No. 15 Buckeyes Prepped for Two Weekend Meets
Feb. 2, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A busy weekend awaits the 15th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team, as the Buckeyes travel to Akron, Ohio, and Notre Dame, Ind., for the Akron Combined Events and Meyo Invitational this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4.
Heath Nickles, Michael McCarty and Cory Kunze will represent the Buckeyes in the heptathlon in the first of four days of competition at the University of Akron’s Stile Field House for Ohio State over the next two weekends – the rest of the team is scheduled to compete next weekend at the annual Akron Invitational. Competition for the Scarlet and Gray trio begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. and continues Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
The rest of the squad will take to the track at Notre Dame’s Loftus Sports Center at 4:00 p.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25 Rankings
• Cory Leslie – No. 4 in the mile and No. 21 in the 800m
Ohio State Ranked 15th in USTFCCCA Top 25
Six Big Ten teams are featured in the top 25, with No. 8 Minnesota leading the way, followed by No. 10 Indiana, No. 11 Nebraska, OSU, No. 19 Iowa, and No. 21 Wisconsin. Arkansas is the top-ranked team in the nation, followed by No. 2 Florida and third-ranked LSU.
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Last Time Out
With an NCAA automatic qualifying run of 3:56.85 - the fourth-best Division I time this season - Leslie finished in second place behind former Ohio State All-American Jeff See, who topped Leslie's facility and meet record set in 2011 with a winning time of 3:56.51.
More meet highlights:
• A personal-best time of 7.83 – the third-fastest in school history – helped Demoye Bogle to fourth place behind champion Jarret Eaton of Syracuse, who posted a meet-record and NCAA-qualifying time of 7.49 to finish first.