Buckeyes Battle Conference Foes at Big Ten Championship Meet
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.
Scouting the Big Ten’s Best
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.
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.
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Ohio State History at the Big Ten Championships
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
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.
• Demoye Bogle – No. 6 in the 60m hurdles
2013 Recruiting Class Ranked No. 2 in Nation
"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
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.