Ohio State Splits for Two Weekend Meets
Feb. 6, 2014
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. 7-8.
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.
Meyo Invitational: 4 p.m. - 9:40 p.m. ET Friday; 10 a.m. - 5:05 p.m. Saturday
Akron Invitational: 3 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. ET Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday
Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 30 in USTFCCCA Poll, Fourth in Great Lakes Region
Ohio State is the 30th-ranked team in the nation according to the second regular-season edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings.
Ohio State is the fourth-ranked squad in the Great Lakes region according to the USTFCCCA rankings behind Indiana, Akron and Notre Dame.
The Buckeyes are one of six Big Ten men's programs in the Top 30. Arkansas is the top-ranked team in the country according to the poll, while Florida comes in at No. 2 and Oregon No. 3.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Eight members of the men's track and field team are 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. 2 in the 60-meter hurdles
Donovan Robertson - No. 5 in the 60-meter hurdles
Timothy Faust - No. 11 in the 200 meters
Cory Kunze - No. 18 in the heptathlon
Champ Page - No. 19 in the 4x400m relay
Jordan Rispress - No. 19 in the 4x400m relay
Lamar Bruton - No. 19 in the 4x400m relay
Armand Austin - No. 19 in the 4x400m relay and No. 19 in the DMR
Buckeyes Sign Seven to National Letters of Intent
Ed Beathea, Ohio State men's track and field head coach, announced Thursday the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
Sprinter/hurdler Davon Anderson and thrower Max Siepel will join distance runners Kevin Blank, Clayton Bowie, Nick Elswick, Mitch Leitch and Jake Mandel on the Ohio State campus this fall.
"All of these guys show the ability to help our team win a Big Ten championship," Beathea said. "This class should rival our two previous years of Top 10 recruiting classes. The staff has done another great job of recruiting. We have not had three years of successful recruiting at this level before so it is a great first step."
Last Time Out
Ohio State competed last Friday and Saturday at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind.
Junior Josh Sabo finished first overall in the mile in a season-best time 4:10.15 and also placed fourth in the 800-meter invitational (first in his section) in a time of 1:52.33. Bruton was a winner in the 400-meter dash in a time of 48.21.
"Josh Sabo and Lamar Bruton competed very well," Beathea said. "I was very proud of their effort. This meet positioned us very well for our next meet and this team is coming together nicely. The best meets are still ahead of us."
The Buckeyes compete next weekend (Feb. 14-15) at the SPIRE Division I Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, and the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.