COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team heads north to Kent, Ohio, this Friday and Saturday, January 21-22, for the All-Ohio championships, the Buckeyes’ first trip to the All-Ohio meet since 2008.

Hosted by Kent State University, the two-day meet will feature 14 in-state squads vying for the team title and bragging rights within the Buckeye state. Competing teams include Akron, Cincinnati, Kent State, Ohio and Xavier.

Events from the Kent State Field House are slated to begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. ET Friday and 10:00 a.m. ET Saturday. Live results can be found at, and a complete recap will be available at after the meet.

Competing Teams
Central State
Kent State
Lake Erie
Notre Dame College
Ohio State
Youngstown State

Murdaugh Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Junior All-American Thomas Murdaugh was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week by the conference office Jan. 17 after a stellar season debut at “The Dual”.

Murdaugh, the defending Big Ten indoor champion in the 400m, blew the field away in his premier event, taking the title in a blazing time of 46.75, the top NCAA Division I time so far this season. The Dublin, Ohio, product also anchored the Buckeyes’ five-time defending Big Ten champion 4x400m relay team to a first-place finish in 3:11.44, a Top 10 DI performance. In all, Murdaugh contributed 10 points to Ohio State’s team score in an 88-74 victory over Michigan, the Buckeyes’ third win in a row over their archrivals. 

OSU Well Represented in Individual Top 25 Rankings
Eleven members of the men’s track and field team find themselves ranked within the Top 25 in several event areas nationally. A look at where the Buckeyes sit:

Thomas Murdaugh – No. 1 in the 400m, No. 9 in the 4x400m relay
Max Mays – No. 1 in the weight throw
Matt DeChant – No. 2 in the shot put
Michael Hartfield – No. 6 in the long jump, No. 21 in the triple jump
Cory Leslie – No. 7 in the mile, No. 11 in the 800m
Adam Green – No. 9 in the 3000m
Korbin Smith – No. 9 in the 4x400m relay, No. 19 in the long jump and No. 19 in the heptathlon
Marcus Brooks – No. 9 in the 4x400m relay
Aaron Roberts – No. 9 in the 4x400m relay
Derek Blevins – No. 24 in the long jump
Tyler Branch – No. 24 in the shot put

Scarlet and Gray No. 31 in USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings
Ohio State checked-in at No. 31 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason rankings, released January 5.

Six Big Ten teams were featured in the Top 40, with No. 8 Penn State leading the way, followed by No. 10 Indiana, No. 16 Minnesota, the Buckeyes, No. 36 Wisconsin, and 40th-ranked Illinois.

An updated poll will be released by the USTFCCCA on January 26.

Buckeyes Rack Up 565 Hours of Community Service for Fall Quarter
The Ohio State men’s track and team was hard at work off the track in the Greater Columbus area this past fall, contributing 536 total hours of community service to local organizations and charities.

All 56 team members completed at least 8 hours of volunteer work during fall quarter, with 18 student-athletes contributing 12 or more hours to local communities. Of special mention is the work done by junior Taylor Williams, who completed over 20 hours as a volunteer tutor.

Participating organizations included:

  • Second and Seven
  • Operation Buckeye
  • Life Care Alliance
  • Mid-Ohio Food Bank
  • Lima Food Bank
  • City Life Center
  • Various mentoring programs

In addition, the team continued its volunteer efforts for the third-consecutive year with Fifth Avenue Elementary, where Buckeye student-athletes serve as mentors.

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Join the Olympian Club!
A fund-raising initiative created by head coach Robert Gary, the Ohio State Olympian Club hopes to generate financial support for track and field/cross country projects that are beyond the budget but extremely valuable in enhancing the experiences of the program’s student-athletes.

Besides supporting the members of the Ohio State track and field/cross country teams both on and off the track, donations will afford the Buckeyes the opportunity to continue to operate in a first-class manner, while setting a new standard for Division I programs.

For more information, visit the men’s track and field home page at  

Head coach Robert Gary
Robert Gary, now in his fifth season as the head men’s track and field coach and 15th coaching the cross country team, has elevated both programs to new heights and has established himself as one of the nation’s elite coaches.

Gary’s teams constantly strive for Top 3 finishes at the Big Ten championships in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. And for the second time in three years, the Buckeyes did just that during the 2009-10 campaign. Gary led the cross country team to a second-place finish at the Big Ten championships as Jeff See took third overall among individuals. The Buckeyes went onto place third at the NCAA regionals before taking 21st at the NCAA championships behind See’s All-America finish. On the track, Gary led the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the Big Ten indoor championships and a third-place showing during the outdoor season. See (mile/1500m) and Matt DeChant (shot put) earned All-America honors during the indoor and outdoor seasons while Thomas Murdaugh earned All-America honors in the 400m during the indoor. In addition, the Buckeyes swept their rival Michigan in “The Dual” by winning both indoor and outdoor meets.

Coach Gary continues to train the best each year for the USA Track and Field championships and Olympic trials. In June 2010, he helped train Dan Huling, who took first place in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In addition, Huling, along with former Buckeye greats Rob Myers (1500m), Brian Olinger (steeplechase) and Jeff See (1500m) trained under Gary while preparing for the 2008 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

Gary ended a decorated running career in 2005. A two time member of Team USA at the 1996 and 2004 Olympics, Gary placed second in the men’s steeplechase at the 1996 Olympic Trials with a career-best time of 8:19.46. Eight years later, his third-place finish at the trials gained an automatic bid on the U.S. team headed to Athens, Greece for the 2004 Games.  Gary also earned honors as a cross country athlete, competing on a total of 11 U.S. national teams.

As a student-athlete at Ohio State from 1992-1995, Gary was a six-event All-American, winning the Big Ten outdoor 3000m steeplechase title in 1994, where he set the Ohio State and Big Ten record in the event. He was a three-time all-Big Ten selection and member of three Big Ten championship teams (1992 outdoor, 1993 indoor and outdoor).

A 2009 inductee into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, Gary received a degree in English education from Ohio State in the fall of 1996.

Last Time Out
Fueled by a raucous home crowd and a host of record-setting performances, the Ohio State men’s track and field team defeated rival Michigan 88-74 in “The Dual” January 15.

With the victory, Ohio State picked up its third consecutive win over their conference rivals and now owns a 5-2 advantage over the Wolverines since the renewal of the rivalry in 2008. As a team, the Buckeye captured wins in nine out of 15 events.

A number of Buckeyes turned in impressive individual efforts. Hartfield wowed the crowd in his Buckeye debut, capturing a pair of wins in both the long jump and triple jump. DeChant set a PR in the shot put for the second consecutive week, while Cody Marshall also set a PR in the pole vault. Murdaugh was also strong in his first meet of the season, winning handily in the 400m and anchoring the 4x400m relay to victory.

Up Next
Ohio State heads to State College, Pa., next weekend – January 28 and 29 – for the Penn State National Invitational.