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Senior records two individual wins, personal records as Ohio State knocks off No. 21 Cardinals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by senior Stephen Robinson, the Ohio State men’s track and field team recorded a number of personal best performances Friday afternoon on its way to a first-place finish at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky.

Ohio State finished the day with 66 points, more than 20 better than second-place and host Louisville – the 21st-ranked Cardinals (44 points) had just enough to hold of third-place Central Michigan (43.50). Illinois State took fourth with a score of 32.50.

Robinson, a native of Trotwood, Ohio, was in top form on the Cardinal Park track, posting two impressive individual wins and personal records, while helping the Buckeye relay teams to a pair of victories.

The senior’s top performance came in the 200m dash, where he ran a Big Ten-best time of 21.11 on his way to an easy win. Kayode Adegoke of Illinois State was second in 21.28 and Central Michigan’s Kirkston Edwards third (21.51).

A time of 10.63 seconds, tied for fifth-best in the conference, gave Robinson his second win on the day. The order of finish was identical to the 200m, with Adegoke taking second (10.68) and Edwards third (10.78). 

After two impressive individual efforts Robinson teamed with Curtis Leuenberger, Blake Callahan, and Elon Simms to capture first-place in the 4x100m relay with a time of 41.06, third-best in the Big Ten this season. Central Michigan finished second in 41.92, followed by Louisville (42.23) and Ball State (42.49).

Robinson, Leuenberger and Simms returned later in the meet for 4x400m relay. With the addition of Aaron Roberts, the team sprinted its way to an easy victory in 3:11.83, sixth-best in the Big Ten. Second-place Central Michigan finished more than four seconds behind the Buckeyes (3:15.78), while Louisville took third in 3:17.42.

More highlights from the meet:

3000m Steeplechase
Redshirt freshman Cory Leslie used a time 8:57.17 to take second in the 3000m steeplechase, the best in the Big Ten so far this season and a Top 20 national time. Matt Hughes raced to the top of the Division I charts with his winning time of 8:45.02. Senior Christopher Olinger took fourth for the Buckeyes in 9:04.10, fifth-best in the conference.

400m hurdles
The win went to Ohio State senior Elon Simms, who crossed the finish line in 51.38 seconds, second-best in the Big Ten and a Top 25 DI time. Renaldo Powell of Central Michigan took second-place with a time of 53.12, followed closely by OSU freshman Marcus Brooks (53.17).

110m Hurdles
First-place went to Ohio State senior Jonathan Francois, who set a PR with his time of 14.44, the fourth-best sprint in the Big Ten during the outdoor campaign. Central Michigan’s Powell was second in 14.79 seconds.

1500m Run
Chris Fallon ran a collegiate-best time of 3:52.06 to win the 1500m run. Michael Eaton of Louisville was a close second in 3:52.23, with Daniel White taking third for Ohio State in 3:54.86.

800m Run
White had better luck in the 800m, where he took the title with a run of 1:53.96. Yosef Tewolde of Illinois State was second in 1:54.38, with Louisville’s Howard Shepard rounding out the Top 3 (1:54.57).

400m Dash
Central Michigan’s Dave Ashcraft won the 400m with a time of 48.75 – Ohio State freshman Marvel Brooks was second (49.06), followed by Marcellus Hobbs of Louisville (49.35).

Shot Put
Tyler Branch set a personal record with his second-place toss of 17.78m (58-4), the second-best in the Big Ten this season and a Top 25 DI mark. Louisville’s Steve Hnat, currently No. 2 nationally in the shot, won the event at 18.29m (60-0.25). OSU All-American Matt DeChant finished in fourth-place place with a 16.89m (55-5) heave.

High Jump
A third-place jump of 2.11m (6-11) – fourth-best in the Big Ten and a Top 25 mark nationally – was a personal best for Buckeye senior Ryan Blake. Louisville’s Tone Belt (2.17m/7-1.50) and Neil Angermeier (2.14m (7-0.25) swept the Top 2 spots for the host Cardinals. Cody Westbrook’s season-best leap at 1.98m (6-6) was good for sixth-place.

Hammer Throw
Thomas Davis used a collegiate-best toss of 57.53m (188-09) to capture the hammer throw title. Louisville’s Josh Greenwald finished second at 56.69m (186 ft.), followed by Buckeyes Billy Gehrig (55.16m/181) and Tyler Branch (54.92m/180-02).