Ohio State Hits the Road for the Penn State Challenge

Jan. 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men's track and field team hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to University Park, Pa., for the Penn State Challenge Jan. 18.

The Saturday-only meet is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. The Buckeyes will face a seven-team field led by host and sixth-ranked Penn State. Follow the action with live scoring at www.gopsusports.com. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.     

Competing Teams
Iowa State
Miami (Fla.)
Ohio State
No. 6 Penn State
South Florida

Bogle Names Co-B1G Athlete of the Week
Senior Demoye Bogle was named the Big Ten’s Co-Track Athlete of the Week Monday afternoon by the conference office.
The Huber Heights, Ohio, native broke his own school record in the 60-meter hurdles this past Friday during the Buckeye Classic at French Field House. His time of 7.65 placed him first and is currently the top time in the nation in the event this season.
The honor marks the first Big Ten weekly award for Bogle, who is a three-time Second Team All-American.
Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 27 in USTFCCCA Preseason Poll
Ohio State checked-in at No. 27 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason rankings, released Jan. 13.

Six Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 30: No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 6 Penn State, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 9 Minnesota, No. 12 Illinois and the Buckeyes.

Arkansas is ranked No. 1 nationally followed by second-ranked Florida and No. 3 Oregon.

Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Nine members of the men's track and field team find themselves ranked within the Top 25 in several event areas nationally according to Track & Field Results Reporting System (www.TFRRS.org).  A look at where the Buckeyes sit:

• Demoye Bogle – No. 1 in the 60-meter hurdles
• Donovan Robertson – No. 2 in the 60-meter hurdles
• Josh Sabo – No. 2 in the mile
• Timothy Faust – No. 6 in the 200 meters and No. 19 in the 60 meters
• Julian Vann – No. 9 in the triple jump
• Jordan Rispress – No. 14 in the 400 meters
• J.C. Murasky – No. 15 in the shot put
• Michael Brajdic – No. 15 in the 3000 meters
• Lamar Bruton – No. 16 in the 400 meters

Buckeyes Signing Class Ranked Sixth in the Nation 
Ohio State has landed its second-consecutive Top 10 recruiting class according to Track and Field News.
After bringing in the second-ranked class in the nation a year ago, head coach Ed Beathea and his staff’s recruiting efforts this year have them ranked No. 6 in the latest issue of Track and Field News. The class, which is only the second for Beathea since taking over full-time head coaching duties, also marks the second year in a row that the Buckeyes have had the top-ranked class in the Big Ten.
“We are very excited to hear about our Top 10 ranking of our recruiting class," Beathea said. "I appreciate the efforts of my staff. We have restructured the way we recruit and clearly it is paying off for the program. This honor is a direct result of a lot of hard work by our entire team. All of the signees will represent the university and program very well.”

Last Time Out
Ohio State opened the 2014 season last Friday evening at the Buckeye Classic inside French Field House.

The Buckeyes captured wins in a total of eight events. Along with Bogle’s record-setting win in the 60-meter hurdles, Faust turned in a double win in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes, while Robertson posted a collegiate-best time of 7.74 in the 60 hurdles.

Up Next
The Buckeyes travel to Lexington, Ky., for the McCravy Memorial Invitational next Saturday, Jan. 25.