March 29, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 25th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field heads to Tucson, Ariz., this Saturday, March 31, for the Jim Click Shootout.
Hosted by the University of Arizona, Saturday's invite will be the second scored contest in as many meets for the Buckeyes, who opened the 2012 outdoor campaign by helping the Big Ten to a 400.5-314.5 victory over the Southeastern Conference in the inaugural SEC/Big Ten Shootout March 23. 11th-ranked Arizona, California, Clemson, Iowa State, Kansas State, Miami (Fla.), Penn State and the Buckeyes will battle for the title at Roy P. Drachman Stadium – the event will be scored on a conference-by-conference basis.
Competition is scheduled to begin at noon ET Saturday. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Live stats can be found at http://athletics.arizona.edu/tfstats/tf/.
Nickles, Kunze Compete at Texas Relays
Heath Nickles and Cory Kunze are competing in the decathlon at the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, this week. After day one of competition Wednesday, Kunze is eighth overall and Nickles 15th. Competition resumes Thursday at noon ET. Follow along at http://www.texassports.com/livestats/tex-relays/.
Ohio State 25th in USTFCCCA Preseason Top 25
The Buckeyes checked in at No. 25 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Top 25, released last Thursday.
Five Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 25, with No. 8 Indiana leading the way, followed by No. 15 Nebraska, No. 18 Iowa, No. 19 Wisconsin and the Buckeyes. Florida is the top-ranked team in the nation, followed by No. 2 Florida State and third-ranked LSU.
Preseason national team rankings are calculated using data from previous seasons as a base of evaluation. Marks gained in the early part of this season will supersede previous-year marks if they are superior.
Jesse Owens Track Classic Set for April 13-14
Athletes from all levels are scheduled to compete at the 27th Jesse Owens Track Classic April 13-14.
Like the "J.O. Classics" of the past, the 2012 edition will serve as a stage for scholastic, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to perform at their highest levels in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. In its history, the Jesse Owens Track Classic has served as a top venue for many future and former Olympians. Current and past record holders for the Jesse Owens Track Classic include Olympic medalists John Drummond, Michelle Finn, Allen Johnson, Edwin Moses, Dwight Stones and former Buckeyes Diane Dixon, Joe Greene and Butch Reynolds. Others of Olympic fame include Judi Brown, Roger Kingdom, Carl Lewis, Louise Ritter and Calvin Smith, as well as past OSU Olympians Mark Croghan and Stephanie Hightower.
Follow the Buckeyes on Facebook and Twitter!
The Ohio State men's track and field team is on Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.facebook.com/OSUtrackXC and www.twitter.com/OhioState_MTRK to catch up on the latest Buckeye news and notes.
Join the Olympian Club!
The Ohio State Olympian Club is a fund-raising initiative that hopes to generate financial support for track and field/cross country projects that are beyond the budget but extremely valuable in enhancing the experiences of the program's student-athletes.
Besides supporting the members of the Ohio State track and field/cross country teams both on and off the track, donations will afford the Buckeyes the opportunity to continue to operate in a first-class manner, while setting a new standard for Division I programs.
For more information, visit the men's track and field home page at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference posted a convincing 400.5-314.5 victory over the Southeastern Conference in the second-annual Big Ten/SEC Challenge at Carl Maddox Track in Starkville, Miss., last Friday.
All-American Matt DeChant was the star of the day for the Buckeyes, claiming top-3 finishes in two events, highlighted by a victory in the shot put. Ohio State turned in a solid team performance despite resting many of its top track and multi-event athletes.
The Buckeyes have a week off before playing host to the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 13-14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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