UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Daniel White had quite a day for the Ohio State men’s track and field team Saturday at the Penn State National Invitational, breaking the school indoor record in the 800m with a time of 1:48.26.
White’s NCAA provisional time, .26 seconds off of an NCAA automatic qualifier broke the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track record in the process. Unfortunately for White, it was only good for a fifth-place finish, as four other athletes in the invitational also broke the previous track record, led by Penn State junior Ryan Foster. Foster’s time of 1:47.48 earned him the title amongst a Top 4 that saw all four competitors run NCAA automatic times.
Redshirt freshman Cory Leslie ran the fourth-best indoor time in school history in the mile with his NCAA provisional and fourth-place run of 4:03.14. Chad Balyo finished just behind Leslie with his fourth-place time of 4:04.49. Binghamton junior Erik van Ingen led the pack, finishing in 3:59.58. Leslie and Balyo’s times were the fourth and fifth-best in the Big Ten this year.
The Buckeye 4x400m relay team of Rob Baisden, Stephen Robinson, Elon Simms and anchor Thomas Murdaugh finished first in the 4×400 invitational, narrowly missing out on an NCAA provisional time with a run of 3:10.57, second-best in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State’s ‘B’ team of Aaron Roberts, Marcus Brooks, Marvel Brooks and Korbin Smith took home the title in the 4x400m open with a time of 3:14.13.
Ohio State was well represented in the 3000m – Adam Green won the invitational in 8:14.30 and Taylor Williams was sixth (8:20.24). Green’s time is the seventh-best in the conference in 2010.
Seniors Brandon Woodard and Elon Simms performed well in the 500m competitions. Woodard’s time of 1:03.06 in the invitational section earned him a second-place finish behind Georgetown’s Toby Ulm (1:02.54), while Simms used a time of 1:03.57 to finish second in 500m open. Freshman Marcus Brooks was ninth with a run of 1:05.14 as Georgetown’s Austin Perron held off Simms for another Hoya win in a time of 1:03.53.
An Ohio State personal record fell in the shot put – Tyler Branch shattered his previous career-best with his fifth-place toss of 17.76m (58-3.25). Matt DeChant (17.51m/57-5.5) was seventh, as Sheldon Battle used a throw of 20.31m (66-7.75) to finish in first-place. Branch (fourth-best) and DeChant (fifth-best) both established themselves on the Big Ten Top 10 list.
The Buckeyes placed three in the Top 5 of the 400m dash, led by Baisden, who finished third with a PR of 48.27, seventh-best in the Big Ten this season. Marvel Brooks (48.70) and Roberts (48.75), finished fourth and fifth, respectively. North Carolina A&T sophomore Jarrell Elliott used a time of 47.90 to finish first.
A senior and freshman represented the Buckeyes well in the 200m dash open – Robinson ran a third-place time of 21.76, ninth-best in the Big Ten, while Matt Terrell was seventh in 22.11. Josh Scott, a senior from St. Augustine’s was first in a time of 21.30.
“I thought we started off pretty flat on the first night, but things got going pretty good,” head coach Robert Gary said. “Throws saw DeChant and Mays establish themselves with two PR’s to go with strong performances in the sprints, notably Thomas in the open 200 and in the 4×400. I’m really looking forward to our trip to Meyo next weekend and continuing to work our way onto the Big Ten list and NCAA qualifiers.”
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