No. 21 Ohio State Sends Eleven to NCAA Championships
June 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Eleven student-athletes will represent the 21st-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., this Wednesday-Saturday, June 5-8.
First to compete on Wednesday will be the Buckeye 4x100m relay team in semifinal action. Sophomores Nick Batcha, Timothy Faust and Devin Smith are making their first national championship appearances, while junior Demoye Bogle is competing at the NCAA finals for the second time. Sophomore Antonio Blanks also runs Wednesday in the 400m hurdle semifinals. Blanks earned First Team All-America honors in the event as a freshman in 2012, placing seventh overall in the championship race.
Seniors Michael Hartfield and Korbin Smith begin their title quests Thursday in the long jump finals. Hartfield is a three-time Second Team All-American in the event and owns the third-best jump in the nation heading into the championship meet, while Smith is making his first appearance as an individual at the national championships. Also scheduled for competition Thursday are the foursome of Blanks, Smith, senior Marvel Brooks and freshman Champ Page in the semifinals of the 4x400m relay, Bogle in the semifinals of the 110m hurdles, Faust in the 200m semifinals, and senior Chris Fallon in the 1500m semis. Blanks, Smith, and Brooks were members of Ohio State’s 11th-place 4x4 relay in 2012, while Page runs at nationals for the first time. Bogle was an Honorable Mention All-American in the 110 hurdles in 2012; Fallon is set to compete at his first NCAA outdoor championship.
Freshman Billy Stanley contends for the national title in the javelin Saturday. Stanley, the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and javelin champion, holds the Ohio State and Big Ten record in the event and is ranked sixth nationally heading into the weekend.
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Buckeye History at the NCAA Championships
The Buckeyes' lone team championship came in 1929 under head coach F.R. Castleman. Four Buckeyes –George Simpson, Richard Rockaway and Peter Ramses – won individual titles that season to secure a title for the Scarlet and Gray. The 1992 season witnessed a second-place finish under head coach Russ Rogers, as the Buckeyes swept both the 4x100m and 4x400m titles that year.
Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 21 in USTFCCCA Week Nine Poll
Ten Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 9 Nebraska, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 18 Penn State, No. 20 Iowa, the Buckeyes, No. 27 Indiana, No. 28 Minnesota, No. 37 Illinois, No. 44 Purdue and No. 49 Michigan. Texas A&M is the No. 1 team in the country, followed by No. 2 Arkansas and third-ranked Oregon.
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Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
• Michael Hartfield – No. 3 in the long jump and No. 16 in the triple jump
Hartfield and Stanley Take Home Big Ten Honors
Hartfield won gold in both the long jump (7.69m/25-2.75) and triple jump (15.62m/51-3.00) at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. It is the second time the senior has won the award, having earned the honor in 2011 along with Field Athlete of the Year honors.
Stanley continued his impressive rookie campaign by winning the javelin throw at the championships with a toss of 75.23m (246-10.00), besting his own school record in the process. The throw was a Big Ten Championship meet record as well. It was the third time this season Stanley broke the school record, the first time coming on his very first collegiate attempt.
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Last Time Out
Hartfield and Smith opened the competition with third- and 10th-place finishes in the long jump on Thursday, claiming the first two championship bids for the Buckeyes in the process.
Friday witnessed Stanley and Blanks advance to the national championships. Stanley earned runner-up honors in the javelin, while Blanks captured seventh place in the 400m hurdles.
OSU closed the meet with a flourish on Saturday as three individuals and two relays moved on to the national meet. The 4x100m relay team – Batcha, Bogle, Faust and Smith – opened day three with a sixth-place finish, while Bogle and Faust qualified as individuals later in the evening in the 110m hurdles and 200m dash. Fallon secured a nationals birth in the 1500m, finishing sixth overall, and the 4x400m relay – Blanks, Brooks, Smith and Page – closed the meet with a fifth-placed performance to claim their tickets to Eugene.