May 16, 2015

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Senior Jackson Neff and freshman Zack Bazile won bronze medals for the Ohio State men’s track and field team Saturday at the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Ralph Young Field.

Neff, the 2014 Big Ten champion in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase, took third in his final go-round at the conference championships, crossing the finish line in a time of 8:47.00. Mason Ferlic of Michigan posted a winning time of 8:43.30 as he separated from the pack midway through the race and held off Neff and runner-up Dylan Lafond of Illinois (8:46.53), who overtook the Buckeye senior over the final 100 meters.

Bazile earned points for the Buckeyes with his third-place showing in the men’s long jump. The Big Ten indoor champion cleared 7.47 meters (24-6.00) to finish behind Emeka Eze of Rutgers and Tyler Askew of Purdue.

Sophomore Josh Fridley also scored for the Scarlet and Gray on Saturday, clearing a height of 2.08 meters (6-10.00) to finish eighth in the high jump.

Ohio State is ninth after two days of competition with 13 team points but has positioned itself well for high placement in the final standings. The Buckeyes have a total of 13 entries for seven championship races on the track Sunday afternoon, along with expected points in relay races and field events.

In preliminary action, senior Timothy Faust qualified for the finals in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Faust was fourth overall in the 100 prelims with a season-best time of 10.45 seconds and third overall in the 200 in a personal-best time of 20.61 seconds, earning him the No. 5 position in the OSU outdoor record book. Faust will be joined in the 200 final by sophomore LaMar Bruton, who ran the sixth-fastest time of the day (21.14, a personal best).

Bruton is also set to compete in the 400 finals alongside junior Champ Page. Both Buckeyes won their respective heats, with Bruton running the third-best time of the afternoon (46.79) and Page the fifth-fastest time overall (46.89).

The finals of the 400-meter hurdles will feature redshirt junior Antonio Blanks, who won his heat and placed third overall in 51.27 seconds.

Ohio State had a surprise qualifier to the 800-meter finals, as sophomore Anthony Johnson used a personal-best time of 1:49.54 — the No. 5 time in the OSU outdoor record book — to place second in his heat and sixth overall.

Junior Donovan Robertson played with fire in advancing on time to the 110-meter hurdle championship. He is seeded eighth for the finals after crossing the finish line third in his heat in a time of 14.02. Freshman Davon Anderson fell one spot shy of the finals with a ninth-place and personal-best time of 14.03.

Competition resumes tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. with the shot put finals.

From Friday:
• Sophomore Aaron Zedella fell just short of scoring in the hammer throw, finishing ninth overall with a personal-best throw of 63.07 meters (206-11.25). He ranks fourth all-time in the OSU record book in the event.

Team Standings – 7 events scored
1. Nebraska – 44
2. Minnesota – 38
3. Illinois – 35
4. Michigan State – 30
5. Purdue – 28
6. Wisconsin – 27
7. Iowa – 20
8. Michigan – 14
9. Ohio State – 13
10. Rutgers – 10
11. Penn State – 9
12. Indiana — 5

Ohio State Points Breakdown
Long Jump – 6 points
Steeplechase – 6
High Jump – 1
Total – 13