COLUMBUS, Ohio Matt DeChant, Max Mays and Tyler Branch carried the flag for the Ohio State men’s track and field team on day one of the Penn State National Invitational, delivering three Top 10 finishes in the 35 pound weight throw final.

DeChant, a sophomore who redshirted the 2008 season, set his season high mark of 18.64m to finish third behind Kentucky’s Rashaud Scott and Matthew Gac of Buffalo. Finishing close behind in fourth was Mays, a local product out of Grove City, whose toss of 18.24m was also a season best. A throw of 17.38m was good enough for an eighth-place finish for Branch, the 2007 Ohio Division III State Champion in the shot put.

“I was very pleased with the weight throwers,” head coach Robert Gary said at the conclusion of the first day’s events. “Coach Mannon has done a great job developing these guys and had almost three around 60 feet.”

Also competing on day one for the Buckeyes were senior Stephen Robinson, following up an impressive showing at the Dual with a 10th place finish in the 60m Dash semifinals and junior Jonathan Francois, who recorded his best time of the season with a 8.19 in the semifinals of the 60m Hurdles.

Competition concludes tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. ET. For up-to-date scoring of the invitational visit