COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team splits up this weekend as Adam Green, Chad Balyo, Daniel White and Jake Edwards head to the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State won both the men’s and women’s indoor track and field titles. The rest of the team heads south this weekend to take on No. 3 Tennessee and others in the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., on the campus of the University of Tennessee.
SEA RAY RELAYS
Days: Friday, April 11, 8:45 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. Saturday 9:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. EST
Venue: Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium
Meet Information: www.utsports.com
Live Stats: http://www.tenntrack.com/meet/info/tenn/Sea_Ray_Relays/
THE 29TH SUN ANGEL TRACK CLASSIC
Days: Saturday April 11, 1p.m. to 10:20 p.m. MST
Venue: Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium
Meet Information: www.thesundevils.com
IT’S HAMMER TIME!
Senior David Ebersole competed in his first meet of the season last week 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 last week 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 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.” 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.
Ohio State put on an impressive all-around performance as the Buckeyes evened the “The Dual” series with a 110-93 victory over its rival Michigan at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 11 of the 19 events. It was the second of six dual meets over the next three years against the two programs. Michigan won the first indoor meet in January, 90-71, before the Buckeyes evened the score. After the victory, the Buckeyes celebrated with a victory lap with The Dual’ pennant, which travels and stays with the winning team until the next meeting.
The 100-meter dash was a fight to the finish. Michigan All-American Adam Harris and Ohio State’s Anthony Cole were neck and neck through the first 50 meters, but Harris pulled away down the stretch for win at 10.51. Cole finished second at 10.59. James Manley for Ohio State was third at 11.02. Harris took first in the long jump with a jump of 7.32 meters while UM’s Dominic Smith took second (7.08). Ohio State’s Justin Yates took third with a jump of 6.56 meters. Yates claimed top honors in the triple jump with a mark of 14.68 meters. UM’s Smith was second at 14.15 meters.
David Ebersole finished first in the hammer throw with a personal-best and Dual Meet-record toss of 206 feet, 4 inches. Sean Pruitt of Michigan finished second with a toss of 197-3 (a UM school record) while Ohio State’s Lenny Jatsek took third with a toss of 197-2.
In the pole vault, Ohio State took the top two spot as Kyle Burns and Bryan Chard both cleared 16 feet, inches. Burns finished first in the jump off, putting the Buckeyes in front, 18-15, before the start of the running events.
The Buckeyes dominated in the shot put, with Patrick Whalen and Jatsek taking first and second, respectively. Whalen’s toss of 59 feet, 7 inches is a regional qualifying mark. Jatsek’s toss was 16.77 meters. Pruitt and Vince Belitsos were third and fourth for the Wolverines.
The Buckeyes 4×100 relay team of Cole, Manley, Curtis Leuenbrerger and Stephen Robinson took first with a time of 42.10 with the Wolverines finishing second (42.59).
Ohio State swept the top two spots in the javelin throw to increase its lead to, 49-36. Patrick Filipi was first with a toss of 60.48 meters and Bryan Bunnell second at 58.17.
Jeff See dominated in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:49.26 while OSU’s Jake Edwards was second with a time of 3:49.97. See continued his dominating ways in the 800 meter with a first-place time of 1:51.33 while Ohio State freshman Dan White was second 1:52.02.
Ohio State’s Matt Comer was strong from start to finish in the 400 meter, finishing first with a time of 47:21 while Robinson took third at 48:21. UM’s Andrew Wechter was second at 47:86. In the 200-meter dash, Ohio State took first and third to extend its lead with Cole (21.22) and Comer (21.48). UM’s Barnes was second at 21.32. Cole’s time was a regional qualifying time.
Sophomore Chad Balyo won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:23.96. The win clinched the victory for the Buckeyes. In the high jump, senior Patrick Woods took second with a leap of 6 feet, 8 3/4 inches. Junior Nigel Hale-Bryant was right on Woods heals as he finished third with a mark of 6-4 3/4. “The Dual” closed with an exciting 4×400-meter relay with Michigan (3:11.78) edging a Buckeye (3:12.60) team that won the Big Ten indoor title.
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.
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.
WELCOME TO COLUMBUS
Senior 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.
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 Cincinnati, Ohio, for the All-Ohio Championships on April 18-19 on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.