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COLUMBUS, Ohio Six members of the Ohio State men’s track and field team will head west to San Francisco, Calif. Friday for the San Francisco State University Distance Carnival, the first outdoor meet of the year for the Buckeyes.

The Scarlet and Gray will be competing in two events, the 5000m run and 3000m steeplechase.

Senior John Ealy will lead the Buckeye charge in the 5000m, alongside sophomore Chad Balyo and freshman Taylor Williams.  Ealy has a personal record time of 14:07.72, a mark he set in 2007 at the Gina Relays. 

The 3000m steeple will feature sophomores Adam Green and Christopher Olinger and freshman Cory Leslie. Green set a PR of 9:10.10 at the Sun Angel Classic last April.  Leslie will be seeing his first competition in the steeple at the collegiate level.

Ohio State looks to begin the outdoor season on a postive note, hoping to improve upon their fourth-place finish at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships this spring when they host the outdoor finals at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Cox Stadium in San Francisco will be the site for Friday’s distance carnival, with competition set to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. Complete results will be posted at the conclusion of the meet at www.sfstategators.com.

Last Time Out
Ohio State wrapped up its indoor campaign March 7 in South Bend, Ind. at the Alex Wilson Invitational.

Senior Patrick Whalen captured the title in the shot put with an NCAA provisional toss of 17.87m, just a tenth of a meter off of his third place mark at the Big Ten Championships. Teammate Matt DeChant finished in fifth place at 16.61m.

Thomas Murdaugh finished second in the 400m dash for the second consecutive week with an NCAA provisional run of 46.58, a personal record and the second best time in the Big Ten this year. Baylor’s LeJerald Betters took first place at 46.23.

Murdaugh, Brandon Woodard, Matt Comer and Stephen Robinson were the lone competitors in the 4x400m relay. The Big Ten Champions ran their best race of the season in an NCAA provisional time of 3:07.98 — the fourth-fastest time in school history.

Up Next
The Buckeyes travel to Auburn, Ala. for the Tiger Track Classic April 4.