UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State men’s track and field team opened competition at the Penn State National Invitational Friday.
Sophomores Matt DeChant and Max Mays led the Scarlet and Gray on the first day in Happy Valley, recording Top 5 finishes in the weight throw. DeChant tied his personal record with a third-place toss of 19.41m (63-8.25), the fourth-best mark in the Big Ten this year, while Mays finished close behind in fourth with his throw of 19.02 (62-5). Billy Gehring (18.29m/60-0.25, a PR) and Jared Collier (17.60m/57-9) also enjoyed a solid day, finishing sixth and ninth, respectively. Temple senior Bryce Buffaloe won the event with his mark of 19.47m (63-10.5).
The Buckeyes distance medley relay team of Jeff See, Aaron Roberts, Jared Hall and Daryl Murphy ran a Big Ten-best time of 9:52.14 to finish second overall behind Georgetown.
Redshirt freshman Heath Nickles won the pole vault competition for the third time season, clearing the bar at 4.80m (15-9). Binghamton freshman Adam Helman finished second, followed by Ohio State’s Alan Dague.
Two Buckeyes finished in the Top 10 of the 5000m run invitational – redshirt sophomore Adam Green finished in third-place with a run of 14:21.64, while Taylor Williams placed seventh in a time of 14:31.61. Ryan Blood won the race with a time of 14:13.90.
Korbin Smith continued a fast start to this college career with a sixth-place finish in the long jump at 6.96m (22-10). Cadeau Kelley, competing unattached, finished in first-place at 7.87m (25-10).
Senior Jonathan Francois ran a season-best time of 8.04 in the 60m hurdle preliminaries, the fifth-best in the Big Ten this season. However, Francois stumbled in the semifinals, falling short of final round qualification. Miami sophomore Devon Hill would eventually take home the title with an NCAA provisional time of 7.79.
Ohio State returns to the track tomorrow in Happy Valley at 11:00 a.m. Click the above link for up-to-date scoring.