May 11, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Michael Hartfield won his third-consecutive Big Ten title in the long jump Saturday afternoon at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, highlighting day two at the conference finals for No. 23 Ohio State.

The Manchester, Conn., native cleared 7.69m (25-2.75) on his first attempt to secure 10 points toward Ohio State’s team score and the unprecedented three-peat – he is the first Buckeye to school history to win three-consecutive conference titles in the long jump. In addition to Hartfield’s 10-point jump, senior Korbin Smith earned three points for OSU with a sixth-place mark of 7.30m (23-11.50).
Nebraska’s Patrick Raedler was the runner-up at 7.49m (24-7.00).

Junior Cory Kunze and senior Heath Nickles also scored for the Buckeyes on day two, collecting a total of six points in the decathlon.  Kunze used a personal-best score of 7227 to place fifth overall, while Nickles compiled a season-best point total of 7150 to take seventh. Wisconsin’s Zack Ziemek led wire-to-wire and captured the Big Ten crown with a Jesse Owens Stadium-record score of 7640.

Through seven events, the Buckeyes are fifth with 23 team points. No. 13 Nebraska leads the team competition with 46.5 points, followed by No. 10 Wisconsin (44.5). Five athletes qualified for six Sunday finals, along with the Buckeye 4x100m relay team.

Here’s a recap of day two for the Buckeyes:

100m Prelims
Sophomore Timothy Faust placed first in his heat and seventh overall in 10.63 seconds to move on to the final race. Iowa’s Josh Larney turned in the top time of the day (10.49).

110m Hurdle Prelims
Freshman Donovan Robertson and junior Demoye Bogle qualified for tomorrow’s finals. Robertson finished with the third-fastest time of the day, a season-best 14.06, while Bogle turned in the sixth-best time on the day (14.16). Vanier Joseph Illinois leads the field with a time of 14.04.

200m Prelims
Faust won his heat and placed second overall in a season-best time of 20.80. Iowa’s Justin Austin owns the top time heading into the finals (20.54).

400m Hurdle Prelims
A season-best and top-25 Division I time of 51.44 helped junior Antonio Blanks to a third-place finish in his heat and sixth-place finish overall, good enough to advance to the championship race. Michigan’s Ali Arastu was first overall in 50.27 seconds.

1500m Prelims
Senior Chris Fallon won his heat and finished fifth overall in a time of 3:46.96, qualifying for the championship run in the process. Penn State’s Robby Creese posted the top time of the day (3:44.93), edging defending national champion Andy Bayer of Indiana (3:45.02) at the wire in the third heat of the day.

4x100m Prelims
Ohio State finished second in its heat and fifth overall in a time of 40.45 to qualify for Sunday’s final. Illinois won the first heat of the day and placed first overall in 39.78.

Other items of note:

• Indiana’s Derek Drouin set a new JOMS record in the high jump with his first-place height of 2.24m (7-4.25).
• Events begin tomorrow at Noon ET.

Team Standings – 7 Events Scored
1) No. 13 Nebraska – 46.5 points
2) No. 10 Wisconsin – 44.5
3) Minnesota – 35
4) Indiana – 33
5) No. 23 Ohio State – 23
6) Purdue – 20
7) Michigan – 18
8) Michigan State – 17
8) Illinois – 17
10) No. 11 Penn State – 10
11) No. 18 Iowa – 9