May 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 23rd-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team hosts the best of the Big Ten at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 10-12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Days: Friday, May 10 (12 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. ET); Saturday, May 11 (9:30 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.); Sunday, May 12 (11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.)
Venue: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
Television: BTN tape delay – Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. ET
Live Stats/Twitter updates: www.pttiming.com and @OhioState_MTRK
Single Session- Adult $10.00, Student/Senior $5.00
All Sessions- Adult $20.00, Student $10.00
*All-session and single session tickets will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, online at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com, in person at the OSU Athletic Ticket Office, located in the SE corner of the Jerome Schottenstein Center, or at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the day of the event. All tickets purchased online or via charge by phone will be subject to standard service fees.
Parking: With a number of events scheduled for this weekend around the campus area, fans attending the Big Ten championships are encouraged to park at the Gray Lots located south of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Parking for meet officials, media and event personnel will be available at the Biggs/Woody Hayes Athletic Center lot.
Long Jump: Senior All-American Michael Hartfield is a two-time Big Ten champion in the event and the clear favorite to win his third conference title. Senior Korbin Smith is also a threat to score for the Buckeyes.
Triple Jump: Hartfield also owns the top mark in the conference in the triple jump and is the favorite heading into the weekend. Senior Derek Blevins and redshirt freshman Julian Vann also have the potential to pick up points in the event.
Javelin: Ohio State athletes own three of the top-8 marks in the Big Ten this season. Freshman Billy Stanley is currently ranked No. 1 in the conference.
Buckeye History at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships
Ohio State has claimed four team championships, 51 top-5 finishes and 148 combined individual/relay titles since the inception of the league finals in 1913.
The Buckeyes' first title came in 1942, led by Robert Wright's victories in the 70-yard high and low hurdles. Coach Larry Snyder earned his second title at Ohio State six years later in 1948, fueled by Buckeye victories in the one-mile relay, 440-yard run, 70-yard high hurdles and broad jump.
The Scarlet and Gray dominated the Big Ten in the early 1990s under longtime coach Russ Rogers, winning back-to-back titles in 1992 and 1993 while taking second in both 1991 and 1994. Rogers was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1993 based on his team's outstanding accomplishments.
The new millennium has witnessed a great deal of Buckeye success in individual competition. Former All-American Andrew Pierce - who still holds the meet record in the 400m dash - was named Athlete of the Championships in 2001. 2004 NCAA champion and former Big Ten Athlete of the Year Dan Taylor holds the championship record in the weight throw.
Recapping the 2012 Big Ten Championships
Ohio State finished fourth at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Madison, Wis., with a total of 86 team points. Host Wisconsin captured the conference title on its home track with 121 points in a tight race with runner-up Nebraska (115.50 points) and third-place Indiana (115).
The Buckeyes picked up five bronze medals, two silver medals and one gold medal – Hartfield in the long jump – to finish in the Top 5 of the team standings for the fifth-consecutive season.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
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. 23 in USTFCCCA Week Six Poll; Second in Regional Rankings
Ohio State checked-in at No. 23 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week Six rankings, released May 7.
Eight Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 40: No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 11 Penn State, No. 13 Nebraska, No. 18 Iowa, the Buckeyes, No. 28 Illinois, No. 33 Indiana and No. 36 Minnesota.
In the Great Lakes regional rankings, the Buckeyes are second behind Wisconsin with 677.39 points. Indiana, Notre Dame and Akron round out the Top 5.
For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit www.ustfccca.org.
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 (TFRRS.org). A look at where the Buckeyes sit:
• Michael Hartfield – No. 2 in the long jump and No. 12 in the triple jump
• Chris Fallon – No. 11 in the 1500m
• Billy Stanley – No. 11 in the javelin
• Nick Batcha – No. 17 in the 4x100m relay
• Brandon Blackwell – No. 17 in the 4x100m relay
• Timothy Faust – No. 17 in the 4x100m relay
• Demoye Bogle – No. 17 in the 4x100m relay
Smith Heading Overseas for the Summer
Following their competition schedules for the 2012-13 academic year, fifteen Ohio State student-athletes will be traveling this summer as part of the Ohio State Study Abroad Program.
Among the 15 Buckeyes traveling abroad is track and field senior Korbin Smith, who we be spending his summer in Malawi. Smith and other Buckeyes athletes will be updating family, friends and fans on their experiences overseas this summer via a blog on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Make sure to stay up-to-date on Korbin’s adventures in Malawi.
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The men's track and field and cross country programs are on Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.facebook.com/OSUtrackXC and www.twitter.com/OhioState_MTRK to find the latest news and notes on the Buckeyes.
Last Time Out
Ohio State faced three ranked teams and won a total of four events – the long jump, javelin, 3000m steeplechase and 4x400m relay – April 27 at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
In a possible national championship preview in the long jump, Hartfield – currently ranked second in Division I in the event – battled No. 1-ranked Marquis Dendy of Florida, with the redshirt senior using a jump of 7.89m (25-10.75) to finish ahead of Dendy, who settled for second at 7.77m (25-6.00). Dendy previously defeated Hartfield at the Texas Relays in March.
Meanwhile, Stanley remained undefeated as a collegiate in the javelin, clearing 69.49m (228-0.00) to take home the victory, while the win in the steeplechase came from senior Donny Roys, who crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 9:06.49. And in the final event of night, Ohio State’s 4x400m relay team crossed the finish line in 3:11.65 to claim first place.
The Buckeyes compete at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries May 23-25 in Greensboro, N.C.
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