Ohio State Returns Home to Host Jesse Owens Track Classic
April 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's track and field team returns to Columbus this Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, as host of the 27th Jesse Owens Track Classic.
Like the 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. This weekend, more than 450 athletes are scheduled to compete.
Action Friday evening begins with the discus at 4:00 p.m. ET, with running events slated for 8:25 p.m. Field events begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by running events at noon. A complete recap will be available at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com at the conclusion of each day of competition.
Meet Quick Facts
Murdaugh Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Murdaugh placed first in the 400m dash in a time of 45.96, tops in the Big Ten and sixth nationally, while also helping the 4x400m relay team to a third-place finish. The weekly laurel was the fifth of his career and his first since March 2011.
Ohio State 31st in USTFCCCA Week Two Rankings
Seven Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 35, with No. 9 Indiana leading the way, followed by No. 15 Nebraska, No. 17 Iowa, No. 24 Wisconsin, No. 28 Illinois, No. 30 Penn State and the Buckeyes. Florida is the top-ranked team in the nation, followed by No. 2 Florida State and third-ranked LSU.
Buckeyes Add Nine for 2013
"This is the best recruiting class we have put together in my time at Ohio State," Beathea said. "I have been a huge believer in the amount and quality of talent from Ohio and will remain so. However, we expanded our search nationally this year to include recruiting most of our signees from inside the very best on the national list.
I believe our consistency at remaining inside the Top 3 in the conference during the track season and qualifying for the cross country national meet over the last five years has built a strong foundation to start recruiting more talented student-athletes that will help us make the next jump into the elite. It is time to start scoring at nationals and winning Big Ten titles."
In all, the Buckeyes will welcome five Ohio products and four accomplished out-of-state prospects to campus next fall. Meet the future Buckeyes:
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Ohio State Hosts LiFE Sports Clinic
The clinic was composed of four track and field events: relay race, basic sprint, shot put, and long jump. Each event included a demonstration by a student-athlete. Afterwards the kids had a chance to show off their skills.
Children in the Columbus area were able to have fun while learning about track and field. OSU LiFE Sports holds clinics and camps throughout the year, all free of charge. Check out LiFE Sports at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/camps/life-sports.html.
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For more information, visit the men's track and field home page at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
Murdaugh earned his win in the 400m dash with a time of 45.96 while Stephens won the javelin with a throw of 62.07m (203-8) -- one week after throwing 186 feet.
This wasn't your typical meet, as it featured a conference event scoring with the Pac-12 duo of Arizona and California winning with a score of 460, ahead of the Big Ten combination of OSU and Penn State, who combined to score 422.33. Clemson and Miami represented the ACC with a total of 266. On a team-by-team level, Arizona won the event with 120 points, followed by the Buckeyes in second (107). Penn State and Cal tied for third with 96 points each.
The meet was capped off with a combined men's 4x400-meter relay, which saw the Big Ten team of Marvel Brooks and Antonio Blanks team up with Penn State's Aaron Nadolsky and Brandon Bennett-Green. The team came away with a victory in a time of 3:10.69.
Meanwhile, Heath Nickles used a personal-best score of 7,451 to finish sixth in the decathlon at the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.
Finishing five points off of Ray Hupp's school record in the event, Nickles turned in a first-place tie in the pole vault (5.10m/16-8.75) and individual PRs in four events: the 100m (11.53), 110m hurdles (14.98), discus (39.41m/129-3) and javelin (60.48m/198-5). Cory Kunze finished 16th for the Buckeyes with a score of 6,467, setting PRs in the long jump (7.23m/23-8.75), 100m (11.14), discus (38.49m/126-3) and 1500m (4:47.91).