The Ohio State men’s track and field team continues to make significant strides under the guidance of head coach Robert Gary.
Ohio State’s indoor campaign witnessed the emergence of freshman sensation Thomas Murdaugh. The freshman from Dublin, Ohio anchored the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Champion 4x400m relay team while challenging the top of the league in the 400m. Murdaugh was Ohio State’s lone qualifier at the NCAA Championships, where he placed 10th in the 400m. The Buckeyes took fourth at Big Ten Indoors, finishing half a point behind third-place Penn State, and also claimed the indoor “Dual” title from its rival Michigan in January.
A second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, the highest since 2001, was the highlight of an impressive six months for the Buckeyes. Ohio State produced champions in the decathlon, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. Patrick Woods set a personal record of 7405, the second-best point total in school history, in pulling off a huge upset in at the championship. The Buckeyes’ sweep of the relays established Columbus as the home of the Big Ten’s fastest athletes.
Murdaugh, Woods, Jeff See, Daniel White and Patrick Whalen represented Ohio State at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. See claimed All-American honors for the second time in the outdoor 1500m with an eighth-place finish, with Murdaugh becoming a first-time All-American after a seventh-place run in the 400m. The Buckeyes finished 56th overall.
With only six seniors departing and six of the Midwest’s best young athletes headed to Columbus this fall, Ohio State looks to stand at the top of the Big Ten in the near future.