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Senior Patrick Woods won the Big Ten title in the decathlon at the conference track and field championships May 16. The crowd at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium witnessed a personal best performance from Woods in the final home meet of his career, as he totaled 7405 points, the second-best score in school history.
Shaniqua McGinnis ran a spirited final leg to give the Ohio State women’s track and field the 4x400m rely title on the final day of 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium May 17. The freshman was joined by teammates senior Ayrizanna Favours and juniors Latoya Sanderson and Ashley Caldwell in the effort. The win was Ohio State’s only title on the weekend, as the Buckeyes squeaked by Illinois at the wire with a regional qualifying time of 3:38.33.
Athletics Good Stuff
Ohio State and Columbus State partnered to host 2009 Columbus City Schools Baseball Day May 12 on the Ohio State campus. More than 3,100 sixth-graders from 30 different schools attended an education pep rally in the morning at Value City Arena and then went across to Bill Davis Stadium where they watched several innings of the Buckeyes vs. Eastern Michigan.
The official Ohio State Buckeyes Facebook fan page recently cleared the 100,000-fan mark May 9 as the page remains the No. 1 official college athletics page in the country.
No. 26 Baseball (39-15; 18-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bob Todd
The Ohio State Buckeyes are the 2009 Big Ten Conference baseball champions. About four hours after Ohio State completed a three-game sweep over Iowa, Penn State came-from-behind to defeat league-leading Minnesota and deny them the title when a win would have clinched it.
The team, led by the hitting of senior captain Justin Miller and the clutch finishing of senior stopper Jake Hale (school record 15 saves with four in the last five Big Ten wins), won its final five Big Ten games to put themselves in a position to win the championship.
Ohio State receives a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, May 20-24 at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus and will face the lowest seed winner of the games pitting No. 4 Illinois vs. No. 5 Michigan State or No. 3 Indiana vs. No. 6 Purdue in a 7:05 p.m. game Thursday.
The Big Ten championship is the seventh for head coach Bob Todd at Ohio State and the first since the 2001 season, and it is the 15th all-time in school history.
Miller, the team captain who is on fire with hits in 17 of his last 25 at-bats (.680) with nine runs scored and 11 RBI over the last six games (five of them Big Ten wins), credited his teammates for the championship.
Alex Wimmers has been named a semifinalist for the National Pitcher of the Year Award.
Dan Burkhart has been named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award.
Up Next: hosting Big Ten Tournament, May 20-24 at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio
Head coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State held strong in its final two rounds of the NCAA Central Regional May 16 and finished in a tie for third to advance to the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes, who are making their first championship appearance since 1998, will battle for the national title in their home state at Inverness Club in Toledo, May 26-30.
This will be the 19th NCAA championship head coach Jim Brown has led the Buckeyes to, and the program’s 30th championship appearance overall.
Ohio State tied with Georgia Tech with team scores of 880 (+16) on the par 72, 7,372-yard Club of Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky.
After play for the second round was suspended May 15, the Buckeyes had to play up to 27 holes May 16 to finish round two and then play the entire third round. Ohio State had scores of 289 and 291, respectively, in the two rounds.
Maintaining his spot at the top of the Buckeye lineup was sophomore Bo Hoag. The steady Upper Arlington, Ohio, native shot a 71-73-72 to tie for seventh place at even-par 216. It was his sixth Top 10 finish in the last seven tournaments. Throughout the regional, he never had worse than a bogey and made par on a total of 36 holes.
Up Next: at NCAA Championships, May 27-30 in Toledo, Ohio
No. 25 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
After placing seventh at the NCAA Central Regional May 9 in Columbus, Ohio State earned a trip to the 2009 NCAA Championships May 19-22 in Baltimore, Md.
Up Next: at NCAA Championship, May 19-22 in Baltimore, Md.
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
Behind Grand Final wins from the First and Second Varsity Fours, Ohio State earned a third-place finish in the Central Region at the 2009 South/Central Region Championships May 17 at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Michigan won the Central Region, while Virginia won the South Region and was crowned overall Aramark Cup champions.
The Second Varsity Four secured 14 team points with its championship performance. The 2V4 of Mandy Merritt, Sara Reardon, Jill Mohr, Cleonice Renzetti and coxswain Mackenzie Pecor obtained the boat’s first central region title since 2006. In a tight race, the Buckeye crew (6:59.7) edged the Clemson “B” team (7:01.2) by 1.5 seconds for the title.
The First Varsity Four added 57 points to the Buckeye team total. The Ohio State boat of Anniken Ellingsen, Ellen Heister, Claudia Schiwy, Farrah Edwards and coxswain Kristin DiJosie needed 1.3 seconds to claim the crew’s second championship in program history (6:58). Virginia was second in the heat, crossing the finish line in 6:59.3.
The Second Varsity Eight contributed 108 points with a third-place finish in the Grand Final. The Buckeyes Lindsey Titus, Katie Flarida, Claudia Wurzel, Tess Prescott, Erin Shropshire, Caroline McPherson, Ingrid Aasaaren, Sara Wallace and coxswain Samantha Getz clocked in at 6:15.8. Virginia claimed the heat with a time of 6:13 and Michigan State was second, finishing in 6:13.4.
The First Varsity Eight Grand Final race concluded the 2009 edition of the Aramark championships and the eighth-ranked crew of Claudia Herpertz, Ulrike Denker, Johnna Burns, Zuza Trzcinska, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Carolin Helmholz, Susi Herbrand, Charlott Goldstein and coxswain Erika Benford finished sixth (6:12.6) for 135 points.
Ohio State hopes it will be one of 12 teams selected to compete in the 2009 NCAA Championships May 29-31 in Camden, N.J. The NCAA selection show will air at 5 p.m. May 19 on NCAA.com. The Buckeyes have competed in the NCAA championships as a team for nine-consecutive seasons. Only four other programs Brown, California, Princeton and Washington can boast such an achievement.
Up Next: at NCAA Championships, May 29-31 in Camden, N.J.
No. 11 Softball (47-9; 16-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
Ohio State advanced to the Super Regional for the first time in six trips to the NCAA Tournament after taking down Kentucky, 7-2, May 17 at New Buckeye Field in the regional round of competition. Four players Alicia Herron, Sam Marder, Courtney Pruner and Vanessa Spears each hit a homerun in the win, while Kim Reeder took over the top spot among all-time winningest Buckeye pitchers on both the career and season charts.
No. 11 Ohio State stands at 47-9 with second-most wins in school history, trailing the 2002 team by eight (55), and will face No. 6 Georgia May 21-22 in the Super Regional in Athens, Ga.
The Buckeyes scored five unanswered runs to overcome a four-run deficit to defeat Brigham Young, 5-4, in eight innings May 15. After the Cougars put up a 4-0 lead, the Buckeyes pieced together a comeback that ended with Leah Ledford scoring the game-tying run in the top of the seventh and Dee Dee Hillman following with what would stand as the gamewinner in the top of the eighth.
Reeder tied the single-season record for shutouts with her 11th of the year as the No. 11-ranked and seeded Buckeyes defeated Canisius, 3-0, May 14.
Up Next: at NCAA Super Regional, vs. Georgia, May 21 at 7 p.m. in Athens, Ga. ESPN2
at NCAA Super Regional, vs. Georgia, May 22 at 4:30 p.m. in Athens, Ga. ESPN2
at NCAA Super Regional, vs. Georgia, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. (if necessary) in Athens, Ga. ESPN2
No. 3 Men’s Tennis (36-1; 10-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
Down 3-1, Ohio State won three-consecutive singles matches to drop No. 7-seed UCLA, 4-3, in the national semifinals May 18 at the 2009 NCAA Championships in College Station Texas. The Buckeyes will now move on to their first national championship final appearance against No. 8-seed USC at 3 p.m. ET May 18. The match will be televised live on ESPNU.
The semifinal match-point belonged to junior Justin Kronauge at No. 3 singles. The 25th-ranked Kronauge, a 2008 ITA All-American, battled from behind after dropping the first set to clinch the victory for the Buckeyes with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win against Harel Srugo. Kronauge improves to 40-7 overall this season, which is tied for sixth all-time in the single-season wins list.
With the win against the Bruins, Ohio State, which has now won 28-consecutive matches, broke the program’s single-season wins mark of 35 triumphs set last season (2007-08; 35-2).
Under 10th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are now 22-9 overall in NCAA play. In 2009, Tucker has led Ohio State to its first national championship final appearance after taking the Buckeyes to four previous quarterfinal appearances in the tournament (2004, ’06, ’07, and ’08).
In the quarterfinals, Ohio State defeated No. 6-seed Baylor, 4-1, May 17. The Buckeyes snapped Baylor’s (26-6) 15-match winning streak and advanced to its first semifinal appearance after making it as far as the quarterfinals the last three seasons.
Sophomore Balazs Novak claimed the victory for the Buckeyes at No. 5 singles. No. 74 Novak defeated No. 121 Attilla Bucko, 6-0, 6-2, improving to 36-5 overall this season.
Ohio State downed No. 25 Boise State, 4-0, May 14 in the Round of 16. Senior captain and No. 9-ranked Steven Moneke claimed the win for Ohio State at No. 2 singles, defeating No. 24 Clancy Shields, 6-3, 6-3. Moneke, a Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist, improved to 39-4 and has won a program-record 140-career singles victories.
Up Next: at NCAA Championships, May 14-25 at George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas
Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
Ohio State finished in second-place at the 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Championships May 17. The Buckeyes’ 103 points earned them their highest team finish since taking second-place at the 2001 championships.
Thomas Murdaugh ran a torrid final leg of the 4×400 to overtake Illinois All-American Gakologelwang Masheto and give the Buckeyes the victory in a regional qualifying time of 3:09.61. Ohio State used four near-perfect exchanges to take the title in the 4x100m relay with a regional qualifying time of 40.63, edging Illinois (40.63) down the stretch.
A personal record throw of 18.58m in the shot put secured a second-place finish for senior Patrick Whalen. Tyler Branch set a PR with a ninth-place throw of 17.32m.
Murdaugh finished second in the 400m dash with a personal record time of 46.26. Curtis Leuenberger took the field by surprise with second-place finish in the 200m dash in a season best time of 21.07.
Jeff See finished third in the 1500m with a time of 3:58.17. The field set a slow pace early on as See ran near the back of the pack for most of the race before making a final kick over the back stretch to slide into the third spot. Wisconsin took one-two with Craig Miller claiming the title in 3:57.57 and Jeff Bolas finishing second in 3:57.72.
Bryan Bunnell placed third in the javelin with a regional qualifying throw of 61.60m.
On May 16, senior Patrick Woods won the Big Ten title in the decathlon. The crowd at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium witnessed a personal best performance from Woods in the final home meet of his career, as he totaled 7405 points, the second-best score in school history.
Whalen finished third in the finals of the discus throw with a toss of 51.53m.
The steeplechase saw a fourth-place finish from Adam Green, as the sophomore ran a personal record time of 9:06.71.
Up Next: at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA May 29-30 in Louisville, Ky.
at NCAA Championships, TBA June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.
at USATF Track and Field Championships, TBA June 25-28 in Eugene, Ore.
Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
Shaniqua McGinnis ran a spirited final leg to give the Ohio State women’s track and field the title in the 4x400m relay on the final day of 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium May 17.
Letecia Wright placed second in the finals of the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.43.
Senior Ayrizanna Favours ran a season best time in the 200m dash, finishing third 23.97. Ohio State finished fourth in the 4x100m relay, a day after qualifying with the top time in the preliminary heats. The 2008 outdoor champions were running in second heading into the final turn, but a sloppy exchange between freshman Christina Manning and Wright doomed the Buckeyes as they crossed the finish line in 45.97. Michigan won the race with a regional qualifying time of 45.53, followed by Penn State at 45.62, a regional qualifier, and Illinois (45.84).
Jordan Jennewine broke the school record in the 1500m run with her sixth-place time of 4:23.37, a regional-qualifying time. Jennewine ran another regional qualifying time in the 5000m, a personal record of 16:39.78, the fourth-best run in school history. Teammate Sarah Foster finished 11th in a regional time of 16:45.66. Bizarri of Illinois, the runner-up in the 1500m, broke the Big Ten Championship record with her first-place run of 15:54.86.
On May 15, Foster ran a time 35.27.21 in the 10000m run to take fifth behind fourth-place finisher Hanna Grinaker of Wisconsin.
A fourth-place finish in the javelin from freshman Maggie Mullen was the highlight of May 16. Mullen’s mark of 43.25m was the third-best throw in Ohio State history and earned four points for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State sophomore Alana Gray finished fifth in the heptathlon with a personal record point total of 5078, the fourth-best score in school history.
Up Next: at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA May 29-30 in Louisville, Ky.
at NCAA Championships, TBA June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.
No. 10/T-8 Men’s Volleyball (16-11; 9-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State finished tied for eighth in the Molten-Volleyball Magazine Men’s Top 10 Media Poll and 10th in the final Bison/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll. Both rankings represent Ohio State’s highest ranking in each poll for this season.
Head coach: Tom Ryan
Lou Rosselli was promoted to associate head coach, Tom Ryan, Buckeye head coach, announced May 14. Rosselli wrapped up his third season as the Scarlet and Gray’s assistant coach in 2009, working primarily with the lighter weight classes.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
May 19-June 24
WGLF at NCAA Championship, TBA in Baltimore, Md.
BSB hosting Big Ten Tournament, TBA at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio
SB at NCAA Super Regional, TBA, TBA
MGLF at NCAA Championships, TBA in Toledo, Ohio
SB at College World Series, TBA in Oklahoma City, Okla.
MTRK at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA in Louisville, Ky.
WTRK at NCAA Regional Championships, TBA in Louisville, Ky.
ROW at NCAA Championships, TBA in Camden, N.J.
MTRK at NCAA Championships, TBA in Fayetteville, Ark.
WTRK at NCAA Championships, TBA in Fayetteville, Ark.
MTRK at USATF Track and Field Championships, TBA in Eugene, Ore.