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COLUMBUS, Ohio South Bend, Ind. is the next stop on a grueling early season tour for the Ohio State men’s track and field team as the Buckeyes look to take home the title at this weekend’s Meyo Track and Field Invitational at the Loftus Center on the University of Notre Dame campus. The meet is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. ET Friday with two sessions to be held Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.  For more up-to-date information, visit Notre Dame’s Official Athletic Website at www.und.com. 

Scheduled Events
60m Dash           5000m Run
60m Hurdles       4×400 Relay
200m Dash         4000m Distance Medley
300m Dash         High Jump
400m Dash         Pole Vault
500m Dash         Long Jump
800m Run           Triple Jump
1000m Run         Shot Put
1 Mile Run           Weight Throw
3000m Run

White Leads Big Ten in 800m
Dan White, a sophomore out of Brunswick, Ohio, is the only Buckeye runner to lead the Big Ten in an individual event so far this season. White’s time of 1:50.56 in the 800m Invitational at the Penn State Nationals earned him a second-place finish to go along with the league’s top mark in the 800. White continues to make strides as a sophomore after an impressive freshman campaign that saw him qualify for NCAA regionals during the outdoor season, finish fifth at the Big Ten championships and post the best time in the Big Ten by a freshman, all in the 800m.

Gary Happy with Team Improvement in Weight Throw
Ohio State has seen steady improvement this season from their weight throwers, Matt DeChant, Max Mays and Tyler Branch, culminating in a dominating team effort at Penn State last weekend.

DeChant, a sophomore who redshirted the 2008 season, set his season high mark of 18.64m to finish third behind Kentucky’s Rashaud Scott and Matthew Gac of Buffalo. Finishing close behind in fourth was Mays, whose toss of 18.24m was also a season best. A throw of 17.38m was good enough for an eighth-place finish for Branch.

“I was very pleased with the weight throwers,” Robert Gary, Ohio State head coach said after the performance. “Coach (Kevin) Mannon has done a great job developing these guys and had almost three (throw) around 60 feet.”

Last Time Out 
The Buckeyes put together a solid effort against top competition Jan. 30 and 31 at the Penn State National Invitational.

In the 400m finals, freshman Thomas Murdaugh stole the show with a first-place showing in a PR time of 47.37, more than a full second ahead of second-place Jermaine Lowery of Pittsburgh. Junior Curtis Leuenberger finished second in the 200m with a time of 21.84. Junior Brandon Woodard took second place in the 500m Dash with a time of 1:04.28 just .06 seconds behind the winning time. 

After finishing third Friday in the weight throw, Matt DeChant won the shot put Saturday with an NCAA provisional toss of 18.05m. Meanwhile, senior Patrick Whalen took third with a provisional toss of his own at 17.89m.

Capping off the weekend was another first-place performance from the Buckeye 4x400m relay team of Brandon Woodard, Matt Comer, Elon Simms and Thomas Murdaugh who pulled away from the field on the final lap. They finished with a time of 3:13.52.