COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field program will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to compete in the Simmons-Harvey Invite this Saturday, Jan. 18. The Simmons-Harvey Invite is a tri-meet between Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. Running events will begin at 10:15 a.m. ET with the women’s 60-meter hurdle prelims and field will start at 11:00 a.m. ET with the men’s high jump final.
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Quoting Coach Dennis
” Competing at the Simmons-Harvey Invite is always a fun one,” said coach Dennis. ” I love both Michigan and Michigan States coaches and their teams are one of the strongest competitors in the country. The meet’s going to go fast and furious along with highly contested. ”
Last Time Out
Both men’s and women’s track and field programs began the 2020 season last weekend in Lexington, Ky. at the Jim Green Invitational last weekend.
The men showed promise as they registered 12 top five finishes. In addition to the strong team showing, Ohio State also received some notable individual performances, including one from freshmen Clarence Foote-Talley, who was making his collegiate debut. Foote-Talley won the triple jump title with a distance of 16.09-meters for a career best. This record also landed Foote-Talley in the No. 1 spot in the NCAA.
The women also had a strong showing at the Jim Green Invitational as they registered four top five finishes. Ohio State also had an impressive showing in the 3,000-meter run. Two Buckeyes – senior Lainey Studebaker and freshman Allie Guagenti – were among the top four finishers, with Studebaker taking first place.
Last Year’s Simmons-Harvey Invite
The Ohio State track and field program competed in the 2019 edition of the Simmons-Harvey Invite hosted by the University of Michigan at the start of last year’s season. Although the meet wasn’t scored, both teams dominated in top three finishes.
The men brought the heat to Ann Arbor as they claimed 12 top three finishes and notable individual performances for junior Eric Harrison Jr. in the 60-meter dash taking second with a time of 6.75. Ohio State great Nick Gray claimed the 200-meter dash title with a winning time of 21:07.
On the women’s side, they were able to claim nine top three finishes. Junior Morgan Lewis won the 60-meter hurdle title with a time of 8.46 and fellow hurdler, Alexus Pyles, won bronze for the Buckeyes with a time of 8.46. Sprints specialist, Anavia Battle, won the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 23.50