COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nine Buckeyes officially earned All-Big Ten honors on the men’s side Wednesday. Ohio State swept both relay events in the 4×100 and 4x400m relays at the 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams helped the Buckeyes to a second-place team finish, its highest since 2001.
But highlighting the first-teamers was senior Patrick Woods. Woods won the Big Ten title in the decathlon after gutting out two days of intense competition. He placed third in the long jump, first in the shot put, third in the high jump, second in the 110 hurdles, first in the discus, third in the pole vault and seventh in a grueling 1500m dash to clinch the win. The crowd at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium witnessed a personal best performance from Woods in the final home meet of his career as he totaled 7405 points, the second-best score in school history.
Also named to the first team were James Manley, Curtis Leuenberger (who ran in both relay events), Lamaar Thomas and Chimdi Chekwa from the winning 4×100 team and Matt Comer, Stephen Robinson and Thomas Murdaugh from the champion 4×400 squad. In the 4×100, Ohio State used four near-perfect exchanges to take the title with a regional qualifying time of 40.63. In the 4×400, Ohio State ran an RQ time of 3:09.61.
Leuenberger, who helped total 28 points in all for the Buckeyes, also finished second in the 200m dash in a season-best time of 21.07. Murdaugh also finished second in the 400m dash with a personal record time of 46.26
Patrick Whalen, who was Ohio State’s top scorer with 14 points among individuals, was named to the second team after a personal record throw of 18.58m in the shot secured a second-place finish. He also picked up six points in the discus, finishing third in the finals with a toss of 51.53m.
Ohio State has the week off before returning to action at the NCAA Regionals in Louisville, Ky., May 29-30.