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April 13, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams return to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in their first home meet of the outdoor season in the 2005 All-Ohio Championships. The two-day event will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Day two action is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the men’s decathlon 110-meter hurdles.

MEET INFORMATION: ALL-OHIO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Information and complete results from the 2005 All-Ohio Championships can by obtained by visiting www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Live results can be viewed at www.deltatiming.com.

Competing Teams: Ohio State, Akron, Ashland, Bowling Green,Central State, Cincinnati, Dayton, Findlay, Kent State, Miami, Ohio, Toledo, Wright State, Youngstown State and Xavier.

OHIO STATE TO SEND EIGHT INDIVIDUALS TO MT. SAC RELAYS
In additon to the All-Ohio championships the Buckeyes will send eight individuals to compete in the Mt. Sac Relays April 15-17 in Mt. Sac, Calif.

Representing the men’s squad will be distance runners Dan Glaz, John Ealy, Matt Penza and Matt Buzek all of whom will compete in the 10,000-meter run. Braden Martinez and Aaron Fisher also will take part in the event as they will run in the 5,000-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase respectively.

On the women’s side, the Buckeyes will send thrower Shelanie Larson and distance runner Nicole Gliem. Larson will compete in the hammer and discus, while Gliem will run in the 5,000.

DUBY EARNS BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Bryan Duby was named male Athlete of the Week by the Big Ten Tuesday. 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 feet, 2 inches. The award is the second in the outdoor season for the Ohio State throws team. Fellow senior Shelaine Larson claimed the women’s award March 29 after winning the hammer at the Florida Relays.

Duby claimed the league honor for the first time in his career after scoring his second hammer throw win in as many meets. Duby has topped the 200-foot mark in each of his two outdoor competitions.

LAST TIME OUT: DUBY, LARSON SWEEP HAMMER THROW AT FLORIDA RELAYS
The Ohio State throws squad competed at the Big Blue Classic hosted by Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Ill. on April 8-9.

Bryan Duby highlighted the day for the men as he won his second hammer throw competition in as many meets this season with a career-best 201-2. The throw is the third-best all-time at OSU and stands as the top throw in the Big Ten.

On the women’s side, Shelaine Larson won both the hammer and the discus. She reached a regional qualifier with a length of 186-5 on Friday. Saturday, she followed with a winning mark of 149-10 in the discus.

Tiffany Davis regionally qualified in the hammer Friday with a runner-up throw of 185-9.

UPCOMING HOME MEETS
The Ohio State track and field teams will play host to two more events this season. The Jesse Owens Track Classic is scheduled to run May 6-7. The Buckeyes also welcome the 2005 Big Ten Championships May 13-15.

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.

With her toss at the Florida Relays, the native of Ventura, Calif., earned a qualifying mark to the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships May 27-28 in Bloomington, Ind. Larson’s throw ranks atop the Big Ten standings and eighth overall in the national performance standings.

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.

DUBY, LARSON SWEEP HAMMER THROW AT FLORIDA RELAYS
Bryan Duby and Shelaine Larson, both senior throwers at Ohio State, swept the men’s and women’s hammer throw at the Florida Relays.

Duby eclipsed the 200-foot mark for the first time in his career en route to winning the hammer with a heave of 200 feet, 2 inches (200-2). With his personal-best throw, Duby became just the third Buckeye to surpass the 200-foot mark in OSU history. The throw, which serves as a regional qualifier, ranks fifth in the Ohio State all-time performance list.

Larson marked the top collegiate throw in the hammer at 191-3, a regional qualifying mark.

EALY AND GLAZ POST QUALIFYING TIMES TIMES AT STANFORD
Buckeye distance runner John Ealy posted a provisional qualifying time for the 2005 NCAA Regional Championships while competing at the 2005 Stanford Invitational March 25. Fellow distance runner Dan Glaz also posted a strong performance in the event as he provisionally qualifed for the 2005 NCAA Championships.

Glaz competed in section one of the 10,000-meter run and recorded a career-best 29:14.29, which smashed his previous career mark of 29:23.48.

Ealy, who competed in section three of the 5,000-meter run, clocked a time of 14:12.18 to finish second.

FIVE BUCKEYES QUALIFY FOR 2005 NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bryan Duby, Shelaine Larson, Tiffany Davis, Rosalind Goodwin and John Ealy all have qualified for the 2005 NCAA Regional Championships in their respective events this season.

Additionally, junior Dan Glaz provisionally qualified for the 2005 Outdoor NCAA Championships in the 10,000 meters with a time if 29:14.29 set at the Stanford Invite March 25. The 10,000 meters is not run at the regional meets.

OLINGER, MOORE CLAIM INDOOR ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Men’s senior distance runner Brian Olinger and women’s senior jumper Shayla Moore earned All-America honors for the first time during the indoor season in their respective events while competing at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Olinger placed 11th in a time of 13:58.18 as he competed in the 5,000-meter run, while Moore notched a 12th place finish in the triple jump, posting a mark of 42 feet, 3 1/2 inches (42-3 1/2).

Moore’s accolade marks the second time the Jessup, Md. native has been named All-America. In 2003, she was honored after finishing 10th leaping a distance of 42-1 1/2 in the triple jump at the NCAA outdoor championships.

OHIO STATE PLAYS HOST TO 2005 BIG TEN OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Ohio State University will welcome teams from across the Big Ten Conference May 13-15 as it plays host to the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The last time Ohio State hosted 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.

“We are pleased to welcome the Big Ten this season,” Russ Rogers, Ohio State Track and Field head coach, said. “The Jesse Owens is a great facility. It was built to host events like the Big Ten championships, NCAA regional meets and hopefully the nationals. I think the other Big Ten schools will be impressed with the event. For us, it definitely is an advantage to compete at home and not have to worry about traveling.”

COLE NAMED BIG TEN INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
The Big Ten Conference announced Tony Cole as the 2005 Indoor Male Track and Field Freshman of the Year. Cole received the honor following his victory in the 60-meter dash at the conference championships in West Lafayette, Ind., where he timed a mark of 6.76 to earn his first-career conference championship. Cole is just the second Buckeye to earn freshman of the year honors. Former Buckeye Aaron Payne was the first to collect the award in 1990.

Conference teams saw Buckeye track individuals Jenna Harris, Rosalind Goodwin, Bryan Duby and Cole named to the first team, while Shelanie Larson and Shayla Moore were named second team.

Goodwin earned conference first-team honors as she became the first OSU student-athlete to win conference titles in both the long and triple jumps in consecutive seasons. The Louisville, Ky., native won the long jump by tying a season-best mark of 20 feet, 3 inches (20-3). In the triple jump, Goodwin set the school record with a leap of 43-10 1/2. Harris claimed the 60 with a season-best and NCAA provisional time of 7.41. On the men’s side, Duby won the weight throw with a toss of 65-0 3/4.

Larson claimed second-team honors as she finished runner-up in both the weight throw and shot put, posting marks of 64-7 and 49-7, respectively. Larson’s throw in the shot put was a season-best.

In addition to his freshman of the year accolade, Cole also was recognized for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The sportsmanship award is given to an individual on each conference team who has demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Multi-event athlete Colleen Farrell captured the award for the women’s team.

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.

UP NEXT
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams returns to action April 28-30 as the squads compete in the 2005 Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Penn.