KENT, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team captured the 2011 All-Ohio Indoor Track and Field Championship Saturday at the Kent State Field House. With a combined score of 161, the Buckeyes finished 23 points ahead of second place Akron (138) and 57 ahead of third place Kent State (104).
Junior transfer Michael Hartfield continued his hot start, claiming a pair of victories in the long and triple jumps, scoring 20 points for the Buckeyes in those two events. Ohio State also dominated in the mile and 3000m runs, scoring a total of 32 points with first and third place finishes by Adam Green and Will Knickel in the mile and Cory Leslie and Chris Fallon in the 3000m. The Scarlet and Gray also posted a pair of wins in the 4x400m relay and the distance medley.
“I thought the guys competed real well,” head coach Robert Gary said after the meet. “Coming off the Dual was asking a lot physically and emotionally, but the team responded well. Kent State did a very nice job hosting the meet. Even though we rested a couple guys and tried some off events, we got some solid performances.”
Below is a breakdown of the Buckeyes’ day in Kent:
Kent State sophomore Nathaniel Scales won the 60m in a time of 6.86 seconds. Brandon Blackwell (7.02) and Blake Callahan (7.04) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, for the Buckeyes.
Demoye Bogle demolished his previous PR with a runner-up time of 7.98. However, the freshman’s impressive sprint wasn’t enough to knock off Cincinnati junior Terence Somerville, who used an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7.68 to finish first. Junior Barron Witherspoon was third for OSU in 8.12 seconds.
Bogle followed up his second-place effort in the hurdles with a fifth place finish in the 200m in a time of 22.00. Akron’s Phil Ferguson finished first in 21.23 seconds, edging Princeton Bryson of Kent State (21.48) at the finish line.
Ferguson also was the champion in the 400, finishing in 47.80. He was followed by Ashland’s Cory Lamar (48.29) and John Guagenti of Findlay (48.35). Senior Aaron Roberts was the top Buckeye, finishing sixth in 48.53. All-American Thomas Murdaugh did not compete for Ohio State.
Akron’s Willie Brown took the title in the 800 in a time of 1:50.65. Jared Hall finished third for the Scarlet and Gray in 1:53.11, just behind runner-up Destin Heasley of Kent State (1:51.95).
Green and Knickel collected 16 points for the Buckeyes with a 1-3 finish. Green was the winner in a time of 4:14.69, just ahead of Akron’s Max Hiltner (4:14.93). Knickel crossed the finish line in 4:17.62.
OSU juniors Leslie and Fallon scored an additional 16 for the Buckeyes in the 3000m run, going 1-3 in times of 8:16.58 and 8:24.66, respectively. Xavier’s Tommy Kauffmann (8:17.80) finished second.
Long Jump/Triple Jump
Hartfield remained undefeated as a Buckeye with a pair of wins in the long jump and triple jump. The junior leapt to a winning distance of 7.65m in the long jump, and followed that performance with a season-best mark of 15.26m (50-0.75) in the triple. Steve MacDonald’s season-best mark of 7.09m (23-0.75) helped him to fifth place in the LJ while Derek Blevins (14.87m/48-9.50) and Julian Vann (13.92m/45-8) went 3-4 in the triple for OSU.
Akron swept the Top 2 spots, with Michael Uhle taking the title at 5.11m (16-9.25). Freshman Cody Marshall finished fourth for the Buckeyes, clearing the bar at a height of 4.91m (16-1.25).
An NCAA automatic qualifying throw of 19.42m (63-8.75) helped Ashland’s Kurt Roberts capture the shot put title. Tyler Branch was the top finisher for Ohio State, taking fourth in 17.71m (58-1.25).
Throwers Max Mays and Matt DeChant scored 10 points for Ohio State in the weight throw, with Mays claiming third with a toss of 19.85m while DeChant threw 19.20m to finish fifth. Ryan Loughney from Ashland took first with a toss of 20.75m.
The Buckeyes claimed two of the Top 3 spots and 14 points toward their team score in the heptathlon, led by second place finisher Heath Nickles (5169 points). Nickles, who sat in fourth after the first day of competition, fought his way up the standings with a first place finish in the pole vault (4.70m/15-5) and second place sprint in the 60m hurdles. Korbin Smith fell one spot to third place, but still managed to post a PR score of 5059. Kent State’s Michael Schober captured the title with a total of 5358 points, the third-best heptathlon score in the nation so far this season.
Men Distance Medley
The Buckeyes scored another first-place finish in this event as Fallon, Roberts, Hall and Green recorded a time of 9:57.72.
The Buckeye 4×400 team of Bogle, Marvel Brooks, Jared Hall and Marcus Brooks scored the final 10 points for Ohio State with a first-place time of 3:13.94. Ashland came in second at 3:15.94.