Jan. 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men's track and field team opens its 2013 season Friday, Jan. 11, with the Buckeye Classic at French Field House. The Buckeyes are set to host Ashland, Capital, and several top area individual competitors.
Throwing events are scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. ET, with competition on the track set for 5:30 p.m. Follow the action with live scoring at www.finishtiming.com and Twitter updates @OhioState_MTRK. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
What’s New in 2013?
Ed Beathea enters his first season as head coach of the track and field program at Ohio State. Beathea served as interim head coach of the men’s track team during the 2012 outdoor season after spending five years as associate head coach of the Buckeyes.
Brice Allen was named Ohio State associate and distance head coach in July. He returns to coaching after a one year absence, with previous stops at Louisville and Northern Arizona. At Louisville, the distance and cross country programs made considerable jumps under his tutelage, garnering three top-25 finishes from 2007-10 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the first time in school history.
Ross Richardson was named assistant coach in August and will work with the Buckeye throwers. He comes to Ohio State from Virginia and also has previous ties to the Big Ten after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Purdue from 2005-10. Richardson has coached 11 All-Americans and 21 NCAA championship qualifiers throughout his career. Last season at Virginia the throws team broke six school records, sent three throwers to the NCAA championships, had two second-team All-Americans, and scored 68 points at the ACC outdoor conference meet.
Antonio Blanks, sophomore sprinter/ hurdler – Two-time first-team All-American (outdoor 400m hurdles, indoor 4x400m relay) … 2012 second-team All-American in the outdoor 4x400m relay … 2012 Big Ten champion indoor champion in the 4x400m relay … member of school indoor record-holding 4x400m relay team (3:06.15) … 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier.
Heath Nickles, senior multi-events – 2012 second-team All-American in the decathlon … two-time Big Ten champion (decathlon and pole vault) … school record-holder in the decathlon and heptathlon.
Marvel Brooks, senior sprinter- Earned First Team All-American honors with a fifth-place finish as a member of the 4x400m relay team at the NCAA championships (3:07.26) ... helped the 4x4 to a school indoor-record and fourth-place time of 3:06.15 at the Alex Wilson Last ChanceInvitational ... member of OSU's Big Ten champion 4x400m relay (3:08.06); placed sixth as an individual in the 600m and posted a PRof 1:19.57 in the prelims.
Donovan Robertson, sprints/hurdles – Native of Berea, Ohio … five-time OHSAA state champion and the 2012 national indoor champion in the 60m hurdles … two-time Ohio Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year … 2011 USA Today All-USA Track and Field team … national high school indoor record-holder in the 60m hurdles (7.57) … state record-holder in the 300m hurdles (35.96).
Billy Stanley, javelin – Native of South Park, Pa. … national high school record-holder in the javelin (75.21m/246-9.00) … 2012 PIAA state champion in the javelin … 2012 Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Male Athlete of the Year … ESPN/Gatorade Pennsylvania Male Player of the Year.
Champ Page, sprints – Native of Marlboro, Md. … eight-time Maryland state champion and state record holder in the 4x200 relay … finished second nationally in the 300m (33.93), third in the 500m (63.71) and 11th in the 400m (48.28) during the 2012 season.
Buckeyes Ranked No. 31 in USTFCCCA Preseason Poll
Ohio State checked-in at No. 31 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason rankings, released Jan. 8.
Seven Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 7 Indiana, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 18 Penn State, No. 28 Michigan State, the Buckeyes, and No. 42 Illinois.
2013 Recruiting Class Ranked No. 2 in Nation
Ohio State’s incoming freshman class was recently ranked No. 2 in the national and tops in the Big Ten Conference by Track and Field News.
"I'm extremely excited about this incoming class of freshmen and what each of them will bring to the squad," Beathea said. "It is an honor to get this high recognition from Track and Field News. It is a testament to our staff and the hard work they put into recruiting. We are looking forward to seeing these young men perform for the Scarlet and Gray come January."
The highly touted incoming class of freshmen is headlined by Robertson, Stanley, Page, and thrower Joseph Velez. The class also includes newcomers Armand Austin (sprints), Bryce Blake (pole vault), Jack Kincade (multi-events), Eric Metoyer (sprints/hurdles), Nick Pupino (distance), Jordan Redd (distance), and Steven Weaver (distance).
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The Buckeyes travel to Bloomington, Ind., for the Gladstein Invitational Jan. 18.