No. 23 Ohio State Welcomes Big Ten Championships to Columbus
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.
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.
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
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.
Recapping the 2012 Big Ten Championships
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
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
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
• Michael Hartfield – No. 2 in the long jump and No. 12 in the triple jump
Smith Heading Overseas for the Summer
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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Last Time Out
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.