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Ealy finishes fourth in 10000m; Woods second after first day of decathlon

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s track and field team sits in fifth-place at the conclusion of day one at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

John Ealy’s fourth-place finish in 30:37.38 secured the five Buckeye points Friday. Hassan Mead of Minnesota edged Michigan senior Lex Williams at the finish line to take the win in a Jesse Owens Stadium record time of 30:03.21. Williams finished in 30.03.89, while Minnesota junior Chris Rombough took third at 30:18.92.

Patrick Woods impressed in the decathlon totaling 3960 points at the end of day one to put him in second-place. R.J. McGinnis, who holds the Big Ten’s top score in the decathlon this season (7626), leads the field with 3965 points. Woods took first in the shot put at 15.17m and third in both the long jump and high jump, with McGinnis finishing second to Woods in the shot and second in the long jump. Buckeye sophomore Rob Wade is 14th with 3307 points, with his best finish coming in the shot put, a ninth-place throw at 11.96m.

“I was very impressed with John Ealy in the 10K and Pat Woods in the decathlon,” head coach Robert Gary said. “Watching the seniors lead the way on day one was great to see.

“In between, we had a fantastic alumni dinner where we honored former coaches, welcomed over 150 alums back and introduced our Big Ten team. We are hoping for a very special weekend and the team is excited after the first day.”

Minnesota, the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Champions, lead the meet after day one with 27 points. Michigan is second with 16 points, followed by Purdue (10), Michigan State (6) and Ohio State (5).

Competition continues tomorrow beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET with the 110m hurdles in the decathlon.

Team Rankings Two Events Scored

1) Minnesota 27
2) Michigan 16
3) Purdue 10
4) Michigan State 6
5) Ohio State 5
6) Wisconsin 4
7) Illinois 3
7) Indiana 3
7) Penn State 3
10) Iowa 1