AKRON, Ohio – The 16th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team wrapped up its final preparations for the upcoming Big Ten championships at this weekend’s Akron Invitational, hosted the University of Akron.
The name of the game for the weekend was distance, as two current Ohio State distance runners and a former All-American claimed individual titles. In addition, the Buckeyes witnessed a number of encouraging performances from their young jumpers and sprinters.
Here’s a look at how the Scarlet and Gray performed over the weekend at Stiles Field House:
Blake Callahan ran a third-place time of 21.91 in the 200m Gold Division for the Buckeyes. The junior finished behind Akron’s Phil Ferguson (21.37) and unattached competitor Mark Lattimore (21.40).
Sophomore Marvel Brooks won the 400m Gold Division with a season-best time of 48.06. Jacob Cook of Ashland was the runner-up in 48.39, while unattached competitor Raschad Kelso was third in 48.61. Marcus Brooks finished ninth for the Buckeyes in 49.25.
Freshmen Jake Hiltner and Kurt Grove ran in the 800m Gold race, with Hiltner finishing fifth in a collegiate-best time of 1:51.96, and Grove taking sixth in 1:53.65. VMI’s Felix Kitur won the event in 1:49.53, a Top 20 performance nationally.
A PR time of 4:05.03 helped Chris Fallon to the title in the Gold Division of the mile. Duquesne’s Mark Bucklaw was the runner-up in 4:06.13, while Max Hiltner finished third for Akron in 4:06.18.
Cory Leslie ran a new PR of 8:06.49 to finish third in the 3000m. Former Buckeye All-American Jeff See, representing Saucony, won the event in a Stiles Field House record time of 7:50.23. Appalachian State’s Chris Moen finished second in 8:05.88.
Adam Green and Jake Edwards represented the Buckeyes in the 5000m Gold Division race Friday night, turning in a 1-2 finish. Green led the pack with a winning time of 14:27.81, with Edwards taking the runner-up spot in 14:32.52. Sean Soderman of Appalachian State finished third in 14:32.99, less than a second behind Edwards.
Several Buckeye freshmen competed unattached in the 5000m Blue Division. Sam Deskin led the OSU contingent with a second-place time of 14:57.29, while Nathan Moore placed fourth in 14:59.28. Jackson Neff was 13th in 15:29.09.
Long Jump Gold
Buckeye junior Steve MacDonald used a PR mark of 7.33m (24-0.75) to finish in fourth-place. Unattached competitor Cadeau Kelley was the winner with a 7.71m (25-3.50) jump, followed by Akron’s Collister Fahie (7.48m/24-6.50) and Tyshaun Peoples (7.41m/24-3.75).
Triple Jump Gold
Julian Vann finished fourth for OSU with a 14.24m (46-8.75) jump. First-place went to Ron Falchi of Kent State (14.89m/48-10.25).
Former Buckeye and current volunteer assistant Patrick Woods won the heptathlon title with a score of 5513. Woods finished in the Top 5 in every event, highlighted by his first-place effort in the high jump (2.05m/6-8.75). Current Buckeyes Cory Kunze (4927 points) and J.B. DeRosa (4679) competed unattached, finishing fourth and eighth, respectively – Kunze placed first in the 60m hurdles (8.45 seconds), while DeRosa finished at the top of the leader board in the 1000m in a time of 2:45.14. Heath Nickles was a scratch and did not compete.
The Buckeye squad consisting of the Brooks twins, Grove, and Hiltner captured the runner-up spot in a time of 3:15.64. Ashland finished first overall in 3:13.62.
Ohio State will take a week off before traveling to Champaign, Ill., for the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 26-27.