FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Matt DeChant captured All-American honors for the first time in his career Friday afternoon at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships with a 10th-place finish in the shot put.

The Avon Lake, Ohio product used a mark of 18.23m (59-9.75) – the second-best throw of his career – to earn a spot in the Top 10. Defending national champion Ryan Whiting claimed the title once again with an impressive 21.52m (70-7.25) launch.

“This time last year, Matt was dealing with some very serious health issues,” head coach Robert Gary said after the meet. “For him to come here and throw the second-best distance of his career at his first national meet is very impressive.  I am looking forward to great things from Matt in the spring.”

DeChant wasn’t the only Buckeye to experience success on day one of the championships – senior All-American Jeff See posted a time of 4:05.53 in the mile preliminaries to qualify for Saturday’s championship race. The Middletown, Ohio native, a veteran on the big stage, finished first in his heat, edging Baylor’s Rob Mullett at the finish line (4:05.53). Defending national champion Lee Emanuel of New Mexico ran the top preliminary time in heat one (4:02.95) – he leads the field headed into tomorrow’s finals.

Sophomore All-American Thomas Murdaugh just missed qualification for Saturday’s 400m dash finals, finishing ninth in the preliminary round with a time 46.75. The top eight, led by Georgia sophomore Torrin Lawrence, will race for the title tomorrow.      

Daniel White ran a time of 1:52.47 to finish 13th overall in the 800m dash preliminaries. Oregon’s Andrew Whiting, the 2009 NCAA indoor runner-up in the 800, led a group of eight qualifiers with his time of 1:49.23.
See will be the lone Buckeye running tomorrow as he competes in both the mile and 3000m – he’ll kick off his day at the championships with the mile at approximately 7:15 p.m. ET.