Feb. 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team challenges its conference rivals this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Track & Field Championship in Geneva, Ohio.
Follow the action at SPIRE Institute with live scoring at www.lightningtiming.com and receive Twitter updates @OhioState_MTRK. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Days: Friday, Feb. 22 (10:00 a.m. - 6:50 p.m. ET) and Saturday, Feb. 23 (10:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m. ET)
Venue: SPIRE Institute – Geneva, Ohio
Television: BTN will televise the championships on a tape-delayed basis, airing Saturday, March 2 at noon ET.
Live Stats: www.lightningtiming.com or www.bigten.org.
Twitter: @OhioState_MTRK and @BigTenChamps
Scouting the Big Ten’s Best
No. 5 Nebraska – Nebraska is the Big Ten’s top squad in field events. James White is ranked fourth nationally in the high jump, while Janis Lettis is No. 4 in the triple jump and No. 6 long jump. The Huskers also feature sprinter Dexter McKenzie, ranked 11th in Division I in the 200m.
No. 7 Penn State – The Nittany Lions are dominant in middle-distance events, led by Casmir Loxsom, the nation’s No. 1-ranked 800m runner. Robby Creese and Brannon Kidder join Loxsom as middle-distance stars. Penn State also owns the top time in the conference in the 4x400m.
No. 9 Indiana – The defending Big Ten indoor champions bring another stacked distance squad to the championships. Zachary Mayhew and Andy Bayer are ranked seventh and eighth in the Division I, respectively, in the 3000m, and Bayer is a member of the Hoosiers’ No. 2-ranked DMR squad. In the pole vault, national champion Derek Drouin owns the second-best mark in the country this season.
No. 10 Wisconsin – Wisconsin hangs its hat on its distance program. Maverick Darling and Mohammed Ahmed are ranked sixth and ninth, respectively, in the 5000m this season. Austin Mudd is contender in the 800m, as he is currently No. 8 in Division I.
No. 15 Minnesota – Winners of three of the last four Big Ten indoor titles, the Gophers always perform well at the conference meet. Minnesota is led by weight throwers Micah Hegerle and Jon Lehman, ranked second and fifth in the nation, respectively. Harun Abda is ranked sixth in the 800m.
60m hurdles – Demoye Bogle is tied for first in the conference with Iowa’s Jordan Mullen, while Justin Hines owns the sixth-best time in the league this season. With the addition of freshman phenom Donovan Robertson, who will make his Buckeye debut at the meet this weekend, Ohio State has the potential to score big points in the event.
4x400m relay – Ohio State has won three of the last four indoor titles in the event but was edged by Penn State at last season’s championship. The Nittany Lions own the conference’s top time this season and will fight for first place against the Buckeyes and Illinois.
About SPIRE Institute
SPIRE Institute is one of the largest indoor, multi-sport, training and competition complexes in the world. With more than 750,000 square feet under roof and acres of outdoor facilities, it has the unique capacity to simultaneously host clubs, leagues, tournaments and championship events no matter the weather or the season. Every consideration has been taken to create an unparalleled experience for the athlete, the coach and the spectator.
SPIRE Institute was founded on the belief that sports and education enrich lives. Through healthy competition, individuals build character and the drive to help them reach their full potential.
Ohio State History at the Big Ten Championships
Ohio State has won five Big Ten indoor championships and 124 individual/event titles since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1913, the last team title coming in 1993 under Russ Rogers.
Rogers led the track and field program to new heights in the early 90s as the Buckeyes claimed seven top-4 finishes at the indoor championships from 1990-1996.
OSU's first title came in 1942 under Larry Snyder. Snyder guided the Scarlet and Gray to three-consecutive titles from 1948-1950.
Buckeyes Ranked No. 53 in USTFCCCA Week Five Poll
Ohio State checked-in at No. 53 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) team rankings for Division I, released Feb. 19.
Eight Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 5 Nebraska, No. 7 Penn State, No. 9 Indiana, No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 15 Minnesota, No. 36 Michigan, No. 44 Michigan State, and No. 46 Purdue.
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
Eight 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
• Korbin Smith – No. 14 in the 4x400m relay and No. 17 in the long jump
• Champ Page – No. 14 in the 4x400m relay
• Marvel Brooks – No. 14 in the 4x400m relay
• Antonio Blanks – No. 14 in the 4x400m relay
• Timothy Faust – No. 15 in the 200m
• Chris Fallon – No. 16 in the mile
• Cory Kunze – No. 22 in the heptathlon
2013 Recruiting Class Ranked No. 2 in Nation
Ohio State’s freshman class was recently ranked No. 2 in the nation 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 Robertson, Page, javelin specialist Billy Stanley, and thrower Joseph Velez. 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
Ohio State completed its final preparations for the Big Ten championships Feb. 15 at French Field House as hosts of the Buckeye Classic.
Highlights included an impressive debut in the 60m hurdles by Robertson (7.84), a 1-2 finish from Bogle and Faust in the 60m dash and a number of new personal-best times and marks.
The Buckeyes travel to Notre Dame, Ind., for the Alex Wilson Invitational March 1-2.