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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team kicks off its 2010 outdoor season with a trip to the Raleigh Relays this Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, in Raleigh, N.C. 

Expectations are high for the upcoming outdoor season as the Buckeyes look to build upon two-consecutive Big Ten runner-up finishes. Ohio State returns three All-Americans- Jeff See, Thomas Murdaugh and Matt DeChant – for the upcoming campaign, along with talented young roster.

North Carolina State University will play host to the Buckeyes Friday and Saturday at Paul Derr Stadium. Competition is set to begin Friday morning at 10:15 a.m. ET. Visit www.gopack.com or www.flashresults.com for live stats and up-to-date information throughout the weekend.
 
See, Murdaugh, DeChant Named All-Americans by USTFCCCA
Three members of the Ohio State men’s track and field team – senior Jeff See and sophomores Thomas Murdaugh and Matt DeChant – were named Division I All-Americans by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on March 15. Honors were awarded to the top eight finishing athletes among U.S. citizens at the NCAA indoor championships.

See claimed the fourth track and field All-American recognition of his career with a sixth-place finish in the mile (4:04.34), his second AA award in the indoor mile.

Big Ten Athlete of the Year Murdaugh earned the second All-American award as a Buckeye after finishing ninth in the 400m (46.75). Despite finishing outside the Top 8 overall, Murdaugh was named an All-American because two of the Top 8 finishers were not U.S. citizens.

Like Murdaugh, DeChant claimed All-American honors – his first – despite finishing outside of the Top 8. The sophomore’s toss of 18.23m (59-9.75) in the shot put was the second-best of his career and good enough for a 10th-place finish.

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.

Last Time Out
Jeff See earned the fourth All-American award of his career March 13 at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a sixth-place finish in the mile run (4:04.34).

See’s sixth-place finish helped the Buckeyes to three team points and a 47th-place finish overall, the highest finish in Robert Gary’s four seasons as head coach and the best Buckeye performance at the NCAA championships since 2006.

Sophomore Matt DeChant captured All-American honors for the first time in his career March 5 with a 10th-place finish in the shot put. The Avon Lake, Ohio product used a mark of 18.23m (59-9.75) – the second-best throw of his career – to earn a spot in the Top 10.

All-American Thomas Murdaugh just missed qualification for the 400m dash finals, finishing ninth in the preliminary round with a time 46.75, while Daniel White ran a time of 1:52.47 to finish 13th overall in the 800m dash preliminaries.
 
Up Next
Members of the track and field squad will compete at the Sea Ray Relays April 7-8 in Knoxville, Tenn.