April 29, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams continued competition at the 2005 Penn Relays Friday at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Freshman high jumper Marios Iacovou won the men’s collegiate high jump event with a season-best leap. For the women’s team, the sprint medley unit set an Ohio State all-time record.
Iacovou (YA-KOH-VOO), from Nicosia, Cyprus, cleared 6 feet, 10 ¾ inches to take top honors in the collegiate high jump. His leap bested Purdue’s Derek Watkins, who reached 6-10 ¾. The jump served as Iacovou’s second straight regional-qualifying mark in the high jump in the last two weeks.
The sprint medley team raced to a school record in a time of 3:56.11. Jenna Harris ran the lead leg and passed to Ashley MacClean on the second leg. Tamecia Brown and Laura Piper combined to finish off the program-best mark in the final two legs to take fourth in their heat. They snapped the previous mark of 3:59.77 set in 1992.
The men’s team posted a time of 3:25.20 in the sprint medley to take second in its heat. In the relays, the men turned in a season-best 3:16.98 to place sixth in its heat.
Jumpers on the women’s side also performed well as seniors Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore turned in Top 10 performances in the triple jump collegiate championships invitational. Goodwin (Louisville, Ky.) placed seventh with a leap of 40-11 ¾. Moore (Jessup, Md.) followed in ninth at 40-7 ¾. Marks for both jumpers serve as qualifiers to the NCAA Mideast Regional championhips May 28-29 in Bloomington, Ind.
The final day of the 111th running of the Penn Relays gets underway at 7 a.m. Saturday. The first collegiate event starts at with the men’s triple jump at 11 a.m. Information, event schedules and complete results can be accessed at www.thepennrelays.com.