April 4, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team faces four of the top collegiate track and field squads in the country this Saturday, April 5, at the Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, La.
LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium plays host to the Buckeyes and home-standing Tigers, ranked eighth-nationally, as well as ninth-ranked UCLA, perennial SEC power Mississippi State, and upstart Kansas in a scored meet that is sure to provide a challenge for the Scarlet and Gray.
Teams will be competing with a 10-8-6-4-2-1 scoring format as the Top 6 places in each individual event. A scoring format of 10-8-6-4-2 will be used for the relay events as only five places will be scored in the relays and only one relay team from each university will be allowed to score in both the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays.
Field events, beginning with the javelin, commence at 10 a.m. CT with races on the track set for 1:45 p.m. CT. A recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Stanley Named B1G Field Athlete of the Week
Sophomore Billy Stanley was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week Wednesday by the conference office after an outstanding opening weekend performance at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational.
Stanley, a native of South Park, Pa., cleared 74.38 meters (244-0.50) to win the javelin throw for the second-consecutive year at the Black and Gold. The mark ranks among the Top 5 in Division I this season.
The weekly award is the first for Stanley and the first for a Buckeye since Michael Hartfield took home the honor on April 10, 2013.
Ohio State Ranked 40th in USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings
The Buckeyes come in at No. 40 in the preseason edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released March 25.
Ohio State is one of six Big Ten teams ranked in the top 40, including Wisconsin checking in at No. 7, No. 11 Nebraska, No. 19 Penn State, No. 25 Illinois and No. 32 Purdue.
Arkansas is the top-ranked team according to the USTFCCCA rankings, followed by No. 2 Florida and third-ranked Texas A&M.
Last Time Out
Ohio State won seven events at the season-opening Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational March 28-29.
Along with Stanley, Buckeye winners included junior Jackson Neff in the 2000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Blake Taneff in the 3000 meters, senior Cory Kunze in the long jump, senior Cody Marshall in the pole vault, junior Julian Vann in the triple jump and sophomore J.C. Murasky in the shot put
Ohio State travels to Athens, Ga., April 12 for the Georgia Spec Towns National Team Invitational.