Feb. 23, 2013
GENEVA, Ohio -Timothy Faust won the first conference title of his career, besting the field in the 200m and highlighting the final day of competition at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships for the Ohio State men’s track and field team.
Faust, a sophomore from Harvey, Ill., edged two Illinois runners – Brandon Stryganek (21.16) and Stephon Hamilton (21.17) – at the finish line with a time of 21.12 to capture the gold medal. Faust contributed a total of 14 points toward the Buckeyes’ final team total – 10 from his 200m win and four from a fifth-place finish in the 60m.
Closing the meet with 40 points, Ohio State finished eighth overall. No. 10 Wisconsin won the team championship with 90 points, while Illinois placed second (87.50).
“I was encouraged by several performances over the weekend, especially Tim Faust winning the 200m and Chris Fallon earning a bronze in the mile,” OSU head coach Ed Beathea said after the meet. “We need to continue to address our weak areas in recruiting with the focus on winning the conference.”
Here’s a complete recap of the day two of the championships from SPIRE Institute:
Faust began his outstanding Saturday with a fifth-place finish in the 60m in a time of 6.81 seconds. Stryganek of Illinois won the race in 6.71 seconds. Junior Demoye Bogle just missed scoring, finishing ninth in 6.87.
Bogle placed fifth overall in a time of 7.88, securing four points for the team. Iowa’s Jordan Mullen won gold in a facility-record time of 7.70.
A season-best time of 47.40 helped freshman Champ Page to a seventh-place finish and two points. Pamilton of Illinois finished in first (46.07).
Senior Marvel Brooks turned in another solid performance in the 600m, finishing second in his heat and fifth overall in a personal-best time of 1:17.18. The fifth-place time earned Brooks four points and places him second on the all-time list at Ohio State in the 600. Penn State’s Casmir Loxsom was the winner in 1:15.42.
Senior Chris Fallon jumped out to an early lead but was unable to fend off Penn State’s Robby Creese and Indiana’s Andy Bayer down the stretch. Fallon would hold on for a well-deserved bronze medal and six points with a time of 4:03.08. Creese (4:01.51) edged Bayer, the defending champ, for the gold medal.
A season-best mark of 14.73m (48-4.00) helped senior Derek Blevins to a ninth-place finish. Nebraska’s Janis Letis won the event at 15.85m (52-0.00).
Cory Kunze (5333 points) and Heath Nickles (5265) just missed scoring for Ohio State, placing ninth and 10th, respectively. Japeth Cato of Wisconsin totaled 6090 points for a first-place finish.
Ohio State – Page, Brooks, Korbin Smith and Antonio Blanks – settled for a fourth-place finish and five points in the meet finale, crossing the finish line in a season-best time of 3:09.14. Nebraska placed first in 3:06.67.
Final Team Standings
1) No. 10 Wisconsin, 90 points
2) Illinois, 87.50
3) No. 7 Penn State, 87
4) No. 5 Nebraska, 86.66
5) No. 15 Minnesota, 86
6) No. 9 Indiana, 72
7) Iowa, 49
8) Ohio State, 40
9) Michigan, 39
10) Purdue, 35.83
11) Michigan State, 29