SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Cory Leslie is becoming quite a familiar name in the Ohio State record books.
One week removed from running the fourth-best indoor mile in school history, Leslie rewrote the Ohio State records once again with his second-place run of 2:22.48 in the 1000m Friday evening at the Meyo Invitational, the top time in OSU history.
“Cory’s performance was definitely the highlight of day one,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said of Leslie’s effort. “He has put himself into great shape. With the way he is running now, he could very easily run under four minutes in the mile, something only the best of athletes are able to accomplish.”
The redshirt freshman wasn’t the only star of the evening wearing Scarlet and Gray — freshman Marvel Brooks won the 500m dash with a personal record time of 1:02.87. Missouri’s Ryan Blackwell finished second in 1:03.28, followed by Buckeye senior Elon Simms (1:03.46). Marcus Brooks was sixth for Ohio State with his time of 1:03.79.
“I thought Marvel, Elon and Marcus ran really tough for us in the 500m,” Gary said. “I was pleased with the effort each of them put forward.”
Not to be outdone, Patrick Sovacool ran a fourth-place time of 14:13.40 in the 5000m, the second-best run in the Big Ten this season and three seconds off of an NCAA provisional time. Matt Bruce of Louisville won the race with a provisional qualifying time of 14:03.36.
After an impressive first day of competition in South Bend, the Buckeyes return to the track for day two Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m.
“All in all, it was a pretty good first day for us,” Gary said. “We’re looking forward to a big day two!”
DeChant Finishes 10th in Weight Throw at Nebraska
Matt DeChant and the Buckeye throwers were in Lincoln, Neb. Friday, competing in the weight throw at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.
The sophomore from Avon Lake, Ohio led the Ohio State contingent in Lincoln, finishing 10th in the weight with his toss of 18.55m (60-10.50). Dimitrios Fylladitakis of UTEP won the event with a NCAA provisional mark of 20.90m (68-7).
DeChant, along with Tyler Branch, will vie for the shot put title Saturday at 1:00 p.m.