COLUMBUS, Ohio Michigan All-American Adam Harris claimed victory in the 100m and 200m dashes, while anchoring a 4x100m relay win as Michigan took down Ohio State 105-98 in “The Dual” Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
With the victory, the Wolverines tied the series at 2-2, capturing the traveling Dual pennant in the process. The series will conclude with both an indoor and outdoor meet in 2010.
“I thought it was a great meet, a great event, but we could have done better,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said at the conclusion of the meet. “We were missing some guys, but so were they so we can’t come up with too many excuses. Losing by seven points is tough because if we finish better in a few areas, it could have been a different result.”
The 4x400m relay team of Thomas Murdaugh, Matt Comer, Curtis Leuenberger and Stephen Robinson continued its season long dominance of the Wolverines, claiming the title with a run of 3:14.39.
“It was nice to finish on a high note with the 4x400m win,” Gary said. “We at least defended our home track in that respect.”
Murdaugh and Comer began their solid afternoons with impressive performances in the 400m dash. Murdaugh, an NCAA indoor championship qualifier in the 400m, was first in a regional qualifying time of 47.01, while Comer finished second in 47.88. Andre Barnes of Michigan was third with a time of 48.03.
Daniel White surprised the field with his victory in the 800m run. The sophomore held a comfortable lead throughout the final lap, finishing with a time of 1:54.46. UM’s Justin Switzer was second in 1:55.42, while Jared Hall placed third for the Buckeyes in 1:55.96.
Ohio State went one-two in the javelin. Sophomore Bryan Bunnell’s throw of 57.55m gave him the victory, while Patrick Filipi set a career best with his second-place mark of 56.02m. Wolverine Pat Till was third at 54.67m.
Ryan Blake and Patrick Woods gave Ohio State a first-place tie in the high jump at 1.95m. Joe Strizich’s jump of 1.90m gave Michigan third-place, while teammate Taylor Voice finished fourth at 1.85m.
Ohio State took eight points and the top two spots in the pole vault. Senior Bryan Chard was first with a vault of 4.80m, while the 2008 Dual outdoor champion Kyle Burns was second at 4.65m.
Patrick Whalen’s throw of 49.35m gave him the victory in the discus. Aaron Crabtree took second for the Buckeyes with a mark of 46.60m.
Whalen also set a regional qualifying mark in the shot put at 17.36m. The senior finished second behind Sean Pruitt of Michigan at 17.65m. Buckeye freshman Tyler Branch was third with a shot of 16.29m.
Michigan’s Harris showed why he’s an All-American, running a national qualifying time in the 100m dash in defeating Ohio State’s Stephen Robinson. Harris crossed the finish line in 10.32, while Robinson held off UM’s Kyle Turpak for second in 10.66.
Harris also claimed victory in the 200m dash with a regional qualifying time of 21.16. Curtis Leuenberger finished second for the Buckeyes in 21.54, with James Manley taking fourth in 22.09.
The 4x100m relay went down to the wire. Leuenberger gave Ohio State the lead going into the final leg, but Harris edged Blake Callahan at the finish line to give the Wolverines the win in a time of 41.02. The Buckeyes finished in 41.03.
The 3000m steeplechase was one of the more competitive events of the afternoon. Michigan junior Brandon Fellows and Ohio State sophomore Christopher Olinger ran neck and neck for most of the raceOlinger distanced himself from the field at the beginning of the final lap, only to be passed by Fellows down the final stretch. The Michigan junior crossed the finished line in 9:15.80, Olinger in 9:16.24. Ohio State’s Cory Leslie was third with a time of 9:25.74.
Junior Jonathan Francois set a personal record in the 110m hurdles (14.50), but was unable to hold off Michigan sophomore Carl Buchanon, who finished first with a time of 14.35.
John Ealy finished second in the 3000m run in 8:49.34. Michigan’s Lex Williams held claim to first with a time of 8:45.27, while teammate Sean McNamara was third in 8:50.56. Chad Balyo made a late push for Ohio State, but was unable to pass McNamara, finishing in 8:51.10.
Michigan’s Robert Peddlar took the title in the triple jump at 14.44m. Buckeyes Ryan Blake and Christian Blauvelt finished second and third with jumps of 13.07m and 12.99m respectively. Blauvelt’s mark was a personal record.
Freshman Max Mays set a personal record in the hammer throw, with a third-place toss of 55.30m. Michigan set two regional qualifying marks in claiming the top two spotsSean Pruitt was first at 62.30m and Brendan Lodge second at 58.44m. Buckeye Thomas Davis placed fourth with a career best throw of 55.24m.
Ohio State returns to action April 17 and 18 at the Louisville Invitational in Louisville, Ky.