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Ohio State gears up for next Saturday’s “Dual” meet at Michigan

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s track and field team cruised to an easy victory Saturday evening at the 2009 Rev. Mike Hout Invitational on the campus of Capital University in its only tune-up before “The Dual” showdown next Saturday at Michigan. Ohio State won by a combined team score of 233 points. Heidelberg finished second with a score of 137 followed by West Virginia Wesleyan at 117.

The Buckeyes swept the top four spots in the shot put and weight throw. Ohio State was led by Patrick Whalen in the shot put, who threw 59-00.75. He was followed by second-place Matt DeChant (55-01.00), third-place Tyler Branch (52-04.75) and fourth-place Aaron Crabtree (52-01.00).

In the weight throw Branch took top honors with his throw of 56-10.25. He was followed by DeChant (55-05.50), Max Mays (55-01.00) and Crabtree (53-0.700).

In the high jump, Ryan Blake placed first with his jump of 6 feet, 7.5 inches.

Bryan Chard and Anthony Amore placed first and second in the pole vault, clearing 16 feet and 15 feet, 7 inches, respectively. Kyle Burns competed unattached and also cleared 16 feet.

The long jump saw Pat Reichart and Steve MacDonald take second and third, respectively, with jumps of 22-05.25 and 21-11.0 while Christian Blauvelt bested the field in the triple jump with a mark of 42-03.50.

Jonathan Francois placed first in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.29 while Stephen Robinson and James Manley took first and second in the 60m dash with times of 6.84 and 6.96, respectively.

In the 400m dash, Matt Comer and Thomas Murdaugh each crossed the finish line at 48.99, sweeping the top two spots. Meanwhile, Brandon Woodard and Elon Simms took first and second in the 500m run with times of 1:05.01 and 1:07.67, respectively. The 800m run saw Robert Orellana (1:59.12) and Will Knickel (2:00.87) take the top two spots as well.

Both Buckeye 4x200m and 4x400m teams placed first to round out the top performers for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes will head north to Ann Arbor, Mich., next Saturday for “The Dual” meet with Michigan. The Wolverines won the indoor meet last season before the Buckeyes won back the pennant during the outdoor season.