See, Sovacool set NCAA provisional times at Grand Valley State

AKRON, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team wrapped up final round competition at the Akron Invitational Saturday afternoon inside Stile Field House.

Korbin Smith was the star of the day for the Buckeyes, claiming titles in both the 400m dash and long jump. Smith kicked off the meet by setting a personal record in the 400m, crossing the finish line in a time of 48.18, seventh-best in the Big Ten this season. Marvel Brooks finished in fifth with a season-best time of 48.48.

The freshman from Delta, Ohio followed that notable performance up by claiming first-place in the long jump at 7.22m (23-8.25), the sixth-best jump in the Big Ten. Fellow freshman Derek Blevins took fifth at 6.85m (22-5.75) leap.

Blevins also enjoyed a solid afternoon for the Scarlet and Gray. Along with his fifth-place finish in the long jump, he managed to place fourth in the triple jump at 13.84m (45-5). Winthrop junior Keary Simms grabbed the top spot with a jump of 14.19m (46-6.75).

Ohio State volunteer assistant coach Patrick Woods won the heptathlon with a score of 5489, compiling Top 5 finishes in all but one of the seven events. Redshirt freshman Heath Nickles – who sat in 12th-place at the end of day one – fought his way to a fourth-place finish with 5107 points, the seventh-best total in the Big Ten this season. Nickles used second-place finishes in both the pole vault and 1000m to ascend through the standings.

Two Buckeyes finished in the Top 5 of the 200m dash – senior Stephen Robinson finished fourth with a season-best time of 21.62, the sixth-best in the Big Ten in 2010. Robinson was followed by Thomas Murdaugh, who finished in a season-best time of 21.67, eighth-best in the conference. Phil Ferguson of Akron won the event with an NCAA provisional time of 21.23.

Other highlights for the Buckeyes:

  • Chris Fallon finished third in the mile run with a PR of 4:10.26. Taylor Candella was fourth in 4:11.40.
  • Skyler Schmitt took fourth in the Blue Division of the mile with a time of 4:18.85.
  • The Buckeye ‘B’ team of Smith, Brooks, Alaun Morrow and Curtis Leuenberger finished third in the 4x400m dash (3:14.19).
  • Freshman Daryl Murphy finished fourth in the 800m dash (1:52.13). Jared Hall was seventh in a season-best time of 1:52.68.
  • Alan Dague placed fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.60m (15-1).
  • Ryan Blake finished fifth in the high jump, clearing the bar at 2.04m (6-8.25).

See and Sovacool Post NCAA Provisional Times at GVSU Big Meet
Seniors Jeff See and Patrick Sovacool represented the Buckeyes well in the 3000m invitational Saturday at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, Mich.

See used an NCAA provisional time of 7:57.14 – the third-best in school indoor history and the fifth-best in the NCAA this season – to finish second behind Lex Williams (7:56.12). Sovacool ran right with See, finishing third in 8:01.78, the sixth-best in school history and a Top 15 time nationally.

“It was a great 3k by both Jeff and Pat,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said of the seniors’ efforts. “They are really rounding into shape heading into championship season.”

Buckeyes Host Tune-up Friday at French Field House
Ohio State returns to Columbus Feb. 19 for the Buckeye Tune-up inside newly-renovated French Field House.

“We’re really looking forward to our tune-up next week,” Gary said of the upcoming meet. “It will be nice to be back at home and run in front of our fans.”

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