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Men’s track team brings home ‘The Dual’ banner for 4th consecutive time

Following Sunday’s 109-94 win against Michigan, the Ohio State men’s track team will bring “The Dual” banner back to Columbus for a fourth straight time.

“I was very pleased with the team’s performance today in cold and windy conditions,” coach Robert Gary said. “We had some good marks, but ‘The Dual’ is really about competing man versus man. And in that regard, I thought we did a fantastic job even after we had the team win secured in the scoring.”

The Buckeyes won 11 of 19 events.

“We performed very well,” senior Aaron Roberts said. “Obviously, the conditions were not ideal, but we were able to come out with the win. We have to continue getting better each week as our focus turns to Big Ten.”

Junior Michael Hartfield took first in the long jump and triple jump, finishing with jumps of 7.35 meters and 14.73 meters, respectively.

“In regards to my personal performance, I think I did an OK job,” Hartfield said. “Although I wasn’t able to jump to the marks I wanted to, I was still able to come through and place high in all three jumps and help win the dual as a team. Also, to get that dual pennant for coach Gary’s birthday gift.”

“The Dual” takes place at one indoor meet and one outdoor meet between OSU and Michigan. OSU is 6-2 in the event since it was reintroduced in 2008.

The track team will compete next at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Polytan Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.

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