No. 23 Buckeyes Face No. 1 Florida, No. 3 Arkansas Saturday

Go Buckeyes! Antonio Blanks
Go Buckeyes!
Antonio Blanks
Go Buckeyes!

April 26, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 23rd-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team faces its toughest test of the season this Saturday, April 27, at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The Buckeyes will compete against a five-team field that includes the No. 1-ranked and defending outdoor national champion Florida Gators and third-ranked and defending indoor national champion Arkansas Razorbacks.

Events from John McDonnell Field at the University of Arkansas are scheduled for 11 a.m. CT Saturday. Live results are available at A complete recap will be posted at the conclusion of the meet at

Competing Teams
No. 1 Florida
No. 3 Arkansas
No. 22 Oklahoma
No. 23 Ohio State
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Fallon, Brajdic and Neff Compete at Payton Jordan Invite Sunday
Senior Chris Fallon (1500m), sophomore Jackson Neff (3000m steeplechase) and redshirt freshman Michael Brajdic (5000m) will represent the Buckeyes this Sunday, April 28, at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, Calif.

Running events at Cobb Track and Angell Field are set for 3:20 p.m. PT Sunday. Live results are available at

Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 23 in USTFCCCA Week Four Poll; First in Regional Rankings
Ohio State climbed three spots to No. 23 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) team rankings for Division I, released April 22.



Six Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 30: No. 11 Penn State, No. 12 Iowa, No. 15 Nebraska, No. 21 Indiana, the Buckeyes and No. 29 Wisconsin.  Florida is the No. 1 team in the country, followed by No. 2 Texas A&M and third-ranked Arkansas.

In the Great Lakes regional rankings, Ohio State retained its No. 1 ranking with 750.51 points, the ninth-highest point total in the country. Wisconsin, Indiana, Notre Dame and Akron complete the Top 5.

For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit

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
Six 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 (  A look at where the Buckeyes sit:

Michael Hartfield – No. 2 in the long jump and No. 11 in the triple jump
Billy Stanley – No. 10 in the javelin
Nick Batcha – No. 12 in the 4x100m relay
Brandon Blackwell – No. 12 in the 4x100m relay
Demoye Bogle – No. 12 in the 4x100m relay
Timothy Faust – No. 12 in the 4x100m relay

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Last Time Out
Ohio State played host to the 28th Jesse Owens Track Classic last Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Winners for the Buckeyes included Faust in both the 100m and 200m, Hartfield in the long jump, Stanley in the javelin and the 4x400m relay team.

Up Next
The Buckeyes compete at the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio, May 3-4.