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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team will host their first meet of 2008 this week as they compete with Michigan in the outdoor half of “The Dual” at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

“The Dual” is a renewed rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan’s track and field programs that will see the two schools square off over the next three years in a series of indoor and outdoor dual meets three years of the indoor meets in Ann Arbor and three years of outdoor dual meets in Columbus. The Buckeyes fell, 90-71, to Michigan at the indoor dual in January, but placed higher than the Wolverines at the Big Ten indoor championships.

Saturday’s meet is being televised by the Big Ten Network and will air at a later date.

THE DUAL
Days: Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. 2:20 p.m.
Venue: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Television: The Big Ten Network (tape delayed)
Meet Information: www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Live Scoring: http://www.deltatiming.com/events/2008/osumichdual/

Time Schedule
11:00 a.m. HT, PV, LJ
12:15 p.m. TJ, SO, JT (infield)
1:30 p.m. DT, HJ
 
12:30 p.m. 3000m Steeplechase
12:40 p.m. 4 x 100m Relay
12:50 p.m. 1500m
1:00 p.m. 110m Hurdles
1:10 p.m. 400m
1:20 p.m. 100m
1:30 p.m. 800m
1:40 p.m. 400m Hurdles
1:50 p.m. 200m
2:00 p.m. 3,000m
2:20 p.m. 4 x 400m Relay

SETTING THE STAGE
The Buckeyes and the Wolverines will have several interesting match-ups on the track and in the field this weekend.

On the track, Anthony Cole for Ohio State will get another shot at All-American Adam Harris of Michigan. Harris earned All-American honors during the indoor season with a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter at the NCAA championships. Cole and Harris have battled during the indoor season with Cole often doubling in the 60m and 200m. Cole went to the NCAA championships in the 200-meter dash for the second-consecutive year, finishing 14th. 

The 4×400-meter relay should also be quite a battle as Ohio State took home the 2008 Big Ten Indoor title with Michigan featuring a team that finished third at indoors.

In the hurdles, Brian Hartline may make his Ohio State outdoor track debut, looking to pick up where he left off the last time he competed at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, winning the Ohio high school state title in the 110-meter hurdles. Elon Simms will compete in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday. Simms was an All-Big Ten performer in the event a year ago and finished third in the event at the 2006 Big Ten Championships. 

There will also be some solid match-ups in the field as Sean Pruitt of Michigan, fresh off his school-record performance at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, goes up against three-time All-American Lenny Jatsek in the hammer throw. Harris will also compete in the field for Michigan taking on Justin Yates of Ohio State in the long jump.

RECAPPING THE MICHIGAN HALF OF “THE DUAL”
Ohio State fell to Michigan, 90-71, in the indoor half of “The Dual” at Michigan’s Indoor Track Building.

Lenny Jatsek led the Buckeyes as he hit a winning mark of 66 feet, and 7 3/4 inches in the weight throw. Kyle Burns took the pole vault with a leap of 16 feet 3/4 inches while Patrick Whalen dominated in the shot put with a toss of 57-6 , topping the field by more than eight feet.

“Overall, it was a great event for our sport,” Robert Gary, Ohio State head coach, said.  “(Michigan) did a great job hosting and I am looking forward to having them come to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this weekend. Aside from the score, it was a short, terribly exciting competition that did great honor to the greatest rivalry in all of sports.”

Jeff See took the mile with a time of 4:04.73. Matt Comer earned his second-consecutive win of the indoor season in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.81.

Despite the loss the Buckeyes went on to top Michigan at the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Championships and sent more athletes to the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Buckeye’s also defeated Michigan during the cross country season taking third at the Big Ten Championships hosted by Ohio State. Michigan finished fifth. 

LAST WEEK
Ohio State opened the outdoor season by finishing third at the Southern Cup Invitational in Oxford, Ohio, on the campus of Miami University. Three Buckeyes grabbed individual titles as Ohio State finished third behind host Miami University and Cincinnati, who won the event. The Buckeyes earned third without a full complement of athletes.

Junior Elon Simms bested the field in the 400-meter hurdles by almost three seconds as he came in with a time of 52.89. In the 200-meter dash Curtis Leuenberger took first in his first outdoor race as Buckeye (Leuenberger transferred from Ohio University) with a time of 22.41. Also on the track junior Matt Comer took second and Stephen Robinson third in the 400-meter dash with times of 48.27 and 49.27, respectfully. Jonathan Francois grabbed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.12.

In the field, sophomore Justin Yates won the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet, 8 inches. Junior Patrick Whalen took second in the discus throw with a toss of 159 feet, 11 inches. Ohio State also posted two athletes in the Top 3 of the javelin throw. Patrick Filipi took second with a toss of 187 feet, 8 inches and Bryan Bunnell took third with a toss of 172 feet, 11 inches.

“SEE”ING IS BELEVIEING
Junior Jeff See won the third Big Ten title of his career during the indoor season as he defended his mile title. See has earned the Big Ten title the last two seasons in the indoor mile and he also has a Big Ten title in the distance medley relay which he won in 2006 as a freshman.

See became the first Ohio State miler to earn All-American honors since Rob Meyers in 2003 at the NCAA indoor championships. See took seventh in the NCAA mile final with a time of 4:05.75. See earned a spot in the final with a time of 4:06.10 in the prelims inside Tyson Fieldhouse. Among non-seniors, See was fourth and looks to carry this momentum into the outdoor season. While redshirting the outdoor season in 2007, See set the school record in the outdoor mile with a time of 3:58.70.

JATSEK EARNS BIG TEN INDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK AWARDS
In his final tune-up for the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the Zips Open, Lenny Jatsek posted a season-best toss in the weight throw of 69 feet, 9 inches (21.28 meters), an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Jatsek won the event and claims the conference honor for the third time in his career. The toss by the Walton Hills, Ohio, native is the second-best toss of his career and fourth-best in Ohio State history. The mark also is the best toss in the conference this season and eighth in the country.

Jatsek has posted his Top 2 tosses this season in his last two events and will look to use that momentum this weekend as he looks for his third-consecutive Big Ten Championship in the weight throw. Combined with his sister Veronica Jatsek, (a senior on the women’s track and field team) the Jatsek’s have claimed five Big Ten field athlete of the week awards this season. 

Jatsek took his first AOW on Feb. 12 for his performance at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Jatsek defeated a Big Ten-heavy field in the weight throw with a toss of 64 feet, 11 1/4 inches. Jatsek defeated Purdue’s Jon Pullam, who held the top throw in the Big Ten at the time. Jatsek returned the next day and took 12th in the shot put with a toss of 51 feet, 6 1/2 inches.

JATSEKS: AN ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY
Lenny and Veronica Jatsek earned All-American honors as a family in the 2008 indoor track season. Veronica took fifth at the NCAA championships and Lenny took 10th, becoming the first Ohio State brother sister sibling pair to earn All-American honors in the same year in the same sport. For both, it was the second time in their career they had received All-American honors in the weight throw.  

A year after her brother, Lenny Jatsek, captured All-America honors by finishing 13th in the weight throw at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championship meet, Veronica Jatsek added another national award to the family. Veronica, competing in her first NCAA championships, placed seventh in the weight throw last season to earn her first All-America honor at a distance of 66-9 3/4.
 
WELCOME TO COLUMBUS
Senior Curtis Leuenberger is making a name for himself as a Buckeye. Leuenberger transferred to Ohio State from Ohio University and is in his first season with Buckeyes and already has a Big Ten title to his name. Leuenberger combined with juniors Elon Simms and Matt Comer and sophomore Stephen Robinson to win the Big Ten indoor title in the 4×400-meter relay. The Louisville, Ohio native specializes in the 200-meter dash and opened the season with a win in the event at the Southern Cup Invitational.   

CLOSING THE BOOK ON THE INDOOR SEASON
Ohio State posted another solid indoor season under second-year head coach Robert Gary. The Buckeyes finished third at the Big Ten Championships and colleted Big Ten titles in the mile (junior Jeff See) and in the 4×400-meter relay (junior Matt Comer, senior Curtis Leuenberger, junior Elon Simms and sophomore Stephen Robinson). See and senior Lenny Jatsek continued to the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships, earning All-American honors: See in the mile and Jatsek in the weight throw.

The third-place finish by the team marks the second time in the last 10 championships that the Buckeyes have finished in the Top 3 at indoors. The third-place finish is the best for the Buckeyes since finishing third in 2001. With the cross country team’s third-place finish at Big Ten’s this season, it marks the first time since the 1928-29 season that both the indoor track team and the cross country team have been in the Top 3 at their respective conference meets in the same season.

BUCKEYES ON THE NATIONAL STAGE
Volunteer coach Rob Myers, competing for Team Reebok, won the 1,500-meter run at the 2008 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Sunday, Feb. 24, in Boston. Myers, who holds the meet record in the event, was an All-American with the Buckeyes in 2004 in the 1,500-meter run.

Myers’ time of 3:40.89 is the second-best by an American this season. Myers joined other Buckeyes in competing in the 2008 Indoor Championships in Boston. Also competing in the event was former Buckeye Joel Brown who took third in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 7.54. Brown was a two-time All-American with the Buckeyes and is currently a volunteer coach with Ohio State’s women’s track and field team.

Myers currently holds the fifth best time in the mile at 3:57.82 at the Tyson Invitational. Former Buckeye All-American Dan Taylor grabbed eighth place in the shot put with a toss of 61 feet, 1 inches. Taylor was a two time national champion, winning the weight throw and shot put in 2004 and also was an eight-time All-American. Taylor currently holds the 11th-best shot put in the world 66 feet, 10 inches.

Competing at the USATF cross country championships were Taylor Williams and Brian Gallagher. Williams and Gallagher are freshmen who are currently redshirting. Williams finished 18th and Gallagher 32nd.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will head to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Sea Ray Relays April 10-12, held on the campus of the University of Tennessee.