Ohio State posts largest margin of victory since rivalry renewal in 2008
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team put on a dominating performance against rival Michigan at “The Dual” Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, defeating the Wolverines 116-84, the largest margin of victory since the renewal of the rivalry three years ago.
Saturday’s win marked the first time either team has completed a season sweep in the Dual’s three year history – the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines in Ann Arbor during the indoor campaign, 92-70. In all, the Scarlet and Gray captured wins in 13 of 19 events and have now won four of the last five meetings.
“Things really started to get going after the first couple of events,” head coach Robert Gary said after the meet. “That’s really been the story the last couple of meets (with Michigan). It was an exciting day … we certainly didn’t think we were going to win by that much. But it was a great event today overall and a great atmosphere.”
Recapping the day:
The Buckeyes were dominant in the 400m dash, sweeping the Top 3 spots. All-American Thomas Murdaugh torched the field over the final 100 meters on his way to an easy win in 46.54 seconds, the second-best time in the Big Ten so far this season and a Top 15 Division I time. Freshman Korbin Smith was second (48.02) and senior Brandon Woodard (48.34) third for the Buckeyes.
Jeff See claimed the 1500m title in a Dual meet record time of 3:44.71, second-best in the Big Ten and a Top 8 time nationally. Lex Williams of Michigan gave the All-American a run for his money, but settled for second-place in 3:45.54, fourth-best in the conference. Buckeyes Cory Leslie (3:47.70) and Jake Edwards (3:48.34) rounded out the Top 4.
See ended his day with a Dual meet record and first-place time of 8:22.37 in the 3000m run, tops in the Big Ten this season and sixth nationally. Williams would take second once again for the Wolverines (8:24.09), 10th-best nationally.
The 4x400m relay team cruised to victory in the meet’s final race. Anchored by Murdaugh, the Buckeyes finished in a Dual meet record time of 3:11.16, fourth-best in the Big Ten this season. Michigan finished nearly six seconds behind the Scarlet and Gray, crossing the finish line in 3:17.12.
Freshman Korbin Smith upset defending Big Ten indoor champion Robert Peddlar in the long jump with a mark of 7.32m (24-0.25). Peddlar finished in second-place for the Wolverines at 7.21m (23-8), followed by Ohio State sophomore Steve MacDonald (6.79m/22-3.50).
Jonathan Francois helped the Buckeyes to another upset in the 110m hurdles – the senior (14.77) edged Michigan’s Carl Buchanon (14.81) at the wire. UM senior Frank Shotwell was third in 14.60 seconds.
Elon Simms came from behind to win the 400m hurdles in 51.99, the third-best time in the Big Ten this season. Teammate Aaron Roberts ran a PR of 52.85, fifth-best in the conference, to finish in second, just ahead of Michigan’s Buchanon, the defending Big Ten champion in the event. Buchanon led for the first 300m, but struggled down the stretch – he settled for third-place (53.03).
Matt Terrell and Stephen Robinson gave Ohio State a one-two finish in the 100m dash. Terrell took the win in 11.05, while Robinson was second in 11.09. Aaron Taylor of Michigan (11.22) was third for the Wolverines.
The 200m dash witnessed a photo finish, with Robinson edging Michigan’s Taylor at the finish line. The Buckeye senior overtook Wolverine freshman over the final 50 meters to finish in 21.81 seconds – Taylor completed his sprint in 21.86. Blake Callahan (22.42) was third for the Scarlet and Gray.
Redshirt freshman Jared Hall continued his fast start to the 2010 outdoor campaign, outlasting teammate Daniel White to capture the 800m run title in 1:50.97. White was second in 1:52.06, followed by Dallas Bowden of Michigan (1:53.04).
Ohio State went one-two in the shot put. All-American Matt DeChant finished in first-place with a toss of 17.13m (56-2.50), with sophomore Tyler Branch taking second at 16.89m (55-5). UM senior Sean Pruitt was third at 16.71m (54-10).
Ryan Blake and Cody Westbrook impressed in the high jump, capturing the Top 2 spots for the Buckeyes. Blake was the winner at 2.05m (6-8.75), while Westbrook was second with a jump of 1.95m (6-4.75). John Kipf of Michigan was third at 1.90m (6-2.75).
Freshman Heath Nickles matched his season-best in the pole vault, finishing in first-place at 4.90m (16-0.75). A pair of Michigan vaulters rounded out the Top 3 – Austin Dewildt was second (4.80m/15-9) and Jack Greenlee third (4.70m/15-5) for the Maize and Blue.
Michigan junior Craig Forys won the 3000m steeplechase in a Dual meet record time of 9:00.60, the top time in the Big Ten this season. Buckeye sophomore Adam Green, who led for the first half of the race, took second in 9:09.18, third-best in the conference. Christopher Olinger finished third for Ohio State with a time of 9:15.22.
UM’s Peddlar would rebound from his loss in the long jump to take the title in the triple jump at 14.13m (46-4.25). A pair of Buckeyes set PRs – Ryan Blake was second at 13.95m (45-9.25), while teammate Shayne York finished in third with a mark of 13.92m (45-8).
Wolverine sophomore Joe Strizich won the javelin at 59.11m (193-11). Nickles took second for the Buckeyes (57.54m/188-09) and Simon Wenet third for Michigan (53.95m/177).
Michigan’s Sean Pruitt led Wolverines in the hammer throw with a winning toss of 58.37m (191-06). Ohio State’s Billy Gehring (57.88m/189-11) and Thomas Davis (57.13m/187-05) finished second and third, respectively. The second-place throw by Davis was a collegiate-best.
A win in the hammer wasn’t the only highlight of the day for Michigan’s Pruitt – the senior set a Dual meet record in the discus with his winning toss of 54.35m, tops in the Big Ten this season and a Top 20 mark nationally. Ohio State’s Max Mays (47.90m/157-02) and Matt DeChant (47.81m/156-10) went two-three for the Buckeyes.
A faulty exchange between Blake Callahan and Matthew Terrell helped Michigan to a win in the 4x100m relay. The Wolverines crossed the finish line in 41.35 seconds, while the Buckeye regrouped to finish in 41.72.