COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team heads to the All-Ohio Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio, this weekend on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.
Days: Friday, April 18, 2 p.m., to 6:45 p.m.; Saturday, April 19, 9:15 p.m., to 5 p.m.
Venue: Gettler Stadium
Meet Information: www.ucbearcats.com
IT’S HAMMER TIME!
Senior David Ebersole competed in his first meet of the season at “The Dual.” Ebersole took first with a toss of 206 feet, 4 inches to top the field by 9 feet, 1 inch. The toss was a career-best for the Cleveland, Ohio native and was the first time that he surpassed 200 feet in his career. The mark qualifies Ebersole for the NCAA Regional Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., and is fourth-best toss in Ohio State history. Ebersole continues to make his last year at Ohio State his best as he made his first trip to the NCAA championships during the indoor season. Ebersole is looking to become the first Buckeye since Dan Taylor to earn All-American honors in the hammer throw.
A WHALE OF A START
Junior Patrick Whalen currently holds the 10th-best toss in the country this season with his heave at “The Dual.” The toss of 59 feet, 7 inches is a NCAA Regional Qualifying mark and a career-best outdoors for the West Dundee, Ill., native. The toss is fourth in the Mideast Region and second among non-seniors in the region.
“SEE”ING IS BELEVIEING
Junior Jeff See made his return to outdoor track and field against Michigan in “The Dual” with an excellent double. See won both the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run in dominating fashion. See posted the top time in the Big Ten this season in the 1,500m with a mark of 3:49.26. With a time of 1:51.33 in the 800m, See now holds the third-best time in the conference in the event. See is the only member of the Big Ten in the Top 3 in both events.
See won the third Big Ten title of his career during the indoor season as he defended his mile title. See has earned the Big Ten crown the last two seasons in the indoor mile and he also has a league title in the distance medley relay, which he won in 2006 as a freshman.
See became the first Ohio State miler to earn All-American honors since Rob Meyers in 2003 at the NCAA indoor championships. See took seventh in the NCAA mile final with a time of 4:05.75. See earned a spot in the final with a time of 4:06.10 in the prelims inside Tyson Fieldhouse. Among non-seniors, See was fourth and looks to carry this momentum into the outdoor season. While redshirting the outdoor season in 2007, See set the school record in the outdoor mile with a time of 3:58.70.
HERE COMES THE “COLE TRAIN”
Senior sprinter Anthony Cole continued his hot start to the outdoor season. Cole put up a time of 10.28 at the Sea Ray Relays last week, which would have been one of the Top 10 times in the country and one of Top 3 in Ohio State history. However after his heat the wind gage was over 4.0, thus making the time ineligible for the record books and not accepted as an NCAA regional qualifying time.
Cole shot out of the blocks to start the 2008 outdoor season with a time of 21.22 in the 200-meter dash at “The Dual” April 5. The mark is tied for 27th-best in the country and is tied for fourth-best in the Mideast Region. The mark is also the top time in the Big Ten this season.
Cole has built on the momentum he amassed in the indoor season heading to the NCAA championships in the 200-meter dash for the second-consecutive season. Cole also earned All-Big Ten honors in the 200-meter dash for the second-consecutive season. Cole has truly lived up to his 2004 honor of Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Friday: Anthony Cole took ninth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.28, but the time will not count as a regional qualifier because of a 7.5 MPH wind. In the 110 hurdles, Jonathan Francois took 17th against one of the toughest fields in the country. Matt Comer took 14th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.91.
Saturday: For the second-straight week senior David Ebersole hit a personal best in the hammer throw. Ebersole went over 205 feet for the second-consecutive week with his toss of 208 feet, 7 inches. Ebersole was third among collegiate finishers and seventh overall. In the javelin throw open Bryan Bunnell went over 200 feet for the first time in his career with a toss of 205 feet 10 inches to finish second. Patrick Filipi was third in the javelin with his mark of 194 feet, 4 inches. Patrick Whalen, who currently hold the seventh best shot toss in the county, took fourth in the shot put invitational with a toss of 57 feet, 7 3/4 inches. Leading the Buckeyes on the track was senior Anthony Cole with a season best time in the 200-meter dash of 21.17 to earn ninth place. Junior Elon Simms took sixth place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.99. In the 4×200-meter relay the team of Anthony Cole, Matt Comer Curtis Leuenberger and James Manley took second with a time of 1:25.93.
At the Angel Track Classic on the campus of Arizona State Jake Edwards led the way with a win in the 1,500-meter in a time of 3:50.80. Daniel White took sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.65. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase Adam Green took sixth with a time of 9:10.10.
JATSEK EARNS BIG TEN INDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK AWARDS
In his final tune-up for the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the Zips Open, Lenny Jatsek posted a season-best toss in the weight throw of 69 feet, 9 inches (21.28 meters), an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Jatsek won the event and claims the conference honor for the third time in his career. The toss by the Walton Hills, Ohio, native is the second-best toss of his career and fourth-best in Ohio State history. The mark also is the best toss in the conference this season and eighth in the country.
Jatsek has posted his Top 2 tosses this season in his last two events and will look to use that momentum this weekend as he looks for his third-consecutive Big Ten Championship in the weight throw. Combined with his sister Veronica Jatsek, (a senior on the women’s track and field team) the Jatsek’s have claimed five Big Ten field athlete of the week awards this season.
Jatsek took his first AOW on Feb. 12 for his performance at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Jatsek defeated a Big Ten-heavy field in the weight throw with a toss of 64 feet, 11 1/4 inches. Jatsek defeated Purdue’s Jon Pullam, who held the top throw in the Big Ten at the time. Jatsek returned the next day and took 12th in the shot put with a toss of 51 feet, 6 1/2 inches.
WELCOME TO COLUMBUS
Sophomore Curtis Leuenberger is making a name for himself as a Buckeye. Leuenberger transferred to Ohio State from Ohio University and already has a Big Ten title to his name. Leuenberger combined with juniors Elon Simms and Matt Comer and sophomore Stephen Robinson to win the Big Ten indoor title in the 4×400-meter relay. The Louisville, Ohio native specializes in the 200-meter dash and opened the season with a win in the event at the Southern Cup Invitational.
JATSEKS: AN ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY
Lenny and Veronica Jatsek earned All-American honors as a family in the 2008 indoor track season. Veronica took fifth at the NCAA championships and Lenny took 10th, becoming the first Ohio State brother sister sibling pair to earn All-American honors in the same year in the same sport. For both, it was the second time in their career they had received All-American honors in the weight throw.
A year after her brother, Lenny Jatsek, captured All-America honors by finishing 13th in the weight throw at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championship meet, Veronica Jatsek added another national award to the family. Veronica, competing in her first NCAA championships, placed seventh in the weight throw last season to earn her first All-America honor at a distance of 66-9 3/4.
CLOSING THE BOOK ON THE INDOOR SEASON
Ohio State posted another solid indoor season under second-year head coach Robert Gary. The Buckeyes finished third at the Big Ten Championships and colleted Big Ten titles in the mile (junior Jeff See) and in the 4×400-meter relay (junior Matt Comer, senior Curtis Leuenberger, junior Elon Simms and sophomore Stephen Robinson). See and senior Lenny Jatsek continued to the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships, earning All-American honors: See in the mile and Jatsek in the weight throw.
The third-place finish by the team marks the second time in the last 10 championships that the Buckeyes have finished in the Top 3 at indoors. The third-place finish is the best for the Buckeyes since finishing third in 2001. With the cross country team’s third-place finish at Big Ten’s this season, it marks the first time since the 1928-29 season that both the indoor track team and the cross country team have been in the Top 3 at their respective conference meets in the same season.
The Buckeyes will head to Des Moines, Iowa, next weekend — the site of this season’s NCAA championships — for the Drake Relays.