COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fueled by a raucous home crowd and a host of record-setting performances, the Ohio State men’s track and field team defeated rival Michigan 88-74 in “The Dual” Saturday afternoon at French Field House.
With the victory, Ohio State picked up its third consecutive win over their conference rivals and now owns a 5-2 advantage over the Wolverines since the renewal of the rivalry in 2008. As a team, the Buckeye captured wins in nine out of 15 events.
A number of Buckeyes turned in impressive individual efforts. Junior college transfer Michael Hartfield wowed the crowd in his Buckeye debut, capturing a pair of wins in both the long jump and triple jump. All-American Matt DeChant set a PR in the shot put for the second consecutive week, while Cody Marshall also set a PR in the pole vault. All-American and Big Ten champion Thomas Murdaugh was also strong in his first meet of the season, winning handily in the 400m and anchoring the 4x400m relay to victory.
Here’s a look at “The Dual” event-by-event:
This event witnessed a photo finish, as Buckeye freshman Demoye Bogle (6.86) outstretched Robert Peddlar (6.87) at the finish line to capture first-place and five points for the Scarlet and Gray. Michigan’s Justin Clarke finished third with a time a 6.90 sprint.
Michigan’s Carl Buchanon (7.90) and Nicholas McCampbell (8.01) went 1-2 in the 60 hurdles, picking up a valuable eight points for the Wolverines. Bogle was the top finisher, claiming third-place in 8.09. Bogle was followed by teammate Barron Witherspoon, who used a time of 8.10 to take fourth.
Nicholas Neuman of Michigan finished first for the Wolverines in a time of 22.09, with Blake Callahan of Ohio State taking third in 22.50m. UM’s Aaron Taylor was third in 22.58.
Murdaugh picked up an easy win in his season debut, crossing the finish line in 47.35, the third-best NCAA Division I time this season. Matthew Campbell of Michigan (48.91) held off Buckeye senior Aaron Roberts at the wire for the runner-up spot, with Michigan’s Eric Oliver settling for fourth in 48.92.
OSU’s Top 3 sweep in the 600 was directed by sophomore Marvel Brooks, who finished in a time of 1:20.40. Jared Hall was second for the Buckeyes in 1:21:04, just ahead of third-place runner Marcus Brooks 1:21.08. Fourth-place went to David St. Amant of Michigan (1:21.16).
Cory Leslie set a dual meet record for Ohio State with his first-place time of 1:52.16. Buckeye freshmen Jake Hiltner (second, 1:53.97) and Kurt Grove (third, 1:54.15) completed the Ohio State sweep of the Top 3 positions. Dallas Bowden of Michigan was the top finisher for the Wolverines, claiming fourth in 1:57.50.
Ohio State went 1-2-3 in the mile, led Leslie, who ran away from the field with a time of 4:08.63. Will Knickel took second place in 4:15.66, followed by Chris Fallon (4:16.72). Fallon held off a late charge from Michigan’s Bowden, the fourth-place finisher in 4:17.27.
Craig Forys of Michigan (8:17.62) used a strong kick over the final turn to edge Adam Green (8:17.62) for first place. Wolverine Zach Ornelas was third in 8:32.73 and Buckeye Taylor Williams fourth in 8:37.24.
The Buckeyes were dominant in the long jump, sweeping the Top 3 spots. Hartfield took first place with a PR of 7.72m (25-4), the third-best Division I mark so far this season. Sophomores Korbin Smith (7.39m/24-3) and Derek Blevins (7.35m/24-1.50) were second and third, respectively, with both distances serving as season-bests.
Hartfield earned his second win of the day with a 15.16m (49-9) jump, a Top 15 national mark. Peddlar of Michigan was the runner-up at 15.11 (49-7), followed by Blevins (14.98m/49-1.75).
Bradley James and Patrick Cochran helped Michigan capture the Top 2 spots in the high jump. James nearly set a dual meet record with his first-place jump of 2.14m (7-0.25), while Cochran turned in a solid 1.91m (6-3.25) mark. Heath Nickles was the top finisher for Ohio State, clearing the bar at 1.76m (5-9.25) for third-place.
Jack Greenlee and Cody Marshall put on a show in the pole vault, with Greenlee edging the Buckeye freshman for first-place and a dual meet record height of 5.10m (16-8.75). Marshall’s second-place vault of 5.00m (16-4.75) was a PR, and both marks are among the Top 15 in the nation to this point in the season. Third-place went to Nickles at 4.70m (15-5).
All-American DeChant set a PR for the second-consecutive week, taking first-place at 19.44m (63-9.50), the second-best Division I mark this season. Cody Riffle’s 17.67m (57-11.75) toss helped the Wolverine’s to the runner-up spot, while freshman Curt Smith finished third for OSU at 16.60m (54-5.50).
Michigan’s Ethan Dennis captured first-place and five points for the Maize and Blue with a mark of 20.01m (65-7.75). However, the Buckeyes would take spots 2-5, led by Max Mays at 19.15m (62-10). DeChant used a season-best toss of 18.84m (61-9.75) to take third, followed by Tyler Branch (18.79m/61-7.75) and Billy Gehring (18.56m/60-10.75).
Ohio State led from the start to finish in the 4×4, cruising to a winning time of 3:13.84, a Top 10 time nationally. Michigan completed the relay in 3:17.12.
The Buckeyes are scheduled to compete next Saturday, January 21-22 at the All-Ohio championships in Kent, Ohio.