May 23, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The road to the national championships continues for the 25th-ranked Ohio State men's track and field team this Thursday, May 24, as the Buckeyes travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2012 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries.
The 2012 outdoor season marks the third year of the current format for NCAA championship qualification. Whereas previous years featured four regional finals hosted across the country, championship qualification is now narrowed to two preliminary rounds, with teams east of the Mississippi River competing at the East regional, and schools west of the Mississippi taking to the track in the West prelims. The top 12 athletes in each event will automatically advance to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 6-9.
A total of 21 Buckeyes will be in action at the three day meet, set to begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. ET Thursday from the University of North Florida campus. A complete recap will be available after each day of competition at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Days: Thursday, May 24 (11:00 a.m. - 9:40 p.m. ET); Friday, May 25 (10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.); Saturday, May 26 (11:00 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.)
Host: University of North Florida
Venue: Hodges Stadium
Live Results: http://www.flashresults.com/
Buckeyes at the Prelims
Timothy Faust – 200m, 4x100m relay
Thomas Murdaugh – 400m, 4x400m relay
Dan White – 800m
Chris Fallon – 1500m
Cory Leslie – 3000m steeplechase
Adam Green – 3000m steeplechase
Demoye Bogle – 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 4x100m relay
Antonio Blanks – 400m hurdles, 4x400m relay
Marcus Brooks – 400m hurdles
Nick Batcha – 4x100m relay
Brandon Blackwell – 4x100m relay
Marvel Brooks – 4x400m relay
Korbin Smith – long jump, 4x400m relay
Michael Hartfield – long jump
Steve MacDonald – long jump
Cody Marshall – pole vault
Matt DeChant – shot put, discus
Tyler Branch – shot put
Max Mays – hammer throw
Thomas Davis – hammer throw
Kenny Stephens – javelin
*Heath Nickles has qualified for competition in the decathlon at the NCAA championships – the decathlon is not contested at the preliminary rounds.
Top 25 Teams at the East Regional
No. 2 Florida
No. 3 Indiana
No. 4 LSU
No. 7 Florida State
No. 11 Mississippi
No. 12 Auburn
No. 16 Virginia Tech
No. 17 Mississippi State
No. 19 Penn State
No. 25 Ohio State
Hartfield, Leslie, DeChant Earn Big Ten Honors
The Big Ten Conference announced its award winners for the 2012 outdoor season Tuesday, and three Buckeyes were featured on the list. Michael Hartfield was named First Team All-Big Ten by virtue of his conference title in the long jump, while Cory Leslie was named to the Second Team after runner-up finishes in both the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase. In addition, Matt DeChant was recognized as Ohio State’s recipient of the Sportsmanship Award, presented to student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
Buckeyes Check-in at No. 25 in USTFCCCA National Rankings, Second Regionally
Ohio State climbed six spots to No. 25 in the May 21 edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's national team rankings.
In all, six Big Ten teams are ranked among the USTFCCCA Top 25, led by third-ranked Indiana. Nebraska checks-in at No. 10, followed by Big Ten champion and 15th-ranked Wisconsin, No. 19 Penn State, No. 23 Iowa and the Buckeyes. Texas A&M is the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, with Florida close behind at No. 2.
The Buckeyes fair better in the Great Lakes regional rankings, where they are currently ranked second behind Wisconsin. Indiana is third, followed by Notre Dame in fourth and Michigan in fifth.
OSU in the Individual Top 25 Rankings
Nine members of the men's track and field team find themselves ranked within the Top 25 in several event areas nationally. A look at where the Buckeyes sit:
Cory Leslie - No. 2 in the 3000m steeplechase and No. 4 in the 1500m
Michael Hartfield - No. 7 in the long jump
Matt DeChant - No. 12 in the shot put
Heath Nickles - No. 14 in the decathlon
Antonio Blanks - No. 16 in the 400m hurdles and No. 21 in the 4x400m relay
Adam Green - No. 18 in the 3000m steeplechase
Thomas Murdaugh - No. 21 in the 400m and 4x400m relay
Marvel Brooks - No. 21 in the 4x400m relay
Korbin Smith - No. 21 in the 4x400m relay
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 10.
"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
Follow the Buckeyes on Facebook and Twitter!
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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
Ohio State finished fourth at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Madison, Wis., May 13 with a total of 86 team points.
The Buckeyes picked up one gold, two silver, and four bronze medals during the three days of competition at Dan McClimon Memorial Track to finish in the Top 5 of the team standings for the fifth-consecutive season. 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). Hartfield was the lone individual champion for the Buckeyes – he successfully defended his 2011 outdoor title by leaping to a PR of 7.96m (26-1.50) for the win.
Qualifying athletes advance to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 6-9.
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