COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team opened its 2011 season Friday evening inside French Field House with a strong team showing at the Buckeye Classic.
Junior Matt DeChant was the star of the day for the Buckeyes, setting a personal record of 18.93m (62-1.25) in the shot put – an event in which he is a two-time All-American – to capture first-place honors.
Aside from DeChant, highlights included a PR in the weight throw from Max Mays and a 60m sweep by freshman sensation Demoye Bogle.
Here’s a look at an event-by-event breakdown of the first meet of the year:
OSU went 1-2-3 in the 60m hurdles, led by freshman phenom Bogle (8.17). Junior Barron Witherspoon was second in 8.20 seconds, while freshman Justin Hines was third (8.39) Bogle followed up his effort in the hurdles with a win in the 60m dash in 6.89.
First-place went to junior Blake Callahan, who earned the win with a time of 22.29. Demar Sheffey of Notre Dame College was second in 22.48, with Buckeye sophomore Alaun Morrow taking third in 22.95.
Senior Aaron Roberts was the champion in 49.73, followed by Tiffin’s Dominic Colvin (50.17), Notre Dame College’s Andre Robinson (50.18), and OSU sophomore Jordan Boeke (53.33).
Sophomores Jared Hall and Marcus Brooks ran a nail biter in the 600m, with Hall emerging as the winner in 1:20.89 and Brooks settling for second with a time of 1:20.95. Freshman Jake Hiltner took third place in 1:22.18.
The Scarlet and Gray went 1-2 in the 800, with Will Knickel claiming first in 1:54.08. Freshman Kurt Grove was a close second, finishing in a time of 1:56.90.
Junior Adam Green was the champion in the mile run, crossing the finish line in 4:12.90. Sophomore Donny Roys claimed the runner-up spot in 4:19.30, followed by junior Taylor Williams in third (4:23.30).
Sophomore Cory Leslie won the 3000m in a time of 8:23.08, 10 seconds better than teammate Chris Fallon (8:33.70). Freshman Sam Deskin, competing unattached, was third in 8:42.05, followed by fellow first-years Jackson Neff and Nathan Moore.
DeChant wasn’t the only Buckeye to experience success on the shot Friday – teammate Tyler Branch was second at 16.83m (55-2.75), followed in order by Curt Smith (16.44m/53-11.25) and Jared Collier (15.90m/52-2).
Mays shattered his PR with a second-place finish at 20.59m (67-6.75). Robert Klenk, competing unattached, took the top spot at 21.90m (71-10.25), while Billy Gehring used a PR toss of 19.14m (62-9.50) to finish third.
The Top 3 was filled with Scarlet and Gray, as sophomore Derek Blevins (6.93m/22-9) edged teammate Korbin Smith (6.91m/22-8), the 2010 Big Ten outdoor champion in the long jump, for first-place. The third slot went to junior Stephen MacDonald at 6.80m (22-3.75).
High Jump/Triple Jump
Buckeye sophomore Smith was the high jump champion at 1.85m (6-0.75), followed by sophomore Heath Nickles, who cleared the bar at 1.80m (5-10.75). The winner in the triple jump was unattached competitor Sam Okantey at 15.26m (50-0.75), with Blevins taking second-place (14.94m/49-0.25).
Freshman Cody Marshall earned his second win of the young season, vaulting to a winning height of 4.70m (15-5). Junior Alan Dague was the runner-up at 4.55m (14-11).
The Buckeyes host rival Michigan in “The Dual” January 15 at French Field House.