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Ohio State’s time of 7:17.68 also a school record

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new 2010 world-best time was set in the 4×800-meter relay Friday night at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa by four members of the Ohio State men’s track and field team.

Jared Hall, Cory Leslie, Daniel White and All-American Jeff See earned their spot at the top of the current world rankings with a first-place and school record time of 7:17.68. Big Ten rival Minnesota finished second in 7:18.18 as the Buckeyes sprinted past a deep and talented field of 15.

“This is obviously a tremendous accomplishment for our middle distance guys,” head coach Robert Gary said after the race. “It’s even more exciting considering three of our guys are preparing for races tomorrow. Jeff (See) being a senior led the way for us, but all three of our runners ran great to help our position. Jared Hall really helped us out with a 1:48 spilt, a personal best.”

While the Buckeyes’ world-class performance in the 4×800 had the crowd in Des Moines buzzing, it wasn’t the only highlight on the day for the Scarlet and Gray. White, Leslie and See teamed with teammate Adam Green to capture first-place in the 4x1600m relay. Ohio State’s time of 16:25.42 was just enough to hold off Big Ten rival Wisconsin (16:25.42) for the title.

“Everybody stepped up their game,” See said. “It is one of those wins, those performances that you will always remember. We haven’t always raced well at Drake, but today was a pretty special time. You don’t get into that many races where you get to just run and today we were able to do that. It was a lot of fun.”

Matt Terrell, Stephen Robinson, Curtis Leuenberger and All-American Thomas Murdaugh used a time of 1:25.42 to take fourth-place in the 4x200m relay. Baylor captured the victory with a run of 1:21.64, followed by Wisconsin (1:24.48) and Illinois (1:25.21). Three of the Top 4 finishers ran in the final heat, with Baylor finishing first, UW second and the Buckeyes third.

Murdaugh returned later in the day to help the three-time defending Big Ten champion 4x400m relay squad qualify finish eighth in preliminary action, qualifying the team for Saturday’s final run. The Buckeyes time of 3:10.51 – a season-best – helped them take second in their heat behind Baylor (3:09.10). Big Ten rival Iowa qualified in first-position with a time of 3:08.97, second-best in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes return to the track at Drake tomorrow at approximately 9:30 a.m. ET. Visit www.godrakebulldogs.com for up-to-date information on the relays.