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May 11, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University welcomes teams from across the Big Ten Conference Friday through Sunday as it plays host to the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The meet kicks off at Noon Friday with the men’s decathlon 100-meter dash and continues through Sunday with the majority of the finals taking place in the afternoon.

The last time Ohio State served as the venue for the Big Ten championships was in 1998 in Ohio Stadium. The 2005 event will mark the first time Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has hosted the Big Ten Track and Field Championships. The 10,000-seat stadium has proven to be one of the elite track and field complexes in the nation, having played host to the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in 2003.

MEET INFORMATION: 2005 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Information, schedule of events and complete results for the 2005 Big Ten Championships can by obtained by visiting /sports/c-track/spec-rel/osu-c-track-05bigten.html and www.bigten.org.

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION
The 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Championships will be broadcast by College Sports Television. The championships will air via tape delay at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 on CSTV. The event is scheduled to be replayed 13 times through May 28. Please visit www.cstv.com for listings.

LAST WEEK: BUCKEYES RUNS IN 2OTH ANNUAL JESSE OWENS CLASSIC
Ohio State competed in the 20th Annual Jesse Owens Track Classic this past Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Highlighting events Saturday for the men was junior Todd Dutch as he placed first in the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 10.3, which served as a regional qualifier. In the 200-meter dash, Dutch clocked another season-best and regional qualifying mark as he ran a 20.83 to finish second.

Friday, Bryan Duby posted a season-best and regional mark of 207 feet, 8 inches in the hammer throw to finish fifth. In other field events, Marios Iacovou competed in the high jump and cleared 7-0 1/4 to win the event and become just the third high jumper in school history to clear the 7-foot mark. In the distance events, junior Dan Glaz clocked a meet record time of 8:13.35 to win the 3,000m.

On the women’s side, Shelaine Larson missed setting the Big Ten and Ohio State record in the women’s hammer throw by a mere four inches to take second place. Larson reached 204-3 in the hammer, falling shy of the 204-7 that Ohio State’s Keturah Lofton reached to win the 2004 Big Ten hammer championship. Larson also set season-best marks in the discus and shot put. She took second in the shot at 46-8 and third in the discus at 150-7.

Jenna Harris timed regional marks to take second in both the 100m and 200m dashes. She clocked an 11.68 in the 100m and a 23.90 in the 200m. Rosalind Goodwin took first place in both the long and triple jumps, reaching a season-best 43-6/13.26m in the triple Friday. In the distance events, Nicole Gliem and Laura Piper posted winning times. Gliem took first place in the 3,000 meters in 9:48.09 and Piper crossed the finish line in 4:55.04.

LARSON, GOODWIN RANK IN TOP 10 NATIONALLY
Senior thrower Shelanie Larson and senior high jumper Rosalind Goodwin each enter the 2005 Big Ten Championships ranked in the Top 10 nationally. Both athletes posted their Top 10 marks this past weekend at the 2005 Jesse Owens Track Classic. Larson’s toss of 204-7 in the hammer throw ranks as the eighth-best throw in the country, while Goodwin’s leap of 43-6 in the triple jump ranks as the ninth-best jump in the nation.

BUCKEYES BEGIN TO HIT STRIDE
The Buckeyes set 20 season bests this past weekend 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 cleared 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 sprinter Jenna Harris ran times of 11.68 in the 100m and a timed 200m time of 23.90.

GOODWIN LOOKS FOR 2005 SWEEP OF HORIZONTAL JUMPS
Ohio State senior jumper Rosalind Goodwin will seek to add a sweep of the outdoor long and triple jump league crowns to her 2005 indoor championships in each event.

Goodwin also will look to successfully defend her 2004 outdoor triple jump Big Ten title after her winning mark of 43-2 1/2 at Purdue last season.

At the 2005 indoor league meet, Goodwin became the first Buckeye to sweep the long and triple jump events in two straight conference championships. In 2004, she won both events.

LARSON AIMS TO KEEP BIG TEN WOMEN’S HAMMER CROWN IN COLUMBUS
The Ohio State women’s throws team has won three of the last four hammer championships at the Big Ten outdoor meets. Former Buckeye Katy Craig earned top honors in 2001 and 2002.

Last season, Keturah Lofton topped Craig’s Big Ten record throw of 199-3 with a winning heave that reached 204-7.

Shelaine Larson heads into Big Ten’s this weekend with the top throw in the league at 204-3.

2004 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS REVISITED
The men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in Top 4 performances for the second straight season at the 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Championships as seven Buckeyes claimed individual titles. Ohio State placed third on the men’s side with 105 team points, while the women took fourth at 85 points.

Thrower Keturah Lofton got things rolling for the Buckeyes Friday night as the junior broke her own Big Ten and OSU record to win the women’s hammer at a measure of 200 feet, 7 inches (200-7). Also turning in a record-setting length was junior jumper Rosalind Goodwin, who won the women’s triple jump with an Ohio State all-time best 43-2.50. Senior Molly Logan used a time of 13.36 to win a title on the track for the women’s in the 100-meter hurdles.

The men were led by successful 2003 event championship defenses by seniors Joel Brown in the 110-meter hurdles and Dan Taylor in the shot put. Brown breezed to a first-place mark in the 110m hurdles in a time of 13.88 before claiming runner-up times in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Taylor, who placed in the Top 3 in both the hammer and discus events on the weekend, won his third consecutive Big Ten crown in the shot put with a throw covering 66-8.50. Overall, Brown accounted for 26 team points, while Taylor turned in 24.

The men also received high marks in the distance events as junior Aaron Fisher, the 2003 Big Ten winner in the 5,000 meters, claimed the No. 1 spot in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday night in a time of 8:44.59. On Sunday, fellow junior Brian Olinger claimed the 5,000-meter title for Ohio State for the second straight season as he timed a 14:09.80.

SIX BUCKEYES FIND THEIR WAY INTO THE ALL-TIME PERFORMANCE LISTS
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 (11.68) 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.

IACOVOU WINS COLLEGIATE HIGH JUMP AT PENN RELAYS
Freshman high jumper Marios Iacovou became the 12th Buckeye to post a qualifying mark to the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships May 28-29 in Bloomington, Ind. Iacovou cleared 6-10 3/4 to win the high jump at the Cardinal Invitational April 23.

Last week, Iacovou won the collegiate high jump at the Penn Relays, upping his season-best to 6-11 3/4.

During the indoor season, Iacovou became the first Buckeye in 10 seasons to top the 7-foot mark.

LARSON TOSSES REGIONAL QUALIFIER IN ALL FIVE HAMMER EVENTS THIS SEASON
Throughout the 2005 indoor campaign senior Shelaine Larson proved to be one of the Buckeyes most consistent throwers. In the 2005 outdoor season, Larson has proven once again to be one of the squads’ most steady performers in posting regional qualifying marks in each of the Buckeyes’ outdoor meets.

GOODWIN, MOORE CLAIM LONG AND TRIPLE JUMPS AT ALL-OHIO
Senior jumpers Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore combined to turn in a pair of first-place finishes for the women with season-best efforts in both the long and triple jumps. Goodwin won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 3 3/4 inches ahead of Moore, who placed third at 18-6 1/2. In the triple jump, Moore claimed the top mark at 42-0 3/4 in front of Goodwin at 40-6 3/4. Both marks for Goodwin served as regional qualifiers, while Moore’s triple jump effort also was a regional qualifier.

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
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams return to action May 27-28 as they compete in the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in Bloomington, Ind.