Feb. 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With just over a week remaining until the start of championship season, the Ohio State men's track and field team returns to French Field House for the Buckeye Tune-up on Friday, Feb. 15.
Friday's invitational will be the last chance for the Buckeyes to compete in a meet setting prior to next weekend's Big Ten indoor championships at the SPIRE Insititute in Geneva, Ohio. The invite offers a unique opportunity for Buckeye veterans to fine tune their respective fields heading into the conference meet, while also allowing less experienced athletes a chance to compete in front of the hometown crowd.
Throwing events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET, with competition on the track set for 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Follow the action with live scoring at www.finishtiming.com and Twitter updates @OhioState_MTRK. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Miami (Ohio) (M)
Ohio U. (M/W)
Austin Peay (W)
Wheeling Jesuit (M/W)
John Carroll (M)
Ohio Dominican (M/W)
Wright State (W)
Ohio Northern (M/W)
Club Altius (W)
Game Speed Performance Academy (W)
Shawnee State Club Track (M/W)
French Field House
Completed in November 1956 at a cost of $1,010,000, French Field House was designed for indoor track and field meets but is also used as a practice facility for a number of varsity squads at Ohio State.
A $1.3 million renovation project inside the field house was completed in October 2009. Renovations included:
• An all-new 200-meter state-of-the-art track and indoor field competition surface
• Brand new bleachers along the south side with a capacity of 800
• New long jump/triple jump pits
• Permanent throws area
• Re-painting of interior roof, steel beams and walls
The field house was named in honor of Prof. William E. French, who was the Western Conference faculty representative for The Ohio State University for 32 years.
Buckeyes Ranked No. 49 in USTFCCCA Week Four Poll
Ohio State checked-in at No. 49 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) team rankings for Division I, released Feb. 12.
Seven Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 5 Penn State, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 10 Indiana, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 23 Minnesota, No. 25 Michigan, the Buckeyes, and No. 50 Illinois.
In the Great Lakes regional rankings Ohio State sits at No. 3 behind Wisconsin and Indiana. Michigan and Akron complete the Top 5.
For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit www.ustfccca.org.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Five 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. 6 in the 60m hurdles
• Chris Fallon – No. 12 in the mile
• Timothy Faust – No. 15 in the 200m
• Korbin Smith – No. 16 in the long jump
• Cory Kunze – No. 21 in the heptathlon
2013 Recruiting Class Ranked No. 2 in Nation
Ohio State’s incoming 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 come January."
The highly touted incoming class of freshmen is headlined by sprinter Donovan Robertson, javelin specialist Billy Stanley, thrower Joseph Velez and sprinter Champ 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), and Steven Weaver (distance).
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Last Time Out
Bogle and Fallon starred in the Buckeyes’ three-meet weekend last Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9.
At the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., Bogle topped his own school record in the 60m hurdles, crossing the finish line in a time of 7.71 seconds to take home first place. The winning time – an Albuquerque Convention Center facility record – placed the Huber Heights, Ohio, native in the Top 6 nationally in the event.
Meanwhile, Fallon turned in a personal-best time of 3:59.37 to finish fourth overall in the mile at the Tyson Invitational. The PR by Fallon placed the Copley, Ohio, native fourth on the all-time list at Ohio State and 12th overall in Division I this season. He is only the 290th American to run a sub-four minute mile.
The Buckeyes travel to Geneva, Ohio, for the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 22-23.