UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Max Mays and Matt DeChant’s 1-2 finish in the weight throw highlighted the opening day of competition for the 21st-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team at the Penn State National Invitational Friday evening.
The Buckeye juniors set PRs in the weight on their way to a sweep of the Top 2 spots. Mays was the champion with a toss of 20.88m (68-6), the third-best distance in the nation so far this season and the fifth-best mark in school history, while DeChant was the runner-up at 19.97m (65-6.25), a Top 15 performance nationally. Third-place went to Buffalo’s Matthew Gac (19.81m/65 ft.).
“I thought we had some great highlights from day one after a long trip,” head coach Robert Gary said after the meet. “Mike Hartfield continues to be a steady 24-high/25-low jumper and competed really well. In the hurdles, Demoye had a couple sub-8 hurdle races as he continues to get used to the higher hurdle hight. But the best performance of the night goes to Mays and DeChant in the weight throw. Mays had a PR again and continues to improve from walk-on to potential Big Ten champion.”
A look at the rest of Friday action for the Buckeyes:
Freshman Demoye Bogle set a PR in the 60m hurdles with a fifth-place time of 7.97 seconds. Unattached competitor Jaret Eaton finished first in a meet record time of 7.58.
Junior Michael Hartfield posted a fourth-place distance of 7.54m (24-9), just behind Norfolk State juniors Rashad Cannon (second, 7.56m/24-9.75) and Darris Shelton (third, 7.55m/24-9.25). Tennessee’s Justin Hunter took home the title with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 7.96m (26-1.50), the fifth-best Division I jump this season.
Distance Medley Relay
Ohio State finished seventh in the DMR in a time of 10:00.77, more than three seconds off of last week’s winning time at the All-Ohio championships. Bucknell crossed the finish line in first-place in 9:55.24.
Competition resumes tomorrow morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET. A complete recap will be available at the conclusion of the day’s events at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.