PARK RIDGE, Ill. – Ohio State sophomore sprinter Thomas Murdaugh was named the Big Ten Runner of the Week Monday by the Big Ten Conference after his impressive season-opening performance at the Buckeye Classic.

The 2009 All-American opened his second year in Columbus with a dominating victory in the 400m dash – his winning time of 48.25 (an NCAA provisional qualifier) was almost a full second better than the second-place finisher. Murdaugh wrapped the competition by anchoring Ohio State’s 4x400m relay team to a first-place time of 3:15.06.

A native of Dublin, Ohio, Murdaugh enjoyed a breakout freshman season in 2009, competing in the 400m at both the indoor and outdoor national championships while earning All-American honors during the outdoor season. Murdaugh was also the anchor of two Big Ten champion 4x400m relay teams in 2009. Monday’s honor was the first of the sophomore’s career.

Murdaugh and the Buckeyes return to the track Jan. 16 for the annual “Dual” with Michigan in Ann Arbor.