Feb. 7, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three competitive meets await the Ohio State men’s track and field team this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8.

Senior Chris Fallon will compete in the mile at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday night, while Ohio State’s top sprinters and hurdlers take to the track at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. The rest of the squad travels to Geneva, Ohio, for the SPIRE NCAA Division I Invitational Friday and Saturday.

Meet Schedule
SPIRE: All day, Friday and Saturday
Don Kirby: 3 p.m. – 11:50 p.m. ET Friday
Tyson: Mile at 9:10 p.m. ET Friday

Scarlet and Gray Ranked No. 42 in USTFCCCA Poll; Second in Regional Rankings
Ohio State checked-in at No. 42 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) team rankings for Division I, released Feb. 5.

Seven Big Ten teams are featured in the Top 50: No. 7 Indiana, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 13 Penn State, No. 14 Nebraska, No. 15 Wisconsin, the Buckeyes, and No. 45 Michigan. 

In the Great Lakes regional rankings, Ohio State checks in at No. 2 behind Indiana.  Wisconsin, Akron, and Purdue round out the Top 5.

For more information on the USTFCCCA rankings, visit

Buckeyes in the Individual Top 25
Seven members of the men’s track and field team find themselves ranked within the Top 25 in several event areas nationally according to Track & Field Results Reporting System ( A look at where the Buckeyes sit:

Korbin Smith – No. 12 in the long jump
Demoye Bogle – No. 13 in the 60m hurdles
Champ Page – No. 17 in the 4x400m relay
Marcus Brooks – No. 17 in the 4x400m relay
Marvel Brooks – No. 17 in the 4x400m relay
Antonio Blanks – No. 17 in the 4x400m relay
Cory Kunze – No. 19 in the heptathlon

2013 Recruiting Class Ranked No. 2 in Nation
Ohio State’s freshman class was recently ranked No. 2 in the national and tops in the Big Ten Conference by Track and Field News.

“I’m extremely excited about this incoming class of freshmen and what each of them will bring to the squad,” Ohio State head coach Ed Beathea said. “It is an honor to get this high recognition from Track and Field News. It is a testament to our staff and the hard work they put into recruiting. We are looking forward to seeing these young men perform for the Scarlet and Gray come January.”

The highly touted incoming class of freshmen is headlined by Donovan Robertson, Billy Stanley, Joseph Velez, and Page. The class also includes newcomers Armand Austin (sprints), Bryce Blake (pole vault), Eric Metoyer (sprints/hurdles), Nick Pupino (distance), Jordan Redd (distance), Steven Weaver (distance) and Jack Kincade (multi-events).

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Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s track and field team wrapped a busy two-meet weekend last Saturday, Feb. 2, as the squad battled talented competition at both the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., and the Akron Invitational in the Akron, Ohio.

Highlights included a personal-best mile time (4:02.01) for Fallon, a personal-best heptathlon score for Kunze (5,443), and a top-20 Division I performance from the 4x400m relay team (3:10.64).

Up Next
Ohio State hosts the Buckeye Tune-up Feb. 15 at French Field House.