Ohio State Returns South for Spec Towns Invitational
April 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team returns south this Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, for 2014 Spec Towns National Team Invitational in Athens, Ga.
Events at Spec Towns Track at the University of Georgia are scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Friday and 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday. Recaps will be available at the conclusion of competition at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
No. 8 Georgia
No. 6 Wisconsin
Stanley Repeats as B1G Athlete of the Week
Sophomore Billy Stanley was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row Wednesday by the conference office after an impressive victory at the LSU Battle on Bayou last Saturday.
Stanley, a native of South Park, Pa., cleared 73.38 meters (240-9.00) to win the javelin throw for the second time in as many weeks. He finished 27 feet ahead of the runner-up mark. The award is the second weekly honor of Stanley’s career.
Smith Named B1G Medal of Honor Finalist
Ohio State named 10 student-athletes as finalists for the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor Thursday, a list that includes former Buckeye and current undergraduate student coach Korbin Smith.
Smith was a six-time All-American and four time Big Ten champion for the Buckeyes from 2010-2013. A three-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete, in 2013 he received recognition as an Academic All-Big Ten selection, a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and was also a USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.
One female and one male student-athlete will be presented with the honor Monday evening at the 47th Scholar-Athlete Dinner at the Ohio Union. The award includes a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Ohio State Ranked 46th in USTFCCCA Week One Rankings
The Buckeyes come in at No. 40 in the April 7 edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings.
Ohio State is one of six Big Ten teams ranked in the Top 50, including No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 14 Nebraska, No. 20 Penn State, No. 30 Illinois and No. 48 Purdue.
Florida is the top-ranked team according to the USTFCCCA rankings, followed by No. 2 Oregon and third-ranked Arkansas.
Jesse Owens Track Classic Set for April 18-19
Athletes from all levels, including individuals from more than 35 colleges are scheduled to compete at the 2014 Jesse Owens Track Classic April 19-20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Like the "J.O. Classics" of the past, the 2014 edition will serve as a stage for collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to perform at their highest levels. 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.
Last Time Out
Ohio State finished in second place at the LSU Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, La., April 5.
The Buckeyes finished the day with a team score of 106 points. Host and eighth-ranked LSU was the team champion with 166 points. Third-place went to Kansas (104 points), followed by No. 9 UCLA (95) and Mississippi State (74). OSU winners included Stanley in the javelin and Josh Sabo in the 1500-meter run.
In addition to the competition in Louisiana, three distance runners competed in California over the weekend. Jackson Neff posted a personal-best time of 8:53.45 in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational, while at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, Andy Arnold and Blake Taneff posted personal-best times in the 5000 meters and 10000 meters, respectively. Arnold was the runner-up in the 5000 in 14:09.10 and Taneff second in the 10k in 29.44.70.
Ohio State hosts the 2014 Jesse Owens Track Classic April 18-19 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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