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May 28, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams have begun action in day No. 2 at the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at the University of Indiana’s Haugh Complex in Bloomington, Ind. The OSU women’s squad, which was tied with Arkansas for first place after day one Friday, has held on to the top spot through six events with 23 1/3 team points after sophomore Jessie Stringer tied for second place in the women’s high jump. Stringer, who won the Big Ten championship in the event two weeks ago, cleared 5 feet, 9 ¼ inches to earn the automatic qualifier to the 2005 NCAA Championships June 8-11 in Sacramento, Calif. The Ohio State men’s squad stands in 15th after six events with six points.

Fellow sophomore Nicole Gliem also contributed team points in the 5,000-meter run. The 5,000m was originally scheduled to serve as the final event Friday, but was postponed to Saturday because of lightning. Nonetheless, Gliem timed a career-best mark of 16:28.44 to cross the finish line in sixth place, adding three team points to the OSU total. Although, she missed the automatic qualifier to the NCAA meet by placing outside the Top 5, she has a probable chance at gaining an at-large berth to nationals with her time.

Another OSU Big Ten winner, Rosalind Goodwin, competed in the long jump Saturday after the event also was delayed Friday night. She reached 19-4 to take ninth, missing an automatic NCAA qualifier. The senior from Louisville, Ky., will get another shot at nationals in the triple jump later Saturday evening. Goodwin owned the top triple mark in the Mideast regional coming into the weekend at 43-6.

Events continue through Saturday with Ohio State senior Bryan Duby throwing in the men’s hammer and fellow senior Shayla Moore joining Goodwin in the women’s triple jump. Several Buckeyes will step onto the track as well, led by juniors Aaron Fisher in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and Todd Dutch in the men’s 200-meter dash final. Live event updates and running team totals can be accessed at www.iuhoosiers.com.