LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Ohio State men’s track and field team qualified three more athletes for the 2009 NCAA Track and Field Championships with an overall balanced effort that included one distance, one middle distance runner and one sprinter.
One decathlete and one thrower are also expected to hopefully join the mix when at-large berths are announced early next week. Patrick Woods is expected to make the championship field in the decathlon and Patrick Whalen is a strong candidate to earn a spot in the shot put.
Sophomore Daniel White qualified for the NCAA’s with his impressive fifth-place showing in the 800m run. White ran a PR time of 1:49.34 and held off a tough field down the final stretch to earn the right to represent Ohio State in two weeks in Fayetteville.
“Dan did a great job today,” head coach Robert Gary said. “He was very disappointed by not making the finals at the Big Ten meet and that really motivated him, I think. He did a really good job to make the finals and today he ran a very nice race, held his form and did a really good job staying focused.”
Senior All-American Jeff See will once again represent the Buckeyes at the NCAA championships in the 1500m after his fifth-place run in a time of 3:49.73. See finished fifth overall in the event last season.
“Jeff ran great,” Gary said. “He’s come a long way back from being injured from a stress fracture indoors. It looks like he’s really rounding into form pretty well. We’re looking forward to hopefully making finals and another Top 5 finish from Jeff.”
Joining White and See in two weeks will be freshman Thomas Murdaugh who finished fourth in the 400m in a PR time of 45.779, just behind senior Jeremy Orr of Michigan State at 45.777. Those two times were the top two in the Big Ten this season. Murdaugh also represented Ohio State in the 400 at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
“Thomas ran a huge PR, another half second for him which was great to see,” Gary said. “He’s having an outstanding season and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do at NCAA’s.”
The Big Ten champion 4×400 team of Curtis Leuenberger, Stephen Robinson, Matt Comer and Thomas Murdaugh came in 10th overall with a time of 3:08.95.
Freshman Thomas Davis was 24th in the hammer throw with a toss of 54.98m. Davis’ season-best was 56.92m at the Jesse Owens Classic, the 11th best in the Big Ten this season.
In the pole vault, Bryan Chard finished 20th, clearing 4.91m. His best vault was 5.05m at the Jesse Owens.
Three athletes represented the Buckeyes in the 3000m steeplechase. Adam Green finished with a personal-best time of 8:59.49 to finish ninth overall. Cory Leslie and Christopher Olinger finished 11th and 17th overall with times of 9:00.72 and 9:09.03, respectively.
Senior Patrick Whalen finished 15th overall in the discus with a toss of 52.04m.
The 2009 NCAA Championships are held June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.