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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Ohio State men’s track and field team opened the 2010 outdoor season Friday afternoon at the adidas Raleigh Relays on the campus of NC State.

Freshman Korbin Smith led the way for the Scarlet and Gray on the first day by setting the top collegiate mark in the long jump. A Delta, Ohio product, Smith used a personal record jump of 7.53m (24-8.50) to finish second behind Dexter Adams (7.71m/25-3.50), tops in the Big Ten so far this outdoor season.

The Buckeyes performed well in the 400m hurdles, led by senior Elon Simms, who finished in a tie for second with Brent LaRue of Wake Forest (51.74). Freshman Marcus Brook was eighth for Ohio State in 53.09, followed by Aaron Roberts (10th/53.63). 

Other highlights:

  • All-American Matt DeChant finished fifth in the shot put at 17.20m (56-5.25). DePaul’s Tim Nedow took the title at 17.67m (57-11.75).
  • Heath Nickles was fifth in the pole vault at 4.90m (16-0.75). Mark Johnson won the event with a Raleigh Relay record vault of 5.45m (17-10.50).
  • Jonathan Francois qualified for the 110m hurdle finals with a time of 14.55.

Competition resumes tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. ET. A complete recap will be available after the meet at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.