June 7, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team wrapped up a busy day two at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships Thursday in Eugene, Ore.
The day was highlighted by a third-place finish in the long jump from senior Michael Hartfield. The Manchester, Conn., native cleared 7.96m (26-1.50) on his first jump to earn First Team All-America honors for the first time in his career. Hartfield had previously been Second Team All-America at the last two outdoor championships, finishing 13th in 2011 and 10th in 2012.
“Mike had a great day,” Ed Beathea, head coach of Ohio State men’s track and field, said. “Placing third at NCAA’s is very respectable. Overall, I would say we had a decent day.”
The school-record holder in the event, Hartfield finishes his career a four-time NCAA All-American in the long jump, a five-time Big Ten Champion in the long jump and triple jump, two-time Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships and the 2011 Big Ten and USTFCCCA Great Lakes Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.
Senior Korbin Smith also completed his career as a Buckeye Thursday evening in the long jump. The Delta, Ohio, product took home Second Team All-America honors with a season-best jump of 7.56m (24-9.75), good for a 15th-place finish.
Sophomore Timothy Faust kicked off the day on the track for the Buckeyes competing in the 200m semifinals. The Big Ten indoor champion and outdoor runner-up in the event, Faust ran a personal-best 20.70 seconds to finish 19th overall and earn Honorable Mention All-America. Bryshon Nellum of USC had the best time of the day, crossing the finish line in 19.99 as the Top 8 advanced to Saturday’s final.
In the 1500m semifinals, senior Chris Fallon saw his career come to a close with a 17th-place finish and Honorable Mention All-America honors. The Copley, Ohio, native crossed the finish line in 3:44.62. The top time of the day belonged to Oregon’s Mac Fleet, who ran a 3:41.21 in front of the home crowd. The Top 12 advanced to Saturday’s final.
Junior Demoye Bogle earned himself a spot on the 110m hurdles All-America Second Team, finishing 13th overall with a time of 13.87 seconds. Clemson’s Spencer Adams scored the top time of the semifinals with a time of 13.24 seconds.
Finishing up the day on the track for Ohio State was the 4x400m relay team. The squad consisting of freshman Champ Page, Smith, senior Marvel Brooks and sophomore Antonio Blanks placed 19th overall with a time of 3:08.18, earning Honorable Mention All-America in the process. Texas A&M secured the top time of the semifinals, crossing the finish line in 3:02.38.
Freshman Billy Stanley will wrap up competition for the Buckeyes Saturday as he competes in the javelin beginning at 12:30 p.m. PT.
Humphrey Highlights | Kyle McKinney