COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team collected Big Ten postseason honors following in the 2008 Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes finished third in the championships with 82 points.
Junior Jeff See earned his third first-team All-Big Ten award of his career following his second-consecutive Big Ten mile championship. See becomes the first Buckeye to repeat as the indoor mile champion in school history. See earned his first first-team All-Big Ten award as a freshman when he won a Big Ten title as part of the Ohio State distance medley relay team. See single handedly scored 18 points for the Buckeyes while winning the mile prelim, the mile championships final and taking second in the 3,000-meter run on the weekend.
Junior Matt Comer, senior Curtis Leuenberger, junior Elon Simms and sophomore Stephen Robinson also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after placing first in the 4×400-meter relay. The first-team honors are the first for all four athletes. The quartet won the event in a time of 3:13.22 just ahead of Wisconsin who came in with a time 3:13.35. The win in the 4×400-meter is the first for the Buckeyes at Big Ten indoors since they set the meet record in 2001 with a time of 3:08.71. Simms also helped the Buckeyes to 18 points with his part in the 4×400-meter relay and his second-place finish in the 600-meter run.
Senior Lenny Jatsek grabbed second-team All-Big Ten honors in the weight throw with his season-best toss of 70 feet, 6 1/2 inches. This is the third-consecutive time Jatsek has earned All-Big Ten honors in the weight throw. The mark by Jatsek automatically qualifies him for the NCAA championships. The toss is the sixth-best in the country this season and the sixth-best toss in Ohio State history. With the award, Lenny and his sister Veronica Jatsek have now earned All-Big Ten honors in back to back seasons. They are the only set of siblings to ever earn All-Big Ten honors in the same season in the same event. Lenny Jatsek was also named as Ohio State’s honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship award. The student-athletes chosen were individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Anthony Cole also grabbed All-Big Ten indoor honors for the second year in a row. He earned the honor with his second-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Cole raced his way to a second-place finish with a season-best time of 21.42, which also provisionally qualifies for the NCAA championships. Cole also hit an NCAA provisional time in the 60-meter dash while finishing third in a time of 6.71. Cole’s time in the 60m is the 28th-best time in the country and his time in the 200-meter dash is 24th-best. Cole is the only Big Ten sprinter to hold Top 28 times in the country in both events.
This weekend Ohio State will head to South Bend, Ind., to compete on the campus of the University of Notre Dame at the Alex Wilson Last Chance meet. This will be the athletes’ final chance to qualify for the 2008 NCAA Championships.