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Feb. 1, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field team played host to the 2003 Ohio State Invitational Saturday at French Field House in an event that featured 18-schools spanning from Division I, I-AA, III and NAIA. Ohio State All-American thrower Dan Taylor (Jr., Middlefield, Ohio), led 11 Buckeyes with first place finishes in the event.

Taylor, a junior, once again dominated the throwing events as he bested his own school record in the shot put to finish first, while placing second in the weight throw with a mark of 20.11m. Taylor posted a 20.52m mark in the shot put to once again automatically qualify for national competition and claim first place for the fourth-consecutive competition. The throw is the best in the nation in the 2003 season. . Sprinter Joel Brown (Jr., Baltimore, Md./ Woodlawn), established a new French record in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 7.97 to place first in the event. Ohio State senior Molly Logan completed the OSU sweep of the hurdle events with an 8.51 time to also place first. Fellow OSU hurdler Brandi Hogan finished second behind Logan with a time of 8.99. Logan also placed third in the 200m dash.

Also combining for an Ohio State event-sweep were high jumpers Tami Smith (Sr., Galloway, Ohio/ Westland) and Billy Mills (Fr., Copley, Ohio/ Copley). Mills split the men’s crown with two fellow Buckeye jumpers, Brad Hart (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio/ Highland) and Jeff Cerveny, (Jr., West Jefferson, Ohio/ West Jefferson) each with a leap of 2.06 m, while Smith claimed her four-consecutive first place finish with a jump of 1.72m. Ohio State junior Drew Carter (Sr., Solon, Ohio/ Solon) also contributed a first place finish for the jump squad with a 7.62 provisional qualification mark in the long jump.

Women jumpers Shayla Moore (Jessup, Md.) and Rosalind Goodwin (Louisville, Ky.) teamed-up for a 1-2 finish in the triple jump as Moore claimed first with a leap of 12.48m, while Goodwin’s 12.21m performance was good for a second place finish. Ohio State pole vaulter Jeremiah Johnson (Sr., Port Washington, Ohio) completed a spectacular day for the jumpers as he posted a personal best 16.75m mark to place first.

Junior jumper Nosa Ehimwenman (Homewood, Ill.) also placed first in the triple jump with a leap of 15.60m.

Erin Carter (Sr., Logan, Ohio), Krista Keir (Sr., Westerville, Ohio) and Alexis McCall (Jr., Elyria, Ohio) each contributed well on the women’s side of the shot put as they placed second, third and fourth, respectively. Carter provisionally qualified with her 15.50m performance.

The Buckeyes also excelled in the distance events Saturday as Ohio State junior Lindsi Gay (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) took first in the women’s 5000-meter run (19: 04.38) and senior distance runner Derrick Butler (Cincinnati, Ohio) grabbed first on the men’s side of the event with a time of 14:35 to kick off the day’s events, while senior Rob Myers (Rushville, Ohio) established a personal best, a new school mark and a French Field House record in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:23.85, as he broke both records set by former Buckeye great and Olympian Mark Croghan (1988-91).

Also worthy of note, Ohio State sprinter Greg Norman (So., Kent, Ohio) equaled his best time of 2003 indoor season in the 60-meter dash as he placed second with a time of 6.88, which fell just behind the French Field House record breaking performance by Toledo’s Exavier Darden, who won the event with a time of 6.85. Tabitha Schwartz of Miami (Ohio) established a new venue record in the pole vault with a figure of 3.66 m (12.00 feet), while Adrienne Blewitt of Ashland smashed the former French record in the women’s shot put with throw of 57.00 feet.

The Buckeyes next competition will take place Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky.

For complete results of the event please visit this link: http://www.deltatiming.com/events/2003/osuinv/index.htm