May 1, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 19th annual running of the Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic came to a premature close Saturday night because of lightning and severe weather at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Highlighting the meet was a record-setting performance by Ohio State senior hurdler/sprinter Joel Brown and an event title defense by fellow senior Dan Taylor in the shot put. Saturday also saw the largest field of high school competitors in the history of the Classic as teams from across Ohio contributed to a record field of approximately 1,700 athletes, spanning high school, college and open competitors.
Brown bested his own Ohio State record to win the men’s 110-meter hurdles as he crossed the finish line in a wind-aided time of 13.56 to defend his 2003 Jesse Owens hurdles title. Brown’s time fell just .02 shy of the Jesse Owens Stadium record set by Tennessee’s Jabari Greer at the 2003 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. Brown also competed in the 200-meter dash and took second behind a venue record setter by Leshaunte Edwards. Edwards topped the field by improving his own Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium record of 20.71 – set at the Classic last season – with a 20.42. Brown finished at 20.74, a career best. In his third event of the day, Brown placed fourth in the 100-meter dash at 10.60.
Taylor, who claimed sixth in the hammer Friday night, defended his 2003 Jesse Owens Classic title with a season best and career outdoor long of 67 feet, 8 inches in his fifth and final throw of the event. Taylor also used his last throw to take third in the discus at 184-1, which just missed his season best of 185-0 set March 26.
The Ohio State women’s 4×100-meter relay team, consisting of Molly Logan, Rosalind Goodwin, Brandi Hogan and Jenna Harris, claimed third place with a 46.25, falling behind the winning time of 44.58 set by Team USA High Performance. On the men’s side, Brown turned in a torrid anchor leg of the 4×100, but fell just short of runner-up Findlay at the finish line to take third with a season-best 41.12. Saturday’s distance events saw, senior Tamecia Brown claim the women’s 800-meter run in a time of 2:11.47, while freshman Melanie Price claimed fourth in the 1,500-meter run in 4:37.30.
On the women’s end of the throws, sophomore Amarachi Ukabam placed third in the women’s discus with a 163 and later took third in the shot put at a distance of 51-4.50. Junior Keturah Lofton took sixth with a heave of 158-7 in the discus as well.
The jumps featured a season-best 11-9.75 by senior Becky Heintz to tie for third in the women’s pole vault, while Goodwin fell just two inches short of her own Ohio State record of 20-11.75 to take second in the women’s long jump with a leap of 20-9.75. Also in the jumps, freshman Jessie Stringer scored a fourth-place height of 5-4.25 and senior Seth MacCarter took fifth at a height of 15-5 in the men’s pole vault.
Ohio State closes the regular season next weekend at the Campbell/Wright Invitational in Akron, Ohio Friday and Saturday.
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