No. 24 Ohio State Ready for a Desert Shootout

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Marvel Brooks
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April 4, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team travels west to Tucson, Ariz., this Saturday, April 6, for the Jim Click Shootout, hosted by the University of Arizona.

Events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. Live results are available via , and a complete recap will be featured on Saturday evening.

Competing Teams
No. 21 Arizona
No. 20 Kansas State
No. 24 Ohio State
No. 5 Texas

Hartfield Breaks Jesse Owens' Long Jump Record at the Texas Relays
Senior Michael Hartfield turned in a new personal-best mark of 8.15m (26-9.00) in the long jump March 30 the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, breaking Jesse Owens' 77-year-old school outdoor record in the process.

Hartfield improved on his career best for the second week in a row to better the OSU outdoor record set by Owens in 1936 (8.13m/26-8.25) and finish second overall behind Florida’s Marquis Dendy (wind-aided mark of 8.17m/26-9.75). The distance ranks Hartfield second on the all-time list at Ohio State – indoor or outdoor  – behind Chris Sanders (8.17m/26-9.75) and No. 2 in Division I this season. Additionally, his PR of 8.15m currently ranks No. 2 in the world for legal jumps in 2013 behind South Africa’s Zack Visser (8.19m/26-10.50).

OSU No. 24 in USTFCCCA Week Two Poll; Fourth in Regional Rankings
Ohio State climbed three spots to No. 24 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) team rankings for Division I, released April 1.



Six Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Indiana, No. 19 Minnesota, No. 22 Penn State and the Buckeyes.  Texas A&M is the No. 1 team in the country, followed by No. 2 Arkansas and third-ranked Florida.

In the Great Lakes regional rankings, Ohio State checks in at No. 4 behind Akron, Wisconsin and Indiana. Purdue rounds out the Top 5.

For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit

Ohio State Ranked Ninth in Track and Field News Dual Meet Rankings
The Buckeyes are ranked ninth nationally in the first dual-meet rankings of the 2013 season from Track and Field News (TFN).

To be eligible for ranking, a team must compete in at least one dual meet (using TFN’s definition of a dual, a scored meet of four or fewer teams).  Rankings are compiled for a combined indoor and outdoor season, with outdoor competition given more weight.  Teams are also rewarded for an extensive and/or challenging dual meet schedule. The rankings are a revival of the dual-meet system used from 1970-1993.

Arkansas is the top-ranked team in the nation according to the TFN rankings, followed by No. 2 Texas A&M and third-ranked Arizona State. Six Big Ten teams are featured in the poll: No. 6 Nebraska, the Buckeyes, No. 15 Michigan, No. 18 Indiana, No. 21 Purdue and No. 24 Michigan State.

Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Three 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 ( A look at where the Buckeyes sit:

Michael Hartfield – No. 2 in the long jump
Billy Stanley – No. 8 in the javelin
Korbin Smith – No. 22 in the long jump

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Last Time Out
Hartfield and Stanley turned in performances to remember at the season-opening Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational in Nashville, Tenn., March 23.

Both athletes were making debuts in Ohio State's first meet of the 2013 outdoor season. Hartfield, in the first meet of his senior campaign, dominated the field in the long jump, posting a stunning mark of 8.08m (26-6.25) to better his previous PR in the event by four inches. The performance ranked the Manchester, Conn., native No. 1 in Division I after the first week of the season.

Meanwhile Stanley, competing in the first collegiate meet of his career, broke George Hoover's 12-year-old school record in the javelin on his first attempt of the day, clearing 72.16m (236-9.00) for a first-place finish. The school-record mark by the South Park, Pa., native ranks No. 8 in Division I this season.

Adding to the Buckeyes' list of impressive debuts was freshman Donovan Robertson, who opened his college career with a win in the 110m hurdles and a runner-up finish in the 400m hurdles.

Up Next
Ohio State travels to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Sea Ray Relays April 12.