No. 24 Ohio State Ready for a Desert Shootout
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 http://athletics.arizona.edu/tfstats/tf , and a complete recap will be featured on www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com Saturday evening.
Hartfield Breaks Jesse Owens' Long Jump Record at the Texas Relays
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
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 www.ustfccca.org.
Ohio State Ranked Ninth in Track and Field News Dual Meet Rankings
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
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Last Time Out
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.