COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team opened action in Madison, Wis., in the 2008 Big Ten Championships Saturday. The Buckeyes are sixth after day one with 13 points, defending national champion Wisconsin leads with 41 points.

Junior Jeff See had a busy day on Saturday as he scored 8-points for the Buckeyes by taking second in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 8:11.69. See also qualified for Sunday’s final of the mile run after winning the prelims in a time of 4:10.37. 

Junior Patrick Whalen also scored points for the Buckeyes on Saturday by posted a mark of 59 feet, 1 1/2 in the shot put good enough for fourth-place in the event.

Junior Brian Hartline will compete in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles on Sunday after posting a time of 8.04 in the semifinals of the event. The time by Hartline ties for the third-best in Ohio State history. Hartline reached the semis with a time of 8.19 in the prelims.

In other prelim action, senior Anthony Cole posted a season-best time in the prelims of the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.74 which propels him into Sunday’s final. The time is also an NCAA provisional qualifier. Cole also won his preliminary heat in the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.69 and will look to defend his 2007 Big Ten title in the event in Sunday’s final.

Cole will be joined in the final of the 200-meter dash by Junior Matt Comer who won his prelim heat in a time of 21.84. Comer is also headed to the finals in the 400-meter dash after winning his prelim heat in a time of 48.52. Sophomore Stephen Robinson will also compete in the final of the 400 after posting a time of 48.94 in the prelims. Elon Simms is headed to the final of 600-meter run after posted a time of 1:20.29 on Saturday. Freshman Dan White will compete in the Sunday final of the 800-meter run after posting a time of 1:54.24 in the qualifying round. 

Action will resume tomorrow inside the Shell at 10:20 a.m. central time