Dec. 17, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State men's track and field head coach Ed Beathea and his staff has signed the top recruiting class in the Big Ten conference and the second-best in the nation for 2013 according to Track and Field News.
"I'm extremely excited about this incoming class of freshmen and what each of them will bring to the squad," Beathea said. "It is an honor to get this high recognition from Track and Field News. It is a testament to our staff and the hard work they put into recruiting. We are looking forward to seeing these young men perform for the Scarlet and Gray come January."
The highly touted incoming class of freshmen is headlined by hurdler standout Donovan Robertson, javelin specialist Billy Stanley, thrower Joseph Velez, and sprinter Champ Page.
Robertson, a native of Berea, is a five-time OHSAA state champion and the 2012 national indoor champion in the 60m hurdles. He was twice named Ohio Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year and was named a member of the USA Today All-USA Track and Field team in 2011. He holds the national high school indoor record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.57 and also holds the state record in the 300m hurdles (35.96).
Stanley holds the national high school record in the javelin (75.21m/246-9.00) and was the 2012 PIAA state champion in the event. The South Park, Pa., product was named 2012 Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Male Athlete of the Year and ESPN/Gatorade Pennsylvania Male Player of the Year.
Velez comes to Columbus from his hometown of Providence, R.I. He was the 2011 Rhode Island state champion in the hammer throw. Stanley finished with the second-best 25-pound weight throw in the nation among high school seniors in 2012 (23.46m/76-11.75).
Page, a product of Marlboro, Md., is an eight-time Maryland state champion and state record holder in the 4x200 relay. During the 2012 indoor season, Page finished second nationally in the 300m (33.93), third in the 500m (63.71) and 11th in the 400m (48.28).
The class also includes newcomers Armand Austin (sprints), Bryce Blake (pole vault), Jack Kincade (multi-events), Eric Metoyer (sprints/hurdles), Nick Pupino (distance), Jordan Redd (distance), and Steven Weaver (distance).
Austin, a Columbus native, is a three-time OHSAA Division I state champion in the 4x200m relay (twice) and the 4x400 relay. He was an All-Ohio selection and regional champion in the 400m.
Blake, from Strongsville, is a pole vault specialist with a personal-best mark of 4.27m/14-0.00. He finished sixth at the 2012 OHSAA District Championships in Amherst and has displayed tremendous progression over the past two seasons.
Kincade, who hails from Hilliard, held the sixth-best score among high school athletes in the decathlon in 2011, while Metoyer, a sprinter from Naperville, Ill., was named the Most Valuable and Most Improved Player on his high school teams as a senior in 2012 when he set personal-best times in both the 100m and 200m.
Pupino, Redd and Weaver are the newest additions to the OSU distance squad. Pupino, a Fairlawn product, placed third in the 3200m at both the 2012 and 2011 OHSAA Division I State Championships and was the fourth-place finisher at the state cross country championships in 2011. Redd comes to Columbus from Fairborn and is a OHSAA three-time qualifier in the DI state cross country championships and two-time qualifier for track, finishing eighth in the 3200m in 2011 and 11th in the 1600m in 2012. Weaver, a native of Napoleon, was the 2011 OHSAA DII cross country champion and the 2011 OHSAA DII state champion in the 1600m.
Ohio State kicks off its indoor season in Columbus at the Buckeye Classic Jan. 11.
2013 Track and Field News Men's Recruiting Class Rankings
- Florida State
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- Penn State