Senior to compete for 1500m title Saturday; Murdaugh qualifies for 400m dash finals
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Led by All-American Jeff See, the Ohio State men’s track and field team competed Friday afternoon at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in Louisville, Ky.
See’s time of 3:45.81 in the 1500m run preliminaries was the third-fastest of the day. Arkansas junior Dorian Ulery ran the top time on the day in 3:45.38, while Wisconsin’s Craig Miller, the 2009 Big Ten Champion in the 1500m, was second (3:45.56).
The 800m dash preliminaries saw a fifth-place time from Daniel White. The sophomore’s run of 1:49.69 nearly broke a PR set three weeks ago at the Oregon Twilight. LSU’s Richard Jones set a Cardinal Park record with his time of 1:47.70.
Freshman Thomas Murdaugh qualified for the finals in the 400m dash, running the seventh-best time in the preliminaries at 46.68. Rival Jeremy Orr of Michigan State also qualified for Saturday’s championship with a eighth-place time of 46.70 LSU freshman Robert Simmons led the pack, crossing the finish line in 46.05.
A throw of 17.04m and a 10th-place finish in the shot put finals was not enough to qualify senior Patrick Whalen for the NCAA Championships. Freshman Tyler Branch finished just behind Whalen with an 11th-place toss of 17.01m. Coaches are hopeful that Whalen will receive an at-large bit to the NCAA finals.
Bryan Bunnell set a season-best in the javelin with a throw of 62.07m, but failed to qualify for the national championships. Robert Dehn of Wisconsin, runner-up at the 2009 Big Ten Championships, won the event at 70.66m, breaking the Cardinal Park record.
John Ealy wrapped up an impressive career for the Buckeyes in the 5000m run, finishing 13th in the finals with a time of 14:39.02. Alabama junior Tyson David finished first in 14:07.22.
Curtis Leuenberger finished 16th in the 200m dash prelims with a time of 21.29 the Top 8 finishers compete tomorrow afternoon, led by Gavin Smellie of Western Kentucky, whose time of 20.43 was the best on the day. Leuenberger will run with the 4x400m relay team Saturday.
Competition begins for the Buckeyes at 1 p.m. ET tomorrow afternoon with Kyle Burns and Bryan Chard competing in the pole vault finals.