DES MOINES, Iowa – The Ohio State men’s track and field team opened competition at the 102nd Drake Relays Friday afternoon at Drake Stadium.
The star of day one for the Buckeyes was All-American Michael Hartfield. The junior from Manchester, Conn., turned in a personal best performance in the long jump finals, finishing second with a 7.95m (26-1) leap, the sixth-best Division I jump this season.
Here’s a look at how the rest of the Buckeyes faired:
Freshman Demoye Bogle secured his spot in Saturday’s finals with a seventh-place time of 14.43 in the preliminaries. Fellow freshman Barron Witherspoon just missed qualification, taking ninth overall in 14.46.
Steve MacDonald joined Hartfield in setting his own PR, taking seventh overall at 7.51m (24-7.75). Nebraska’s Chris Phipps got the better of the two Buckeyes, earning the title with a 7.99m (26-2.75) jump, placing him fifth nationally to this point in the season.
Will Lauricella’s four-meet streak of first-place finishes came to an end, but the freshman still managed a strong performance, finishing 13th overall and sixth in his heat with a 60.88m (199-9) effort. Western Kentucky junior Ignacio Guerra took first at 75.10m (246-5).
The Buckeyes finished 5-6 in the shot put, with All-American Matt DeChant leading the way at 17.45m (57-3) and Tyler Branch (17.35m/56-11.25) taking sixth. Nebraska’s Luke Pinkelman was the champion at 18.25m (59-10.50).
Ohio State’s 4x400m team placed first in its heat and third overall in a time of 3:08.54 to qualify for tomorrow’s championship race. Baylor is the team to beat heading into the finals after posting a time of 3:06.80 Friday.