March 30, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Michael Hartfield turned in a new personal-best mark of 8.15m (26-9.00) in the long jump Friday evening at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, breaking Jesse Owens’ 77-year-old school outdoor record in the process.
Hartfield, the reigning Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, improved on his career best for the second week in a row to best the OSU outdoor record set by Owens in 1936 (8.13m/26-8.25) and finish second overall behind Florida’s Marquis Dendy (8.17m/26-9.75). The distance ranks Hartfield second on the all-time list at Ohio State behind Chris Sanders (8.17m/26-9.75) and No. 2 in Division I this season.
Senior Korbin Smith also competed for the Buckeyes Friday afternoon, finishing third overall in Section B of the long jump at 7.38m (24-2.50). Felix Obi of Baylor captured first place with a jump of 7.41m (24-3.75).
The Buckeyes head west for the Jim Click Shootout April 6 in Tucson, Ariz.