Jan. 19, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Dontre Wilson, sophomore James Clark and freshman Robert Landers – members of the Ohio State football team – have been added to the Ohio State track and field roster for the 2016 season, Karen Dennis, director of track & field/cross country, announced Tuesday.

“We’re excited to have our football players join the track and field program,” Dennis said. “I appreciate Coach Meyer and his staff working Landers, Wilson and Clark into our training schedule in an effort to strengthen our men’s program.

“We realize the indoor season is short and these men have a major responsibility to football. However, they are all talented athletes that may help us in the throwing and sprint events. They have some work to do to get their ‘track legs’ back, but work is something they are very familiar with.”

Wilson, an H-Back from DeSoto, Texas, is widely regarded as one of the fastest Buckeyes on the football field. He played in nine games as a junior this past season, battling foot injuries for much of the year. Entering 2015-16, Wilson a two-year letter winner, owned 43 career receptions for 510 yards and five scores. His career rushing average of 7.1 yards per carry includes 350 yards off 49 carries and one touchdown. Wilson participated in track and field as a freshman, sophomore and junior at DeSoto High School.

Clark, a third-year wide receiver from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., placed fifth in the 100-meter dash and sixth in the 200-meter dash at the 2012 Florida Outdoor Championships. He owns personal-best times of 10.43 in the 100 and 21.51 in the 200. As a wide receiver on the football team at New Smyrna Beach High School, he was a First Team Florida 6A all-state pick by The Miami Herald.

Landers, a freshman defensive tackle from Dayton, Ohio, was the OHSAA Division I state champion in the shot put as a junior at Huber Heights High School, as well as a state indoor champion in the shot put as a senior. On the football field, he totaled 153 tackles during his career, including 16.5 tackles-for-loss, earning Second Team Associated Press all-state honors as a senior.