COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s track and field team opened the outdoor season by finishing third at the Southern Cup Invitational in Oxford, Ohio, on the campus of Miami University Saturday.
Three Buckeyes grabbed individual titles as Ohio State finished third in Southern Cup Invite behind host Miami University and Cincinnati, who won the event. The Buckeyes earned third without a full complement of athletes..
Junior Elon Simms bested the field in the 400-meter hurdles by almost three seconds as he came in with a time of 52.89. In the 200-meter dash Curtis Leuenbrerger won in his first outdoor race as Buckeye (Leuenbrerger transferred from Ohio University) with a time of 22.41. Also on the track junior Matt Comer took second and Stephen Robinson third in the 400-meter dash with times of 48.27 and 49.27 respectfully. Jonathan Francois grabbed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.12.
“The meet conditions were pretty tough,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said. “The meet served the purpose of getting a meet in. I am confident that we will be ready for “The Dual” next weekend at Jesse Owens.”
In the field, sophomore Justin Yates won the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet, 8 inches. Junior Patrick Whalen took second in the discus throw with a toss of 159 feet, 11 inches. Ohio State also posted two athletes in the Top 3 of the javelin throw. Patrick Filipi took second with a toss of 187 feet, 8 inches and Bryan Bunnell took third with a toss of 172 feet, 11 inches.
The Buckeyes will welcome the University of Michigan next weekend for “The Dual.” The event is part of a three-year plan in which during the indoor season Ohio State and Michigan will have a dual meet in Ann Arbor and at Ohio State during the outdoor season. The meet also has a traveling trophy, a pennant with both school’s names on it. Michigan currently holds the pennant after winning the indoor half of “The Dual”.