Feb. 18, 2007


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team played host to the Buckeye Invitational Saturday in French Field House. The Buckeyes tuned up for the Big Ten championships next week in Bloomington, Ind., with several solid performances in both the running and field events.

Junior Tony Cole raced to a facility record time in winning the 60-meter dash. His mark of 6.69 topped the former French Field House standard of 6.74, held by three-time Buckeye All-American Joel Brown, who ran at Ohio State from 2001-04. Cole’s 60m time is ranked No. 10 in the country this season and stands second all-time at Ohio State, behind John Burrell’s 6.65 set in 1995.

Several Buckeyes posted season-best marks in the throws. Lenny Jatsek posted a winner the weight, hitting 66 feet, 7 inches. His mark was an NCAA provisional qualifier and ranks near the Top 10 nationally. Teammate Dave Ebersole was second at 60-6. On his second attempt, Pat Whalen heaved 60-2 to take the top spot in the shot put and earn a provisional qualifier. Jatsek was third in the shot at 54-3 1/4.

In the jumps, Brandon Cathcart turned in the top performance in the triple jump, leaping 49-11 3/4. Marios Iacovou cleared the top height in the high jump at 6-8 1/4. In the pole vault, Ohio State’s Kyle Burns finished second at 16-4 3/4. Teammates Andy Crowell and Bryan Chard tied for third at 16-0.

In the distance events, freshman John Ealy paced the field in the 3,000m in 8:30.42, while Chad Balyo was second in the mile in 4:11.58. The Buckeyes finished action Saturday with a victory in the 4x400m relay, crossing the finish line in 3:19.51.

Meet results can be accessed at

The Buckeyes head to the Big Ten indoor championships next week in Bloomington, Ind.