Buckeyes Head to Notre Dame for Last Chance Weekend
March 1, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's the last chance to qualify for the national championships for several members of the 17th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team as the Buckeyes travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Alex Wilson Invitational March 2.
With the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships just over a week away, this weekend's "Last Chance" invitationals provide a final opportunity for student-athletes across the country to post qualifying marks for the NCAA championships. Five individual Buckeyes and two relay teams will be among those looking to turn in season-best times/marks in order to improve their NCAA at-large chances.
Action from South Bend begins at approximately 6:00 p.m. ET Friday with Michael McCarty competing in the long jump. Results will be posted after the meet at www.und.com, with a complete recap available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Five Buckeyes Named First Big Team All-Big Ten
The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday the 2012 All-Big Ten men’s indoor track and field teams and individual award winners. Five Buckeyes were named to the All-Big Ten First Team: Heath Nickles (pole vault), Thomas Murdaugh (4x400m relay), Antonio Blanks (4x400m relay), Korbin Smith (4x400m relay) and Marvel Brooks (4x400m relay). In addition, Max Mays was honored with the Sportsmanship Award, presented to athletes who have demonstrated good sportsmanship, ethical behavior, and academic achievement.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25 Rankings
Ohio State 17th in USTFCCCA Top 25, First in Great Lakes Regional Rankings
Five Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 25, with No. 9 Minnesota leading the way, followed by No. 13 Indiana, OSU, and No. 18 Nebraska. Florida is the top-ranked team in the nation, followed by No. 2 Arkansas and third-ranked Texas A&M.
Meanwhile, Ohio State is ranked first in the Great Lakes regional poll for the fifth-consecutive week. With a total of 445.70 points, the Buckeyes have the fifth-highest team score in the nation. Indiana is the second-ranked team in the Great Lakes with a score of 401.04, followed by Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State.
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Last Time Out
Antonio Blanks, Korbin Smith, Marvel Brooks and All-American Thomas Murdaugh thrilled the crowd at the Devaney Indoor Track in the final event of the championships with a top-15 Division I time of 3:08.06, besting second-place Penn State by .65 seconds. Minnesota finished third in 3:09.52.
Indiana edged three-time champion Minnesota 104-100 in the final team standings to take home its first conference title since 1992. Host Nebraska placed third with 99 points and the Buckeyes finished the meet with 94.33 points.
In individual competition, Heath Nickles and Cory Leslie were the top performers for the Buckeyes. Nickles won the conference title in the pole vault, while Leslie captured a total of 14 points for the Buckeyes' team score with a runner-up finish in the mile and third-place performance in the 800m.