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COLUMBUS, Ohio – It will be a busy weekend for the Ohio State men’s track and field team as the Buckeyes split-up for two competitive meets Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5.

Most of the team will take to the track in South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational, the third-consecutive year the Scarlet and Gray will compete in the annual Midwestern showcase.

Others will head to Lincoln, Neb. for the Frank Sevigne Invitational. Founded by former Nebraska head coach Frank Sevigne, the meet annually draws some of the nation’s top collegiate squads.

While the Buckeyes will be in two places this weekend, there is only one place for a complete recap of the action – make sure to check out www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com following the day’s events for the latest updates.

Buckeyes Return to South Bend for Meyo Invitational
Ohio State will send the majority of its squad to South Bend for the 23rd Meyo Invitational.

The two-day meet at ND’s Loftus Center kicks off Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET with Saturday’s events beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m. Complete results will be available at www.und.com following each day of the meet.

Throws Head to Husker Country for Frank Sevigne Invite
Ohio State’s top throwers – Matt DeChant, Max Mays, Tyler Branch and Billy Gehring will be in Lincoln, Neb. Friday and Saturday for the 35th Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, hosted by the University of Nebraska.
 
All four athletes will compete in the weight throw at approximately 8:00 p.m. ET Friday at the Devaney Sports Center. DeChant and Branch will also vie for the shot put title Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

Live stats can be found at http://www.huskers.com/fls/100/trackstats/10FSHI/index.htm.

Buckeyes No. 1 in Great Lakes Regional Rankings
Ohio State sits atop the first-ever United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes regional rankings, released Feb. 2.

A new concept introduced for the 2010 season, the USTFCCCA regional ranking are designed to measure a team’s all-around strength, as it takes many athletes in many events to yield a high score. The rankings are an alternative to the USTFCCCA national poll, which yield higher rankings to teams with several national championship contenders.

“I think that the new rankings are great because they’re more indicative of your best 15-20 athletes as just opposed to the very few that qualify for nationals,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said of the new poll. “It’s a good transitional ranking for where I think our program is at, moving from the Top 3 in the conference to the Top 15 in the nation.”

With a total of 417.79 points, the Buckeyes have the third-highest score of any team in the nation, regardless of region. Texas A&M (440.08) and BYU (423.17) hold the two highest scores, according to the regional formula.

In the Great Lakes, Ohio State holds the top spot amongst a Top 7 that includes Big Ten rivals Indiana (No. 2), Wisconsin (No. 3), Purdue (No. 5) and Michigan (No. 6).

This week’s national poll has the Buckeyes ranked No. 41, led by Daniel White (No. 6 in the 800m dash) and Thomas Murdaugh (ninth in the 400m dash). Five Big Ten teams are represented in the national Top 50, led by No. 13 Minnesota.

Ohio State Hosts Buckeye Tune-Up Feb. 19
French Field House will play host to its second indoor meet of the season Friday, Feb. 19 when the Scarlet and Gray play host to the Buckeye Tune-Up.

For more information on the event, contact Lori Baldwin, meet director, at baldwinl@buckeyes.ath.ohio-state.edu.

Last Time Out
Daniel White’s indoor 400m record run was the highlight of Ohio State’s trip to the Penn State National Invitational last weekend.

White’s NCAA provisional time of 1:48.26, .26 seconds off of an NCAA automatic qualifier also broke the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track record in the process. Unfortunately for White, it was only good for a fifth-place finish, as four other athletes in the invitational also broke the previous track record, led by Penn State junior Ryan Foster. Foster’s time of 1:47.48 earned him the title amongst a Top 4 that saw all four competitors run NCAA automatic times.

Redshirt freshman Cory Leslie ran the fourth-best indoor time in school history in the mile with his NCAA provisional and fourth-place run of 4:03.14. Chad Balyo finished just behind Leslie with his fourth-place time of 4:04.49. Leslie and Balyo’s times were the fourth and fifth-best in the Big Ten this year.

The Buckeye 4x400m relay team of Rob Baisden, Stephen Robinson, Elon Simms and anchor Thomas Murdaugh finished first in the 4×400 invitational, narrowly missing out on an NCAA provisional time with a run of 3:10.57, second-best in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State’s ‘B’ team of Aaron Roberts, Marcus Brooks, Marvel Brooks and Korbin Smith took home the title in the 4x400m open with a time of 3:14.13.

The Buckeyes distance medley relay team of Jeff See, Aaron Roberts, Jared Hall and Daryl Murphy ran a Big Ten-best time of 9:52.14 to finish second overall behind Georgetown.

Ohio State was well represented in the 3000m – Adam Green won the invitational in 8:14.30 and Taylor Williams was sixth (8:20.24). Green’s time is the seventh-best in the conference in 2010.

An Ohio State personal record fell in the shot put – Tyler Branch shattered his previous career-best with his fifth-place toss of 17.76m (58-3.25). Matt DeChant (17.51m/57-5.5) was seventh, as Sheldon Battle used a throw of 20.31m (66-7.75) to finish in first-place. Branch (fourth-best) and DeChant (fifth-best) both established themselves on the Big Ten Top 10 list.

DeChant and Max Mays recorded Top 5 finishes in the weight throw. DeChant tied his personal record with a third-place toss of 19.41m (63-8.25), the fourth-best mark in the Big Ten this year, while Mays finished close behind in fourth with his throw of 19.02 (62-5).

Up Next
Ohio State will head north for the Akron Invitational, Feb. 13 on the University of Akron campus.