ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Fueled by record-setting performances from Thomas Murdaugh and Michael Hartfield, the 16th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team enjoyed a memorable trip out west for the Don Kirby Invitational, held Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Murdaugh, Ohio State’s 400m All-American, posted a pair wins and a track record in his two races Friday evening, while Hartfield recorded personal best marks in both the long and triple jumps.
Here’s a complete breakdown of the Buckeye trip to New Mexico:
Demoye Bogle and Barron Witherspoon represented the Buckeyes in the 60m hurdles, with Bogle finishing fifth and Witherspoon taking seventh in 8.10 and 8.29, respectively.
Murdaugh’s season-best and Albuquerque Convention Center record time of 46.52 helped the junior All-American take home the title in the 400m dash with a Top 10 national performance. Texas finished 2-3, led by Danzell Fortson (46.75, 10th nationally), while Buckeye sophomore Korbin Smith finished fifth for the Buckeyes in 48.42.
Jared Hall used a season-best time of 1:50.98 to finish in third-place. New Mexico went 1-2 in the event, with Gabe Aragon taking first in 1:50.10.
Hartfield shattered his personal best in the triple jump with a second-place leap of 15.80m (51-10), the fourth-best distance in school indoor history and a Top 15 performance nationally. Mark Jackson of Texas captured first-place at 15.89m (52-5.25), while Derek Blevins finished fourth for the Buckeyes at 14.82m (48-7.50).
One PR wasn’t enough for Hartfield, as the former junior college national champion also set a new record in the long jump, finishing third at 7.79m (25-6.75), a Top 15 Division I distance. Marquis Goodwin finished first for Texas with an NCAA automatic qualifying jump of 7.90m (25-11). Blevins was fifth for OSU at 7.14m (23-5.25).
The Buckeye squad featuring Hall, Bogle, Smith and Murdaugh won the 4×4 title in a season-best time of 3:10.13, a Top 15 Division I performance. Texas was the runner-up in 3:10.86.
Ohio State will take a week off before traveling to Champaign, Ill., for the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 26-27.