Speedway Athletes of the Week
Ted Schoenfeldt, a 6-5 junior opposite hitter for the 11th-ranked men’s volleyball team, has been named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II National Player of the week and the MIVA Player of the Week. He helped Ohio State earn at least a share of the MIVA regular-season championship with his play in wins at No. 15 Loyola Chicago and No. 11 Lewis.
Schoenfeldt posted a match-high 15.5 points at Loyola-Chicago (30-21, 30-25, 31-29) with a co-match-high 13 kills (.455) and five assist blocks. He added four digs in the match. In the close third game he had four kills and four assist blocks. In the 3-1 (30-24, 19-30, 30-26, 30-23) victory at Lewis, the first home loss of the season for the Flyers, Schoenfeldt recorded a match-high 22 points with a match-high 19 kills (.308), one ace serve and four assist blocks. He tied his career high of 11 digs against Lewis for his first career double-double (kills-digs). Tied at one game each, Schoenfeldt hit .428 in the final two games, hitting .250 (5-2-12) in game three and .667 (7-1-9) in game four. In the two matches, he averaged 5.36 points, 4.57 kills, 2.14 digs and 1.29 blocks per game while hitting .361.
With a career-high and second-place 39.350 all-around total at the NCAA Central Regional Championships, sophomore Rebecca Best of the women’s gymnastics team advances to the NCAA National Championships hosted by the University of Nebraska April 16-18. Led by Best, Ohio State placed third with a 195.950 team total in St. John Arena. The New Jersey native tied for second in the all-around to advance to nationals, posting a 9.850 on vault, beam and floor, while posting a 9.80 on bars.
Athletics Good Stuff
Gene Smith will be honored with the 2009 Distinguished American Award at the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s 21st Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet Monday, May 11 at LaCentre in Westlake.
The Ohio State University Department of Athletics announced it has reached an agreement with IMG College, a division of IMG Worldwide, and RadiOhio Inc., for a 10-year multi-media rights partnership. The total deal is valued at nearly $128 million, which includes $110 million in guarantees, the largest athletics multi-media rights guarantee in collegiate sports history, and approximately $18 million in IMG’s assumption of production, payroll, tickets, and other expenses.
No. 18 Baseball (22-7; 3-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bob Todd
Ohio State defeated Xavier, 9-7, at Bill Davis Stadium in its home opener March 31. The win was helped by a three-run seventh inning, which completed a game-long comeback for the Buckeyes.
Justin Miller and Dan Burkhart singled in the seventh inning and both scored – tying the game at 7-all – off Ryan Dew’s double to the right field wall. Dew scored on Cory Rupert’s triple to give the Buckeyes their first lead of the game.
Dean Wolosiansky pitched 3.0 innings in relief of starter Ross Oltorik to pick up the win.
The Scarlet and Gray opened the month of April with a 14-3 loss to Marshall at Bill Davis Stadium April 1. Ohio State scored a run in the fifth inning on Shawn Forsythe’s RBI single and two more Ohio State runs were scored in the sixth to close the Thundering Herd lead to 11-3. Ben Toussant and Tyler Engle had RBI singles. Toussant and Engle each had two singles on the day, as did Dew, to lead the offense.
Returning to Big Ten Conference action, Ohio State dropped a 7-5 decision to No. 25 Minnesota at the Metrodome April 3. Alex Wimmers went 6.2 innings for the Buckeyes before he left the game during a three-run Minnesota seventh that extended the Gophers’ lead to 7-2.
Zach Hurley, one of three offensive leaders for the Scarlet and Gray with three hits and two RBI, hit his Big Ten-leading 34th RBI of the season in the third inning to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. Scoring from third was Dew, who led off the inning with a single. For the game, Dew had two hits, two RBI and three runs scored. Michael Arp also had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State and Minnesota returned to action April 4 and the Buckeyes defeated the Gophers, 3-2. Wolosiansky, Drew Rucinski and Jake Hale combined on a six-hitter. Minnesota hitters went 0-for-15 at the plate with runners in scoring position, a critical stat of the game when one considers the home team had runners in scoring position in every inning but the second.
Wolosiansky picked up his sixth win of the season against one defeat by pitching 5.2 innings of three-hit, one-run ball. Rucinski came into a 2-1 game and held the lead in 2.0 innings. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. Hale, pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his Big Ten-leading sixth save of the season while finishing a game for his 15th-consecutive time.
The Buckeyes suffered a 16-3 setback against the Gophers in the series finale in the Metrodome April 5. The game concluded a 27-of-29 road-game stretch for the Scarlet and Gray. Ohio State, using a mix of starters and players off the bench, scored three runs in the fifth inning off four hits. Toussant had a run-scoring double down the left field line and Engle drove Toussant home with a single to center field. A third run scored off a throwing error.
Up Next: vs. Morehead State, 6:35 p.m. April 8 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Michigan State, 6:35 p.m. April 10 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Michigan State, 1:05 p.m. April 11 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Michigan State, 1:05 p.m. April 12 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Kent State, 6:35 p.m. April 15 in Bill Davis Stadium
at Purdue, 4 p.m. April 17 in West Lafayette, Ind.
at Purdue, noon April 18 in West Lafayette, Ind. (Television: Big Ten Network)
at Purdue, noon April 19 in West Lafayette, Ind. (Television: Big Ten Network)
Head coach: Thad Matta
Sophomore Evan Turner was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-America selection March 31. The 6-foot-7-inch guard from Chicago led the Buckeyes to an appearance in the Big Ten championship game and a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament. Turner is the first All-America selection for Ohio State since Greg Oden was a consensus first-team pick in 2007. The Buckeyes now boast 22 All-America nods, the last three under head coach Thad Matta.
Head coach: Jim Foster
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and State Farm announced the 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team. Among the honorees is sophomore center Jantel Lavender who also took home first-team USBWA and second-team Associated Press All-America honors last week. Lavender and UConn’s Maya Moore were the only two sophomores selected by the coaches. Lavender is the fourth WBCA All-American at Ohio State in the past five years and the sixth different All-American under head coach Jim Foster.
Big Ten freshman of the year Samantha Prahalis was named to the 2009 Berkeley Regional All-Tournament Team March 30. The freshman from Commack, N.Y., scored a team-high 19 points, dished out six assists and had two steals in the loss to No. 2-seed Stanford.
Head coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State won a quad meet over three in-state foes on its own par 71, 7,455-yard Scarlet Course in Columbus April 4. The Buckeyes had a 36-hole total of 19-over 729 to best second-place Cleveland State by 29 strokes. Dayton (773) and Youngstown State (796) finished third and fourth, respectively. Each school played six players with the best five scores counting toward the team total.
Sophomore Bo Hoag, who has three-consecutive Top 10 finishes, was an individual medalist with a 36-hole total of 1-under 141. Senior tri-captain Vaughn Snyder also capitalized on the home course throughout his first 18. The native of Massillon, Ohio, had 13 pars, three bogeys and two birdies for a round of 72. Snyder shot a 4-over 75 during his second round.
Michael Cress played flawlessly on the back nine with a 1-under 34. He carried that over to the afternoon when he shot a round of 1-under 70, which included an eagle on the par 5, fourth hole. Over his final 27 holes, the Dublin, Ohio, native was 2-under par. Junior Patrick Simard and sophomore Brad Smith each finished at 6-over 148. Simard tallied two rounds of 74 while Smith had 75-73. Rounding out the Buckeyes was junior Brad Wright who battled back after a morning round 79 to shoot 73 for a total of 152.
Up Next: hosting Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, TBA April 11-12 on Scarlet Course
at Texas A&M Tournament, TBA April 18-19 in College Station, Texas
No. 27 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
Ohio State concluded the Bryan National Collegiate in 17th place in Greensboro, N.C., April 5. The Buckeyes shot a third-round score of 301 (+13) to bring their three-day total on the par 72, 6,386-yard Bryan Park Champions Course to 937.
In the final round of competition, Vicky Villanueva continued to lead for Ohio State. The freshman from Chacabuco, Argentina, carded a third-round score of 74 to tie for 48th with a total of 232. Tying for 59th with totals of 234 were sophomore In Hong Lim and senior co-captain Gemma Webster. Lim closed with a round of 76, while Webster, after a rocky first round, came back in the final day with a round of 73 to tie her lowest round of the season.
Rounding out the Ohio State lineup were freshman Nara Shin and junior co-captain Emma Jandel. Shin fired a round of 79 to tie for 74th, while Jandel shot a 78 to finish the tournament tied for 80th.
In preparation for the Bryan National Collegiate, Ohio State had a round of practice April 2 on the par 72, 6,386-yard Bryan Park Champions Course in Greensboro, N.C. It was there, on the 162-yard No. 12 hole, that Webster recorded the second hole-in-one of her career. Webster, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, previously recorded a hole-in-one during the third round of the 2007 Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship (Sept. 14-16) where the Buckeyes placed 17th.
Up Next: hosting Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, TBA April 18-19 on Scarlet Course
at Big Ten Championship, TBA April 24-26 in West Lafayette, Ind.
No. 6 Men’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Miles Avery
The Buckeyes extended their streak of Top 3 finishes at the Big Ten championships to 22 after finishing third for a second-consecutive year with a tally of 349.9 in Crisler Arena on the University of Michigan campus April 3.
Two Buckeyes finished in the Top 6 of the all-around, earning All-Big Ten honors. Senior co-captain Jake Bateman, a 2009 Nissen-Emery Award finalist, placed third with an 88.55 while freshman Philip Onorato took sixth with an 82.65. Onorato’s tally was the best by a rookie at the meet and certainly helped his campaign for league freshman of the year honors. The Plano, Texas, native becomes just the sixth Buckeye to earn the conference’s rookie of the year honor and the first since Bateman was the honoree in 2006. Bateman and Onorato also earned first-team All-Big Ten accolades after placing third and sixth, respectively, in the all-around while Pejman Ebrahimi was named Ohio State’s Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.
Joining Onorato on the podium for rings were sophomore Brandon Wynn in third (15.25) and Bateman in fifth (15.025). Bateman, who competed in 5-of-6 event finals, placed on four events, including floor (fourth), rings, vault (sixth) and parallel bars (sixth). Junior Shachar Tal recorded his first Top 6 league finish with a fourth-place 14.725 on parallel bars.
Up Next: at 2009 NCAA Championships, TBA April 16-18 in Minneapolis, Minn.
No. 17 Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
With a 39.350 all-around total at the NCAA Central Regional Championships, sophomore Rebecca Best advances to the NCAA National Championships hosted by the University of Nebraska April 16-18. Led by Best, Ohio State placed third with a 195.950 team total in St. John Arena. Best tied for second in the all-around to advance to nationals with a career-high 39.350 mark. She posted a 9.850 on vault, beam and floor, while posting a 9.80 on bars.
LSU edged Oregon State by .075 to clinch the NCAA Central Regional championships. The Tigers posted a 196.875 and the Beavers notched a 196.800, which advances both teams to the national championships. Michigan State followed Ohio State for fourth with a team score of 194.825. Kent State marked a 194.650 to place fifth and Kentucky took sixth with a 193.700.
Up Next: at 2009 NCAA Championships, All Day, April 17-19 in Lincoln, Neb.
Head coach: Jackie Barto
Three former defensemen for the Ohio State women’s hockey team will represent their home nations while competing in the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship that began last Saturday in Hameenlinna, Finland. Tessa Bonhomme will suit up for Canada while Lisa Chesson will don the U.S. sweater and Emma Laaksonen will captain Team Finland on home ice.
The three nations, United States, Canada and Finland, are the top seeds of their respective groups for round-robin play, April 4-6, and will not meet until those opening games are concluded. Once the teams are regrouped, qualifying play continues April 8-10. Medal contenders will then play April 12 in the bronze medal and gold medal games.
Last year, Buckeye head coach Jackie Barto led Team USA to its second gold media in the 11-year history of the IIHF World Women’s Championships.
Men’s Lacrosse (6-4; 2-0 GWLL)
Head coach: Nick Myers
In the first of four-consecutive games away from Columbus, the Buckeyes downed Great Western Lacrosse League foe Bellarmine, 11-7, in Louisville, Ky., April 4. Senior Joel Dalgarno had a team-best four goals in the win to pass the 200-point mark in his Buckeye career, with classmate Jeff Ryan adding two goals and two assist for four points.
The teams were tied three times in the game, including 6-all early in the third quarter, but Ohio State outscored the Knights, 5-1, over the final 28:09 to secure the conference win.
Up Next: vs. North Carolina, 1 p.m. April 11 in Baltimore, Md.
at Air Force, 3 p.m. April 17 at USAFA, Colo.
at Denver, 1:30 p.m. April 19 in Denver, Colo.
No. 16/13 Women’s Lacrosse (9-3; 1-0 ALC)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State dropped a 10-8 contest to No. 4 North Carolina at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium April 3 as part of the ALC/ACC Challenge. The loss snapped a seven-game Ohio State win streak. Alayna Markwordt, Kelly Haggerty and Maghan Beaudrault each had two goals for Ohio State, while Jayme Beard and Olivia Annalora scored once each.
In goal, senior Kristen Gilwee took the loss for the Buckeyes, despite 12 saves in the game, seven of those during second-half action.
The Buckeyes suffered a narrow 17-16 loss to the No. 2-ranked Maryland Terrapins in the ALC/ACC women’s lacrosse challenge April 4. A season high 836 watched the action at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Up Next: vs. Vanderbilt, noon April 12 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
at Detroit Mercy, 4 p.m. April 14 in Detroit, Mich.
at Penn State, 1 p.m. April 19 in State College, Pa.
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
Paced by the First Varsity Eight’s 1.9 second win over No. 7 Virginia, Ohio State won three races against the Cavaliers in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Lake Monticello in Virginia April 4.
The Buckeye 1V8 (1-3), ranked 16th in the latest edition of the USRowing/CRCA poll, raced to the finish line in 6:33.4, while the Cavaliers crossed in 6:35.3. The crew of Claudia Wurzel, Sara Wallace, Ingrid Aasaaren, Katie Flarida, Claudia Herpertz, Susanne Herbrand, Johnna Burns, Ulrike Denker and Erika Benford earned its first win of the 2009 season.
The Second Varsity Eight (3-1) recorded the largest Buckeye margin of victory with an 8.2 second win over the Cavalier 2V8. Anniken Ellingsen, Farrah Edwards, Caroline McPherson, Ellen Heister, Erin Shropshire, Tess Prescott, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Charlott Goldstein and Samantha Getz clocked in at the 6:38.5 mark. Virginia finished in 6:46.7.
Lindsey Titus, Carolin Helmholz, Claudia Schiwy, Cleonice Renzetti and Kristin DiJosie comprised the Ohio State First Varsity Four (2-2) and the group outdistanced Virginia by 2.5 seconds (7:29.5-7:32.0).
Up Next: vs. Indiana//Notre Dame/Brown, 9 a.m. April 11 at Griggs Reservoir
vs. Oregon State/Washington State, 9 a.m. April 18 at Griggs Reservoir
vs. Bucknell, 9 a.m. April 19 at Griggs Reservoir
No. 17 Softball (28-6; 5-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
Sam Marder belted a pair of homeruns, one in each game, as Ohio State swept Ball State, 9-1 and 4-0, in a doubleheader at New Buckeye Field April 1. Leah Ledford knocked the ball out of the park, while Alicia Herron tallied three hits and pitchers Kim Reeder and Lindsay Bodeker combined for 11 strikeouts on the day.
Ohio State picked up a pair of 1-0 wins over Minnesota at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., April 4. Reeder and Bodeker threw the first and second games, respectively, each earning shutouts as the Buckeyes recorded their 13th and 14th games without giving up a run. Bodeker earned a career-high tying 13 strikeouts in the circle, while Reeder pitched her seventh complete-game shutout of the year.
Marder was named one of 25 finalists for the 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, as selected by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), the National Governing Body of softball in the United States.
Up Next: at Indiana, 2 p.m. April 8 in Bloomington, Ind.
at Indiana, 4:30 p.m. April 8 in Bloomington, Ind.
vs. Illinois, 2 p.m. April 11 in New Buckeye Field
vs. Illinois, 2 p.m. April 12 in New Buckeye Field
vs. Evansville, 5 p.m. April 15 in New Buckeye Field
at Wisconsin, 2 p.m. April 18 in Madison, Wis.
at Wisconsin, 2 p.m. April 19 in Madison, Wis.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Wadley
Matthias and Stefan Sigrist competed at the Zurich Grand Prix in Zurich, Switzerland, March 24. Both qualified for the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, held July 1-12. Matthias and Stefan will be competing for their home country for the first time in their swimming careers.
Stefan, a junior, set a Switzerland record in the 800 freestyle with a time of 8:11.62, crushing the previous record by four seconds. He also participated in the 1500 freestyle and will compete in both events at the World University Games.
Matthias, a senior at Ohio State, finished in a career-best time of 2:02.45 in the 200-meter butterfly. He also set a personal-best time in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 55.11. He will compete in both events for Switzerland.
No. 5 Men’s Tennis (23-1; 6-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State downed No. 13 Kentucky, 5-2, at the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky., April 1. Junior Justin Kronauge helped claimed both the doubles and singles matches for the Buckeyes. Paired with Steven Moneke as the 39th-ranked doubles team in the nation, the Buckeye duo defeated No. 19 Bruno Agostinelli and Brad Cox, 9-8, in No. 1 doubles, claiming the doubles point for Ohio State. No. 18 Kronauge went on to seal the match for the Buckeyes, downing Alex Musialek, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.
Traveling to the state of Michigan, Ohio State defeated Michigan State, 7-0, at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility in East Lansing, April 4. The Buckeyes sealed the doubles point after Matt Allare and Mike O’Connell defeated Brendan Kinkopf and Scott Rasmussen, 8-4. At No. 2 singles, Moneke, ranked No. 8, downed John Allare, 6-2, 6-2, claiming the match for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes defeated No. 47 Michigan, 6-1, at the Varsity Tennis Center, in Ann Arbor, April 5 improving to 6-0 in Big Ten play and 10-0 in away dual matches. Sophomore Balazs Novak claimed both the singles and doubles matches to clinch the contest for the Buckeyes. Paired with Allare, the Buckeye duo defeated Chris Madden and Andrew Mazlin, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles. In singles, Novak, ranked No. 91, downed Mike DePietro 6-2, 6-1, at No. 6 singles to improve to 27-4 on the season with a 14-match win streak.
Ohio State improves to 20-37-1 against the Wolverines in the all-time series. However, under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 11-2 against Michigan. Ohio State has won 46-consecutive Big Ten matches and is now 97-5 in its last 102 league matches, including postseason play.
Up Next: at Indiana, 1:30 p.m. April 10 in Bloomington, Ind.
at Illinois, noon April 12 in Champaign, Ill.
vs. Northwestern, 3 p.m. April 17 in Columbus, Ohio
vs. Wisconsin, noon April 19 in Columbus, Ohio
vs. Wright State, 3 p.m. April 19 in Columbus, Ohio
No. 35 Women’s Tennis (12-7; 5-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
The return to the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center was not a sweet one for the Buckeyes as they lost, 5-2, against rival and 23rd-ranked Michigan April 3. The match was the first in Columbus since March 13 for the Buckeyes as well as their first Big Ten loss of 2009.
The top spot saw Kirsten Flower face off with 106th-ranked Rika Tatsuno, where the Buckeye junior recovered from a 6-3 first-set loss by picking up a strong 6-2 second-frame victory. Flower held a 5-3 third-set advantage and despite a rally attempt by Tatsuno, Flower won the tiebreaker, set and match, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6). Angela DiPastina lost in her first set at No. 6 singles to Michelle Sulahian, 7-6 (3), but rebounded in a big way in the second stanza by coming through with a 6-3 win. Tied at 6-all in the third, DiPastina and Sulahian went to a set tiebreaker, where the Buckeye senior outlasted the Michigan freshman to take the match, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4).
Ohio State did not waste its first opportunity to play outside in Columbus in two seasons, taking a 5-2 win over Michigan State at the Stickney Tennis Center April 5. The Buckeyes, fueled by a doubles point win, finished off the Spartans in singles behind strong efforts from the top spots of Flower and Paloma Escobedo.
Christina Keesey and DiPastina were dominant at No. 1 doubles. The pair ran out to an early lead and did not look back against the 74th-ranked Spartan duo of Elena Ivanova and Stephanie Kebler, winning 8-2. Escobedo and Flower were equally proficient at No. 3, winning 8-1 over Whitney Wilson and Dana Guentert to pick up their team-leading ninth doubles win of the spring together.
Flower kept her hot hitting as of late going at No. 1 singles, using a 6-1 first-set win to overcome Kebler, 6-1, 7-5. The win was Flower’s 12th this spring and fifth against a Big Ten opponent, both team highs. Escobedo was next off the court for the Buckeyes after finishing off Ivanova at No. 2 singles with a straight-set 6-2, 6-2 win.
Up Next: vs. Illinois, 3 p.m. April 10 in Columbus, Ohio
vs. Indiana, 11 a.m. April 12 in Columbus, Ohio
at Northwestern, noon April 18 in Evanston, Ill.
at Wisconsin, noon April 19 in Madison, Wis.
Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
Chad Balyo finished first in the 3000m steeplechase and the 4x400m relay team set a regional qualifying time on its way to a second-place finish as Ohio State concluded competition at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala., April 4. Balyo, a junior from Springboro, Ohio, finished in a time of 9:11.01, the third-best time in the Big Ten this season. Buckeye runners hold four of the Top 6 steeple times in the conference.
The 4x400m relay team of Matt Comer, Stephen Robinson, Thomas Murdaugh and Curtis Leuenberger set the second-best time in the Big Ten with its time of 3:08.18.
Patrick Whalen put together two Top 10 performances. The senior placed fifth in the shot put at 17.18m and eighth in the discus with a mark of 51.30m. Whalen’s shot set the top mark in the Big Ten this outdoor season – his discus throw is the conference’s second-best. Senior Bryan Chard took third at 4.90m and sophomore Alan Dague was sixth with a pole vault of 4.45m.
The Scarlet and Gray’s success in the field continued in the javelin, as Patrick Filipi placed sixth at 55.66m. Robinson took seventh in the long jump at 6.80m and freshman Thomas Davis was ninth in the hammer throw with a toss of 54.33m. Robinson followed up his performance in the long jump with a ninth-place finish in the 200m dash at 21.70, the conference’s fourth-best time this season.
Jonathan Francois was fifth in the 110m hurdles with a sprint of 14.59, while sophomore Daniel White finished ninth in the 800m with a time of 1:53.18.
Up Next: at Sea Ray Relays, TBA April 8-9 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Hosting The Dual vs. Michigan, 11 a.m. April 11 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
at Louisville Invitational, TBA April 17-18 in Louisville, Ky.
Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
Ohio State concluded a busy weekend at the Texas Relays and Tiger Track Classic April 4. Letecia Wright’s regional qualifying time of 13.35 in the 100m hurdles at the Texas Relays led the Buckeye contingent in Austin. Her time is the third-best in the Big Ten so far this season, a tenth of a second behind her sprint last weekend at the Raleigh Relays.
The 4x200m relay team of Wright, Ayrizanna Favours, Ashley Caldwell and Latoya Sanderson nearly broke the Ohio State school record (set in 2001 at 1:36.16) with their seventh-place time of 1:37.85.
At the Tiger Track Classic, Jordan Jennewine, the reigning Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, followed up her record-setting weekend in Raleigh with a fifth-place finish in the 800m run at 2:12.40. Ashley Jones took ninth in 2:14.57.
Alana Gray set a personal record in the 100m hurdles with an eighth-place finish in 14.25, while Jewelisa Thompson placed ninth in the 400m hurdles at 1:05.43. Ellen Birmingham placed 10th in the 3000m run with a time of 10:07.78, a career best.
In the field, Ohio State was led by two Top 6 finishers in the long jump. Kelcey McKinney was fifth with a jump of 5.72m, while Bridget Jacobs finished in sixth at 5.65m. Ashley Galbraith placed eighth in the high jump with a 1.67m mark.
Up Next: at Mt. Sac Invite, TBA April 15 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.
at Volunteer Classic, TBA April 17-18 in Knoxville, Tenn.
No. 11 Men’s Volleyball (12-9; 8-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State picked up a 3-1 (30-24, 19-30, 30-26, 30-23) victory at 11th-ranked Lewis in Neil Carey Arena April 4 to earn at least a share of the MIVA regular-season championship. Ted Schoenfeldt recorded a match-high 22 points with a match-high 19 kills (.308), one ace serve and four assist blocks. Kevin Heine added 16 points for the Buckeyes with 14 kills (.476) and four assist blocks.
For his effort, Schoenfeldt was named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II National Player of the week and the MIVA Player of the Week April 7.
The day before, Ohio State picked up a 3-0 (30-21, 30-25, 31-29) victory at No. 15 Loyola-Chicago (12-9, 1-5) in Alumni Gym April 3. Schoenfeldt posted a match-high 15.5 points with 13 kills and five assist blocks. John Klanac added 14.5 points with 13 kills and three assist blocks.
Up Next: vs. IPFW, 7 p.m. April 10 in St. John Arena
vs. St. Francis, 7 p.m. April 17 in St. John Arena
vs. Penn State, 7 p.m. April 18 in St. John Arena
Head coach: Tom Ryan
Head coach Tom Ryan was named Rev Coach of the Year by online publication RevWrestling.com March 31. It is Ryan’s second national coach of the year accolade as he also was honored by the NCAA following the national championships March 21.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
MTRK at Sea Ray Relays, TBA in Knoxville, Tenn.
SB at Indiana, 2 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind.
SB at Indiana, 4:30 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind.
BSB vs. Morehead State, 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium
MTEN at Indiana, 1:30 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind.
WTEN vs. Illinois, 3 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio
BSB vs. Michigan State, 6:35 p.m. in Bill Davis Stadium
MVB vs. IPFW, 7 p.m. in St. John Arena
MGLF hosting Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, TBA at Scarlet Course
MTRK vs. Michigan (The Dual), 11 a.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
ROW vs. Indiana//Notre Dame/Brown, 9 a.m. at Griggs Reservoir
MLAX vs. North Carolina, 1 p.m. in Baltimore, Md.
BSB vs. Michigan State, 1:05 p.m. in Bill Davis Stadium
SB vs. Illinois, 2 p.m. at New Buckeye Field
WTEN vs. Indiana, 11 a.m. in Columbus, Ohio
WLAX vs. Vanderbilt, noon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
MTEN at Illinois, noon in Champaign, Ill.
BSB vs. Michigan State, 1:05 p.m. in Bill Davis Stadium
SB vs. Illinois, 2 p.m. in New Buckeye Field