OSU outduels Michigan to win ‘Dual’
Published: Sunday, April 11, 2010
Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2012 02:06
For Ohio State, the victory lap was the slowest but sweetest lap of the day Saturday. The OSU men's track team defeated Michigan in "The Dual" 116-84, the largest margin of victory in the meet since it began in 2008.
Coupled with a victory at the indoor Dual in January, OSU also became the first school to win both events in the same year.
The Buckeyes won 13 of the 19 events held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, including the 400-meter hurdles.
Senior Elon Simms won the event, and junior Aaron Roberts overtook second place down the final stretch in one of the more exciting races of the day.
"‘The Dual' is a special meet," Simms said after winning the hurdle event.
Simms, a graduate student in social work, was injured in a previous year during his undergraduate work at OSU, so he still has eligibility to compete this season.
The importance of the rivalry is right below the Big Ten Championship, and The Dual is a good indicator of where the team is in the Big Ten, Simms said.
In the 100-meter dash, OSU freshman Matt Terrell and senior Stephen Robinson took first and second place respectively, with Terrell posting a time of 11.05 seconds. Robinson also won the 200, finishing in 21.81.
Buckeye senior Jeff See set two Dual meet records, in the 1500 at 3 minutes, 44.71 seconds, and the 3000 at 8:22.37.
Along with the sprinting victories, the Buckeyes also won a number of field events.
Freshman Korbin Smith took the top spot in the long jump, sophomore Matt DeChant won the shot put, freshman Heath Nickles won the pole vault, and senior Ryan Blake was victorious in the high jump.
Even OSU football coach Jim Tressel recognized the significance of this event, as he spoke to the track team the night before the event, Simms said.
The team used a few other tricks from the OSU football squad, breaking into the song
"Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes during the meet's final event, as the Buckeyes pulled away in the 4x400-meter relay.
The band continued the song through the Buckeyes' victory lap, as OSU claimed the Dual pennant for the fourth time in the last five meets.