No. 23 Ohio State Hosts Buckeye Tune-up Friday
Feb. 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With just over a week remaining until the start of championship season, the 23rd-ranked Ohio State men's track and field team returns to French Field House for the Buckeye Tune-up Friday, Feb. 21.
The Friday invitational will be the last chance for the Buckeyes to compete in a meet setting prior to the Big Ten indoor championships next weekend at the SPIRE Institute 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 4 p.m. ET. Competition on the track is set for 5 p.m. Admission is free.
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French Field House
Completed in November 1956 at a cost of $1.01 million, 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.
Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 23 in USTFCCCA Poll
Ohio State is the 23rd-ranked team in the nation according to the fourth 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 four Big Ten men’s programs in the Top 25. Arkansas is the top-ranked team in the country according to the poll, while Florida comes in at No. 2 and Texas A&M 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. 3 in the 60-meter hurdles
- Donovan Robertson – No. 5 in the 60-meter hurdles
- Timothy Faust – No. 17 in the 200 meters
- Champ Page – No. 20 in the 4x400m relay (No. 14 overall)
- Jordan Rispress – No. 20 in the 4x400m relay (No. 14 overall)
- Lamar Bruton – No. 20 in the 4x400m relay (No. 14 overall)
- Armand Austin – No. 20 in the 4x400m relay (No. 14 overall)
- Cory Kunze – No. 24 in the heptathlon
Buckeyes Sign Seven to National Letters of Intent
Ed Beathea, Ohio State men’s track and field head coach, announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Feb. 6.
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
OSU competed at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., and the SPIRE Division I Team Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, Feb. 14-15.
In the premier event of the weekend, the 60-meter hurdles at New Mexico, Bogle claimed runner-up honors in a time of 7.66, .01 second behind his school-record time and .06 second off of the winning time from Aleec Harris of USC (7.60). Robertson posted a college personal-best time of 7.68 in the preliminary round. Other highlights included a personal-best mark of 15.23 meters (49-11.50) by sophomore Julian Vann in the triple jump and season bests in the 400 meters from Bruton, Page, and senior Javon Walker.
Ohio State travels to Geneva, Ohio, next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1, for the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships at SPIRE Institute.
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