Feb. 9, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 15th-ranked Ohio State men's track and field team hits the road for three competitive meets this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11.
The majority of the squad will head west for a pair of meets - sprinters, throwers, and jumpers will be in Albuquerque, N.M., for the Don Kirby Elite Invitational, while distance runners compete at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. In addition, Ohio State's pole vaulters and multi-event athletes return to Akron, Ohio, for the second-consecutive week to challenge the field at the Akron Invitational.
Don Kirby Invitational: 5:15 p.m. ET Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center
Akron Invitational: 10:00 a.m. ET Saturday at Stile Field House
Flotrack Husky Classic: 7:00 p.m. ET Friday and 12:00 p.m. ET Saturday at Dempsey Indoor
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25 Rankings
Cory Leslie - No. 4 in the mile
Max Mays - No. 7 in the weight throw
4x400m Relay - No. 11
Thomas Murdaugh - No. 13 in the 400m
Heath Nickles - No. 14 in the heptathlon and No. 17 in the pole vault
Michael McCarty - No. 17 in the heptathlon
Distance Medley - No. 20
Demoye Bogle - No. 21 in the 60m hurdles
Matt DeChant - No. 24 in the weight throw
Dan White - No. 25 in the 800m
Ohio State Ranked 15th in USTFCCCA Top 25
The Buckeyes checked-in at No. 15 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top 25, released Tuesday.
Six Big Ten teams are featured in the top 25, with No. 10 Minnesota leading the way, followed by No. 12 Indiana, No. 13 Nebraska, OSU, No. 17 Wisconsin, and No. 19 Iowa. 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
Heath Nickles broke his own school record in the heptathlon Feb. 4 at the Akron Combined Events in Akron, Ohio, on his way to a first-place finish at Stile Field House.
Nickles used a personal-best score of 5624 - 14th-best in Division I this season - to take home the win. Michael McCarty, who led at the end of competition Friday, settled for second with a PR of 5524, a top-20 score nationally. Cory Kunze was third with 5317 points, also a PR, to complete the Buckeye sweep of the top 3.
Meanwhile, at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., Chris Fallon placed fourth in the 1000m and Korbin Smith took sixth in the long jump. In addition, Will Knickel and Devin Smith turned in seventh-place performances in the mile and high jump, respectively.
The Scarlet and Gray host the Buckeye Tune-up Friday, Feb. 17 at French Field House.
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