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Dec. 28, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams head into the 2005 campaign with several key returnees from a stellar season in 2004. However, the Buckeyes also must replace a group of departed All-Americans that helped the men’s team place fourth and ninth at the national outdoor and indoor championships last season. The women, who claimed seventh at the Mideast regional event last season and fourth at the Big Ten indoor and outdoor meets, must overcome some notable losses from last season as well.

Russ Rogers, in his 17th season as Ohio State head coach, aims to build upon the success of last season and, with the help of some impressive newcomers, aspires to post championship caliber teams in the Big Ten and nationally.

“We have to replace a lot this year,” Rogers said. “Dan Taylor, Joel Brown and Rob Myers are tough losses to overcome. They all worked themselves to a world-class level and became outstanding team leaders in their particular areas. But, we have a good base this season. Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore have accomplished a lot in their careers and have gotten better and better each year in the jumps. I see them in the same category as Brown, Taylor and Myers. They have the potential to finish 1-2 in the Big Ten triple jump and long jump and make runs at national championships.”

The 2004 men’s and women’s squads boasted 15 combined indoor and outdoor All-America honors by seven student-athletes. Of those All-American winners, three return to compete in 2005.

Key Returnees
MEN

Bryan Duby – Sr., Thrower … 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Qualifier … Placed eighth in hammer at Mideast event.

Aaron Fisher – Jr., Distance … Placed fourth in the steeplechase in 2004 NCAA’s, earning first All-America honor … held top steeple time in country for four weeks at 8:37.40.

John Morris – Sr., Sprints … 2003 Mideast regional qualifier in 400-meter dash.

Brian Olinger – Sr., Distance … 5,000-meter Big Ten champion in 2004 … just missed All-America status at 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships with 12th-place finish in Steeple … 2004 cross country All-American.

Rogers on Men’s Returnees
“Aaron Fisher and Brian Olinger are both Big Ten champions. We expect a lot from them this season. They are great leaders on the distance team. Dan Glaz and Chris Basinger add experience and also will help score in the distance events. We have a lot back in the sprints, led by John Morris in the 400. He will combine with James Baisden and Gerald Griffin for a good ¼-mile team. We expect a Top 3 finish from Bryan Duby in the weight and hammer this season.”

WOMEN
Tamecia Brown – Sr., Mid-Distance … Mideast regional finalist in 2004 in 800-meter run.

Tiffany Davis – Sr., Throws … 2004 Mideast regional qualifier in hammer.

Robyn Detty – Sr., Distance … Eighth place at Big Ten indoor meet in 5,000 meters.

Nicole Gliem – So., Distance … 2004 Mideast regional qualifier in 5,000-meter run.

Rosalind Goodwin – Sr., Jumps … Three-time All-American in long and triple jumps in 2004 … 2004 Big Ten champion in indoor long and triple jumps and outdoor triple … Ohio State record-holder in indoor and outdoor triple and long jumps.

Jenna Harris – So., Sprints … 2004 Mideast regional qualifier in 200-meter dash.

Katy Houser – Sr., Throws … two-time Mideast regional qualifier in hammer in 2003 and 2004.

Dalanda Jackson – Sr., Hurdles … 2002 indoor All-American in 60-meter hurdles … 2003 Mideast regional qualifier.

Keturah Lofton – Sr., Throws … 2004 Big Ten champion in hammer and weight … 2004 All-American in hammer and weight … two-time national qualifier in both hammer and weight … Big Ten and Ohio State record-holder in hammer.

Shayla Moore – Sr., Jumps … All-American triple jumper in 2003.

Jessie Stringer – So., Jumps … tied for second in 2004 Big Ten indoor high jump.

Rogers on Women’s Returnees
“We have a lot back on the women’s team. Outside of Goodwin and Moore, we have young talent in the sprints in Jenna Harris and Jennifer Ogbuehi. They both ran well as freshmen. Pannsy Henry and Tamecia Brown are seniors this season and we expect a lot from them. Pannsy will run the 200 and 400. Tamecia will compete in the outdoor only, but she will be a big help come Big Ten’s and at the regional meet. She just missed nationals last year. We have a lot of good depth in the throws. Keturah Lofton is a returning All-American and the Big Ten record holder in the hammer. Tiffany Davis and Katy Hauser also placed in the hammer at Big Ten’s and threw well at regionals. Shelaine Larson is coming off a redshirt and we expect Top 3 places from her at Big Ten’s.”

Tom Doyle, Ohio State Jumps Coach, on Returnees
“It is always a luxury to come into a season with seasoned, accomplished veterans like Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore. They have the talent to place in the Top 3 in both the long and triple jumps and hopefully break some Big Ten records this year. Rosalind could make a run at both titles at nationals. Jessie Stringer is back in the high jump. We hope she can build off her second-place finish in the league indoor meet. She had some injuries outdoors, but she recovered well and is back to her normal aggressive self. She should compete well in the Big Ten and the nation. For the men, Scott Hudepohl is back and will compete mainly in the high jump and long jump. He has good speed and is explosive, which helps him do well in the multi-events as well. “

Robert Gary, Ohio State distance coach, on Returnees
“Despite the loss of Rob Myers (3rd at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials), the distance area will be stacked. Along with Big Ten 5,000-meter champion Brian Olinger and Aaron Fisher, who had the fastest collegiate steeplechase time in the country last year, we have major contributors in Dan Glaz (10,000m U.S. Junior Champion) and Jacob McCauley.”

Kevin Mannon, Ohio State throws coach, on Returnees
“We are expecting a lot from Shelaine Larson after a redshirt last year. Katy Hauser and Tiffany Davis are strong in the outdoor with the hammer. We are going to need them to improve in the weight for the indoor season. For the men, Bryan Duby is our leader now that Dan Taylor has graduated. Bryan has never actually won a meet because he was always competing against Dan. We look for him to win several meets this year and score big for us at Big Ten’s. All four that I have mentioned should be national qualifiers in both indoor and outdoor.”

Large holes to fill … Key losses from 2004
Dan Taylor – Nine-time All-American … 2004 NCAA Indoor shot put and weight throw champion … seven-time Big Ten champ … Ohio State record holder in indoor weight and outdoor hammer and discus.

Joel Brown – Three-time All-American … third place at 2004 NCAA 100-meter hurdles … OSU record-holder in 60m and 100m hurdles … three-time Big Ten champ.

Rob Myers – Placed third in mile at 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials … two-time All-American in 1,500 meters … former Big Ten champ.

Molly Logan – 2004 Big Ten champion in 100-meter hurdles … four-time national qualifier … placed third at 2003 Mideast regional in 100m hurdles.

Newcomers Look to Make Impact
Ohio State has added an impressive pack of incoming student-athletes for the 2005 season.

Rogers foresees immediate help from the new class on the men’s side.

“We have some athletes that could do well in their first season,” Rogers said. “John Ealy is coming off a great cross country season and should excel in the distance events. Todd Dutch trained well in the fall and could place Top 3 in the 60-meter dash indoors and the 200 meters outdoors. Tony Cole (Sprints) and John Roll (Hurdles) could make the finals of their events at Big Ten’s. Lenny Jatsek and Pat Whalen should score in the men’s throws, too.”

MEN
Anthony Cole – Fr., Sprints
Todd Dutch – Fr., Sprints
John Ealy – Fr., Distance
Ted Ginn, Jr. – Fr., Sprints/Hurdles
Mario Iacovou – Fr., Jumps
Lenny Jatsek – Fr., Thows
John Roll – Fr., Hurdles
Patrick Whalen – Fr., Throws
Patrick Woods – Fr., Jumps

WOMEN
Colleen Farrell – Fr., Sprints/ Jumps
Laura Piper – Fr., Distance
Sara Wisemen – Fr., Distance

Doyle on Newcomers
“Colleen Farrell should make an immediate impact in the jumps,” Doyle said. “She has hit great marks in both the high jump and long jump. Marius Iacovou has reached 7-1(7-feet, 1-inch) before in the high jump. Our main goal is to keep him consistent at 7 feet. If he does that, he would excel by the outdoor season. Pat Woods is a tall, powerful high jumper. He has hit 6-11 in the high jump and possessed the athletic ability to have success in the multi-events down the road.”

Gary on Newcomers
“We have three high school state champions in the two-mile (3,200 meters) from last season in John Ealy, Matt Buzek and Braden Martinez. I look for immediate contributions from them especially after their outstanding cross country seasons. Ealy was the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.”

Mannon on Newcomers
“Lenny Jatsek is going to have to grow up fast after redshirting last year. He and Pat Whalen are our two top throwers in the shot put. I look for both of them to provisionally qualify for NCAA’s. They are both young, but we are going to need them to step quickly.”

Chad Myers, Ohio State distance coach, on Newcomers
“We do have a couple newcomers that should do well also, Laura Piper being one of them. Laura will be looking to contribute to the distance medley relay and the 1500-meter run in outdoors.”

Coaching Staff Adds Two
Tom Doyle and Kevin Mannon were added as assistant coaches for the Buckeyes last summer. Both have experience coaching with Ohio State.

Doyle, who will serve as jumps coach, was previously with Ohio State from 1984-1993 before coaching stints at Arizona State (1994-95) and Illinois (1996-2003). In his first go-around with the Buckeyes, Doyle mentored OSU men to Big Ten titles in the 1992 outdoor season and the 1993 indoor and outdoor sessions. During the that period, his student-athletes set all-time Buckeye records in the men’s indoor long jump, indoor and outdoor triple jump, high jump and pole vault, while also posting 17 marks that still stand in the Ohio State all-time jump performance lists.

Mannon has served the Buckeyes in a volunteer capacity the last two seasons, helping Dan Taylor and Keturah Lofton gain conference and national honors in the weight and hammer throws. In the last two seasons, Buckeye throwers have earned 13 All-America awards, eight Big Ten titles and two NCAA crowns.

The Schedule
Ohio State once again will compete in one of the nation’s top-flight schedules in 2005, highlighted by exciting back-to-back home meets to end the outdoor season in the 19th annual Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic May 6-7 and the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Championships May 13-15. Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Stadium will serves as the host venue for both events. The 10,000-seat stadium has proven to be one of the elite track and field complexes in the nation, having played host to the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in 2003.

Rogers is excited to have the league meet back in Columbus and is more thrilled for another showcase event at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

“We are pleased to welcome the Big Ten this season,” Rogers said. “The Jesse Owens is a great facility. It was built to host events like the Big Ten championships, NCAA regional meets and hopefully the nationals. I think the other Big Ten schools will be impressed with the event. For us, it definitely is an advantage to compete at home and not have to worry about traveling.”

The 2005 season begins indoors, where Ohio State will again compete in three home meets at French Field House. The Buckeyes welcome visiting teams to the Buckeye Invitational Jan. 8, the Ohio State Invitational Jan. 29 and the Scarlet and Gray Invitational Feb. 19 before heading to the Big Ten indoor meet Feb. 26-27 at Purdue for the men and Michigan for the women.

The indoor schedule also offers a trip to the 2005 Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City Feb. 4-5 and a trek the following week to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic Feb. 11-12.

Rogers foresees the indoor schedule as a solid tune-up for the national meet in Fayetteville, Ark. March 11-12.

“Kentucky is our first big meet of the season,” Rogers said. “We have a tri-meet with Purdue and Indiana before we host our biggest home meet Jan. 28 in the OSU Invite. In February, we send our top athletes to New York City for the Armory Collegiate Invite, which is a great meet for sprinters and hurdlers. By Big Ten’s, we should be among the Top 3 teams in both the men’s and women’s standings.”

Along with the Jesse Owens classic and the Big Ten championships, Ohio State plays host to another pair of home events in the outdoor season. The Buckeyes kick off the outdoor home season with the Ohio State Relays April 2 before welcoming the top talent across the state in the All-Ohio Championships April 15-16.

The Buckeyes will encounter stiff competition when they hit the road this season as well with trips to Knoxville, Tenn. for the 2005 Gatorade Classic (April 8-9), Mt. San Antonio, Calif. for the Mt. SAC Relays (April 22-24) and Philadelphia for the Penn Relays (April 28-30).

Rogers made some changes to the away schedule in 2005 to better prepare his team for the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships May 27-28 in Bloomington, Ind. and the 2005 NCAA Championships June 8-11 in Sacramento, Calif.

“Our No. 1 priority outdoors is to qualify our athletes for the regional and national meets,” Rogers said. “We potentially should have 20 make the regionals and 8-to-9 move on to the nationals. We are in the toughest region in the country, so if you get out of the Mideast, you should do well at nationals.”