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May 17, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Sophomore sprinter Jenna Harris won the Big Ten championship inthe 100-meter dash Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Thenative of Somerset, N.J., edged Sierra Hauser-Price of Indiana atthe finish line in a time of 11.61. The Big Ten indoor 60-meterchampion this season, nipped Hauser-Price by two one-thousandths ofthe second to claim her first outdoor league title. Harris alsocontributed team points in the 200-meter dash with a third-placetime of 23.95. She also helped the women to a fourth-place finishin the 4×100-meter dash in 46.45 and a season-best 3:44.78 in the4x400m. For the day, Harris accumulated 23 team points, helping theBuckeyes place in the Top 5. The first varsity eight led the rowingteam to its third-consecutive regional title at the 2005 AramarkSouth/Central Regional Championship last weekend, after toppingfive boats in the Grand Final to finish first with a time of6:27.50 and capture 189 points. Ohio State defeated No. 11Tennessee (6:29.61), No. 9 Virginia (6:29.91), No. 14 Wisconsin(6:34.91), No. 7 Michigan (6:36.16) and No. 3 Michigan State(6:42.41).

Members of the first varsity eight include Franziska Schubert, Jana Schiller, Beth Tompkins, Ninett Kossowsky, Jess Shepherd, Anna Fago, Amanda Purcell, Diana Albrecht and Laureen Ellison.

Athletics Good Stuff

The women’s golf team began play at the 2005 NCAA Women’s GolfChampionships Tuesday in Sunriver, Ore. The tournament, with afield of 24 teams, is today through Friday at the Meadows GolfCourse at the Sunriver Resort. Ohio State is making itsninth-consecutive appearance and 15th overall in the event. Headcoach Therese Hession has taken 10 teams to NCAA postseason play,finishing a program-best No. 4 in 2003. The Buckeyes are ranked No.8 heading into the competition this year after winning the NCAAEast Regional by six strokes over No. 1 Duke last week. Livescoring of the event is available at www.golfstat.com. The No. 26men’s tennis team fell, 4-2, to No. 14 Tennessee Sunday in NCAAsecond round action in Knoxville, Tenn. In the NCAA first round,Ohio State shutout Brown, 4-0. The Buckeyes, who made theirsixth-consecutive NCAA appearance, finished the season 20-9overall, 10-3 in Big Ten play and second at the conferencechampionship. Sophomore Buckeye Joey Atas went undefeated inpost-season action with five singles wins. Next up, three Buckeyescompete at the 2005 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship May 25 inCollege Station, Texas. The duo of juniors Scott Green and RossWilson, a No. 5-8 tournament seed, aims for their third nationaldoubles title this season, while sophomore Devin Mullings willcompete in singles competition. Baseball improved to 31-16 overalland 14-11 in the Big Ten after claiming three of the four games atNorthwestern this past weekend. Ohio State ran its win streak tonine straight games with a 7-2 triumph in game one, butNorthwestern came back to win 9-6 in game two before the Buckeyeswon the series with 10-2 and 1-0 victories. Ronnie Bourquin led theBuckeyes with a .462 batting average (6-for-13) at Northwestern.The sophomore from Canton, Ohio, drove in two runs. Eric Fryer,Mike Rabin and Jacob Howell each added five hits. Howell drove in ateam-high five RBI in the four games, while Rabin added four. TheBuckeyes had several outstanding performances on the mound in thethree wins at Northwestern. Dan DeLucia pitched his second straightnine-inning complete game in the series opener, a 7-2 win. Hestruck out four without a walk and limited the Wildcats to fivehits. In game three, Mike Madsen pitched his third complete game ofthe season with a career-best nine strikeouts to beat Northwestern10-2 and become the first Buckeye to six wins. In the finale, TrentLuyster, kept pace with Madsen for his sixth victory of the season.He allowed only two hits in seven scoreless innings before givingway to Rory Meister, who picked up his fourth save of the season.The Buckeyes play host to Miami (Ohio) Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. in amake-up game from last week’s cancelled game. Ohio State closes outthe regular season this weekend with a four-game Big Ten series vs.Minnesota. The Buckeyes are currently tied for fifth and are a½ game out of second place. They need only one win toclinch Bob Todd’s 17th Big Ten tournament appearance. Thefourth-ranked rowing team won the 2005 Aramark Central RegionChampionships to capture their third-consecutive regional title atLake Melton in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Ohio State finished second overallafter tallying 366 points, six points behind first place Virginia,who won the 2005 Aramark title. Three of the six boats finishedfirst in their respective Grand Final to clinch regionalchampionship titles.

The first varsity eight topped five boats in the Grand Final to finish first with a time of 6:27.50 and capture 189 points. Ohio State defeated No. 11 Tennessee (6:29.61), No. 9 Virginia (6:29.91), No. 14 Wisconsin (6:34.91), No. 7 Michigan (6:36.16) and No. 3 Michigan State (6:42.41). This is the third-consecutive year the Buckeyes placed first in the Grand Final, to win the central region championship title.

The second varsity eight finished second in the Grand Final, losing to Virginia by 0.82 seconds with a time of 6:34.12. The first varsity four took second place in the Petite final with a time of 7:46.93 to finish eighth overall. The second varsity four won the Grand Final in the Open 4 category to win the regional championship title with a time of 7:38.90.

The first novice eight finished third in the Grand Final with a time of 7:09.38 and the second novice eight took first in the Grand Final to win the regional championship title with a time of 7:21.60.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the2005 Big Ten Championships this past weekend at Jesse OwensMemorial Stadium and finished ninth and fifth, respectively.

A trio of jumpers along with sophomore sprinter Jenna Harris and senior thrower Shelaine Larson highlighted the three-day event for the Buckeyes. Harris accounted for 23 of the squad’s 85 points during the Big Ten championships as she claimed the title in the 100-meter dash (11.61) and placed third in the 200m. In the jump events, seniors Rosalind Goodwin (20-1 1/2) and Shayla Moore (42-7) took Big Ten crowns in the long and triple jumps to give the two seniors seven of the last eight Big Ten titles in the women’s horizontal jumps in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. In the high jump, sophomore Jesse Stringer captured her first Big Ten championship thanks to winning a jump off at 5-10 with Peaches Roach of Iowa. In the hammer throw, Larson placed second with a toss of 197-1.

On the men’s side, the Buckeyes received third-place finishes from Todd Dutch in the 100m and 200m dash. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Aaron Fisher took a 50-meter lead into final 200m of the event, but landed awkwardly on his foot as he cleared the last water jump to take second. In the throw events, Bryan Duby took third in the hammer.

The Buckeyes take a week off competition before heading to the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in Bloomington, Ind., May 28-29.

Senior Scott Anderson will be the lone representative for themen’s golf team May 19-21 at the 2005 NCAA Central Regional inSouth Bend, Ind. The University of Notre Dame will play host to theevent at the par 72 Warren Golf Course (7,011 yards). The three-dayevent begins with two waves of tee times beginning Thursday at 7:12a.m. and 11:15 a.m., the event concludes Saturday. Men’s lacrossesenior midfielder Tom Randisi earned First Team All-Great WesternLacrosse League honors, while junior midfielder Andrew Bender andjunior defenseman Brian Yontz were second team all-conferenceselections, the league announced Wednesday. Randisi, from Towson,Md. (Calvert Hall), was a second-team all-conference choice thelast two seasons. Five members of the softball team were awardedAll-Big Ten honors last week as the Buckeyes (32-17, 9-7 Big Ten)concluded their season at the Big Ten tournament. Sophomore JameeJuarez and freshman Liz Caputo were named second-team, whileseniors Ashley Cutcliff and Karisa Evans and sophomore NycoleKoyano were third-team. With 32 wins this season Ohio Staterecorded the school’s ninth 30-win season, with five of thosecoming under the direction of ninth-year head coach LindaKalafatis. Seniors Cutcliff, Evans, Natalie Hales, Jennifer Johnsonand Meghan Rowlands leave Ohio State as the fourth-winningest classin Buckeye softball history, having totaled 148 wins (148-79,.652). The postseason banquet is scheduled for June 5. The men’sgymnastics held its annual team banquet, honoring the Buckeyes’achievements during the 2005 season May 14 at the Faculty Club.Senior co-captains Randy Monahan (Elizabethtown, Pa./Central Pa.Academy of Gym.) and Cody Trobaugh (Dallas, Texas/ Houston Gym.Academy) were honored with the Captain’s Award after serving therole during the season. Monahan and Trobaugh also were awarded withthe Most Consistent Award, which honors those gymnasts who havemade a steady contribution to the squad’s success.

Freshman DJ Bucher (Mason, Ohio/Queen City Gym.) picked up the Coaches Award, which is presented to the gymnast who has demonstrated hard work in the gym and in the classroom. The Most Improved Award went to sophomore Nicholaus Searcy (Dublin, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gym.) after the Dublin, Ohio, native competed in all 11 meets for the Buckeyes and recorded two career highs.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, May 17 -Sunday, May 22

Tuesday, May 17
Baseball vs. Miami, 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at NCAA Championships
Sun River, Ore.

Wednesday, May 18
Women’s Golf at NCAA Championships
Sun River, Ore.

Thursday, May 19
Women’s Golf at NCAA Championships
Sun River, Ore.

Men’s Golf at NCAA Regionals
South Bend, Ind.

Friday, May 20
Baseball vs. Minnesota, 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at NCAA Championships
Sun River, Ore.

Men’s Golf at NCAA Regionals
South Bend, Ind.

Saturday, May 21
Baseball vs. Minnesota, 4:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, May 22
Baseball vs. Minnesota, 1:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio