LOUISVILLE, Ky. The Ohio State men’s track and field team finished in second-place Saturday at the Louisville Invitational in Louisville, Ky.
The Buckeyes 71.5 points were not enough to unseat the host Cardinals, who took the title with 78 points. Arkansas State finished third with 28 points, while Western Kentucky was 16.5.
“We had a solid afternoon and picked up a couple regional marks in the pole vault and discus,” head coach Robert Gary said after the meet. “The guys performed well.”
The 4x100m relay team of Matt Comer, Brandon Woodard, Aaron Roberts and Stephen Robinson beat out the rest of the field with a time of 41.03. Louisville was second in 41.27.
Ohio State dominated the 800m run. In their first ever collegiate runs in the event, Cory Leslie took the title with a time of 1:52.69, while Jared Hall placed third in 1:55.23. Chris Fallon was sixth in 1:56.95, with Taylor Candella finishing just behind Fallon in seventh at 1:57.12.
Leslie followed up his victory in the 800m run with a triumph in the 1500m. The freshman broke the tape in 3:53.25, followed by Fallon in second at 3:56.61.
Aaron Roberts claimed first in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.93. Teammate Jonathan Francois was fourth in 57.01.
Francois preformed well throughout the afternoon for the Buckeyes. Along with his fourth-place finish in the 400m hurdles, the junior won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.73.
Junior Stephen Robinson ran a season best time in the 100m dash, taking second in 10.72. Blake Callahan was fourth in 11.05.
Three Buckeyes finished in the top four of the 200m dash. Robinson and Curtis Leuenberger tied for second at 21.75. Matt Comer was fourth in a time of 21.96. Jacues Caldwell of Louisville took first in 21.73.
Competing without anchor Thomas Murdaugh, the 4x400m relay was upset by Western Kentucky. WKU crossed the finish line in 3:11.61, while the Buckeyes finished more than eight seconds off their seeded time at 3:15.95.
In the field, Patrick Whalen put together two impressive performances for the Scarlet and Gray. The senior placed second in the shot put with a mark of 17.39m and third in the discus at 52.23m, the fourth-best mark in school history and the seventh-best in the Big Ten this outdoor season. Both marks were NCAA provisional qualifiers.
The javelin was a runaway for the Buckeyes. Bryan Bunnell was the first-place finisher at 56.39m, while Patrick Filipi, Rob Wade, Patrick Woods and Devin Kallas went finished third through sixth.
Competition in the pole vault produced similar results for Ohio State. Kyle Burns was first with a regional qualifying vault of 5.00m. Bryan Chard was third, clearing the bar at 4.50m with Alan Dague and Rob Wade finishing fourth and fifth.
Tom Davis was second in the hammer throw with a toss of 53.54m. Ryan Blake finished third in the high jump at 2.03m.
The Buckeyes compete next week at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
“We are fielding a bunch of relays for the Drake that can place in the top five, along with some individuals that should achieve the regional standards,” Gary said. “The overall goal remains having a special Big Ten meet at home and placing in the top three.”