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May 18, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team used an outstanding team effort to finish fourth overall at the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships Sunday afternoon at Rankin Track and Field in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Buckeyes enjoyed contributions from nearly every event area – sprints, hurdles, distance, jumps, relays and throws – to total a team score of 80. No. 14 Wisconsin won the Big Ten title with 121 points, followed by No. 20 Illinois (109 points) and No. 16 Nebraska (106).

The top individual performer for the Buckeyes on the final day of competition was junior Timothy Faust, who claimed silver medals in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in season-best times of 10.45 and 20.95, respectively. Raheem Mostert of Purdue was the conference champion in both events.

Also earning a silver medal Sunday was sophomore Donovan Robertson, who turned in a personal-best time of 13.85 in the 110-meter hurdles. The runner-up time is the sixth fastest in school history and among the Top-25 times in Division I this season.

Other highlights for the Buckeyes on the final day of competition:

400m
A time of 46.32 helped freshman LaMar Bruton to a fourth-place finish. The time ranks among the Top 30 in Division I this season.

400m Hurdles
Sixth place went to senior Jordan Rispress in a time of 51.86 seconds.

1500m
Junior Josh Sabo placed fifth overall in a time of 3:48.65.

Triple Jump
Junior Julian Vann placed fourth overall with a personal-best jump of 15.54 meters (51-0.00).

Shot Put
A personal-best mark of 19.13 meters (62-9.25) helped sophomore J.C. Murasky to a fourth-place finish. The distance ranks Murasky fifth in school outdoor history and among the Top-25 performers in Division I this season.

4x100m Relay
Faust, Robertson, junior Nick Batcha and senior Brandon Blackwell combined for a fourth-place time of 40.37. Iowa won the conference title in a time of 39.35, followed by Purdue (39.38).

4x400m Relay
Bruton, Rispress, senior Javon Walker and sophomore Armand Austin combined for a third-place and season-best time of 3:07.37. Nebraska captured the win in a time of 3:05.76.

Final Team Standings
No. 14 Wisconsin – 121 points
No. 20 Illinois – 109
No. 16 Nebraska – 106
Ohio State – 80
Purdue – 79
No. 17 Penn State – 78
Iowa – 66
Indiana – 51
Michigan – 48
Minnesota – 44
Michigan State – 37

Ohio State Point Breakdown (80 Team Points)
Steeplechase – 10 points
100m – 8
110m hurdles – 8
200m – 8
High Jump – 7
4x400m relay – 6
4x100m relay – 5
400m – 5
Shot Put – 5
Triple Jump – 5
1500m – 4
400m hurdles – 3
10000m – 3
Hammer – 3      

Ohio State returns to action in two weeks at the 2014 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla. The three-day competition is scheduled for May 29-31.