No. 15 Buckeyes Set for Big Weekend at the NCAA Championships

Go Buckeyes! Matt DeChant competes in the weight throw this Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho.
Go Buckeyes!
Matt DeChant competes in the weight throw this Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho.
Go Buckeyes!

March 7, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five individuals and two relay teams will represent the 15th-ranked Ohio State men's track and field team at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships this Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, in Nampa, Idaho.

Thomas Murdaugh will be making his seventh appearance at an NCAA championship meet as he challenges the field in the 400m and anchors an OSU 4x400m relay team featuring Antonio Blanks, Korbin Smith, and Marvel BrooksCory Leslie will also pull double duty for the Scarlet and Gray as he battles for the national titles in the mile and as a member of a Buckeye Distance Medley team that includes Smith, Chris Fallon and Dan White.

Matt DeChant and Max Mays will represent the field contingent for the Buckeyes as they compete in the weight throw, while Demoye Bogle makes his first trip to the national championships as a contender in the 60m hurdle finals.

Championship Basics
Days: Friday, March 9 (12:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. ET) and Saturday, March 10 (12:30-10:40 p.m. ET)
Venue: Boise State University’s Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho
Coverage: will be streaming both days of the championships. Friday programming begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, while Saturday coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. Live video and highlights will also be available through



Ohio State Schedule
7:00 p.m. - Mile prelims (Leslie)
7:30 p.m. - 60m hurdle prelims (Bogle)
8:00 p.m. - 400m prelims (Murdaugh)
11:05 p.m. - DMR finals
6:00 p.m. - Weight throw trials and finals (DeChant and Mays)
8:15 p.m. - Mile finals
8:35 p.m. - 60m hurdle finals
8:55 p.m. - 400m finals
10:25 p.m. - 4x400m finals

Scouting the Field
60m hurdles - Bogle is seeded 14th overall. Syracuse’s Jarret Eaton and Andrew Riley own the top-2 times in the event and are the clear favorites to bring home the title.

400m - Murdaugh is seeded seventh overall. Expect a three-person race between Georgia’s Torrin Lawrence, Mississippi State’s Tavaris Tate, and Tony McQuay of Florida.

Mile - The No. 5 seed entering the meet, Leslie will compete against one of the most balanced fields in recent memory. BYU’s Miles Batty is the No. 1 seed after posting a time of 3:54.54 in early February.

Weight Throw - DeChant and Mays are seeded ninth and 11th, respectively. Virginia Tech’s Marcel Lomincky and Alexander Ziegler are the top-2 seeds are and separated by .01 meters heading into the finals.

Distance Medley - Ohio State is seeded 11th in a wide-open DMR. BYU owns the top time of the qualifiers, while Indiana is second overall headed into the final.

4x400m - The Buckeyes own the seventh-best time in a field that features six sub-3:06 times. Arkansas owns the top time in the country (3:03.76) by nearly two seconds.

Buckeye History at the 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 over 75 First Team All-America performances at the indoor championships. Murdaugh (400m, 2010) and OSU head coach Robert Gary (3000m, 1994 and 1995) are just a few of the former Buckeyes that have earned the title of All-American.

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.

Five Buckeyes Named First Big Team All-Big Ten
The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2012 All-Big Ten men’s indoor track and field teams and individual award winners Feb. 28. Five Buckeyes were named to the All-Big Ten First Team: Murdaugh (4x400m relay), Blanks (4x400m relay), Smith (4x400m relay), Brooks (4x400m relay), and Heath Nickles (pole vault). In addition, 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
Take a look at where members of the team sit within the Top 25 in various events:

Leslie - No. 7 in the mile and No. 11 in the 800m
Murdaugh - No. 7 in the 400m
4x400m Relay - No. 7
DeChant - No. 10 in the weight throw and No. 13 in the shot put
Distance Medley Relay - No. 11
Mays - No. 12 in the weight throw
Bogle - No. 14 in the 60m hurdles
Nickles - No. 21 in the heptathlon and No. 23 in the pole vault
Michael McCarty - No. 23 in the heptathlon

Ohio State 15th in USTFCCCA Top 25, First in Great Lakes Regional Rankings
The Buckeyes climbed two spots to No. 15 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25, released Tuesday.

Seven Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 25, with No. 8 Minnesota leading the way, followed by No. 14 Indiana, OSU, No. 19 Nebraska, No. 22 Wisconsin, No. 23 Illinois, and No. 24 Penn State. 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 sixth-consecutive week. With a total of 439.79 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 Notre Dame.

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Last Time Out
Two indoor records were broken last weekend as the Buckeyes competed at the Alex Wilson Last Chance Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.

On Friday, Fallon, Smith, White and Leslie used a sixth-place time of 9:31.71 in the finals of the Distance Medley to best the previous school record by more than 16 seconds. The next night, the 4x400m relay team ran a fourth-place time of 3:06.15 to better a 19-year-old record.

In individual competition, Murdaugh ran well in the 400m dash, finishing third overall in a career indoor-best time of 46.17, a top-10 mark nationally.

Up Next
Ohio State has a week off before opening the outdoor campaign at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge in Starkville, Miss., March 23.