KENT, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field sits in first place after day one of the 2011 All-Ohio Indoor Championships at Kent State Field House.
With a total team score of 20, the Buckeyes lead Ashland by a single point after two events. Kent State is a close third with 17 team points, followed by Akron with seven.
A win by the distance medley relay team highlighted the first day of competition at the All-Ohio for the Scarlet and Gray and accounted for half of the Buckeyes’ opening day points – Chris Fallon, Aaron Roberts, Jared Hall and Adam Green fought their way to a first place time of 9:57.72, the sixth-fastest DMR in the nation to this point in the season. Kent State was the runner-up with a time of 10:00.25.
Korbin Smith performed well for the Buckeyes in the first four legs of the heptathlon. With a score of 2979, the sophomore is in second place overall thanks to first place finishes in both the long jump and 60m dash. Teammate Heath Nickles finds himself fourth with 2751 points after a first place finish in the shot put at 12.72m (41-8.75). Kent State senior Michael Schroeder is the leader of the pack after four events with 3064 points – three events (60m hurdles, 1000m run, and pole vault) are scheduled for Saturday.
Buckeye throwers put together an impressive effort in a competitive weight throw contest, claiming two of the Top 5 spots. Max Mays finished third at 19.85m (65-1.50), while Matt DeChant finished fifth with a season-best toss of 19.20m (63 ft.). Ashland junior Ryan Coughley won the competition with a throw of 20.75m (68-1), with Kent State’s Matt Pfleger taking second at 20.16m (66-1.75).
Tomorrow’s events are scheduled to begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET with the heptathlon 60m hurdles. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.