DES MOINES, Iowa Ohio State’s relay teams were front and center Friday afternoon at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
Leading the Buckeyes were Matt Comer, Thomas Murdaugh, Brandon Woodard and Stephen Robinson. The quartet ran an NCAA provisional time of 3:08.51 in the 4x400m relay preliminaries, qualifying in first position for Saturday’s finals. Baylor finished in second-place at 3:09.54, while Northern Iowa and Big Ten rivals Illinois, Iowa and Michigan State rounded out the Top Six.
The 4x1600m relay finals saw Ohio State take fifth with a time of 16:54.23. Minnesota claimed the title at 16:29.74.
“I thought we performed well,” head coach Robert Gary said in regards to the 4x1600m team. “We finished right around where we expected to. The guys ran hard.”
Jeff See, competing for the first time this outdoor season, contributed to the Buckeyes’ 10th-place finish in the 4x800m relay. Their time of 7:32.15 bested rivals Iowa and Minnesota, but was not enough to challenge Wisconsin, who finished first in 7:21.10
The top individual performer for Ohio State was Patrick Whalen, who finished eighth in the shot put finals at 17.08m, his fourth NCAA provisional mark this outdoor season. Minnesota junior Aaron Studt finished in first at 18.74m.
“Patrick fought really hard to get to the finals,” Gary said. “He’s been very consistent all year.”
Jonathan Francois ran at time of 14.93 in the 110m hurdles, but failed to qualify for tomorrow’s finals.
Results for the 4x200m relay were not available at this writing.
Ohio State concludes competition tomorrow beginning with Patrick Whalen in the discus at 11:00 a.m. ET.