Feb. 7, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams completed the final day of competition at the Indiana Invite in record-setting fashion as collegiate, venue and Ohio State standards fell in the field events, while several other Buckeyes turned in season-best times Saturday at IU’s Gladstien Field House in Bloomington, Ind.
Ohio State five-time All-American Dan Taylor eclipsed his own American collegiate record in the weight throw with a winning mark of 76-feet – 3-inches (76-3) as he topped his previous figure of 76-2.25, set Jan. 10 in the season-opening Buckeye Invitational. Taylor added his 10th first-place finish in as many throw events this season with a winning heave of 62-1.25 in the shot put. The mark in the weight also served as a Gladstien Field House record and bettered Taylor’s Ohio State standard in the event. Taylor scored automatic qualifiers for the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships in both events Saturday.
A venue mark also fell in the women’s long jump as Ohio State junior Rosalind Goodwin continued her climb up the national list with a winning leap of 20-6.25 to set a Gladstien Field House record, while breaking the Ohio State all-time record in the event previously held by Theresa Diggs, who owned the mark for more than 16 years at 20-4.25. The effort served as Goodwin’s fourth straight first-place score in the long jump as she set a personal best for the third week in a row. Goodwin’s measure served as a provisional qualified to the NCAA’s.
Another record fell in the field events as senior pole vaulter Becky Heintz, who combined with teammate Robyn Mroz to break the program record in the Ohio State Invite last week with an 11-11.75, became the first Buckeye to clear 12-feet in the women’s pole vault with a 12-1.50 to claim second place and gain the OSU record. Fellow vaulter, Seth MacCarter placed third on the men’s side with a 16-0.75.
A career best also was set in the women’s 5000 meters as senior Lyndsi Gay proved to be the class of the field, finishing in a time of 16:47.75. Ohio State also found success in the middle distance events as Buckeye junior John Morris clocked a 1:20.71 to top the men’s 600-meter run, while Tamecia Brown set a season best 1:34.18 to place third in the women’s 600m. In addition, sophomore Joe Gourley turned in a 1:52.84 to take third in the men’s 800m.
The Buckeyes scored a winning mark in the throw events on the women’s side as well as junior Shelaine Larson provisionally qualified for the NCAA’s with a first-place effort of 50-0.50 in the shot put, while also placing second in the weight throw with a heave of 59-4.25. Katy Houser added a third-place effort in the weight and Alexis McCall took fourth in the shot put. On the men’s end, senior Bryan Duby took third in the weight with a season-best 60-0.25.
Jumpers Shayla Moore and Billy Mills helped the Buckeyes with Top 3 finishes in the women’s triple jump (40-1.50) and men’s high jump (6-9), respectively, while senior Brandi Hogan clocked a season best 8.54 to add another Top 3 in the women’s 60-meter hurdles.
The relay teams faired well as the Buckeyes scored fourth in the men’s 4x400m, tying a season best with a 3:19.46. The women claimed third in a time of 3:50.75.
The Buckeyes travel to another Big Ten site next week as competitors in the Nittany Lion Invitational Friday and Saturday in State College, Pa.