May 30, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team saw two of its athletes advance to the NCAA championships with their performances Friday night at the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Championships in Jacksonville, Fla.
Freshman LaMar Bruton posted a PR-time of 46.02 seconds in the 400-meter run to finish third in his heat, 12th overall and became the first Buckeye to advance on to the NCAA championship rounds which take place June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
The second Buckeye to punch his ticket to Eugene was senior Jordan Rispress in the 400-meter hurdles. The Columbus native ran a personal-best time of 50.86 seconds to finish with the eighth-best time overall.
In first round action sophomore Donovan Robertson advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals in the 110-meter hurdles, while junior Timothy Faust advanced in the 200-meter dash. Robertson ran the 16th-best time of the day, crossing the finish line in 13.89 seconds and will run Saturday at approximately 7:05 p.m.
Faust, who is set to run again Saturday at 7:35 p.m., posted a personal-best time of 20.64 seconds. The time was good for fourth overall and is tied for fifth all-time in school history.
Here’s a look at how the rest of the Buckeyes in action fared:
Redshirt junior Jackson Neff had his season come to an end with a 32nd-place finish. The 2014 Big Ten champion ran a time of 9:02.62.
Redshirt sophomore Julian Vann ended his 2014 campaign with a jump of 15.19 meters, good enough for the 24th-best mark of the day overall.
Along with Faust and Robertson, graduate student Andy Arnold in the 5,000-meters, senior Tyler Borton in the pole vault and both the 4×100 and 4×400-meter relay teams will look to qualify for the championships with races Saturday.