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March 26, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team transitions from indoors to outdoors this week as they travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invite. Competition takes place Friday and Saturday, March 28-29 on the campus of Vanderbilt.

It will be the second year in a row the Buckeyes have kicked off their outdoor campaign at the Black and Gold. At the event in 2013 Ohio State saw some impressive debuts from some of its newcomers, including Billy Stanley and his program record-breaking javelin throw in his very first attempt as a collegiate athlete, Donovan Robertson winning the 110-meter hurdles and finishing second in the 400-meter hurdles, and Champ Page placing first in the 400 meters.

Stanley returns to competition for the first time in 2014 this weekend as the javelin event gets underway with the action moving outdoors. Other events that come into play for the first time this year include the discus and hammer throwing events, 400m hurdles, 110m hurdles, 1500m and the steeplechase.  

A number of the Ohio State top indoor performers from this season will be sitting out this weekend in order to give a little extra time to transition and prepare before seeing their first competition of the outdoor season.

Those that will be competing this weekend to keep an eye on include: senior Brandon Blackwell in the 100m and 200m; sophomore Armand Austin  in the 200m; freshman Dominik Seitzer in the 800m; redshirt sophomore Josh Sabo in the 800m and 1500m Invitational; senior Justin Hines in the 110m hurdles; redshirt senior Cory Kunze in the 110m hurdles, long jump and pole vault; redshirt sophomore Julian Vann in the triple jump; seniors Tyler Borton and Cody Marshall in the pole vault; junior Luke Norris in the 400m hurdles; redshirt junior Jackson Neff and sophomore Jordan Redd in the steeplechase; junior J.C. Murasky and freshman Aaron Zedella in the shot put and discus; freshman Dylan Dyke in the in the shot put; and sophomore Joseph Velez in the discus.  

A complete recap of Ohio State’s performance will be available following the competition on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Last Time Out – 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships

Robertson and Page, along with junior Timothy Faust, senior Jordan Rispress, senior Javon Walker and freshman Lamar Bruton, earned All-America honors at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., March 13-14.

Robertson earned First Team All-American status with a seventh-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles Saturday, crossing the finish line in a time of 7.69 seconds. The Ohio State 4×400-meter relay team, consisting of Bruton, Page, Rispress and Walker, earned Second Team All-American honors as they combined for a ninth-place time of 3:10.69. Faust competed Friday and earned Second Team honors as well with his 15th-place finish in the 200-meter dash.

Ohio State Ranked 40th in USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings

The Buckeyes come in at No. 40 in the preseason edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released March 25.

Ohio State is one of six Big Ten teams ranked in the top 40, including Wisconsin checking in at No. 7, No. 11 Nebraska, No. 19 Penn State, No. 25 Illinois and No. 32 Purdue.

Arkansas is the top-ranked team according to the USTFCCCA rankings, followed by No. 2 Florida and third-ranked Texas A&M.