COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 24th-ranked Ohio State men’s track and field team took to the home track Friday at Buckeye Tune-up, the final meet before next weekend’s trip to Minnesota for the Big Ten championships.
Matt DeChant was the leader for the Buckeyes, setting two personal records and NCAA provisional marks inside French Field House. The sophomore crushed his previous career best in the shot put with a first-place toss of 18.56m (60-10.75), the sixth-best throw in Ohio State indoor history and third-best in the Big Ten this season. He followed that up with a first-place finish in the weight throw at 19.88m (65-2.75).

Adam Green set a personal record of 4:08.71 in the mile to finish in first-place. Freshman Donny Roys – competing unattached – was second in 4:10.89, followed by Will Knickel (4:18.32). 

Freshman Korbin Smith won the long jump at 7.13m (23-4.75), finishing well ahead of volunteer assistant coach Patrick Woods (6.68m/21-11). Heath Nickles finished fourth with a jump of 6.44m (21-1.50). Smith’s leap is the seventh-best in the Big Ten this year.

Clearing the bar at 4.88m (16 ft.), Nickles would follow up his performance in the long jump with a win in the pole vault. Alan Dague was second (4.73m/15-6.25) and Woods third (4.57m/15 ft.).

Ohio State swept the Top 3 spots in the 60m dash. Stephen Robinson led the Buckeyes with a first-place time of 6.95, followed by Jonathan Francois (7.01) and Smith (7.05). Francois and Smith’s times were PRs.

Five Buckeyes battled for the title in the 600m run. Junior Daniel White got the best of his teammates with a first-place run of 1:19.52, the top team time on the season. Jared Hall ran a season-best time of 1:20.32 to finish second. Elon Simms was third in 1:20.78, with Marcus Brooks (1:21.86) and Brandon Woodard (1:22.38) taking fourth and fifth, respectively. 

In the 200m, Blake Callahan used a season-best time of 22.22 to claim the win for Ohio State. Stephan Haynes of Ohio Wesleyan finish second in 22.39, followed closely behind by third-place finisher Alaun Morrow (22.53).

Chris Fallon won the 1000m run with a time of 2:27.17, edging senior Taylor Candella, who finished second with a season-best time of 2:27.34. Daryl Murphy rounded out the OSU effort (2:30.22).

Other highlights:

  • Former Ohio State All-American Joel Brown broke the French Field House record in the 60m hurdles with his first-place time of 7.76. Brown held the previous Field House record time of 7.79, set earlier this year at the Buckeye Classic. Francois finished second for the Buckeyes in 8.11.
  • The lone competitor in the long jump was Ryan Blake, who managed to set a PR of 14.46m (47-5.25).
  • Max Mays finished third in the weight throw with a toss of 18.96m (62-2.50), his second-best throw this year and a Top 10 Big Ten mark.
  • Ohio State claimed three of the Top 4 spots in the 400m dash. Aaron Roberts led the Buckeyes with a second-place time of 49.74, followed by Rob Baisden (49.79) and Alaun Morrow (50.73). Silas Jolliff won the dash with a time of 49.71.