Feb. 11, 2007


Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team finished action Saturday at the Sykes-Sabock challeng in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes claimed the team title with a total of 107 points, ahead of host Penn State and Pittsburgh. The Buckeyes took the team lead in the event with a win by Elon Simms in the in the 600-meter run and never looked back.

“I thought it was a great weekend and I think our kids are starting to become excited,” Robert Gary, head coach, said. “We made sure to not ‘double’ and ‘triple’ the athletes in events and also ran some guys in `off’ events and we still managed to win the meet. It is really helping our program and the whole culture that we’re trying to instill by scoring some of these meets and having some pride in the program.”

Simms won the 600m in a meet record time of 1:18.01. Simms’ time also is the best in the Big Ten season. Also in the 600m, freshman Brandon Woodard came in fifth with a time of 1:20. 57. Junior Anthony Cole took second in the 200-meter dash with a 21.54, a best this season and the second-best time in the Big Ten. In the 800-meter run, sophomore Jeff See took fifth with a time of 1:50.83. The Buckeyes sealed the victory with a top time in the 4×400-meter relay in 3:14.97.

In the field, the Buckeyes were lead by sophomore Patrick Whalen’s second place finish in the shot put with a toss of 58-4 1/2. In the high jump, junior Marios Iacovou took fourth with a season best 6-9. Sophomore Brandon Cathcart took fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 49-10.

“We are starting to show our potential at the right time of the season and I am very excited to see our program twist the dial even more towards becoming one of the best teams in the conferenc,” Gary said. “Elon Simms (600m), Jeff See (mile), Leonard Jatsek (weight throw), and Pat Whalen (shot put) are all leading the conference at this point and we are hoping to build off these cornerstones at the Big Ten meet.”

Improving the culture of our team, developing our current student-athletes, and recruiting the state of Ohio remain our mission focus for this season. In the process, I think we can improve our finish from last year and begin building for a strong future.”

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The Buckeyes will have their final tune up for Big Ten meet next week as they host the Buckeye Invitational on Feb. 10 inside French Field house.