Michigan Vs. Ohio State: THE DUAL 2012.

14 Jan

Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader, Rocky vs. Apollo Creed, and Rick Perry vs. Homosexuals are all big rivalries.  But NONE OF THESE even hold a candle to Michigan vs. Ohio State.




When Michigan applied for statehood in the 1830’s, confusion over the boundaries of the two states lead to a dispute of a 468 square mile region along the border of the two states known as the “Toledo Strip”.

"The Toledo Strip", it now exists as a janky stripclub


Militias from Michigan and Ohio assembled near the Maumee River in Toledo but nobody actually fought because the Buckeyes traded all their weapons for tattoos and alcohol (probably Mike’s Hard Lemonade) on their way to the battle and the Michiganders decided it wouldn’t be a fair fight.

Pokerface Fail


Eventually Congress offered Michigan the Upper Peninsula in exchange for Ohio getting to keep Toledo.

What Michigan got: The Upper Peninsula

Pure Michigan


What Ohio got to keep: Toledo

Daily occurrence in Toledo.


Ever since then, an intense rivalry has existed between the two states and has manifested itself in the football games between the University of Michigan and The Ohio State College.

Tomorrow evening, starting at 6pm, is the annual indoor track dual meet between Michigan and OSU.

Left Side, Strong Side


This is the 27th annual dual meet with the first meet taking place in the 30’s with some non-dual years thrown in between then and now.  While Michigan has won 20 of the 26 meetings, the Buckeyes have won the last 3 and the Wolverines are looking to put an end to this streak just as we did in football this year.

Schedule of Events
Field Events
6 p.m. – Weight Throw, Pole Vault, High Jump, Long Jump
7:15 p.m. – Shot Put, Triple Jump
Running Events
7 p.m. – Mile
7:10 p.m. – 60m Hurdles
7:20 p.m. – 400m
7:30 p.m. – 600m
7:40 p.m. – 60m
7:50 p.m. – 800m
8 p.m. – 200m (two sections)
8:10 p.m. – 3,000m
8:25 p.m. – 4 x 400m Relay


I was going to do an event by event preview, but I actually have to get some work done so I don’t have to do anything tomorrow.  But, briefly, just know that it’s going to be very close.  OSU boasts some of the best field event competitors in the Big 10 while Michigan fields a still fairly young, but already well accomplished group of athletes.

Heat Sheets can be found here:


Yours truly will be debuting my indoor season in the 3k. It’s been a long 95 mile week but I’m quite fit for early January and ready to rip.

Fun-Spirited rivalry jokes aside, all of us Wolverines are excited to get to compete against our Big 10 Rivals tomorrow and see where we’re at fitness-wise at the beginning of a long season.  We extend the best of luck to all competitors tomorrow, as long as our luck is much better.

Not known by many, but D-Rob actually won a race in the Dual 2 years ago


Look for Michigan to give a strong showing in the Hurdles


This is Michigan...FOR GOD SAKES



Shout out to everybody running in the Trials tomorrow! Especially my coach’s wife Kathy Newberry!





3 Responses to “Michigan Vs. Ohio State: THE DUAL 2012.”

  1. Anoneymouse Cowheard January 16, 2012 at 2:27 am #

    the past two blogs have SUCKED major ass. good for your pops and all, much respect but this is supposed to be a witty runners blog. nobody gives a F about Michigan or Ohio State. Anyways, you should cover the Marathon Trials that took place this weekend or something else that was relevant that I did not see.

    Love Always

    • eatrunswag January 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

      I was going to take your comment seriously, but then I saw you still use AOL.
      That’s going to happen with promising to post 3 times a week, they aren’t going to all be winners. I was planning on blogging about the Olympic Trials tonight. We shall see.

    • catewestenhover January 17, 2012 at 2:27 am #

      Now now, hearing about the Dual is an insight into Zach’s personal life – I think that makes him a lot more interesting of a writer. It helps us know why he cares about running and lends credibility.

      Give the guy a chance; get to know him.

      If you already do know him and are just hassling him, um, never mind 🙂

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