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AKRON, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field teams opened competition at the Akron Invitational Friday evening inside Stile Field House.

Both squads put together solid efforts in the 5000m run. Jake Edwards and Adam Green swept the Top 2 spots for the men, with Edwards taking the title in a personal record time of 14:13.10, the second-best run in the Big Ten this season. Green was second for the Buckeyes with a PR 14:19.10, while Taylor Williams (14:29.67) and Chris Fallon (14:33.93) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Sarah Lowe led the Ohio State women in the 5000m, finishing second in a PR of 17:21.87, the seventh-best run in the Big Ten this year. Ellen Birmingham was seventh for the Buckeyes in 18:20.56.

Men’s volunteer assistant coach Patrick Woods leads the heptathlon after four events with a cumulative score of 3,074. Woods’ best finish came in the high jump, where he tied for first at 2.02m (6-7.50). Redshirt freshman Heath Nickles sits in 11th-place after the first day with 2,630 points. Nickles’ top performance was in the shot put, where he used a mark of 12.85m (42-2) to finish fourth. The heptathlon will conclude tomorrow morning with competition in the pole vault, 1000m run and 60m hurdles.

The Buckeye men and women will be back in action in Akron beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Three Buckeyes Compete in Mile at GVSU Big Meet
Three Buckeyes (and a current assistant coach) competed in the men’s mile run Friday at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, Mich.

Ohio State was led by former All-American Brian Olinger, a current assistant coach for the Buckeyes. Olinger finished in second-place with a run 4:02.61. Cory Leslie finished fourth for the Scarlet and Gray with an NCAA provisional run of 4:03.47, followed by Chad Balyo (fifth, 4:03.78). Daniel White was 11th in 4:09.30. Leslie and Balyo’s times are among the Top 10 in the Big Ten this year.