Feb. 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team hits the road for a two-meet weekend for the second week in a row as the squad competes at both the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., and the SPIRE Division I Team Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15.
Ohio State’s distance squad heads north to SPIRE Institute in Geneva, site of the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships, while sprinters, hurdlers and throwers challenge the field at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, site of the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships. Event recaps will be available at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com at the conclusion of each meet.
Don Kirby Elite Invitational: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. MT Friday; 10:45 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. Saturday
SPIRE DI Team Invitational: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. Saturday
Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 29 in USTFCCCA Poll
Ohio State is the 29th-ranked team in the nation according to the third regular-season edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings.
The Buckeyes are one of eight Big Ten men’s programs in the Top 35. 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. 13 in the 200 meters
• Champ Page – No. 14 in the 4x400m relay (No.9 overall)
• Jordan Rispress – No. 14 in the 4x400m relay (No.9 overall)
• Lamar Bruton – No. 14 in the 4x400m relay (No.9 overall)
• Armand Austin – No. 14 in the 4x400m relay (No.9 overall)
• Cory Kunze – No. 23 in the heptathlon
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 Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., and the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
The Ohio State 4x400-meter relay team ran a season-best time of 3:08.34 to capture first-place honors at the Meyo Invite. Page, Rispress, Austin and Bruton combined to finish .05 seconds ahead of runner-up and host Notre Dame. The winning time ranks 14th in Division I so far this season.
Other highlights from the weekend include a third-place finish in the high jump by junior Devin Smith and a season-best height of 4.96 meters (16-3.25) in the pole vault from senior Cody Marshall, both at Akron.
Ohio State hosts the Buckeye Tune-up next Friday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. ET inside French Field House. Admission is free.