Feb. 27, 2007
Columbus, Ohio – The Big Ten announced its All-Big Ten teams Tuesday, following the 2007 Men’s Indoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind. After taking fourth in the team standings, Ohio State had several athletes named All-Big Ten.
Junior Anthony Cole was named first-team All-Big Ten with his win in the 200-meter dash in a season-best time of 21.18 and second-team All-Big Ten with his second-place finish in the 60-meter dash. Cole was the only athlete at the championships to take home first-and-second place finishes, single-handedly earning the Buckeyes 18 team points. Cole’s time in the 60m of 6.66 bettered the Big Ten meet record of Demi Omole by .04 set in 2006. The time by Cole is the 15th best in the country this season.
In the 200m, Cole ran away with the title, besting the field by almost half a second. Cole knocked off Michigan State’s Jeremy Orr, who has led the Big Ten all season in the 200m. His mark is the 18th best in the country this season and also is an NCAA provisional mark. It was Cole’s second Big Ten title, adding to his 60-meter crown in 2005. For his efforts at the Big Ten Championships, Cole also earned the Ohio State Athlete of the Week award for the second straight week.
Sophomore Jeff See was named first-team All-Big Ten with his win in the mile with a time of 4:04.16. See is currently one of the top-milers in the country with a time of 4:00.52 at the Akron Invitational on Feb. 3. It is the seventh-best time in the country and is the fifth-best run by an American this year on an oversized track. It is the second year in a row See has been named to the Big Ten’s first team. He was named first-team All-Big Ten in 2006 with his performance on the conference champion distance medley relay unit.
Lenny Jatsek won his second consecutive Big Ten championship in the weight with a season best toss of 66 feet, 9 3/4 inches. It is seventh-best weight throw in Ohio State history and is also an NCAA provisional mark. His mark is also the 14th best toss in the country this season. This is the fifth year in a row that a Buckeye has won the weight throw. Jatsek will now try to defend his title of All-American at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Jatsek’s sister, Veronica, also took Big Ten honors in the weight throw after she took second at the women’s meet. It is the first time that a brother-sister combination has earned Big Ten honors in the same year since Tonya and Tyrone Williams of Illinois were both on the All-Big Ten team in 1995.
“Next year is starting to look really great when we think about returning every scorer except Scott Hudepohl (second in the heptathlon) and Glenn Collins (sixth in the 5,000m),” head coach Robert Gary said. “If you look at our All Big-Ten performers, we have good coverage in different areas and again, I am committed to a well-rounded team as far as event areas. There is more than enough talent in all the event areas in the great track state of Ohio.”
Hudepohl was one of the surprises of the Big Ten championships, taking second in the heptathlon after coming into the conference meet ranked 14th in the league. Hudepohl had only completed one full heptathlon coming into Big Ten’s at the Akron Invitational, where he scored 4,321 points. That total was 1,017 short of his performance at the championships (5,338). His score is an NCAA provisional mark and is the 18th best heptathlon score in the country this season.
Next up, the Buckeyes head to South Bend, Ind. for the Alex Wilson Last Chance meet Friday and Saturday. The meet will be the final opportunity to qualify for the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships.