April 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's track and field team heads to Oxford, Ohio, this Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, for the All-Ohio championships, the Buckeyes' first trip to the All-Ohio outdoor meet since 2008.
Hosted by Miami University, the two-day meet will feature 15 in-state squads vying for the team title and bragging rights within the Buckeye state. Competing teams include the host Redhawks, Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Kent State. The top-8 places will score points in a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 format.
Events from Yager Stadium begin at 2:00 p.m. ET Friday and 10:00 a.m. Saturday. A complete recap will be posted after both days of competition at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Top Distance Runners Compete at Mt. SAC Relays
Two Buckeyes will compete separately from the rest of the team this weekend at the Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) Relays in Walnut, Calif. Cory Leslie and Adam Green run in the Olympic Development section of the 3000m steeplechase at approximately 7:15 p.m. ET Thursday. Additional information can be found via the relay’s official website, www.mtsacrelays.com.
Ohio State 31st in USTFCCCA Week Two Rankings
The Buckeyes held firm to the No. 31-spot in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I rankings, released Tuesday.
Seven Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 35, with No. 9 Indiana leading the way, followed by No. 15 Nebraska, No. 18 Iowa, No. 25 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 Texas Tech.
OSU in the Individual Top 25 Rankings
Several members of the men's track and field team find themselves ranked within the Top 25 in individual events. A look at where the Buckeyes sit nationally:
• Thomas Murdaugh - No. 8 in the 400m
• Korbin Smith - No. 10 in the long jump
• Matt DeChant - No. 16 in the shot put
Buckeyes Add Nine for 2013
Ohio State interim head coach Ed Beathea announced the signing of nine student-athletes for the 2012-2013 academic year April.
"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:
• Donovan Robertson // Hurdles - Berea, Ohio – Berea
• Joseph Velez // Throws - Providence, R.I. – Classical
• Champ Page // Sprints - Marlboro, Md. - Henry Wise
• Justin Burke // Sprints - Virginia Beach, Va. - First Colonial
• Billy Stanley // Javelin - South Park, Pa. - South Park
• Steven Weaver // Distance - Napoleon, Ohio – Napoleon
• Jack Kincade // Multi-Events - Hilliard, Ohio - Hilliard Davidson
• Nicholas Pupino // Distance - Copley, Ohio – Copley
• Jordan Redd // Distance - Fairborn, Ohio - Fairborn
Ohio State Hosts LiFE Sports Clinic
Kids were all smiles at the March 31 track and field clinic hosted by LiFE Sports and the Ohio State men's and women's track and field team at French Field House. The free clinic was held in lieu of the free summer camp hosted by LiFE Sports this coming summer.
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.
Follow the Buckeyes on Facebook and Twitter!
The Ohio State men's track and field team is on Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.facebook.com/OSUtrackXC and www.twitter.com/OhioState_MTRK to catch up on the latest Buckeye news and notes.
Join the Olympian Club!
The Ohio State Olympian Club is a fund-raising initiative that hopes to generate financial support for track and field/cross country projects that are beyond the budget but extremely valuable in enhancing the experiences of the program's student-athletes.
Besides supporting the members of the Ohio State track and field/cross country teams both on and off the track, donations will afford the Buckeyes the opportunity to continue to operate in a first-class manner, while setting a new standard for Division I programs.
For more information, visit the men's track and field home page at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
The Ohio State men's track and field team put a wrap on the 27th edition of the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 14 at a rain-soaked Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes earned wins in a total of six events, including victories in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Despite the steady rain, the meet was complete on time and without interruption.
All-American Cory Leslie got the best of a competitive field in the mile run, finishing first with a time of 4:01.99, third best in OSU outdoor history. Former Buckeye Rob Myers placed second in 4:06.99, followed by Dan Huling (4:09.15) and Josh Sabo (4:14.10).
Ohio State travels to Des Moines, Iowa, April 26-28 for the Drake Relays.
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