COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team wrapped up final preparations for next weekend’s Big Ten championships Friday evening at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.
A look at the meet highlights for the Buckeyes:
Senior Elon Simms captured first-place with a time of 52.13, the seventh-best performance in the Big Ten season. Teammate Aaron Roberts finished third in 53.06, just behind second-place finisher Sutton Coleman of Rose-Hulman.
Ohio State placed two runners in the Top 4 of the 1500m run – Adam Green led the way, finishing second with a time of 3:49.77, while Jake Edwards took fourth in 3:51.41. Purdue claimed the other two spots, with Simon Rogers finishing in first (3:46.41) and Ladd Mercer third (3:51.41). In the 1500m invitational, Cory Leslie ran a time of 3:51.32 to take second-place behind Derek Scott of Brooks (3:50.23).
Redshirt freshman Jared Hall ran a PR of 1:50.37 to finish in third-place. Eastern Illinois swept the Top 2 spots, with Jason Springer (1:49.60) edging Sean Wiggin (1:50.10) for the win.
Senior Jonathan Francois used a time of 14.83 to finish third behind unattached competitor Matt Prescott (14.63) and Indiana’s Logan Griffith (14.74).
Tim Nedow of DePaul won the event at 17.50m (57-5). OSU’s Tyler Branch took third with a toss of 17.08m (56-0.50), just behind Indiana State’s Brandon Pounds (17.18m/56-4.50).
First-place went to defending NCAA indoor champion Derek Drouin, who cleared the bar at 2.23m (7-3.75), a season-best for the sophomore, the top jump in the Big Ten and sixth-best nationally. Buckeye Cody Westbrook finished sixth (1.92m/6-3.50).
Missouri’s Tyler Terry took the long jump title at 7.26m (23-10). Shayne York’s season-best jump of 6.97m (22-10.50) was good enough for eighth-place.
Cory Martin of Nike set the Hayes meet record with his first-place toss of 71.84m (235-08). Billy Gehrig finished eighth at 57.18m (187-07), white Max Mays set a PR at 56.02m (183-09), the ninth-best toss on the day.
The Buckeyes will return to Bloomington next weekend, May 14-16, for the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.