COLUMBUS, Ohio Rain and clouds on Friday gave way to sunny skies for day two of the 24th Jesse Owens Classic as the Ohio State men’s track and field team enjoyed a successful afternoon of competition.
Jeff See dominated the mile run in his first home meet of the year. He bested the regional qualifying time with a run of 4:04.95. Teammates John Ealy (fourth), Christopher Olinger (seventh) and Adam Green (eighth) finished in the Top 10.
The Buckeyes continued their supremacy over the Big Ten in the 4x400m with their regional qualifying time of 3:08.92, the third-fastest in the Big Ten on the year. Oklahoma challenged the Buckeyes for most of the race, before Thomas Murdaugh pulled away on the final leg. Penn State finished fourth.
Ohio State was a winner in the 4x100m relay, crossing the finish line in the Big Ten’s second-best time on the year at 40.51, a regional qualifying mark. Michigan, led by a late charge from Adam Harris took second, a week after setting the top conference time at the Penn Relays.
Thomas Murdaugh captured the title in the 400m dash, setting a regional qualifying time of 46.58, the Big Ten’s second-best this season. Penn State junior Mike Cadau ran neck-and-neck with Murdaugh for the first 300-meters, but faded down the stretch. Cadau still managed to best the regional qualifying time with his run of 46.79.
Patrick Whalen set a season best in the shot put finals, taking fourth with a regional qualifying toss of 17.66m. Bryan Vickers of Second Sole was the champ at 18.17m. Nine individuals posted regional marks in the event.
Whalen had a tough afternoon in the discus, finishing 15th with a throw of 48.88m. Rashaud Scott of Kentucky cruised to an easy victory at 58.10m, as eight athletes qualified for the regional finals.
Bryan Bunnell set the fourth-best mark in the Big Ten with his throw in the javelin. His toss of 60.20m was good enough for third-place. Brian Florek of Kent State was the lone qualifier in the event at 64.14m Akron’s Daniel Kinsey was second with a mark of 61.13m.
Three Buckeyes finished in the Top 10 of the 800m run. Daniel White, leading for most of the race, faded near the finish, crossing the finish line in 1:50.85, a season best. Freshmen Cory Leslie (seventh) and Jared Hall (10th) set personal records with their times of 1:51.22 and 1:51.52, respectively. Shane Knoll of Michigan State surpassed the regional qualifying standard with his first-place run of 1:49.78, the third-best in the Big Ten this year. Eastern Michigan’s David Brent and Kentucky senior Stephan Smith were the other qualifiers for regional competition.
Senior Bryan Chard set a personal record in the pole vault, a regional qualifying jump of 5.05m. Purdue’s Eric Sparks, the top individual in the Big Ten, won the event at 5.20m. Marcus Briedinger of Central Michigan and Southern Illinois freshman Cody Doerflein cleared the bar at regional standards to finish second and third.
Former Buckeye Joel Brown, competing for Nike, ran a blistering time of 13.56, easily claiming first- place in the 110m hurdles. Brown just missed out on the stadium record time of 13.54, set in 2003 by Jabrari Green of Tennessee. Purdue’s Josh Hembrough and D-Andre Fisher took second and third with regional qualifying times of 13.96 and 14.25, respectively. Jonathan Francois was Ohio State’s top finisher, taking ninth in 14.72.
The men’s 100m dash saw a photo finish. Michigan All-American Adam Harris led for the first 50-meters, but Chris Lawson (unattached) closed to take the win by an inch. Both men set regional qualifying marks at 10.41. Rakieem Salaam of Oklahoma was third in 10.50 and Johnie Drake, running unattached, was fourth in 10.55. Both times were regional qualifiers. Ohio State’s Chimidi Chekwa was seventh in his first meet of the outdoor season, finishing in 10.69.
Oklahoma and Michigan had quite a dual in the 400m hurdles. UM sophomore Carl Buchanon looked to have the race in hand, but OU sophomore Eric Bailey blazed through the final stretch to take the win with a regional qualifying time of 51.60. Buchanon will also make the trip to the regional meet with his run of 51.67.
High jump competition produced three regional qualifiers. Derek Drouin of Indiana claimed the top spot at 2.13m.
The lone qualifier out of the long jump was Cadeau Kelley, who competed unattached. Kelley cleared the bar at 7.81m. Patrick Woods was the top finisher for the Buckeyes, taking 19th at 6.58m, a personal record.
Kentucky sophomore David Banks won the triple jump at 15.36m, followed by Big Ten representatives Kyron Foster of Michigan State and Hanif Johnson of Penn State.
In all, the Jesse Owens Track Classic produced more than 60 regional qualifiers on the men’s side.
JOTC on BTN
The Big Ten Network will broadcast the meet on tape-delay beginning Sunday May 10 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Brent Stover and former Buckeye track and football star Butler By’Note will have the call. Complete programming information can be found at www.bigtennetwork.com.