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Freshman will be lone Ohio State representative in College Station

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s track and field team will be represented at the 2009 NCAA Division I Indoor championships by freshman sprinter Thomas Murdaugh, who received an at-large bid Monday evening to compete in the 400m dash this Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, in College Station, Texas.

“Thomas has had a great freshman year,” OSU head coach Robert Gary said after learning of the selection Monday night. “Earning an All-American certificate his freshman year would be an outstanding achievement. He is exactly the kind of student-athlete that we plan to continue to bring into the program.”

Murdaugh has enjoyed unparalleled success in his first season as a Buckeye he holds the top four team times on the year and the third-best time in the Big Ten Conference. The local product out of Dublin Scioto finished second at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships and was a key contributed to the 4×400 relay team that recently set the fourth-fastest time in school history.

Amongst a field of 36 competitors, the freshman qualified in the No. 13 slot with the 13th fastest time in the country, an impressive 46.58 run set last weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Murdaugh will be joined at the championships by two other Big Ten runners, Gakologelwang Masheto of Illinois and Michigan State’s Jeremy Orr. Masheto, who crossed the finish line just ahead of Murdaugh at the league championships, owns the fastest collegiate time in the nation this season (45.80).

Preliminary heats will be held at approximately 6:15 p.m. ET Friday afternoon in College Station, with the finals set for 6:50 p.m. ET Saturday. For more information regarding the indoor championships, please visit www.NCAA.com.