May 27, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio-While the Buckeye women’s and men’s track and field teams finished sixth and tenth respectively at the Big Ten Track and Field Outdoor Championships, many members of the teams achieved more than expected, giving the program reason to feel optimistic about its chances in the future.
BATTLING THROUGH INJURIES
Ohio State was without several of its key components heading into the championships, foremost among them Reggie Germany and Desiree Jones. Germany, who began the season strong before being lost to a spring football injury, was part of the defending champion Big Ten 400 meter relay team. Pentathlete Desiree Jones was felled by a knee injury and was unable to seek back-to-back titles after claiming the Big Ten Indoor Penthathlon title earlier in the year. In addition to losing Germany, the team had to deal with not having its own outdoor facility to conduct practices. Despite these setbacks, the Buckeyes found solace in the impressive performance of several squad members.
AN MVP FOR ALL SEASONS
Junior Dominque Calloway was named the Big Ten Most Valuable Performer at the conclusion of the Championships. She captured the 100 meter low hurdles championship, on her way to smashing the Big Ten record.
AND THE RECORDS COME DOWN…
Calloway was not the only Buckeye leaving her mark on the record books. Both she and Donica Merriman broke the 19-year-old school record for the 100 meter low hurdles and the Big Ten record previously held by Ohio State’s own Shandi-Boyd Pleasant.
PERSONAL RECORDS SET AS WELL
Merriman set personal bests in the 200 meter dash and 100 meter hurdles, while Ayanna Reece set a personal record in the 400 meter dash in the preliminaries and finals, improving by a full two seconds. Reece could well be considered a wellspring of stamina for the Buckeyes, as she competed in a total of seven races over two days (4×100 meter relay, 100 meter hurdles, 400 meter hurdles, 400 meter dash and the 4×4 meter relay).
RACKING UP THE POINTS
Alexis Schulist defied expectations and gave the Buckeyes nine points, finishing third and seventh in the 10K and 5K, respectively. On that same line, Carrie Hoblet was part of the reason the womens team did so well in the 4×400 meter relay. Joe Crallie contributed eight points in the long and triple jumps and also helped out as part of both mens relay teams. Speedster Ryan Grear chipped in 7.50 points in both hurdles and was a member of the 4×100 meter relay, while Cory Johnson gave Ohio State five points in the pole vault.
HOBLET MAKES COSIDA FIRST TEAM
Carrie Hoblet was named to the 1998-99 Womens Spring At-Large-University Division GTE Academic All-District IV First Team as selected by CoSIDA. The junior human nutrition major is the only woman for the Buckeyes to make either the first or the second team. She joins Shae Weiskircher from Miami (Ohio) and Melissa Converse from Ohio University as the Ohio school representatives on the first team.
–Carrie Hoblet was named to the 1998-99 Women’s Spring At-Large GTE Academic All-District IV CoSIDA First Team.
–Dominque Calloway and Donica Merriman are ranked second and seventh in the nation, respectively, in the 100 meter hurdles. They are also ranked the same way in the collegiate ranks.
–Calloway and Merriman broke the 19-year-old school record in the hurdles and the two-year-old Big Ten record previously held by Shandi-Boyd Pleasant.
–Merriman tallied 26 points towards the Buckeyes finish by herself, while Calloway and Ayanna Reece gave the team 16.5 points.
–Senior Janeen Coleman earned her first Big Ten ring as part of the 4×4 womens relay team.