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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team travels to Louisville, Ky., for the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational this Friday, April 16.

No. 14 Louisville, Ball State, Central Michigan and Illinois State will provide a stiff challenge for the Buckeyes. The host Cardinals boast a strong field squad, led by Steven Hnat (7th nationally, shot put) and Tone Belt (17th nationally, long jump). Last season, Ohio State finished runner-up to the Cards with a team score of 71.5.

Action is scheduled to begin Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET with the men’s javelin. Running events will start at approximately 3:00 p.m. ET. Live results will be made available at www.uoflsports.com.

Distance Runners Head to California for Mt. SAC Relays
Several current and former Buckeyes will be in action this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Freshman Julian Meyer will compete in the 10,000m Thursday afternoon, while Adam Green, Jake Edwards and assistant coach Brian Olinger will compete in the 5,000m Friday. Dan Huling, a professional who trains under head coach Robert Gary, will also race in the 5k.

For more information on the relays, visit www.mtsacrelays.com.

Buckeyes Ranked Third in Great Lakes Regional Rankings
OSU checks in at No. 3 in the April 13 edition of the Great Lakes Regional Track and Field by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

With 565.05 team points, the Buckeyes trail Indiana (819.24) and Akron (549.74) in the region. Rounding out the Top 5 are Big Ten rivals Michigan (513.85) and Wisconsin (502.64).

The regional rankings – a new concept for the 2010 season – are designed to measure a team’s overall depth, whereas the national poll places greater emphasis on national championship contenders on a team’s roster.

Gee Casts Vote for Jesse Owens
Gordon Gee, President of The Ohio State University, cast his vote for Jesse Owens at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus March 20. Owens is one of 10 candidates for a monument placement representing Ohio at Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

Owens, one of the great athletes of the 20th century, rose to international prominence as a student-athlete at Ohio State in the early 30s, recording world indoor records in both the 60-meter dash and 60-yard dash.

The defining moment of Owens’ career came in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi-controlled Berlin, Germany. Owens shattered Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan superiority by winning gold medals in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, broad jump and as a member of the United States 4×100-meter relay team.

In 1950, the Associated Press named Owens its Track Athlete of the First Half-Century. In 1955, the State Department named him America’s “Ambassador of Sports.” Owens toured the world, meeting with government and sports officials and promoting the virtues of amateur sports programs. In 1976, President Gerald Ford presented Owens with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the United States Medal of Freedom.

Gee cast his ballot on the opening day for the Historical Society’s “Legacy for Ohio” campaign. The public vote runs until June 12 and will play a large part in determining Ohio’s Legacy statue. Visit www.OhioHistory.org for voting information and site locations.

Join the Olympian Club!
A new fund-raising initiative created by head coach Robert Gary, the Ohio State ‘Olympian Club’ hopes to generate financial support for track and field/cross country projects that are beyond the budget but extremely valuable in enhancing the experiences of the program’s student-athletes.

Besides supporting the members of the 2010 Buckeye track and field/cross country teams both on and off the track, donations will afford the Buckeyes the opportunity to continue to operate in a first-class manner, while setting a new standard for Division I programs.

For information visit the men’s track and field home page at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.  

Jesse Owens Track Classic Set for April 30
Athletes from all levels, including individuals from more than 35 colleges are scheduled to compete at the 25th Jesse Owens Track Classic Friday April 30th and Saturday, May 1.

Like the “J.O. Classics” of the past, the 2010 edition will serve as a stage for scholastic, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to perform at their highest levels in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. In its history, the Jesse Owens Track Classic has served as a top venue for many future and former Olympians. Current and past record holders for the Jesse Owens Track Classic include Olympic medalists John Drummond, Michelle Finn, Allen Johnson, Edwin Moses, Dwight Stones and former Buckeyes Diane Dixon, Joe Greene and Butch Reynolds. Others of Olympic fame include Judi Brown, Roger Kingdom, Carl Lewis, Louise Ritter and Calvin Smith, as well as past OSU Olympians Mark Croghan and Stephanie Hightower.

Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s track and field team put on a dominating performance against rival Michigan at “The Dual” April 10 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, defeating the Wolverines 116-84, the largest margin of victory since the renewal of the rivalry in 2008.

Ohio State’s win marked the first time either team has completed a season sweep since the in the three year Dual history – the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines in Ann Arbor during the indoor campaign, 92-70. In all, the Scarlet and Gray captured wins in 13 of 19 events and have now won four of the last five meetings against Michigan.

Jeff See set two Dual meet records for the Buckeyes on his way to wins in both the 1500m (3:44.71) and 3000m runs (8:22.37) – both runs were Top 10 times nationally as of April 10.

All-American Thomas Murdaugh torched the field in the 400m run on his way to an easy win in 46.54 seconds, the second-best time in the Big Ten so far this season and a Top 15 Division I time. He also anchored the 4x400m team to a dominating win (3:11.16).

Freshman Korbin Smith upset defending Big Ten indoor champion Robert Peddlar in the long jump with a mark of 7.32m (24-0.25). Peddlar finished in second-place for the Wolverines at 7.21m (23-8).

Elon Simms came from behind to win the 400m hurdles in 51.99, the third-best time in the Big Ten this season. Teammate Aaron Roberts ran a PR of 52.85, fifth-best in the conference, to finish in second, just ahead of Michigan’s Carl Buchanon, the defending Big Ten champion.

Up Next
OSU will travel to the annual Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa next weekend, April 22-24.