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May 4, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Jesse Owens Track Classic Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The meet kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday and carries on Saturday with the majority of the high school events in the afternoon before the collegiate athletes and professionals take the track in the evening portion of the schedule.

MEET INFORMATION: JESSE OWENS TRACK CLASSIC
Information, schedule of events and complete results for the 2005 Jesse Owens Track Classic can by obtained by visiting www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

Live results for the event can be viewed at www.flashresults.com.

LAST WEEK: BUCKEYES SPILT SQUADS IN COMPETITION AT PENN RELAYS AND HILLSDALE DISTANCE CARNIVAL
Penn Relays: Members of the men’s and women’s teams participated in the 2005 Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin field April 28-30 in Philadelphia.

Women’s events comprised the majority of the first-day schedule, highlighted by two Ohio State seniors – Rosalind Goodwin and Shelaine Larson – competing in the collegiate championship events.Larson posted a Top 5 finish in the collegiate hammer championships with a heave of 189 feet, 3 inches. Goodwin also competed in a championship field event and took seventh in the long jump, reaching 19-10 ½.

High jumper Jessie Stringer was the only underclassman to compete Thursday. She also posted a Top 5 standing, clearing the bar at 5-8 to claim fifth in the collegiate division.

Friday, freshman high jumper Marios Iacovou won the men’s collegiate event with a season-best leap of 6-11 3/4. For the women’s team, the sprint medley unit set an Ohio State all-time record in a time of 3:56.11.

Jumpers on the women’s side also performed well as seniors Goodwin and Shayla Moore turned in Top 10 performances in the triple jump collegiate championships invitational. Goodwin placed seventh with a leap of 40-11 ¾. Moore followed in ninth at 40-7 ¾.

Hillsdale Distance Carnival: Distance runners from the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Hillsdale Distance Carnival at the Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Mich. Melanie Price bested her own school record in a runner-up performance in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 10:46.55.

Dan Glaz set a season-best to take third in the men’s 5,000-meter, crossing the finish line in 14:09.10. His teammate Braden Martinez also finished the 5K in a regional-qualifying time of 14:14.50 to take seventh place.

NEXT WEEK: OHIO STATE PLAYS HOST TO 2005 BIG TEN OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Next week, the Ohio State University will welcome teams from across the Big Ten Conference May 13-15 as it plays host to the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The last time Ohio State hosted the Big Ten championships was in 1998 in Ohio Stadium. The 2005 event will mark the first time Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has hosted the Big Ten Track and Field Championships.

The 10,000-seat stadium has proven to be one of the elite track and field complexes in the nation, having played host to the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in 2003.

FORMER BUCKEYE Joel Brown WINS OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT HURDLES AT PENN RELAYS; JOINS Rob Myers AT JESSE OWENS CLASSIC
Last week at the Penn Relays, former OSU standout Joel Brown (2000-04) claimed top honors in the men’s Olympic development 110-meter hurdles event. A three-time All-American in his time at Ohio State, Brown clocked a winning time of 13.52 in the Olympic development section of the 110-meter hurdles. Brown, currently a volunteer assistant sprints coach for Ohio State, competed for Team Nike in the event.

This week, Brown will be one of the featured hurdles in the 110-meter invitational section set to run at 6:25 p.m. Saturday.

Brown will be joined by fellow former OSU multiple All-American Rob Myers (2000-04) on the track Saturday as the third-place miler at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials will contend for the Jesse Owens championship in the mile at 8:30 p.m.

PRICE BREAKS OWN PROGRAM RECORD IN 3,000-METER STEEPLECHASE
At the All-Ohio Championships, sophomore Melanie Price placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a season-best 10:54.36, which set the Ohio State program record in the event.

Last week at the Hillsdale Carnival, Price bettered that mark by nearly eight seconds to claim another second-place finish in 10:46.55, which served as a regional qualifer to the NCAA mideast regional meet.

DISTANCE FIELDS STELLAR FOR 2005 JESSE OWENS TRACK CLASSIC
The 20th running of the Jesse Owens Track Classic May 6-7 at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium will showcase perhaps its finest distance field in the two-decade existence of the event. In past seasons, distance greats like two-time Olympian and Buckeye standout Mark Croghan, Olympian and U.S. Champion Tim Broe and 2004 Olympian Alan Webb have turned in top marks at the meet. This year, the “Jesse” features several former U.S. Olympians, Team USA world championship members and current collegiate champions at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday in the 3,000-meter steeplechase events and at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the men’s mile run.

At 10 p.m. Friday, OSU distance coach Robert Gary, an Olympian in the steeple in 1996 and 2004, will help light up the track in the steeplechase. The 1996 OSU grad will be joined by fellow 2004 Olympian Anthony Famiglietti of adidas, who won the 2002 U.S. steeplechase title. Also in the steeple field is Jordan Desiliets, the 2004 NCAA steeple champion who competes with Reebok.

Earlier Friday, the women will run in the steeple at 8 p.m. The field is highlighted by American record holder Briana Shook of Nike. Ohio State steeple record holder Melanie Price also will run in the event.

At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 talented milers take the track. A pair of current Buckeyes and one former OSU standout will step on their home track for the event. Rob Myers, who completed an All-American senior season last year for the Buckeyes, will run in the field. Myers placed third at the U.S. Olympic Trials last July and owns a personal-best time of 3:53 in the mile. He will be joined by former OSU teammates Aaron Fisher and Jacob McCauley. Fisher has pocketed two Big Ten outdoor titles in his career. Last season, he won the steeplechase and in 2002 he claimed the league crown in the 5,000 meters. Fisher was an All-American last year.

Joining the trio of Buckeyes is Grant Robinson, the 2003 NCAA Champion in the mile. A Reebok teammate with Myers, Robinson made the 2004 U.S. Olympic team in the event. Fellow Reebok member, Bryan Berryhill, will run alongside his teammates. He won a spot on the 2003 U.S. World Championships Team.

HENRY SPEAKS TO SIXTH GRADERS FROM COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
On May 4, the Ohio State Athletics Department welcomed nearly 3,000 sixth graders from the Columbus Public Schools System to campus for a pep rally at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and the Buckeye baseball game vs. Cleveland State at Bill Davis Stadium. The pep rally featured guest speakers, who stressed the importance of education and extracurricular activities.

Former Buckeye and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, who serves the university as president of the alumni association, was the first to address the students. Three current OSU student-athletes who attended schools in the Columbus public system followed Griffin, including Pannsy Henry of the OSU track and field team. Henry graduated from Marion Franklin High School in 2001.

Jessica Davenport of the Ohio State women’s basketball team and Dionte Johnson of the Buckeye football team, both products of the Columbus public system, also addressed the students.

IACOVOU WINS COLLEGIATE HIGH JUMP AT PENN RELAYS
Freshman high jumper Marios Iacovou became the 12th Buckeye to posted a qualifying mark to the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships May 28-29 in Bloomington, Ind. Iacovou cleared 6-10 3/4 to win the high jumpat the Cardinal Invitational April 23.

Last week, Iacovou won the collegiate high jump at the Penn Relays, upping his season-best to 6-11 3/4.

During the indoor season, Iacovou became the first Buckeye in 10 seasons to top the 7-foot mark.

LARSON TOSSES REGIONAL QUALIFIER IN ALL FIVE HAMMER EVENTS THIS SEASON
Throughout the 2005 indoor campaign senior Shelaine Larson proved to be one of the Buckeyes most consistent throwers. In the 2005 outdoor season, Larson has proven once again to be one of the squads’ most steady performers in posting regional qualifying marks in each of the Buckeyes’ outdoor meets.

FISHER RANKED IN TOP 10 NATIONALLY
Ohio State distance runner Aaron Fisher is ranked eighth nationally in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Fisher posted his Top 10 time of 8:45.98 while competing at the 2005 Mt. Sac Relays April 15.

GOODWIN, MOORE CLAIM LONG AND TRIPLE JUMPS AT ALL-OHIO
Senior jumpers Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore combined to turn in a pair of first-place finishes for the women with season-best efforts in both the long and triple jumps. Goodwin won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 3 3/4 inches ahead of Moore, who placed third at 18-6 1/2. In the triple jump, Moore claimed the top mark at 42-0 3/4 in front of Goodwin at 40-6 3/4. Both marks for Goodwin served as regional qualifiers, while Moore’s triple jump effort also was a regional qualifier.

COLE PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
After posting an impressive indoor campaign that saw him claim 2005 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year honors, Tony Cole has continued to impress in the outdoor season. Last week while competing at the 2005 Cardinal Invitational, Cole swept both the men’s 100 and 200-meter events. At the All-Ohio championships, Cole claimed the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.58 and placed fourth in the 200m clocking a mark of 21.95.

DUBY EARNS BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Bryan Duby was named male Athlete of the Week by the Big Ten April 12. Duby was awarded the accolade following the Big Blue Classic in Charleston, Ill. Last week, Duby claimed the hammer throw title with a career-best heave of 201-2. The award is the second in the outdoor season for the Ohio State throws team. Fellow senior Shelaine Larson claimed the women’s award March 29 after winning the hammer at the Florida Relays.

Duby claimed the league honor for the first time in his career after scoring his second hammer throw win in as many meets. Duby has topped the 200-foot mark in each of his two outdoor competitions.

LARSON EARNS SECOND BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONOR FOR 2005
Shelaine Larson, a senior thrower, was named female Athlete of the Week by the Big Ten March 29. Larson’s second Big Ten accolade of 2005 came after a career-best heave of 191-3 in the hammer throw while competing in the Florida Relays. Larson was honored by the league Feb. 22 during the final week of the indoor season.

With her toss at the Florida Relays, the native of Ventura, Calif., earned a qualifying mark to the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships May 27-28 in Bloomington, Ind. Larson’s throw ranks atop the Big Ten standings and eighth overall in the national performance standings.

Larson is the first Buckeye to claim Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors in the 2005 outdoor season and the 12th OSU thrower to win the award in the last two indoor and outdoor seasons combined.

OHIO STATE ASSISTANT Robert Gary NAMED CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF YEAR
Robert Gary, Ohio State cross country head coach and track and field distance coach, was named 2004 United States Cross Country Runner of the Year by Track and Field News.

Gary was awarded the honor following a tremendous campaign that saw him qualify for the 2004 World Cross Country Championships in both the 4 and 12-kilometer runs, posting times of 11:15 and 35:07, respectively, at the U.S. cross country championships.

At the world championships, Gary was the first American finisher in the 4k, clocking a time of 12:12.

In 2003, Gary also qualified for the world championships, winning the 4k title and placing sixth in the 12k run. Gary’s 2004 qualification to the world championships in two events marked the first time a U.S. runner made both teams in consecutive years.

Also in 2004, Gary earned a second trip to the summer Olympics in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Athens, Greece. His first trip to the Olympics came at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

This past fall, Gary directed the men’s team to a winning performance at the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships and its fourth appearance to the NCAA championships where the team finished 22nd of 30 teams.

UP NEXT
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams stay at home for the 2005 Big Ten Track and Field Championships May 13-15 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.