COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s track and field team concluded competition Saturday at the Akron Invitational at Stile Field House on the campus of the University of Akron.
“I really stressed the importance of moving ourselves onto the Big Ten list and we had some great PR’s,” Robert Gary, Ohio State head coach, said. “We were able to rest Thomas (Murdaugh), but I thought Brandon Woodard and Matt Comer are really rounding into form. We also had some great doubles in the 1500/800 from Cory (Leslie) and Dan (White).
“Next week will be a tune up for us. The entire focus is on the conference meet. We feel we can still match last year’s performance and have an exciting second day.”
Patrick Woods, who was competing unattached, took home first place in the Heptathlon with an NCAA provisional and PR score of 5,359 points. Rob Wade came in fourth place with a PR of 4,856 points.
In the shot put Gold division, Patrick Whalen took fifth place with a toss of 17.38m, followed by Tyler Branch who came in sixth at 16.80m. Matt DeChant was eighth at 16.26m.
DeChant, however, fared much better in the Gold division of the weight throw with a first-place toss of 18.64m. Max Mays (18.24) and Branch (17.80) were sixth and seventh, respectively.
Bryan Chard took second in the Gold division of the men’s pole valut, clearing a season-best 5.03m. Michael Uhle of Akron was first with a leap of 5.20m.
Ohio State claimed two of the top three spots in the 200m run with Stephen Robinson (21.38) and Curtis Leuenberger (21.69) coming in first and third, respectively.
In the distance events, Ohio State was led by John Ealy’s third-place finish in the Gold 5000m run with a time of 14:29.73. Cory Leslie led the Buckeyes with a fourth-place run in the Gold mile (4:09.22) while Daniel White nearly missed an NCAA provisional mark with his second-place run at 1:51.06.
In the Gold 60m hurdles, Jonathan Francois took second with a season-best time of 8.05. He was edged by Tyshaun Peoples of Akron who came in at 8.03. Meanwhile Chimdi Chekwa, a defensive back for the Buckeye football team, was second in the 60m dash with a time of 6.81, followed by James Manley’s season-best mark of 6.93.
“Chimdi has made wonderful progress and moved onto the list along with Jonathan,” Gary said.
Matt Comer took home first place in the Gold 400m dash at 47.70. Brandon Woodard was fifth at 47.93.