Jan. 31, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s a two-meet weekend for the Ohio State men’s track and field team as the squad competes at both the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., and the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio, this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2.
Ohio State’s throwers, pole vaulters and multi-event athletes head north to Stile Field House at the University of Akron for the UA Invitational, while sprinters, jumpers and distance runners challenge the field at Notre Dame. Event recaps will be available at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com at the conclusion of each meet, while live results can be found at http://www.deltatiming.com (Meyo) and www.finishtimingresults.com (Akron).
Meyo Invitational: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET Friday; 10 a.m. – 5:10 p.m. Saturday
Akron Invitational: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET Friday, 9:30 p.m. – 6:05 p.m. Saturday
OSU Ranked No. 41 in USTFCCCA Week-Two Poll; Second in Regional Rankings
Ohio State is ranked No. 41 in the week-two edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I team rankings, released Jan. 29.
Seven Big Ten teams join the Buckeyes in the Top 50: No. 7 Minnesota, No. 8 Indiana, No. 12 Penn State, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 28 Nebraska, No. 39 Michigan State and No. 44 Michigan.
In the Great Lakes regional rankings, Ohio State checks in at No. 2 behind Indiana. Purdue, Michigan State and Indiana State round out the Top 5.
For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit www.ustfccca.org.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Six 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:
• Korbin Smith - No. 11 in the long jump and No. 17 in the 4x400m relay
• Demoye Bogle - No. 13 in the 60m hurdles
• Marvel Brooks - No. 17 in the 4x400m relay
• Antonio Blanks - No. 17 in the 4x400m relay
• Champ Page - No. 17 in the 4x400m relay
• Cory Kunze - No. 21 in the heptathlon
2013 Recruiting Class Ranked No. 2 in Nation
Ohio State's 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," Ohio State head coach Ed 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."
The highly touted class of freshmen is headlined by Donovan Robertson, Billy Stanley, Joseph Velez, and Page. 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), Steven Weaver (distance).
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Last Time Out
Bogle cruised to an easy victory in the 60m hurdles Jan. 26 at the Rod McCravy Memorial, highlighting Ohio State’s two days of competition in Lexington, Ky.
Crossing the finish line in 7.83 seconds, the 13th-fastest time in Division I this season, Bogle bettered runner-up Milan Ristic of UNC Asheville by eight-tenths of a second.
Ohio State splits for two meets the weekend of Feb. 8: the Don Kirby Elite in Albuquerque, N.M., and the SPIRE NCAA Division I Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.
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