No. 25 Ohio State Heads West for a Shootout
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/.
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Ohio State 25th in USTFCCCA Preseason Top 25
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
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.
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Last Time Out
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.