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Feb. 15, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams return home to compete in its final meet of the regular season as they play host to the Scarlet and Gray Invitational. The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at French Field House in Columbus, Ohio.

MEET INFORMATION: SCARLET AND GRAY INVITATIONAL
Fans can access event information, schedule of events and complete results at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

Live results will be provided throughout the event at www.deltatiming.com.

Competing teams: Akron, Central State, Cincinnati, Marshall, Morehead State, Ohio State, Ohio, Wittenberg, Wright State

LAST WEEK: BUCKEYES COMPETE IN IOWA STATE CLASSIC
Ohio State participated in the 14th annual Iowa State Classic this past weekend in Ames, Iowa. Highlighting the day for the men’s team was junior distance runner Brian Olinger, while sophomore sprinter Jenna Harris led the way for the women’s squad.

Harris timed personal bests and provisional qualifiers in both the 60 and 200-meter dashes at the Iowa State Classic Friday and Saturday. Harris claimed top honors in the 60-meter dash Saturday with a 7.42 after taking runner-up in the 200m in 24.16 during day one competition.

Olinger set the Ohio State record en route to winning the men’s 5,000-meter run Friday evening in a time of 13:54.34. Olinger’s mark served as a provisional qualifier to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Also posting strong performances for the men was Jacob McCauley, who timed a season-best 4:10.55 in the mile. Bryan Duby finished fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 66 feet, 6 1/2 inches (66-6 1/2). Todd Dutch made the finals of the men’s 60-meter dash with a preliminary time of 6.84.

Additionally for the women, Ohio State received provisional performances from Shelaine Larson in the weight, who finished third with a heave of 62-3. Rosalind Goodwin notched a provisional mark, taking third in the long jump at 20-2 1/4, while Shayla Moore posted a performance of 41-6 1/2 to take fourth in the triple jump.

OLINGER SETS SCHOOL RECORD IN INDOOR 5,000-METER RUN
Last weekend while competing at the Iowa State Classic, junior distance runner Brian Olinger set a school record in the 5,000-meter run. In the event, Olinger topped the field in a time of 13:54.34, which provisionally qualified him for the NCAA championships.

Olinger’s provisional qualifying time in the 5,000m marks the second indoor event the Fresno, Ohio native has qualified for this season. Earlier this year, Olinger provisionally qualified for the 3,000m as he timed an 8:01.36.

HARRIS BLAZES TRACK AGAIN
For the second-consecutive week, sophomore Jenna Harris posted a strong performance on the track as she ran season-best times in the 60 and 200-meter dashes at the Iowa State Classic. Harris clocked a time of 7.42 to win the 60m and timed a 24.16 for runner-up in the 200m. Both efforts provisionally qualify for the NCAA championships.

The previous week while competing in New York City, Harris placed fourth in the 200m, notching a provisional qualifying time of 24.17 at the Armory Invitational. She also posted a time of 7.45 to finish second in the collegiate division at the Millrose Games.

MOORE, GOODWIN FIRST BUCKEYES TO SURPASS 43-FOOT MARK
Senior jumpers Shayla Moore and Rosalind Goodwin compete in their final indoor home meet Saturday. Each topped the 43-plus mark in the triple jump Feb. 5 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Moore’s leap in the event was a personal-best of 43-1, while Goodwin jumped a mark of 43-0 1/2.

The performances by both jumpers rank as the top two marks in the Big Ten conference this season.

The performances by both jumpers marked the first time in school history that two OSU athletes have surpassed the 43-foot mark in the same meet as well as the same indoor season.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S 4X400 RELAY TEAMS SET SEASON-BEST TIMES
The Ohio State men’s and women’s 4×400-meter relay teams each posted season-best performances at the Iowa State Classic clocking times of 3:12.65 and 3:48.85, respectively.

The men’s team was comprised of Gerald Griffin, Todd Dutch, Anthony Cole and John Morris, while Ashley McClean, Jennifer Ogbuehi, Pannsy Henry and Jenna Harris made up the women’s squad.

OSU WOMEN’S WEIGHT THROWERS CLAIM THREE OF TOP 6 SPOTS
The Ohio State throws squad claimed three of the Top 6 spots in the weight throw. Shelaine Larson paced the group by finishing third with a NCAA provisional toss of 62-3. Tiffany Davis and Katy Houser followed in fifth and sixth,respectively. Davis posted a mark of 60-1 3/4, while Houser notched a heave of 59-10 1/2.

THREE MORE BUCKEYES PROVISIONALLY QUALIFY FOR NCAA’S
Brian Olinger, Marios Iacovou and Jenna Harris added to the list of Buckeye provisional marks this past weekend as each qualified in their respective events.

In the 3,000-meter run, Olinger ran a time of 8:01.36 to place third, while Iacovou posted a leap of 7-1 3/4. Olinger also provisionally qualified in the 5,000-meter run running a time of 13:54.34.

On the women’s side, Harris notched personal-best times in the 60 and 200-meter dashes clocking times of 7.42 and 24.16.

Shayla Moore, Rosalind Goodwin, Shelaine Larson and Bryan Duby are the other four Buckeyes to post provisional marks this season.

FIVE BUCKEYES PACE BIG TEN PERFORMANCE LIST
Both the men’s and women’s teams have five individuals that lead the Big Ten Conference in their respective events. On the women’s side, seniors Rosalind Goodwin, Shayla Moore and Shelaine Larson all lead the conference in the long jump (20-3), triple jump (43-1) and shot put (49-5 1/2), respectively. Sophomore Jenna Harris heads the conference in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.42. On the men’s side, senior Bryan Duby sits atop the conference in the weight throw with a toss of 67-6 1/4.

GOODWIN, MOORE 1-2 ALL-TIME AT OSU INDOOR TRIPLE JUMP
Senior Shayla Moore’s leap of 43-1 in the triple jump at the Armory Collegiate Invitational ranks as the second best triple jump mark in indoor program history. The top figure of 43-6 1/2 is held by teammate Rosalind Goodwin, who set the OSU standard during the 2004 campaign.

OLINGER NO. 2 ALL-TIME IN INDOOR 3,000 METERS
Junior Brian Olinger clocked a time of 8:01.36 in the 3,000-meter run to place third at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Olinger’s time in the event smashed his previous season-best time of 8:10.25, moving him into second in the all-time Ohio State indoor record books. The previous second-best 3,000-meter mark was 8:01.60 and was run in 1991 by two-time Olympian Mark Croghan. The top mark of 7:52.63 is held by current OSU distance coach Robert Gary, who also is a two-time Olympian.

IACOVOU TIES FOR THIRD ON ALL-TIME HIGH JUMP LIST
Freshmen jumper Marios Iacovou tied for third on the all-time Ohio State indoor high jump list with his leap at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Iacovou’s mark in the event tied former Buckeye Otis Winston, who also jumped 7-1 3/4 back in 1995. Mark Cannon holds the OSU standard at 7-3 1/4, set in 1991.

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.

DUBY AND LARSON MOVE INTO OSU ALL-TIME TOP 5 IN WEIGHT
Senior throwers Bryan Duby and Shelaine Larson’s personal-best marks in the weight throw this season have moved both athletes into the Ohio State all-time Top 5 rankings in the event. Duby’s heave of 67-6 1/4 at the Doug Raymond Invitational moved him into a tie for third with Dan Taylor in the all-time performance list. Taylor, who won the 2004 national championship in the event and closed his career with the second-best weight mark in NCAA history at 78-9 1/4 also owns the first and second best weight marks at Ohio State.

Larson’s performance of 64-8 1/2 places her at the No. 5 slot all-time in Buckeye annals.

Duby and Larson join fellow Buckeyes Marios Iacovou, Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore as the only current Buckeyes listed on the all-time indoor performance lists. Goodwin tops both the long jump (20-9) and triple jump (43-6 1/2), while Moore stands in third in the triple at a length of 42-8 3/4.

BUCKEYE INDOOR DEBUTS
The 2005 Kentucky Invitational marked the debut of seven Ohio State track and field athletes.

In the field events, high jumpers Marios Iacovou and Pat Woods competed in day-one competition Friday. During the event, Marios finished second with a leap 6-10.75, while Woods tied for seventh with a leap of 6-06.75.

On the women’s side, Colleen Farrell finished ninth with a height of 5-04.25. Farrell also competed in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a time of 9.18.

In the throwing events, the Buckeyes received strong performances from Lenny Jatsek, Pat Whalen and Dave Ebersole. Over the weekend, all three saw action in the weight throw. Jatsek and Whalen also competed in the shot put with Jatsek finishing eighth with a mark of 54-06.

In the sprint events, newcomers Tony Cole and Todd Dutch qualified for the finals in the preliminary heats of the 60m posting times of 6.88 and 6.89. Dutch, who transferred to Ohio State from the junior college ranks also competed in the 200m and finished seventh in a time of 21.46.

Melanie Grim also debuted for the Buckeyes last week and competed in the 3,000m.

OLINGER POSTS STRONG 2004 CROSS COUNTRY SEASON
In the 2004 cross country season, Brian Olinger turned in one of the best individual performances in Ohio State history, capping his year with All-America honors after a 21st-place finish at the NCAA championships.

The native of Fresno, Ohio helped the Buckeyes to their fourth NCAA championships appearance in the last five years as he finished fourth at the 2004 NCAA Regional Championships, clocking a time of 30:18.7 in the 10-kilometer race. At the Big Ten Championships, Olinger was just as impressive, capturing first team all-league with a seventh-place finish in a time of 24:21.0.

OSU WELCOMES TWO NEW COACHES
During the offseason, the Buckeyes announced Kevin Mannon as the new throws coach and the return of Tom Doyle to handle the duties of jumps coach.

A former Buckeye assistant from 1984-93, Doyle rejoined the OSU coaching staff after spending the previous eight seasons as a field events coach at Illinois (1996-2003) as well as a two-year period at Arizona State (1994-95). Mannon also is a familiar face to the Buckeye coaching staff serving as a volunteer instructor to the Buckeye throwers the last two seasons.

2004 CROSS COUNTRY RECAP
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams once again turned in strong seasons in 2004. Despite redshirting three of its top runners from the 2003 season, the men’s team once again established themselves as one of the elite teams in the country, qualifying for the 2004 NCAA Championships for the fourth time in five years. The men’s and women’s teams finished and sixth and 11th, respectively, at the 2004 Big Ten Championships. In addition, the men and women placed first and second, respectively, at the 2004 All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships in Delaware, Ohio.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes return to action Feb. 26-27 as they compete in the 2005 Big Ten Championships. The men’s squad will travel to West Layafatte, Ind., while the women departs for Ann Arbor, Mich.