COLUMBUS, OH The Ohio State men’s track and field team will look to rebound from a disappointing loss to rival Michigan at last weekend’s Dual this Saturday, April 18, at the Lenny Wyles/Clark Wood Louisville Invitational in Louisville, Ky.
It will be the Buckeyes’ first trip to Louisville since the 2005 season, when they swept two dual meets at the Cardinal Invitational, a 72-48 victory over the home-standing Cardinals and a 74-31 win over Indianapolis.
Notable entries for the Scarlet and Gray this weekend include Matt Comer and Curtis Leuenberger in the 200m dash, Stephen Robinson in both the 100m and 200m, Patrick Whalen in the discus and shot put and Cory Leslie in the 800m and 1500m runs. The 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams will also be in action.
Competing teams include Arkansas State, Ball State, Western Kentucky, Shelby County, Valparaiso and host Louisville. No. 30 U of L is led by Andre Black, the preseason No.1 ranked athlete in the triple jump and 12th-ranked long jumper.
The 4x100m team will be first to the track at Cardinal Park this Saturday beginning at 10:10 a.m. ET. For more information on the Louisville Invitational, visit www.uoflsports.com.
Distance Runners Head to Mt. SAC Relays
Four Buckeyes will compete separately from the rest of the team this weekend at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif. Senior John Ealy, the Big Ten’s top performer in the 5000m, will compete in the 10000m run alongside Levi Fox and Taylor Williams. Coming off of a fourth-place finish at the Dual last weekend, sophomore Adam Green will represent Ohio State in the 3000m steeplechase.
Additional information can be found via the relay’s official website, www.mtsacrelays.com.
A “Whale” of an Effort
Patrick Whalen placed first in the discus Saturday at the OSU/Michigan dual with a season best toss of 49.35m. He also set a regional qualifying mark in the shot put with his second-place effort at 17.36m (the Big Ten’s fifth-best mark on the season). The senior from West Dundee, Ill. has set two regional qualifying marks in two meets this outdoor season while holding claim to the top team performances in both the discus and shot.
Last Time Out
Led by All-American Adam Harris and his victories in the 100m and 200m dashes, the Michigan Wolverines defeated Ohio State 105-98 in “The Dual” April 11 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The 4x400m relay team of Thomas Murdaugh, Matt Comer, Curtis Leuenberger and Stephen Robinson continued its season long dominance of the Wolverines, claiming the title with a run of 3:14.39.
Murdaugh and Comer both had impressive performances in the 400m dash. Murdaugh, an NCAA indoor championship qualifier in the 400m, was first in a regional qualifying time of 47.01, while Comer finished second in 47.88. Andre Barnes of Michigan was third with a time of 48.03.
Daniel White surprised the field with his victory in the 800m run. The sophomore held a comfortable lead throughout the final lap, finishing with a time of 1:54.46. UM’s Justin Switzer was second in 1:55.42, while Jared Hall placed third for the Buckeyes in 1:55.96.
Ohio State went one-two in the javelin. Sophomore Bryan Bunnell’s throw of 57.55m gave him the victory, while Patrick Filipi set a career best with his second-place mark of 56.02m. Wolverine Pat Till was third at 54.67m.
Ryan Blake and Patrick Woods gave Ohio State a first-place tie in the high jump at 1.95m. Joe Strizich’s jump of 1.90m gave Michigan third-place, while teammate Taylor Voice finished fourth at 1.85m.
Ohio State took eight points and the top two spots in the pole vault. Senior Bryan Chard was first with a vault of 4.80m, while the 2008 Dual outdoor champion Kyle Burns was second at 4.65m.
The Buckeyes head to the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa April 23-25 before playing host to the Jesse Owens Track Classic May 1 and 2.