COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior All-American Michael Hartfield and associate head coach Ed Beathea were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday for their outstanding accomplishments during the 2011 outdoor track and field campaign.
Hartfield, a junior from Manchester, Conn., has enjoyed an outstanding season for the Buckeyes, having previously earned Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year honors and the conference’s Athlete of the Championship award after finishing as the long jump champion and triple jump runner-up. Hartfield qualified for the final round of the NCAA championships in the long jump and holds a wind-aided season’s best of 7.94m (26-1) in the event.
In his fifth year with the Buckeyes, Beathea helped a young Buckeye team to a third-place finish at the Big Ten championships and No. 2-regional ranking. As the sprint, hurdles and horizontal jumps coach, Beathea mentored two individual Big Ten title winners – Thomas Murdaugh in the 400m and Hartfield in the long jump – and the conference champion 4x400m team. Both individuals and the relay team will represent the Buckeyes at the upcoming NCAA championship meet.
Hartfield will join six other Buckeye qualifiers at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa.