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Feb. 24, 2007

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team opened competition Saturday at the 2007 Big Ten Indoor Championships at Indiana’s Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes are currently in third place, ahead of No. 11 Michigan and other Big Ten rivals. No. 2 Wisconsin (32 points) is in the lead after day one. The Buckeyes were led on day one by junior Lenny Jatsek, as he won the weight throw to defend the title he won in 2006.

Jatsek took the weight throw with a season best heave of 66 feet, 9 ¾ inches, winning the title for the second consecutive season. Jatsek will bring the weight throw title back to Columbus for the fifth consecutive season. Also in the weight, junior Dave Ebersole took fourth with a season best mark of 62-10 3/4.

“We had a fantastic first day and I was very proud of the way that everyone was cheering for each other. From the start of the multi-events to the DMR at the end, I was very proud of the way our team handled themselves,” head coach Robert Gary said. “I have talked about scoring opportunities on Sunday (day 2) of this meet and we have succeeded in giving ourselves a bunch with some serious points on the table. I think we’re in a fantastic position to make a run at top 4 and we are having a great time. Again, th culture of our program and the expectations that all of us involved have are really beginning to take shape. I can’t wait for tomorrow.”

Also scoring points on Saturday was Ohio State’s distance medley relay team of Taylor Candella, Gerald Griffin Elon Simms and Jeff See, who took third. Freshman Chad Baylo took was sixth in the finals of the 3,000-meter run in a time of 8:18.23, claiming three team points for the Buckeyes. Also on the track the preliminary rounds for several events were held Saturday. In the mile Jeff See had the best prelim time of 4:08.7. He will take a shot at the Big Ten Championships meet record Sunday in the finals at 1:50 p.m. In the 60-meter dash Tony Cole posted the top time in the semifinals with a season best mark of 6.67. His mark also is an NCAA provisional qualifier and is the second best mark in Ohio State history topping the mark he set last week at the Buckeye Invitational. This time also is tied for fifth-best in the country this season. Cole added to his top time in the 60m with a season best and the top qualifying time in the 200-meter dash (21.34). In the 600-meter run, sophomore Elon Simms fronted the prelims with a Big Ten best time of 1:17.88.

Complete results are posted on www.bigten.org.

Events will continue inside the Gladstein Field house at 10 a.m. Sunday.