GENEVA, Ohio – The 16th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team competed at the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational Saturday afternoon at the GaREAT Sport Complex.
Despite resting several team members, Ohio State nevertheless witnessed a number of impressive performances from its competing student-athletes. Highlights included a 1-2-3-4 finish by the Buckeye weight throwers and first-place efforts from freshman Barron Witherspoon in the 60m hurdles and junior Steve MacDonald in the long jump.
Here’s an event-by-event breakdown of the Scarlet and Gray’s trip north:
Witherspoon used a time of 8.08 to finish in first-place for the Buckeyes. Wisconsin’s Adum Gross was the runner-up in 8.19.
Fifth-place went to Blake Callahan in a season-best time of 21.58, while All-American Thomas Murdaugh took seventh in 21.78. Kind Butler of Indiana sprinted his way to first-place in a time of 20.93, ninth-best in Division I this season.
Korbin Smith’s personal best time of 47.82 helped the Buckeye sophomore finish fifth overall. North Carolina finished 1-2, with Charles Cox claiming first-place in a time of 46.51, a Top 5 time nationally.
Wisconsin went 1-2, led by first-place runner Zach Mellon (1:50.75). Jared Hall was the top Buckeye finisher, taking fifth in a season-best time of 1:52.19. Chris Fallon (seventh, 1:52.43) and Jake Hiltner (ninth, 1:52.70) also posted season-bests for OSU, with Fallon’s time also serving as a personal best.
Adam Green ran a season-best time of 8:11.57, finishing 15th in a deep and competitive field – the Top 6 finishers all posted times under eight minutes. Wisconsin’s Maverick Darling led the pack in a time of 7:52.31, a Top 5 Division I performance.
A PR jump of 14.71m (48-3.25) helped Julian Vann to second-place behind Rex Parker of Indiana (14.90m/48-10.75).
MacDonald won the event with a 6.97m (22-10.50) leap. Indiana’s Parker finished second at 6.96m (22-10).
Freshman Cody Marshall finished second, clearing the bar at 4.91m (16-1.25). North Carolina’s Parker Smith was first at 5.06m (16-7.25).
The Buckeyes swept the Top 4, with Max Mays taking the title at 19.80m (64-11.50). All-American Matt DeChant was the runner-up with a 19.37m (63-6.75) toss, followed by Tyler Branch (season-best mark of 18.88m/61-11.50) and Billy Gehring (18.38m/60-3.75).
Ohio State claimed two of the Top 5 spots, with DeChant’s third-place toss of 18.67m (61-3) leading the way. Curt Smith finished fifth at 15.92m (52-2.75), well behind first-place Eric Werskey of Auburn (19.41m/63-8.25).
Ohio State has two meets tentatively scheduled for next weekend, the New Mexico Invitational on February 11, and the Akron Invitational February 11 and 12.