COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State men’s track and field team were named Division I All-Americans by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on March 15.
Senior Jeff See and sophomores Thomas Murdaugh and Matt DeChant joined 366 of the nation’s top student-athletes on the USTFCCCA All-American list. Honors were awarded to the top eight finishing athletes among U.S. citizens at last weekend’s NCAA championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
See claimed the fourth track and field All-American recognition of his career with a sixth-place finish in the mile (4:04.34), his second AA award in the indoor mile. See is also a two-time outdoor AA in the 1500m – he will look to capture his third 1500m honor during the upcoming outdoor campaign.
Big Ten Athlete of the Year Murdaugh earned the second All-American award as a Buckeye after finishing ninth in the 400m (46.75). Despite finishing outside the Top 8 overall, Murdaugh was named an All-American because two of the Top 8 finishers were not U.S. citizens.
Like Murdaugh, DeChant claimed All-American honors – his first – despite finishing outside of the Top 8. The sophomore’s toss of 18.23m (59-9.75) in the shot put was the second-best of his career and good enough for a 10th-place finish.
Ohio State’s three All-American honorees were the most at a single indoor championship since 2003, when Joel Brown, Rob Myers and NCAA champion Dan Taylor produced a total of four AA awards for the Buckeyes.