ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The greatest rivalry in sports was renewed on the track Saturday as the Ohio State men’s track and field team defeated Michigan, 92-70, in “The Dual.”
Ohio State was in midseason form inside the U-M Indoor Track Building, claiming wins in nine out of 15 events to capture a convincing win over the rival Wolverines.
“The team performed great today,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said after the meet. “I am very proud of the staff and our kids. We had many great performances, but more importantly, the entire team got into it and was aggressive.”
The performance of the day for the Buckeyes came in the weight throw, where redshirt sophomore Max Mays shattered his previous personal record in the weight throw, claiming first-place and five points for the Buckeyes with an NCAA provisional toss of 19.52m (64-0.5), the second-best mark in the Big Ten so far this season. Michigan senior Sean Pruitt, the 2009 Big Ten indoor champion and Michigan school record holder in the weight throw, finished in second with a provisional qualifying mark of 19.41m (63-8.25). Matt DeChant finished third for the Buckeyes at 19.15m (62-10).
DeChant followed up his third-place finish in the weight with a win in the shot put (17.30m/56-9.25). U-M’s Pruitt settled for another runner-up finish at 17.21m (56-5.75), followed by OSU sophomore Tyler Branch.
All-American Thomas Murdaugh, the reigning Big Ten runner of the week, put together another dominating performance in the 400m dash, taking the title in an NCAA provisonal time of 46.58, the second-best time in the Big Ten this season. More than two seconds separated Murdaugh from teammate Marvel Brooks, who finished second in 48.66.
Murdaugh anchored Ohio State’s Big Ten champion 4x400m relay team to another easy victory – the Buckeyes’ time of 3:12.60, tops in the Big Ten this season and Dual meet record, was more than five seconds better than Michigan’s.
The Scarlet and Gray swept the Top 3 spots in the 600m dash – senior Brandon Woodard led the way with a time of 1:19.95, followed by fellow senior Elon Simms (1:20.27) and freshman Marcus Brooks.
Freshman Korbin Smith won the long jump competition with a PR of 7.35m (24-1.5), the top mark in the Big Ten on the year. Michigan sophomore Robert Peddlar was second at 7.28m (23-10.75), followed by OSU freshman Derek Blevins (7.04m/23-1.25).
Redshirt freshman Heath Nickles finished first in the pole vault for the second-consecutive meet, clearing the bar at a PR height of 4.90m (16-0.75). Michigan senior Frank Shotwell took second for the Wolverines at 4.75m (15-7), followed by Buckeye Alan Dague (4.60m/15-1).
With the win, the Buckeyes regain the lead in the Dual series, 4-3. The teams meet again April 10 in Columbus.
“This is the greatest rivalry in sports and I am very proud that we have a group of guys that know how to compete,” Gary said of his squad’s victory. “I am looking forward to handing out our very special dual pins [given to event winners] at practice next week – our guys earned them.”
Other highlights for the Buckeyes:
*Several times have been adjusted due to the size of the Michigan track.