Ohio State wows the crowd at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – All-American Jeff See’s sub-four mile Saturday at the Meyo Invitational highlighted an exciting final day of competition for the Ohio State men’s track and field team.

See’s first-place time of 3:58.82 in the Meyo mile was the second-best in Ohio State indoor history and the second-fastest time in the nation this year. Tulsa’s Justin Duncan finished in second-place with the nation’s eighth-best time (4:00.89). 

“I continue to be impressed with many different people in many different areas,” head coach Robert Gary said. “Jeff See earned an NCAA qualifier and first indoor sub-four minute mile and first Meyo Invite win. Thomas Murdaugh ran an indoor PR in the 400, which should qualify him for NCAA’s and we had a number of others establish themselves on the Big Ten list.”

As mentioned, Murdaugh – Ohio State’s other All-American – enjoyed an impressive day as well. Murdaugh recorded a season-best time of 46.43 in the 400m dash, the seventh-best time in the NCAA this season. However, it was only good enough for a second-place finish – Alabama’s Kirani James set the top NCAA time this season with his first-place run of 45.79.

Murdaugh would get the better of James in the 4x400m relay as he anchored Ohio State’s 4x400m relay team to yet another first-place finish in 3:08.22, an NCAA automatic qualifier and the seventh-best in the NCAA this season. Alabama finished in second-place with a time of 3:09.27. The Buckeye ‘B’ team finished in eighth-place in 3:12.59, just a second off of an NCAA provisional time.

“The mile relay team continues to get better and better with a great victory to end the meet,” Gary said. “We will now start to get focused towards Big Ten’s and NCAA’s.”

One day after breaking the OSU 1000m indoor record, Cory Leslie finished in eighth-place in the 800m run with a time of 1:50.27, the fourth-best indoor time in school history. Leslie’s time was also an NCAA provisional qualifier and the 10th-best in the Big Ten this season. Notre Dame’s Jack Howard won the event in 1:48.60, an NCAA automatic qualifier.

Curtis Leuenberger took home the title in the 200m dash with an NCAA provisional run of 21.50, the best in the Big Ten on the year. Jonathan Juin of Ole Miss was second 21.55.

Other Buckeye highlights at the Meyo Invite:

  • Ryan Blake tied his season-best in the high jump, finishing ninth at 2.06m (6-9).
  • Steve MacDonald set a season-best with his 10th-place finish in the long jump (7.11m/23-4). Korbin Smith was 11th at 7.10m (23-3.50).
  • Freshman James Jackson set a PR in the 60m dash, finishing 11th in 6.94.
  • Chad Balyo ran a team-best time of 8:09.36 to finish sixth in the 3000m run.
  • Heath Nickles finished eighth in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 4.90m (16-0.75).

DeChant and Branch Conclude Competition at Husker Invitational
Matt DeChant and Tyler Branch represented the Buckeyes on day two of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. DeChant was the high finisher for the Buckeyes in the shot put final, finishing eighth at 16.98m (55-8.50). Branch finished in 11th with a mark of 16.35m (53-7.75) as Carl Meyerscough won the event at 20.00m (65-7.50), an NCAA automatic qualifier.