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May 23, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After breaking for a week off from competition, the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams send a combined 20 student-athletes to the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships May 27-28 in Bloomington, Ind.

Indiana University serves as the second Big Ten school to host the event in the three years of existence for the Mideast regionals. Ohio State and Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium served as the initial host in 2003.

Regional competitors qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships June 8-11 in Sacramento, Calif., by placing in the Top 5 in their respective events at the four regional meets.

MEET INFORMATION: 2005 NCAA MIDEAST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Information, schedule of events and complete results for the 2005 Mideast Regional Championships can by obtained by visiting www.iuhoosiers.com.

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

BUCKEYES SEND 20 TO NCAA MIDEAST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State will send 20 student-athletes combined from the men’s and women’s teams to compete in the NCAA Mideast Regional Friday and Saturday in Bloomington, Ind. Both squads boast 10 qualifiers.

Of the 20 regional entries, eight rank in the Top 10 in the Mideast performance lists. For the women, Rosalind Goodwin holds the top mark in the triple jump in the Mideast at 43 feet, 6 inches. Her teammate Shayla Moore stands fifth in the triple at 42-7. Goodwin also is ranked in the long jump, sliding in at No. 12.

Fellow jumper Jessie Stringer is 10th in the high jump after clearing 5-10 to win the Big Ten championship.

The hammer boasts two OSU women in the Top 10 as Shelaine Larson holds the No. 2 throw at 204-3, ahead of Tiffany Davis with a 189-3, which stands sixth.

For the men, Bryan Duby is rated fifth in the hammer at 207-8. Aaron Fisher is ranked third in the steeple at 8:45.98 after holding the top mark in the 2004 Mideast regional ranks.

Sprinter Todd Dutch stands in eighth in the 100-meter dash at 10.30 and 14th in the 200m in 20.83. Rounding out the Top 10 is freshman high jumper Marios Iacovou and his top mark of 2005 at 7-0 3/4.

2005 NCAA MIDEAST REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
MEN
Event Athlete Mark Nat’l Rank Reg. Rank Mark Set
100m Todd Dutch 10.30 25th 8th May 7
200m Todd Dutch 20.83 35rd 14th May 7
Hammer Bryan Duby 207-8 19th 5th April 8
Discus Lenny Jatsek 171-10 79th 23rd May 15
1,500m Jacob McCauley 3:46.83 88th 26th May 7
Mile Jacob McCauley 4:05.23 May 7
3,000m Steeple Aaron Fisher 8:45.98 17th 3rd April 15
3,000m Steeple Kevin Bruffy 9:04.95 70th 20th May 6
5,000m John Ealy 14:12.18 107th 25th March 25
5,000m Dan Glaz 14:09.50 90th 21st April 29
*10,000m Dan Glaz 29:14.29 39th 14th March 25
5,000m Braden Martinez 14:14.50 120th 31st April 29
High Jump Marios Iacovou 7-0 1/4 35th 9th May 7
 
WOMEN
Event Athlete Mark Nat’l Rank Reg. Rank Mark Set
100m Jenna Harris 11.55 39th 15th May 15
200m Jenna Harris 23.90 85th 26th May 7
3,000m Steeple Melanie Price 10:46.55 83rd 25th April 29
5,000m Nicole Gliem 16:39.94 63rd 18th May 15
Long Jump Rosalind Goodwin 20-3 3/4 44th 12th April 16
Triple Jump Rosalind Goodwin 43-6 11th 1st May 6
Triple Jump Shayla Moore 42-7 28th 5th May 15
100m Hurdles Dalanda Jackson 13.68 60th 13th April 16
High Jump Jessie Stringer 5-10 70th 10th May 15
Hammer Shelaine Larson 204-3 8th 2nd March 24
Hammer Tiffany Davis 189-3 38th 6th May 13
Hammer Katy Houser 181-11 67th 15th May 13
*NCAA Championships Provisional Qualifier. 10,000 meters is not run at the regional meets

LAST MEET: BUCKEYES PLAY HOST TO 2005 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium served as the host venue for the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Buckeye women placed fifth in the team standings, while the men finished ninth.

A trio of jumpers along with sophomore sprinter Jenna Harris and senior thrower Shelaine Larson highlighted the three-day event for the women. Harris helped account for 23 of the squad’s 85 team points as she claimed the title in the 100-meter dash (11.61) and placed third in the 200m.

In the jump events, seniors Rosalind Goodwin (20-1 1/2) and Shayla Moore (42-7) took Big Ten crowns in the long and triple jumps. In the high jump, sophomore Jesse Stringer captured her first Big Ten championship thanks to winning a jump off at5-10.

In the hammer throw, Larson placed second with a toss of 197-1.

On the men’s side, the Buckeyes received third-place finishes from junior Todd Dutch in the 100m and 200m dashes. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Aaron Fisher took a 50-meter lead into final 200 meters of the event, but landed awkwardly on his foot as he cleared the last water jump to take second.

In the throw events, Bryan Duby took third in the hammer.

BUCKEYE WOMEN SWEEP JUMP EVENTS AT BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Three members of the Ohio State women’s jumps team combined to sweep the high jump, long jump and triple jump at the 2005 Big Ten Championships.

On Saturday, Rosalind Goodwin claimed her sixth career Big Ten crown in the long jump at 20-1 1/2. Sunday, Shayla Moore claimed the triple in a season-best 42-7. The pair of seniors have combined to win seven of the last eight Big Ten titles in the women’s horizontal jumps in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Also on Sunday, sophomore Jessie Stringer helped Ohio State win its third outdoor high jump crown in the last four years with a winning bound that cleared 5-10. Former OSU All-American Tami Smith won the outdoor league title in 2002 and 2003.

HARRIS NAMED OHIO STATE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK AFTER 100M CROWN
Sophomore sprinter Jenna Harris won the Big Ten championship in the 100-meter dash Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The native of Somerset, N.J., edged Sierra Hauser-Price of Indiana at the finish line in a time of 11.61.

The Big Ten indoor 60-meter champion this season, nipped Hauser-Price by two one-thousandths of a second to claim her first outdoor league title. Harris also contributed team points in the 200-meter dash with a third-place time of 23.95.

She also helped the women to a fourth-place finish in the 4×100-meter dash in 46.45 and a season-best 3:44.78 in the 4x400m. For the day, Harris helped accumulate 23 team points, helping the Buckeyes place in the Top 5.

LARSON, GOODWIN RANK IN TOP 15 NATIONALLY
Senior thrower Shelanie Larson and senior high jumper Rosalind Goodwin each enter the 2005 Big Ten Championships ranked in the Top 10 nationally. This week, both athletes rank in the Top 15 in the country in their respective events.

Larson is eighth in the hammer at a measure of 204-3, while Goodwin slid out of the Top 10 and into 11th in the triple jump with a top mark of 43-6.

For the men, Aaron Fisher and Bryan Duby are among the Top 20 in the steeplechase and hammer, respectively. Fisher rates No. 17 in the steeple (8:45.98) and Duby is 19th at 207-8.

2004 MIDEAST REGIONAL: BOTH OSU SQUADS PLACE IN TOP 10 AT LSU
Nine members of the track and field team gained bids to the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships June 9-12 in Austin, Texas with Top 5 finishes at the NCAA Mideast regional meet last weekend in Baton Rouge, La. A pair of Buckeye seniors claimed regional crowns as thrower Dan Taylor earned the top spot in the hammer Friday, breaking OSU, Big Ten and regional records at 223 feet, 8 inches, while hurdler Joel Brown was the class of the 110-meter hurdles field in an Ohio State all-time best 13.39 (wind-aided) Saturday night.

Despite fouling out at regionals, Taylor’s No. 2 national ranking in the shot put allowed a berth in the event at the championships in Austin.

The OSU distance team moved three student-athletes to the NCAA’s. Senior Rob Myers scored runner-up in the men’s 1,500 meters (3:46.51), while juniors Aaron Fisher and Brian Olinger placed second and third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in times of 8:50.10 and 8:54.95, respectively.

The field events proved to be the highlight for the women as a trio of Buckeyes set Ohio State records in turning in Top 3 performances in a total of five events to move on to the national championships. On Friday, junior Keturah Lofton bested her Buckeye and Big Ten record to place second in the hammer at 204 feet, 7 inches.

Friday also saw junior jumper Rosalind Goodwin and sophomore thrower Amarachi Ukabam grab the first of two event bids as Goodwin reached 20-6.75 to take third in the long jump, while Ukabam heaved a season-best 181-9 to add another third place in the discus. The pair improved Saturday as Goodwin topped her own OSU record to take runner-up in the triple jump at 43-7.75. Ukabam also snapped her own shot put record, reaching 54-7.50 to take third. Senior hurdler Molly Logan gained a bid to nationals with her season-best time of 13.27 set April 23.

Overall, the Ohio State men placed fourth in the team standings with 48 points. The women, who owned the No. 1 spot after five events Friday, finished seventh at 34 points.

BUCKEYES BEGIN TO HIT STRIDE
The Buckeyes set 20 season bests May 6-7 at the 2005 Jesse Owens Track Classic. Highlighting the list on the men’s side was Todd Dutch as he ran times of 10.30 in the 100m and 20.83 in the 200m. In the field events, Marios Iacovou leaped a mark of 7-0 1/4 in the high jump, while Bryan Duby recorded a mark of 207-8 in the hammer. On the women’s side, Shelaine Larson posted three season-best marks in all three of the throw events including a toss of 204-3 in the hammer. On the track for the women, sophomore Jenna Harris ran times of 11.68 in the 100m and a timed 200m time of 23.90.

SIX BUCKEYES FIND THEIR WAY INTO THE ALL-TIME RECORD BOOKS
Six of the 20 season best marks that were set at the 2005 Jesse Owens Track rank in the Top 5 All-Time in Ohio State track and field history. On the men’s side, Todd Dutch ranks third in the 100m (10.30), while in the field events, Marios Iacovou (high jump, 7-0 1/4) and Bryan Duby (hammer, 207-8) also rank third all-time in their respective events.

For the women, Jenna Harris holds the fourth-best time in the 100m (11.55) where as Shelanie Larson (hammer, 204-3) and Rosalind Goodwin (triple jump, 43-6) both rank second all-time.

IACOVOU BECOMES THIRD BUCKEYE TO CLEAR 7-FOOT MARK IN PROGRAM HISTORY
At the 2005 Jesse Owens Track Classic, freshman high jumper Marios Iacovou won the high jump with a leap of 7-0 1/4 and in the process became just the third athlete in Ohio State track and field history to surpass the 7-foot mark during the outdoor season. Otis Wintson (7-4 1/2) and Mark Cannon (7-2 1/2) also surpassed the 7-foot mark for the Buckeyes in 1995 and 1991, respectively.

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.

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 qualifier to the NCAA mideast regional meet.

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.

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.

Duby claimed the league honor for the first time in his career after scoring his second hammer throw win in as many meets.

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.

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.

OSU 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.

UP NEXT
Ohio State’s national qualifiers will compete in the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships June 8-11 in Sacramento, Calif.