Jan. 29, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their indoor home schedules Saturday in French Field House in the 2005 Ohio State Invitational. Ohio State freshman Marios Iacovou became the first Buckeye to clear 7 feet since 1995 in winning the men’s high jump.
Iacouvo, from Nicosia, Cypress, reached 7 feet, ¼ inches (7-0.25) for the winning mark, placing ahead of teammate and fellow freshman Pat Woods, who cleared the bar at 6-8.75. With he leap, Iacovou became the first Buckeye to exceed 7 feet in the high jump since Otis Winston (1993-96) completed the feat in 1995 at 7-1.75. Iacovou reached 7 feet on the same day Ohio State honored its high jump record holder and former All-American Mark Cannon (1988-91). Cannon, a Big Ten champion, holds the OSU indoor record at 7-3.25. Friday, Cannon was inducted into the Ohio High School Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.
In the women’s jump events, senior All-American Rosalind Goodwin extended her conference lead in the long jump with a season-best leap of 20-8.5 to reach the finals, where she reached 20-3 to claim first place. Goodwin also improved her NCAA qualifying mark to claim first in the triple jump at a season-best 42-2.75. Fellow senior and 2003 All-American Shayla Moore took second behind Goodwin with a leap of 42-1.25. Both of Goodwin’s marks serve as provisional qualifiers for the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships, while Moore’s triple mark also ranks as a provisional mark.
In the throws, Ohio State senior Shelaine Larson placed first in the weight throw at a season-best distance of 64-8.50 and followed that with a runner-up in the shot put at a distance of 45-2.25. Larson’s mark in the weight is a provisional qualifier and topped teammates Katy Houser, who took third at 60-0.25, and Tiffany Davis, a fourth-place scorer at 58-11.25. For the men, Ohio State’s Bryan Duby took fourth in a stacked field in the weight throw. Duby, who reached a season-best last week with a heave of 67-0, posted a 66-3.75 Saturday. The Buckeyes also took third and fourth in the shot put with freshman Pat Whalen leading the way at a 54-0.50 measure.
On the track, Ohio State performed well in the shorts sprints Saturday. Sophomore Jenna Harris paced the women’s side with a first-place and season-best time of 7.47 in the 60m, narrowly missing the provisional mark of 7.44. Later, she followed with a second winner in the 200m in a time of 24.71. Harris closed her day by anchoring the women’s 4×400-meter relay to a first-place finish in a time of 3:50.37.
For the men, newcomers Todd Dutch and Anthony Cole claimed second and third place behind former Buckeye Joel Brown (2000-04) in the men’s 60m. Dutch clocked a season-best 6.81, as did Cole at 6.87. Later, Dutch topped the field in the 200m in a time of 21.99 with Cole crossing the line behind him at 22.37. Dutch also helped the Buckeyes take first in the 4×400-meter relay in 3:22.17.
Sophomore Jennifer Ogbuehi finished second in the women’s 400-meter dash in a time of 57.24 ahead of teammate Ashley McClean, who came in fifth in 58.59. In the men’s 400m, Ohio State posted three of the top five spots with sophomore James Baisden leading the way with a 50.51. The men’s 600m race also saw several Buckeyes place, with Ohio State senior John Morris taking top honors in a time of 1:21.48. Teammate Joe Gourley followed Morris in second with a time of 1:21.68.
The men’s distance team scored second and third place in the mile with Kevin Bruffy taking second in 4:21.34 and Robert Sturgess finishing third in 4:21.67. Fellow Buckeye distance man Chris Basinger won the men’s 800m in a time of 1:58.02. For the women, sophomore Laura Piper added a runner-up time in the women’s 800-meter run in a time of 2:16.95
In the women’s pole vault, Ohio State’s Kim Willet set a personal best at 10-11.75 in a jump off to score a tie for first-place. Sophomore Jessica Stringer also competed in a jump off in the women’s high jump, placing second at a height of 5-7.25.
Complete results for the 2005 Ohio State Invitational can be accessed at www.deltatiming.com .
The men’s and women’s teams head back on the road next to compete at the New York Armory Invitational in New York City.