COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s track and field team welcomes rival Michigan to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this Saturday, April 11, for “The Dual,” the first home meet of the season for the Buckeyes.
Saturday is the second match-up of the year between the schools Ohio State upset the Wolverines in January in Ann Arbor, Mich. It will be the fourth of six meetings between the border rivals, with the final two meets scheduled for the 2010 indoor and outdoor seasons. “The Dual” traveling pennant is awarded to the winning team, who holds onto it until the next meeting.
Ohio State leads the all-time Dual series 2-1. The Buckeyes claimed a 110-93 victory in the 2008 outdoor meet, while the Wolverines won last season’s indoor meet 90-71.
Action gets underway at 11:00 a.m. ET at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Admission is free. Live stats will be made available at www.deltatiming.com.
Coach Tressel to Signal Start of 4x400m Relay
Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel will fire the gun to signal the start of the 4x400m relay Saturday afternoon. The final event of the competition, the 4×400 looks to be one of the meet’s most competitive fields. Ohio State is the defending Big Ten indoor champion in the 4×400, while Michigan placed third. The Buckeyes got the better of the Wolverines once again last weekend at the Tiger Track Classic, taking second in a regional qualifying time of 3:08.18, while Michigan was fourth with a time of 3:09.36.
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Athletic Band, Brutus, and Cheerleaders in attendance
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Decathletes Take Center Stage at Sea Ray Relays
Senior Patrick Woods and sophomore Rob Wade will represent Ohio State at the Sea Ray Relays April 8 and 9 in Knoxville, Tenn. It will be Wade’s first meet since challenging the field in the heptathlon at the Big Ten Championships in February, while Woods has not competed since taking first in the heptathlon at the Akron Invitational Feb. 14. He set a personal record and NCAA provisional mark in Akron with his 5359 point total.
For more information on the relays, visit the official website for Tennessee track and field at http://www.tenntrack.com/meet/info/tenn/Sea_Ray_Relays/.
Scouting the Buckeyes
The Scarlet and Gray are led by All-American Jeff See, who looks to return to the track after sitting out for most of the indoor campaign. See was an All-American last outdoor season in the 1500m run with his fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials with a time of 3:40.86 at the Jesse Owens Track Classic. See will be a meet-time decision on Saturday.
Freshman Thomas Murdaugh was a pleasant surprise for Ohio State during the indoor season in helping the Buckeyes defend their 4x400m relay title. Murdaugh was the lone NCAA qualifier for the Buckeyes, finishing 10th in the 400m preliminary heats with a time of 47.16. The Dublin, Ohio native held the third-best time in the Big Ten Conference and finished second at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 400m.
Matt Comer, Stephen Robinson, Brandon Woodard and Chimdi Chekwa form a solid Buckeye contingent in the sprints. Comer finished second at the conference championships in the 200m. Robinson and Woodard took third in the 200m and 600m, respectively, while Chekwa burst on to the scene late in the indoor season in the 60m dash.
Daniel White is one of the top young middle distance runners in the country, while Chad Balyo and John Ealy provide depth in longer distance events.
In the field, Patrick Whalen, Matt DeChant, Max Mays and Tyler Branch were the steadiest contributors for Ohio State throughout the indoor season. Whalen, ranked No. 20 in the shot put, placed third in the shot at the Big Ten Championships, while DeChant claimed third in the weight throw. Mays and Branch are promising young athletes.
Bryan Bunnell and Patrick Filipi, who do not compete for the Buckeyes during the indoor season, are major threats in the javelin. The duo finished one-two in the event at the 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Head coach Robert Gary is in his third season as the head men’s track and field coach and his 12th leading the cross country team. Ohio State finished fourth at the 2009 Big Ten Indoors with 77.5 points.
The No. 36 Wolverines are led by All-American Adam Harris, the Big Ten Athlete of the year during the indoor campaign. Harris claimed titles in the 200m dash and 60m hurdles at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships and was named Athlete of the Championships for his efforts. The senior holds Top 25 times nationally in the 100m, 200m and long jump. He placed fourth in the 60m hurdles at the NCAA Championships in March.
Other prominent performers for Michigan include Justin Switzer, Big Ten champion in the mile and Sean Pruitt, champion in the weight throw. Switzer was named an All-American after his seventh-place finish at the NCAA finals. He is also a Top 20 athlete in the 800m run.
The Wolverines are led by Fred LaPlante, who is in his second season as head coach after serving 11 years as the associate head coach. The Wolverines placed second at the Big Ten Championships, totaling 93 points.
Recapping the Indoor Dual
The Ohio State men’s track and field team put on an emotional and all-around impressive performance in defeating 17th-ranked Michigan, 85-77, Jan. 17 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Notable highlights included Jeff See’s double win in the mile and 3000m runs, Stephen Robinson’s upset of All-American Adam Harris in the 200m, Brandon Woodard’s win in the 600m, Patrick Whalen’s win in the shot put and second-place finish in the weight throw and freshman Thomas Murdaugh’s victory in the 400m.
Whalen won the shot put for the second year in a row with a toss of 17.36m, defeating second-place Sean Pruitt at 16.77m. The two flip-flopped in the weight throw, with Whalen coming in second with a throw of 18.62m.
In the pole vault, Bryan Chard set a Dual meet record, clearing 5.00m. Anthony Amore was second, clearing 4.75m.
See was dominant in the mile run, winning in a time of 4:06.39. He was followed by freshman Cory Leslie, who came in second at 4:10.23. See then outlasted Sean McNamara of Michigan in the 3000m run, finishing first while setting a Dual meet record with a time of 8:11.39.
Robinson and Harris had quite an afternoon, battling neck and neck in the 60 and 200m dashes. Harris would edge Robinson in the 60m by .02 seconds, but Robinson rebounded in the 200m to upset the All-American with a time of 21.68.
Murdaugh teamed up with senior Matt Comer to take one-two in the 400m dash with times of 48.84 and 49.14, respectively.
In the 600m run, Woodard finished ahead of Michigan’s Ricky Fleming at 1:22.24.
Last Time Out
Chad Balyo was the Buckeye leader at the Auburn Tiger Classic April 4 in Auburn, Ala., claiming first-place in the 3000m steeplechase. The junior from Springboro, Ohio ran a time of 9:11.01, the third-best in the Big Ten this season.
Matt Comer, Stephen Robinson, Thomas Murdaugh and Curtis Leuenberger took second in the 4x400m relay with a regional qualifying time of 3:08.1, the second-best time in the conference during the outdoor campaign.
Patrick Whalen picked up where he left off at the end of the indoor season, putting together two Top 10 performances. The senior placed fifth in the shot put at 17.18m (a regional qualifying mark) and eighth in the discus with at 51.30m. Whalen’s shot set the top mark in the Big Ten this outdoor season his discus throw is the conference’s second-best.
Two Buckeyes finished in the Top 10 of the pole vault. Senior Bryan Chard took third at 4.90m and sophomore Alan Dague was sixth with a vault of 4.45m. Chard’s mark is the conference’s sixth-best.
The Scarlet and Gray’s success in the field continued in the javelin, as Patrick Filipi placed sixth at 55.66m. Junior Stephen Robinson took seventh in the long jump at 6.80m and freshman Thomas Davis was ninth in the hammer throw with a toss of 54.33m.
Robinson followed up his performance in the long jump with a ninth-place finish in the 200m dash at 21.70, the conference’s fourth-best time this season.
Jonathan Francois, a junior from Piscataway, N.J. was fifth in the 110m hurdles with a sprint of 14.59, while sophomore Daniel White finished ninth in the 800m with a time of 1:53.18. Iowa’s Adam Hairston took first at 1:50.56.
The Buckeyes head to the Bluegrass State April 17 and 18 for the Louisville Invitational in Louisville, Ky.