Three Top 10 teams, deep field will challenge Buckeyes at nationally renowned event

COLUMBUS, Ohio Following a huge upset of archrival Michigan, the Ohio State men’s track and field team will look to sustain its momentum this weekend when they travel to University Park, Pa., for the annual Penn State National Invitational.

The nationally recognized meet will provided some stiff competition for the Buckeyes, as three Top 10 teams No. 3 Arkansas, No. 11 Kentucky and No. 21 Georgetown will be vying for the title along with the likes of Tennessee, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. The two-day invite is scheduled to begin at Noon ET Friday and 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. 

Scheduled Events
60m Dash        4x400m Relay
200m Dash      4x800m Relay
400m Dash      4,000m Distance Medley
500m Dash      High Jump
800m Run        Pole Vault
1,000m Run     Long Jump
1 Mile Run       Triple Jump
3,000m Run     Shot Put
5,000m Run     Weight Throw
60m Hurdles

Ohio State Records at Ashenfelter Track
A number of Buckeyes from the past still hold records at the PSU indoor facility. Former Big Ten Athlete of the Year Andrew Pierce set a school record in the 400m dash Feb. 25, 2001, which was shattered in a blistering 45.46 seconds. Ian Connor, an All-American in 2000, remains on top in the 5000m run with a time of 14:01.92. The 2001 4×400 relay team holds the record in that event with an impressive 3:07.78 run. Dan Taylor, the 2004 NCAA Champion in the shot put and weight throw, set the record for both events in Feb. 2004; his mark in the weight throw is still an Ohio State best. Ironically, Ohio State head coach Robert Gary set the Ashenfelter record time in the 3000m run as a competitor for Team Adidas in 2000.

Buckeyes Impress in Distance Runs
Ohio State has multiple runners that have posted Big Ten top times in the mile and 3000m run. Jeff See, ranked No. 8 in the preseason standings in the mile, currently holds the third best time in the Big Ten at 4:05.59, while teammate Cory Leslie is close behind with the fifth best time, a 4:09.43 gallop. See is also sitting in the third spot in the 3000m run, a note-worthy 8:10.09 performance at the Dual Jan. 17. Junior Chad Balyo and senior John Ealy join See in the conference’s 3000m Top 10 at seventh and ninth place after setting times of 8:14.21 and 8:15.11 against Michigan.  

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes traveled north to Ann Arbor on Jan.17 for their third annual Dual with Michigan, posting a hard-fought 85-77 victory over the seventeenth ranked Wolverines. Several Buckeyes turned in impressive performances, highlighted by Jeff See’s victories in the mile and 3000m runs and junior Stephen Robinson’s surprising triumph over Michigan All-American Adam Harris in the 200m. Bryan Chard set a Dual meet record in the pole vault, clearing 5.00m, while senior Patrick Whalen and freshman Thomas Murdaugh secured victories in the pole vault and 400m, respectively. With the win, Ohio State took a 2-1 lead in the series; the teams meet again for the outdoor event April 11 in Columbus.