No. 25 Buckeyes Battle Conference Foes at Big Ten Championships
Feb. 27, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 25th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team challenges its conference rivals this Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
Follow the action at SPIRE Institute with Twitter updates from the official account of Ohio State track and field, @OhioState_MTRK. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Days: Friday, Feb. 28 (10:00 a.m. - 6:50 p.m. ET) and Saturday, March 1 (10:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m. ET) Venue: SPIRE Institute – Geneva, Ohio
Television: BTN will air tape-delay coverage of the Big Ten championships at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 8.
Twitter: @OhioState_MTRK and @BigTenChamps. Official hashtag, #B1GTF
Scouting the Best of the Big Ten
No. 4 Wisconsin – The defending Big Ten champions are anchored by a strong distance squad. Reed Connor is the top athlete for the Badgers – he owns the top conference times in both the 3000 meters and 5000 meters. UW also features Japheth Cato, the defending Big Ten champ in the heptathlon and a threat to win in both the pole vault and high jump.
No. 7 Penn State – The Nittany Lions are the most balanced team in the Big Ten with contributors in nearly every event area. Penn State features two defending conference championship: Robby Creese in the mile and Brandon Kidder in the 800 meters.
No. 21 Nebraska – The Cornhuskers are strong as always in field events, led by Patrick Raedler, defending Big Ten long jump champion. Nebraska also owns the top time in the conference in the 4x400-meter relay.
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 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 125 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 1990s 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.
Recapping the 2013 Big Ten Championships
Last season, Wisconsin won its 24th conference title and first since 2008 after totaling 90 points to earn the win. Illinois was second with 87.5 points and Penn State was third with 87. Ohio State placed eighth with 40 points.
Timothy Faust and Chris Fallon were the top performers for the Scarlet and Gray. Faust won the Big Ten title in the 200 meters and placed fifth in the 60-meter dash, while Fallon won a bronze medal in a loaded mile final.
Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 25 in USTFCCCA Poll
Ohio State is the 25th-ranked team in the nation according to the fifth 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. 23 in the 4x400m relay (No. 17 overall)
• Jordan Rispress – No. 23 in the 4x400m relay (No. 17 overall)
• Lamar Bruton – No. 23 in the 4x400m relay (No. 17 overall)
• Armand Austin – No. 23 in the 4x400m relay (No. 17 overall)
• Cory Kunze – No. 25 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
Ohio State hosted the Buckeye Tune-Up Feb. 21 at French Field House.
Ohio State claimed five wins on the night, highlighted by an impressive victory in the 60-meter hurdles from senior Justin Hines, who crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 7.95 seconds. The winning time ranks the Fremont, Ohio, native fourth all-time at Ohio State in the event.
Qualifying athletes compete at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships March 12-14 in Fayetteville, Ark.