COLUMBUS, OH The 4×400 relay team of Brandon Woodard, Stephen Robinson, Matt Comer and Thomas Murdaugh led the Ohio State men’s track and field team on the second day of competition at Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., with a blazing time of 3:10.02, the seventh fastest time in the nation so far this season.
“The mile relay was definitely the most exciting event today,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said after the meet. “Woodard, Comer, Robinson and Murdaugh had an outstanding time — the seventh fastest in the country this year — and brought us from a bit back for the win over Michigan State and a strong field.”
The 4×400 team wasn’t the only highlight of the day for Ohio State, who put together their finest all-around performance on the year. Cory Leslie turned in a third place finish in the mile run with a season best time of 4:07.40, while Thomas Murdaugh continued a torrid start to his freshman campaign with a third-place effort out of 60 competitors in the 400m at 46.69 — an NCAA provisional mark and personal record for the young Buckeye.
After setting the stage for the Buckeyes on day one, Patrick Whalen, Matt DeChant and Tyler Branch followed up their team-leading effort Friday night with an even more notable showing in the shot put final. Whalen took the title with a mark of 17.38m (57’ 00.25”). DeChant was close behind in third with a throw of 17.15m (56’ 03.25”); Branch took eighth at 16.27m (53’ 04.50”).
“The throwers competed real well against a number of conference rivals,” Gary added. “I was very pleased with their efforts.”
In the 60m hurdles, Jonathan Francois posted an 8.10 for a fourth place finish, his personal best time and the seventh best in the conference. Curtis Leuenberger set another Buckeye personal record in the 200m dash with the Big Ten’s eighth best time of the year, a 21.76 sprint.
See Wins in Boston
Ohio State All-American Jeff See was in Boston, Mass. this weekend, representing the Buckeyes in the Boston Indoor Games. In his first major tune-up for the Big Ten season, See took first place in the mile run with a season best time of 4:01.17. See timed his final kick perfectly to edge Hayden McLaren of Providence (4:01.22).
“It was just a great win and a great experience,” See said after the race.
Ohio State’s team of weight throwers put together another solid showing for the Buckeyes on day one of the Meyo Invitational.
Led by sophomore Matt DeChant, the Buckeyes placed four athletes in the Top 12 of the weight throw final. DeChant followed up his third place endeavor at PSU with a sixth place finish at 18.10m (59’ 4.75”). Patrick Whalen and Max Mays finished back to back in ninth and tenth position with throws of 17.21m (56’ 5.75”) and 17.19m (56’ 4.75”). Sophomore Tyler Branch settled for the No. 12 spot with a toss of 16.84m (55’ 3”).
Junior Brandon Woodard took fourth in the 500m dash with a scorching time of 1:04.06. John Ealy and Christopher Olinger secured two Top 10 finishes in the 5000m run for OSU – Ealy’s eighth place finish at 14:23.43 is the third best time in the Big Ten so far this season. Olinger’s time of 14:27.27 earned him the conference’s fourth best time on the year to go along with tenth place.