COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track team wrapped up its world-class weekend Saturday afternoon at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
A day after running the top time in the world this year in the 4x800m relay, the Buckeyes returned to the track for an exciting final day of competition at “America’s Athletic Classic.”
OSU’s 4x400m relay team of Brandon Woodard, Korbin Smith, Stephen Robinson and Thomas Murdaugh turned in the top performance of the day for the Scarlet and Gray, finishing fourth in the championship race with a season-best time of 3:07.43, the second-best time in the Big Ten this season and a Top 25 Division I performance. Baylor took home the title in 3:03.29, followed the Iowa (3:05.73) and Alabama (3:06.72).
Robinson and Smith teamed with Matt Terrell and Jared Hall for a fourth-place finish in the 1600m Sprint Medley in 3:19.85. Eastern Illinois finished in first-place with a time of 3:16.89, followed by Iowa (3:17.74) and Wisconsin (3:19.09) – the Top 4 times all came from the event’s final heat.
Highlighting individual competition was Daniel White’s eighth-place finish in the 800m run (1:52.46). Alabama junior Fred Samoei was first in 1:49.73.
Fallon Sets PR in 1500m at Stan Lyons Invitational
Sophomore Chris Fallon led several Buckeyes in the 1500m run Saturday afternoon at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis, finished second in a personal record time of 3:51.06.
Two Buckeyes joined Fallon in the Top 10 – senior Christopher Olinger took fifth in 3:52.64, followed by freshman Donny Roys (sixth, 3:53.43). Butler’s Rob Mullett won the race in 3:42.21, ninth nationally.
Davis Finishes Second in Hammer Throw at Ashland Alumni Open
Thomas Davis finished second in the hammer throw Saturday at the Ashland Alumni Open in Ashland, Ohio.
The sophomore’s throw of 55.92m (183-05) was not enough to overtake Ashland junior Chase Sniadecki, who won the competition with a toss of 57.43m (188-05). Buckeyes Billy Gehring (54.55m/179 ft.), Tyler Branch (53.99m/177-01) and Max Mays (53.83m/176-07) finished seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.
Matt DeChant used a season-best toss of 17.53m (57-6.25) to finish fourth in the shot put, sixth-best in the Big Ten this season. Branch finished in eighth-place at 16.33m (53-7) as Findlay’s Derrick Vicars won the event with a mark of 17.93m (58-10).
Two Buckeyes finished in the Top 10 of the high jump, led by Ryan Blake, who placed third at 1.97m (6-5.50). Freshman Cody Westbrook was sixth with a jump of 1.92m (6-3.50). Kent State’s Michael Schober took first (2.02m/6-7.50).
The Buckeyes return to Columbus for the 25th Jesse Owens Classic April 30 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.