March 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior Demoye Bogle and senior Chris Fallon will represent the Ohio State men's track and field team at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, in Fayetteville, Ark.
Bogle will be competing in the 60m hurdles for the second-consecutive season - he earned Second Team All-America honors after finishing 13th in 2012. Meanwhile, Fallon will challenge the field in the mile for the first time.
Fallon is first on the track in semifinal competition at 6:45 p.m. ET Friday. Bogle runs in the hurdle semis at 7:15 p.m. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Days: Friday, March 8 (1:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET) and Saturday, March 9 (3 p.m. - 9:20 p.m. ET)
Venue: Randal Tyson Track at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Ark.
Coverage: ESPN3.com will be streaming both days of the championships. Friday programming begins at 6:30 p.m. ET, while Saturday coverage begins at 7 p.m. Live video and highlights will also be available through NCAA.com. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 17 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Live Results: http://www.flashresults.com/2013_Meets/indoor/03-08-NCAA/?DB_OEM_ID=6100
Buckeye History at the Indoor National Championships
The Buckeyes have never won a team indoor championship, but have produced 12 individual titles, the most recent coming in 2004 when Dan Taylor claimed national titles in both the shot put and weight throw. Taylor is one of two Buckeyes to earn multiple indoor championships, the other being Chris Nelloms, who won back-to-back 200m titles in 1993 and 1994.
Ohio State athletes have posted 91 First Team All-America performances at the indoor championships. Fallon earned First Team honors last season as a member of Ohio State's eighth-place DMR squad.
As a team, the Buckeyes have put together seven top-20 finishes, the last coming in 2004 when OSU took ninth overall. Ohio State's best finish all-time took place in 1993, when the team finished fifth under long-time head coach Russ Rogers.
Hartfield Finishes Second in the Long Jump at USA Indoor Championships
Senior Michael Hartfield turned in a second-place finish in the long jump last Friday, March 1, at the 2013 USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
Hartfield used a mark of 7.85m (25-9.25) to finish second behind gold medalist Jeremy Hicks (7.99m/26-2.75). Third place went to Mikese Moore at 7.66m (25-1.75).
Buckeyes Ranked No. 63 in USTFCCCA Week Seven Poll
Ohio State checked-in at No. 63 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) team rankings for Division I, released March 5.
Nine Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 10 Penn State, No. 13 Minnesota, No. 19 Indiana, No. 26 Michigan State, No. 31 Illinois, No. 34 Purdue and No. 49 Michigan. Arkansas is the top-ranked team in the nation, followed by No.2 Florida.
In the Great Lakes regional rankings Ohio State sits at No. 3 behind Wisconsin and Indiana. Akron and Michigan complete the Top 5.
For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit www.ustfccca.org.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Six 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. 9 in the 60m hurdles
• Chris Fallon - No. 22 in the mile
• Korbin Smith - No. 17 in the long jump and No. 24 in the 4x400m relay
• Champ Page - No. 24 in the 4x400m relay
• Marvel Brooks - No. 24 in the 4x400m relay
• Antonio Blanks - No. 24 in the 4x400m relay
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 competed at the Alex Wilson Last Chance Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., March 1-2.
The two-day event was highlighted by a second-place and season-best long jump of 7.65m (25-1.25) from Smith, a distance that ranks the senior 17th in Division I this season. New Mexico's Kendall Spencer matched Smith at 7.65m but claimed first place overall after setting the mark on an earlier attempt.
Big Ten 200m champion Timothy Faust followed up his conference title run with a second-place time of 21.21 in his signature event. Stephen Newbold of Florida State took first in 21.05 seconds.
Fallon and the 4x400m relay team also represented Ohio State at Notre Dame. Fallon turned in a 20th-place time of 4:06.38 in the mile, while the 1600m relay placed eighth in a time of 3:08.31.
Ohio State opens the 2013 outdoor season March 22 at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
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