COLUMBUS, Ohio The NCAA released its national championship qualifiers on Monday and four members of the men’s track and field team will be making the trip to Fayetteville, Ark., this Friday and Saturday for the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
Senior Anthony Cole will be making his second-consecutive trip to the championships in the 200-meter dash. Cole earned his spot with his time last weekend at the Alex Wilson Last Chance meet in South Bend, Ind. The time for Cole was a season-best of 21.07 and is the 13th-best among athletes competing in the championships. Last season Cole missed the finals of the 200-meter dash. Cole is the only Big Ten sprinter in the field.
Junior Jeff See also will be making his second-consecutive appearance in the championships in the mile run. See is the back-to-back Big Ten indoor champion in the mile and is the only Ohio State miler to earn consecutive Big Ten mile titles. The Middletown, Ohio, native earned his spot in the championships with his time of 4:00.05 at the Meyo Invitational Feb. 9. The time is the second-best in Ohio State history, the seventh-best among athletes competing and the best time among provisional qualifiers. See will be the only competitor from the Big Ten and the time also is the 12th-best time by an American in the indoor mile this year on an oversized track.
Senior Lenny Jatsek will be competing in his second NCAA championships after posting an NCAA automatic qualifier mark at the Big Ten championships with a toss of 70 feet, 6 1/2 inches (21.50 meters). The toss is seventh-best among competing athletes. Jatsek first attended the NCAA championships in 2006 as a sophomore, also in the weight throw. In his NCAA championship appearance in 2006, Jatsek earned All-American honors. The Walton Hills, Ohio, native also has earned three-consecutive All-Big Ten honors in the weight throw, including consecutive Big Ten championships in 2006-07.
Senior David Ebersole will be making his first career NCAA championships appearance after posting a NCAA provisional qualifying mark at the Alex Wilson Last Chance meet of 68 feet, 1 inch (20.75 meters) in the weight throw. The toss is 14th-best among athletes competing in the event. With Ebersole making the championships the Buckeyes will have two athletes in the weight throw and be the only school in the country with two competitors in the event.