COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team opened competition at the 26th Jesse Owens Track Classic Friday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Despite the threat of rain, day one was completed without any weather interference or delays. The first night of events highlighted field and distance athletes and was capped by an exciting race in the 3000m steeplechase, won by Ohio State sophomore Cory Leslie in a time of 8:51.06.
Day two begins at 10:30 a.m. ET with competition in the pole vault. Members of the Jesse Owens family will be honored at 11:45 a.m. in recognition of the 75th anniversary of Owens’ historic performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Take a look at the first day event-by-event:
A PR of 3:46.49 helped Jake Edwards to first place in the 1500m. Akron’s Max Hiltner was the runner-up in 3:47.23, with unattached runner Josh Foss taking third in 3:48.78.
The top 3 was painted Scarlet and Gray, with Leslie leading the way. Adam Green, competing unattached, was second in 8:58.02, followed by former Buckeye All-American Jeff See (9:06.07). Donny Roys turned in a fifth-place finish for the Buckeyes in a season-best time of 9:11.66.
Former Buckeye Brian Olinger, represented by Reebok, took the title in the 5000m run with a time of 14:16.31. Unattached competitor Ridge Robinson was the runner-up in 14:23.66, followed by third-place finisher and unattached runner Ryan Kienzle. Ohio State’s Julian Meyer placed seventh (PR of 14:38.68).
Freshman Will Lauricella remained undefeated as a Buckeye, using a mark of 62.21m (204-1) to capture the win in the javelin. Second place went to Penn State Eli Skinner (61.96m/203-3).
Junior Max Mays finished fifth in the discus with a PR throw of 52.51m (172-3). Unattached competitor John Bowman won the event at 59.51m (195-3), with Penn State seniors Blake Eaton and Joe Kovacs finishing second and third, respectively.