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May 25, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Postseason competition No. 2 is on the docket for the Ohio State Track and Field team as 19 members of the squad head to the 2004 Mideast Regional Championships May 28-29 in Baton Rouge, La. LSU’s Bernie Moore Track serves as the venue for the two-year old event that was held for the first time last season at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Field events are slated for a noon (CDT) start both Friday and Saturday, while the running events will take place at 4 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. (CDT) Saturday.

TAYLOR REPEATS AS BIG TEN OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Dan Taylor was awarded his second career Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year honor by the conference office Tuesday. The senior, who won the award in both the 2003 indoor and outdoor seasons, recently claimed his third straight Big Ten outdoor shot put title.

The native of Middlefield, Ohio is the first Buckeye to become a two-time outdoor Big Ten athlete of the year winner as he claimed Ohio State’s third overall male award in program history. In 2000, Andrew Pierce (1998-2001) was deemed top male athlete in the conference after setting the championship meet record to win the 400-meter dash.

In the championships at Purdue’s Rankin Field, Taylor posted Top 3 marks in each of the heavy throw events, using a track record of 66 feet, 8.50 (66-8.50) to win the shot, while placing second in the discus at a season-best length of 186-8 and second in the hammer at 202-0. Overall, Taylor supplied 26 team points in helping the Buckeyes to a third-place final standing, Ohio State’s highest since another third-place score in 2000. BROWN, FISHER DOUBLE THEIR PLEASURE WITH SECOND BIG TEN TITLES
Senior hurdler/sprinter Joel Brown and junior distance runner Aaron Fisher each claimed Big Ten titles at the 2003 meet. The pair accomplished the feat again two weeks ago, but in different contexts.

Brown successfully defended his 2003 conference medal in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 13.88, while also taking second in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

Fisher, the 2003 Big Ten champ in the 5,000 meters, claimed the top honor in the steeplechase in 2004 as he breezed to the No. 1 standing in 8:44.59.

MAKE IT A TRIPLE FOR TAYLOR IN THE SHOT PUT
Taylor claimed his third straight Big Ten shot put championship in 2004 after heaving a mark of 66-8.50, becoming the first in Ohio State annals to win three shot put crowns. He also is the lone Buckeye to “three-peat” in an outdoor event since Jordan Gray won the 110-meter hurdles from 1991-93.

The 2004 Big Ten shot put championship is Taylor’s fifth in his career spanning the indoor and outdoor seasons. He successfully defended his 2003 indoor shot put title at the 2004 conference meet.

LOFTON BREAKS HAMMER RECORD AGAIN EN ROUTE TO BIG TEN CROWN
Junior thrower Keturah Lofton broke her own Big Ten and Ohio State record in the hammer throw May 14 to claim her first career Big Ten outdoor title.

Lofton used a heave of 200 feet, 7 inches (200-7) to better the 200-2 she set May 8 at the Campbell/Wright Invite in Akron, Ohio. Lofton’s mark also snapped the Big Ten meet record of 199-2, set by April Phillips of Michigan last season.

GOODWIN EQUALS OSU RECORD TO WIN BIG TEN TRIPLE JUMP TITLE
Rosalind Goodwin, a junior jumper, recorded her first Big Ten outdoor title with her OSU record-setter in the triple jump. Goodwin tied Shandi Boyd-Pleasant’s Ohio State all-time mark of 43-2.50 set in 1996 to claim the top spot.

Goodwin, who also placed second in the long jump at the Big Ten meet, now owns or shares the Ohio State records in both the indoor and outdoor long and triple jump events.

Goodwin set her OSU indoor records in consecutive days to place first at the Big Ten meet.

Goodwin’s Outdoor Records: Long Jump 20-11.75 April 17, 2004 Triple Jump 43-2.50* May 16, 2004 * tied with Shandi Boyd-Pleasant (1996) Goodwin’s Indoor Records: Long Jump 20-9 Feb. 28, 2004 Triple Jump 43-6.50 Feb. 29, 2004

UKABAM CHASES REGIONAL DISCUS DEFENSE
Sophomore thrower Amarachi Ukabam served as the lone Mideast regional champion for Ohio State in the 2003 meet with her winning effort of 171-2 in the women’s discus.

Ukabam helped the women’s team to a sixth-place standing at the 2003 regionals and looks to add a second regional crown to her mantle this season.

Ukabam, who placed second in the Big Ten discus for the second straight season May 15 at the conference meet, holds the top mark on the team at 178 feet, set March 26.

SEVEN BUCKEYES CLAIM EVENTS; MEN’S TEAM TAKES THIRD, WOMEN FOURTH AT 2004 BIG TEN MEET
The men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in Top 4 performances for the second straight season at the 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Championships as seven Buckeyes claimed individual titles. Ohio State placed third on the men’s side with 105 team points, while the women took fourth at 85 points.

Keturah Lofton got things rolling for the Buckeyes Friday night as the junior broke her own Big Ten and OSU record to win the women’s hammer at a measure of 200 feet, 7 inches (200-7). Also turning in a record-setting length was Rosalind Goodwin, who won the women’s long jump with an Ohio State all-time best 43-2.50. Senior Molly Logan used a time of 13.36 to win a title on the track for the women’s in the 100-meter hurdles.

The men were led by successful 2003 event championship defenses by seniors Joel Brown in the 110-meter hurdles and Dan Taylor in the shot put. Brown breezed to a first-place mark in the 110m hurdles in a time of 13.88 before claiming runner-up times in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Taylor, who placed in the Top 2 in both the hammer and discus events on the weekend, won his third consecutive Big Ten crown in the shot put with a throw covering 66-8.50. Overall, Brown and Taylor accounted for 26 team points.

The men also received high marks in the distance events as junior Aaron Fisher, the 2003 Big Ten winner in the 5,000 meters, claimed the No. 1 spot in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday night in a time of 8:44.59. On Sunday, fellow junior Brian Olinger claimed the 5,000-meter title for Ohio State for the second straight season as he timed a 14:09.80.

15 OF 19 REGIONAL QUALIFIERS MAKE RETURN TRIP
Among the 19 Ohio State qualifiers making the trip to Baton Rouge are 15 regional participants from last season. Leading the way is 2003 regional champion Amarachi Ukabam in the discus.

The remaining 14 athletes making their second appearances are Rosalind Goodwin, Shayla Moore, Keturah Lofton, Katy Houser and Molly Logan for the women, while the men send Joel Brown, Sjaan Gerth, Billy Mills, Rob Myers, Brian Olinger, George Hoover, Aaron Fisher, Bryan Duby and Dan Taylor.

2004 MIDEAST REGIONAL REVISITED
Leading Ohio State was a regional championship effort by thrower Amarachi Ukabam as she topped the field in the women’s discus with a throw of 171-2. Ukabam also qualified for nationals in the shot put. 2003 Big Ten Athlete of the Year Dan Taylor joined Ukabam as a qualifier for the NCAA’s in multiple events as he scored runner-up marks in the shot put and discus, while taking third in the hammer. Taylor’s 193-7 mark in the discus surpassed his own OSU record.

Sprinter Joel Brown also established an Ohio State record as he took second in the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a career-best 13.58. Brown was edged at the finish line by just .01. Fellow hurdler Molly Logan also posted a career-best mark of 13.03 to place third in the finals of the women’s 100-meter hurdles.

Drew Carter also set a personal record with a leap of 26-3.50 to place second in the long jump, while fellow jumper Shayla Moore earned a fourth-place score at 43-0.25 in the women’s triple.

SHOT PUT RECORD FALLS INTO UKABAM’S HANDS
Sophomore thrower Amarachi Ukabam etched her name into the Ohio State records book while competing at the Campbell/Wright Open May 8. Ukabam used a first-place throw in the shot put that covered 53-11.25, to become the first female in OSU annals to eclipse 53 feet. In doing so, Ukabam snapped the previous school record of 52-11, set by senior Alexis McCall at the 2002 Big Ten Championships.

MYERS USED MICHIGAN MEET TO POST TIME AMONG NCAA ELITE
Senior distance man Rob Myers, an All-American who owns the Ohio State record in both the indoor mile and 1,000-meter run, looked to scratch his name in the OSU annals in the outdoor 1,500m Friday at the Len Paddock Invite in Ann Arbor, Mich,. Myers clocked a personal record in a time of 3:41.13, which missed the Buckeye record by less than four seconds. Myers’ time served as a qualifier to the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, but fell shy of the 20-year old record set by Tom Byers in 1974 at 3:37.50.

Heading into last week, Myers’ time would have served as the sixth-fastest in the NCAA. Currently, Myers owns the best time in mile among Big Ten runners.

FISHER BLAZES TO NATION’S BEST TIME IN 3,000m STEEPLECHASE
Junior distance runner Aaron Fisher set the Ohio State season best in the steeplechase April 16 at the Mt. SAC Relays at 8:52.35. The next week, his time was eclipsed by teammate Brian Olinger at 8:50.02 at the Penn Relays.

A week later at the Jesse Owens Classic, Fisher answered the call as he shattered the Olinger’s mark with a first-place time of 8:37.33, which fell less than a second behind the Jesse Owens Stadium record of 8:36.55, set by OSU assistant coach Robert Gary in 2001.

The 8:37.33 is the fastest time in the steeplechase so far this season in the NCAA.

BUCKEYES AMONG NATIONAL RANKINGS
In addition to Fisher’s No. 1 time on the national list in the steeplechase (8:37.33), several more Buckeyes rank among the NCAA leaders heading toward postseason.

Taylor ranks in the Top 4 in both the shot put and hammer throw, while J. Brown (13.60/13.56 wind-aided) currently owns the No. 5 spot nationally in the 110m hurdles. Brown also ranks No. 16 in the country in the 200m, while Taylor sits at No. 17 in the discus.

On May 7, Myers clocked a time worthy of a Top 6 standing in the 1,500m at 3:41.13 at the Paddock Invite in Ann Arbor, Mich. Also in distance events, junior Brian Olinger trails Fisher in the steeple at the No. 22 position with a time of 8:50.02, while holding the No. 25 spot in the 5,000 meters at 13:56.02.

The women’s side boasts a pair of Top 15 performers in junior Rosalind Goodwin and sophomore Amarachi Ukabam. Goodwin (20-11.75) rates No. 13 in the long jump and at 14th in the triple at an OSU best 43-6.50. Ukabam (178-0) sits at No. 9 in the discus and also holds the No. 15 spot in the shot with her school record 53-11.25 set May 8.

Also ranked in the women’s Top 20 are Molly Logan and Keturah Lofton, who each rank 18th in the 110m hurdles and hammer throw, respectively.

FISHER, MYERS AND TAYLOR RATE IN U.S. TOP 5, BROWN TOP 15
Not only do Brown, Fisher, Myers and Taylor find themselves in the top ranks in the NCAA in their respective events, but also among the best marks in the United States in 2004.

Fisher’s steeple time of 8:37.33 at the Jesse Owens Classic qualifies for fourth in the U.S., while Taylor also used his outdoor personal record of 67-8 in the shot at the Owens to claim the No. 4 slot in U.S. event lists. Taylor also hold a No. 20 ranking in the hammer.

With his indoor times, Myers rates in the Top 10 in the trackandfieldnews.com comprehensive lists in both the 1,500m and mile run. Myers clocked both his 3:40.80 in the 1,500m, which ranks seventh, and his 4:00.17 in the mile, good for ninth, in February. The 1,500m time came at the Indiana Invite Feb. 6. The four-minute mile came at the Kentucky Invite Feb. 28.

Brown’s time of 13.60 in the hurdles set at the Ohio State Relays stands at No. 13 in the U.S., while his 20.64 in the Jesse Owens Classic 200m sits at No. 23 in the U.S.

On the women’s side, Goodwin, Lofton and Ukabam all hold Top 25 marks in the U.S. ranks. Goodwin has climbed into the Top 20 in both the long and triple jumps, while Ukabam stakes claim inside the Top 25 in the discus. Lofton rates among the 30 best in the hammer.

Mideast Regional lists are provided on the following pages.

HARRIS CONTINUES TO ROLL IN FIRST SEASON
Freshman Jenna Harris has established herself as the squad’s top sprinter on the women’s side as she has posted top times for OSU in the 60m dash, 100m and the 200m dash in each of the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Indoors, Harris posted season-bests in the 60m and 200m as she timed a 7.48 in the 60m at the Sykes/Sabock Challenge and a 24.18 in the 200m and winner in the 60m at the Scarlet and Gray Invite last week.

Harris put a cap on a solid first year in the outdoor season with season bests in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the 2004 Big Ten meet. Harris’ time of 23.89 in the 200m qualified for a trip to this week’s regional.

BROWN BOUNCES 110m HURDLES MARK, NAMED BIG TEN AOW MAY 3
Joel Brown was awarded by the Big Ten for a busy and successful weekend on the track at the 2004 Jesse Owens Classic. The Baltimore native not only broke his own OSU record to win the 110-meter hurdles, but also clocked a season best in the 200-meter dash, took fourth in the 100 meters and ran a torrid anchor leg to boost the men’s 4×100-meter relay team to season-best mark after a shaky handoff in turn No. 3.

Brown’s winning time of 13.56 in the 110m hurdles bested his former mark of 13.58 set last season as the runner-up at the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. Later Saturday, Brown moved past his career best mark of 20.99 in the 200 meters to claim second place in a time of 20.74. Brown was defeated in the 200-meter by a Jesse Owens Stadium record 20.42, timed by Leshaunte Edwards of Roos Track Club. Friday, Brown ran in the men’s 100-meter dash and raced to a time worthy of fourth place at 10.60.

TAYLOR LAUNCHES OUTDOOR BEST TO WIN SHOT PUT AT JESSE OWENS
Dan Taylor used a career best in the outdoor shot put to successfully defend his 2003 Jesse Owens Track Classic title Saturday. Taylor measured 67 feet, 8 inches (67-8), a shade better than his previous best of 67-7.75 set at the Penn Relays last week.

TAYLOR EARNS BACK-TO-BACK ATHLETE OF THE PENN RELAYS HONORS
Dan Taylor defended his 2003 titles in both the hammer throw and shot put championships of America events April 22-24 at the 2004 Penn Relay Carnival in Philadelphia, Pa. The victories helped Taylor claim outstanding male athlete of the event honors for the second consecutive season. He became the first to win both the hammer and shot put events in back-to-back seasons in the 110-year history of the carnival.

Taylor is the first to repeat as male athlete of the meet since TCU sprinter Kim Collins accomplished the feat at the 2000 and 2001 carnivals. In 2003, Taylor claimed the hammer and shot titles with marks of 209-8 and 65-0.50, respectively, to gain his first athlete of the meet honor.

OSU ASSISTANT GARY CONTINUES PREP FOR 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES
Robert Gary, head coach of the men’s cross country team and track and field assistant coach at Ohio State, turned in the top time on the U.S. team at the 2004 Cross Country World Championships in Brussels, Belgium in the men’s short race, placing 33rd in a time of 12:12.

Gary qualified for the world championships at the 2004 United States Cross Country Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., where he highlighted the field as he placed third in the men’s open 4-kilometer and second in the 12-kilometer divisions, posting times of 11:15 and 35:07, respectively, to earn his spot on the world cross country team.

OHIO STATE’S TAYLOR FIRST TO ACCOMPLISH INDOOR THROWS SWEEP IN NCAA HISTORY
Ohio State senior thrower Dan Taylor completed the sweep of the throw events at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. with a first-place measure in the weight throw Saturday afternoon. Taylor, who holds the American collegiate record in the weight at 78 feet, 9 Ľ inches (78-9.25), tossed a mark of 77-7.50 to top runner-up Keith McBride of Purdue (71-2.75) by more than 6 feet.

Friday at the event, which was held at the University of Arkansas’ Randall Tyson Indoor Track Center, Taylor bested the field in the shot put with a 66-7.25 to claim Ohio State’s first NCAA indoor title since 2001. With the wins, Taylor becomes the first student-athlete to win both competitions at the national indoor meet in NCAA history.

TAYLOR SETS AMERICAN COLLEGIATE WEIGHT MARK THREE TIMES IN ’04
Dan Taylor eclipsed his own American collegiate record in the weight throw for the second time in three weeks Feb. 21 at the Scarlet and Gray Invite in French Field House. The senior posted a winning mark of 78 feet, 9 1/4 inches (78-9.25/24.01 meters) as he narrowly missed setting a NCAA record in the event by a mere centimeter. Taylor fell shy of the NCAA mark of 24.02 meters set by Leibor Charfreitag of Southern Methodist at the 2001 NCAA Championships. The 78-9.25 defeated his previous standard of 76-3, which he set at the Indiana Invite.

Taylor initially set the American collegiate record figure of 76-2.25 Jan. 10.

TAYLOR AND UKABAM REPRESENT U.S. AT PAN AM GAMES
Throwers Dan Taylor, a senior, and sophomore Amarachi Ukabam celebrated their Big Ten championship seasons last year as selections to the 2004 United States Pan American Games.

Taylor competed in the senior games in the Dominican Republic, while Ukabam scored a junior championship in the discus in Barbados.

OSU’S WARNER NAMED TO U.S. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS STAFF
Jack Warner, Ohio State track and field assistant coach, was officially named to the 2005 United States World Championships coaching staff in December. Warner will serve as the sprints and hurdles coach at the event held in Helsinki, Finland. Dates for the championships are to be announced in the future.

WHAT’S AHEAD
The collegiate season officially comes to an end at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas June 9-12.

Buckeyes who place in the Top 5 of their regional events will earn a berth to the NCAA’s.