Ohio State Returns to Columbus for Jesse Owens Classic
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
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 26 in USTFCCCA Week Four Poll; First in Regional Rankings
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
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
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
• Michael Hartfield – No. 2 in the long jump and No. 9 in the triple jump
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Last Time Out
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.