in the vault. Additionally, Fallon, with a time of 3:47.22, was one spot shy of qualifying in the 1500.
Ohio State will send nine athletes to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines Iowa, June 6-9.