COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team will look to complete a season sweep of rival Michigan April 10 when they host the Wolverines in “The Dual” at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Saturday is the second match-up of the year between the schools – Ohio State defeated the Wolverines in January in Ann Arbor, 92-70. Since the renewal of the series in 2008, the Buckeyes hold a 3-2 advantage, with two indoor victories and an outdoor title. The Wolverines captured the inaugural indoor event and edged the Buckeyes, 105-98, last season at the outdoor meet. “The Dual” traveling pennant is awarded to the winning team, who holds onto it until the next meeting.
Action gets underway at 11:00 a.m. ET at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Admission is free. Live stats will be made available at www.finishtiming.com.
The Wolverines are led by second-year coach Fred LaPlante, a 12-year veteran of the program. Before taking the head coaching position last season, LaPlante spent 11 seasons as the associate head coach, responsible for the development of the sprint and hurdle program. A look at the Wolverines’ top athletes headed into the outdoor season:
Carl Buchanon – Buchanon was the 2009 Big Ten outdoor champion in the 400m hurdles, finishing 23rd in the same event at the NCAA championships … holds collegiate-best times of 7.97 (60m hurdles), 14.27 (110m hurdles) and 48.11 (400m).
Sean Pruitt – Pruitt was 2009 Big Ten indoor champion in the weight throw, following that performance up with a 14th-place finish at the NCAA championships … runner-up in the weight at the 2010 indoor finals … recorded a second-place finish in the hammer throw at the outdoor conference finals … holds the UM school records in both the weight throw and hammer throw.
Robert Peddlar – The 2010 Big Ten champion in the long jump, Peddlar is ranked in the Top 30 nationally in the same event … also an accomplished athlete in the triple jump.
Watch the Meet Live on FloTrack!
FloTrack.com, a website devoted entirely to the sport of track and field, will be in Columbus this weekend covering the OSU-Michigan Dual. For a live broadcast of the game, player interviews and more, visit the meet page at http://www.flotrack.org/videos/coverage/view/236837/live.
2010 Indoor “Dual” – Ohio State 92, Michigan 70
Ohio State used a balanced team effort to take down Michigan in the Indoor “Dual” Jan. 16.
The performance of the meet 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).
All-American Thomas Murdaugh put together a dominating performance in the 400m dash, taking the title in an NCAA provisional time of 46.58. 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 an easy victory – the Buckeyes’ time of 3:12.60, a 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).
Gee Casts Vote for Jesse Owens
Gordon Gee, President of The Ohio State University, cast his vote for Jesse Owens at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus March 20. Owens is one of 10 candidates for a monument placement representing Ohio at Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.
Owens, one of the great athletes of the 20th century, rose to international prominence as a student-athlete at Ohio State in the early 30s, recording world indoor records in both the 60-meter dash and 60-yard dash.
The defining moment of Owens’ career came in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi-controlled Berlin, Germany. Owens shattered Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan superiority by winning gold medals in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, broad jump and as a member of the United States 4×100-meter relay team.
In 1950, the Associated Press named Owens its Track Athlete of the First Half-Century. In 1955, the State Department named him America’s “Ambassador of Sports.” Owens toured the world, meeting with government and sports officials and promoting the virtues of amateur sports programs. In 1976, President Gerald Ford presented Owens with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the United States Medal of Freedom.
Gee cast his ballot on the opening day for the Historical Society’s “Legacy for Ohio” campaign. The public vote runs until June 12 and will play a large part in determining Ohio’s Legacy statue. Visit www.OhioHistory.org for voting information and site locations.
Join the Olympian Club!
A new fund-raising initiative created by head coach Robert Gary, the Ohio State ‘Olympian Club’ hopes to generate financial support for track and field/cross country projects that are beyond the budget but extremely valuable in enhancing the experiences of the program’s student-athletes.
Besides supporting the members of the 2010 Buckeye track and field/cross country teams both on and off the track, donations will afford the Buckeyes the opportunity to continue to operate in a first-class manner, while setting a new standard for Division I programs.
For information visit the men’s track and field home page at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Jesse Owens Track Classic Set for April 30
Athletes from all levels, including individuals from more than 35 colleges are scheduled to compete at the 25th Jesse Owens Track Classic Friday April 30th and Saturday, May 1.
Like the “J.O. Classics” of the past, the 2010 edition will serve as a stage for scholastic, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes to perform at their highest levels in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. In its history, the Jesse Owens Track Classic has served as a top venue for many future and former Olympians. Current and past record holders for the Jesse Owens Track Classic include Olympic medalists John Drummond, Michelle Finn, Allen Johnson, Edwin Moses, Dwight Stones and former Buckeyes Diane Dixon, Joe Greene and Butch Reynolds. Others of Olympic fame include Judi Brown, Roger Kingdom, Carl Lewis, Louise Ritter and Calvin Smith, as well as past OSU Olympians Mark Croghan and Stephanie Hightower.
Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s track and field team opened the 2010 outdoor season March 26 and 27 at the adidas Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.
A pair of freshman directed the Buckeye effort at N.C. State – redshirt freshman Jared Hall captured the title in the 800m invitational with an impressive season-opening time of 1:50.54, while Korbin Smith set a personal record of 7.53m (24-8.50) in the long jump, good enough for second-place.
OSU performed well in the 400m hurdles, led by senior Elon Simms, who finished in a tie for second with Brent LaRue of Wake Forest (51.74). Freshman Marcus Brooks was eighth for Ohio State in 53.09, followed by Aaron Roberts (10th/53.63).
Members of the track and field team will compete at both the Lenny Lyles Cardinal Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays next weekend, April 16 and 17.