April 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's track and field team returns to Columbus this Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, to host the 28th Jesse Owens Track Classic.
Like classics of the past, the 2013 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 8:00 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.
JOTC Quick Facts
Days: Friday, April 19 (4:00 p.m. – 9:40 p.m.) and Saturday, April 20 (10:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.)
Venue: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Live Results: www.finishtiming.com; www.twitter.com/OhioState_MTRK
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Located on Fred Taylor Drive, north of Lane Avenue, the 10,000-seat Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium arguably is one of the finest multi-sport facilities in the country, hosting track and field and lacrosse in the spring and soccer in the fall. It serves as a cornerstone to the surrounding Ohio State athletic complex that features the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, softball's Buckeye Field, field hockey’s Buckeye Varsity Field, Bill Davis Stadium and the 19,200-seat Jerome Schottenstein Center.
Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 26 in USTFCCCA Week Four Poll; First in Regional Rankings
Ohio State fell three spots to No. 26 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) team rankings for Division I, released April 16.
Seven Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 30: No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 15 Penn State, No. 19 Indiana, No. 20 Nebraska, No. 24 Minnesota, the Buckeyes and No. 30 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 retained its No. 1 ranking with 786.56 points, the sixth-highest point total in the country. Akron, Indiana, Wisconsin and Notre Dame complete the Top 5.
For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit www.ustfccca.org.
Ohio State Ranked Seventh in Track and Field News Dual Meet Rankings
The Buckeyes jumped two spots to No. 7 in the national dual meet rankings from Track and Field News (TFN), released April 17.
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. Five Big Ten teams are featured in the poll: the Buckeyes, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 14 Michigan, No. 21 Indiana and No. 22 Purdue.
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.
Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Ten 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
• Billy Stanley – No. 8 in the javelin
• Nick Batcha – No. 10 in the 4x100m relay
• Brandon Blackwell – No. 10 in the 4x100m relay
• Demoye Bogle – No. 10 in the 4x100m relay
• Timothy Faust – No. 10 in the 4x100m relay
• Champ Page – No. 22 in the 4x400m relay
• Javon Walker – No. 22 in the 4x400m relay
• Antonio Blanks – No. 22 in the 4x400m relay
• Marvel Brooks – No. 22 in the 4x400m relay
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Last Time Out
Stanley improved upon his own school record in the javelin April 13 at the 47th Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., clearing 72.32m (237-3.00) for a first-place finish.
Stanley’s winning mark improved upon the school record he set last month at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational by six inches. The distance currently ranks eighth in Division I this season.
Also starring on the final day of competition at the University of Tennessee’s Tom Black Track was Faust, who won the 200m showcase in a time of 21.13.
Ohio State travels to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Arkansas Invitational April 27.