May 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team travels back to West Lafayette, Ind., this Friday-Sunday, May 16-18, for the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Purdue University.
Days: Friday, May 16 (11 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. ET); Saturday, May 17 (11:30 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.); Sunday, May 18 (10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.)
Venue: Rankin Track and Field – Purdue University
Television: BTN tape delay – Sunday, May 25 at 6 p.m. ET
Rankin Track and Field will play host to the Big Ten’s premiere event of the season. The men’s decathlon is scheduled to be open up at 11:00 a.m. Friday to kick off the championships. Men’s pole vault, hammer throw and 10,000-meter run will all crown champions Friday, while medals will be awarded Saturday in the decathlon, long jump, high jump, discus and 3,000-meter steeplechase, to go along with a large amount of preliminary round race action. All other event finals will take place Sunday.
The Buckeyes will be attempting to bring home their first conference championship since 1993. Competition will be tough as OSU will face four teams ranked in USTFCCCA’s top-25, including No. 14 Wisconsin, defending outdoor Big Ten champs and No. 16 Nebraska, 17th-ranked Penn State and No. 20 Illinois. The hosting Boilermakers, Minnesota and Iowa also all check into the top-50 of the national rankings at No. 38, 43 and 48, respectively.
All information regarding the meet can be found using the links at the top of the page. A complete recap on the Buckeye’s performance and where they stand in the team competition will be available following completion of each day’s events on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Follow along on Twitter (@OhioState_MTRK) for updates and results throughout the weekend.
Buckeye History at the Championships
Ohio State has claimed four team championships, 51 top-5 finishes and 151 combined individual/relay titles since the inception of the league finals in 1913.
The Buckeyes’ first title came in 1942, led by Robert Wright’s victories in the 70-yard high and low hurdles. Coach Larry Snyder earned his second title at Ohio State six years later in 1948, fueled by Buckeye victories in the one-mile relay, 440-yard run, 70-yard high hurdles and broad jump.
The Scarlet and Gray dominated the Big Ten in the early 1990s under longtime coach Russ Rogers, winning back-to-back titles in 1992 and 1993 while taking second in both 1991 and 1994. Rogers was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1993 based on his team’s outstanding accomplishments.
The new millennium has witnessed a great deal of Buckeye success in individual competition. Former All-American Andrew Pierce – who still holds the meet record in the 400m dash – was named Athlete of the Championships in 2001. 2004 NCAA champion and former Big Ten Athlete of the Year Dan Taylor holds the championship record in the weight throw.
2013 Big Ten Championship Recap
Nebraska dominated team competition with 131.5 points to take first place at the 2013 outdoor championships hosted by Ohio State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (84 points) ended up in sixth place despite being only nine points behind second-place Minnesota (93), and only two-and-a-half points back of third place Wisconsin (86.5). Illinois (86) and Iowa (85) narrowly edged out the Buckeyes for fourth and fifth, respectively.
Senior Michael Hartfield was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships after he took home two gold medals with wins in the long jump and triple jump, while freshman javelin thrower Billy Stanley set the Big Ten meet- and Ohio State school- record with a toss of 75.23 meters (246-10.00) to win his first individual conference title. Senior Chris Fallon and sophomore Timothy Faust each claimed bronze medals in their respective events, the 1500-meter run and 100-meter dash. Faust would go on to earn silver in the 200-meter dash as well.
Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s track and field team wrapped up competition in West Lafayette, Ind. Saturday at the Dave Rankin Invite hosted by Purdue University. The weekend meet allowed the Buckeyes to get a preview of the surface and facilities they will be competing on during the Big Ten outdoor championships.
Redshirt junior Jackson Neff was a winner for the Buckeyes in the 3000 meter steeplechase, racing to a first-place time of 9:16.34. Sophomore Jordan Redd finished right behind Neff in a time of 9:26.79.
A time of 53.07 seconds was good enough for the victory in the 400-meter hurdles for Ohio State senior Jordan Rispress. In the 400 meter dash it was senior Javon Walker cruising to a winning time of 47.78 seconds.
The NCAA East Regional Championships take place this year in Jacksonville, Fla., May 29-31. Buckeyes with qualifying times/marks will attempt to advance to the NCAA Championships two weeks later, June 11-14, in Eugene, Ore.