April 5, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team sent three distance members out to California this weekend to compete in a pair of premiere distance meets.
Redshirt junior Jackson Neff was the lone Buckeye to compete at the 39th Stanford Track and Field Invitational held at Cobb Track and Angell Field in Stanford, Calif. Over 3,300 athletes will compete in the meet over the weekend.
Neff ran the best time of his career in the 3000 meter steeplechase, crossing the finish line in 8:53.45 while running his last 1000 meters in 2:55. He set a new personal-best time by over seven seconds to finish third in his section and 13th overall. Tabor Stevens of Adams State won the event with a time of 8:38.46.
Taneff kicked things off for the Buckeyes with a PR and second-place finish in the 10,000 meter run. He finished with a time of 29:44.70, 17 seconds better than his old PR, and finished only behind Julian Florez of Adams State (29:41.39).
In the 5000 meter run, Arnold placed second overall with a PR time of 14:09.10, less than a second behind first-place finisher Travis Fitzke of Team Nodak (14:08.19). Arnold improved his PR by over 16 seconds in the event and ran his final 800-meters in just 2:11.
“Blake set the tone for the weekend and Andy and Jackson kept the momentum,” Brice Allen, associate head coach of the Buckeyes, said after their performances. “All three performances will make the NCAA First Round in Jacksonville but most importantly showcase our upward team trend that we started in indoor track.”
The rest of the Ohio State squad will be competing today in Baton Rouge, La., at the Battle of the Bayou.