April 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rocky Top awaits the 23rd-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team this Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, as the Buckeyes compete at the 47th Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.
Events from Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium on the University of Tennessee campus are slated for 12:15 ET Friday and Noon ET Saturday. Live results will be posted at http://branchsportstech.com, while a live stream will be available at www.utsports.com/allaccess/.
Hartfield Named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week
Redshirt senior Michael Hartfield was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week Wednesday by the league office for the fourth time in his career and second time this season.
Hartfield, competing at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., dominated the field in the long jump with his first-place mark of 8.10m (26-7.00). The Manchester, Conn., native made it two-for-two on the day with a first-place mark of 15.84m (51-11.75) in the triple jump, a top-10 performance in Division I this season.
The week prior at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, Hartfield set a new personal-best mark in the long jump with a mark of 8.15m (26-9.00), breaking Jesse Owens’ 77-year-old school outdoor record in the process.
Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 23 in USTFCCCA Week Three Poll; First in Regional Rankings
Ohio State climbed one spot to No. 23 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) team rankings for Division I, released April 9.
Seven Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 16 Nebraska, No. 18 Indiana, No. 19 Penn State, No. 22 Minnesota, the Buckeyes and No. 36 Iowa. 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 jumped three spots to No. 1 with 785.99 points, the fourth-highest point total in the country. Akron, Michigan, Purdue and Indiana round out the Top 5.
For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit www.ustfccca.org.
Ohio State Ranked Eighth in Track and Field News Dual Meet Rankings
The Buckeyes are ranked eighth nationally in the second dual meet rankings of the 2013 season, released April 10 by 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 Oregon and third-ranked Texas A&M. Six Big Ten teams are featured in the poll: No. 6 Nebraska, the Buckeyes, No. 13 Michigan, No. 20 Indiana and No. 23 Purdue.
Jesse Owens Track Classic Set for April 19-20
Athletes from all levels, including individuals from more than 35 colleges are scheduled to compete at the 2013 Jesse Owens Track Classic April 19-20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Like the "J.O. Classics" of the past, the 2013 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.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Seven 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 (www.TFRRS.org). A look at where the Buckeyes sit:
• Michael Hartfield – No. 2 in the long jump and No. 9 in the triple jump
• Nick Batcha – No. 8 in the 4x100m relay
• Brandon Blackwell – No. 8 in the 4x100m relay
• Demoye Bogle – No. 8 in the 4x100m relay
• Timothy Faust – No. 8 in the 4x100m relay
• Billy Stanley – No. 8 in the javelin
• Heath Nickles – No. 25 in the decathlon
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Last Time Out
Ohio State totaled 172 points to pick up an impressive team win at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., April 6.
Leading the way for the Buckeyes was Hartfield, who continued his fast start to the season with wins in both the long jump and triple jump. Other winners included Stanley in the javelin, freshman Joseph Velez in the hammer throw, and 4x400m relay team.
“Our Buckeye team competed hard today against a strong field of teams from the Pac 12 and Big 12," Ed Beathea, head coach of Ohio State men's track and field, said. "When you can finish ahead of Stanford, Texas, Arizona, Iowa, and Kansas State it is a good day."
Ohio State returns to Columbus next Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, to host the Jesse Owens Track Classic.