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May 4, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2004 Ohio State track and field regular season comes to an end Saturday in the final meet at the Campbell/Wright Invitational in Akron, Ohio. The event serves as the final warm up before the 2004 Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. May 14-16.>

BROWN BOUNCES OWN RECORD IN 110m HURDLES, NAMED BIG TEN MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Joel Brown was awarded by the Big Ten for a busy and successful weekend on the track at the 2004 Jesse Owens Classic last Friday and Saturday. The Baltimore native not only broke his own OSU record to win the 110-meter hurdles, but also clocked a season best in the 200-meter dash, took fourth in the 100 meters and ran a torrid anchor leg to boost the men’s 4×100-meter relay team to season-best mark after a shaky handoff in turn No. 3.

Brown’s winning time of 13.56 in the 110m hurdles Saturday bested his former mark if 13.58 set last season as the runner-up in the event at the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. Later Saturday, Brown moved past his career best mark of 20.99 in the 200 meters to claim second place in a time of 20.74. Brown was defeated in the 200-meter by a Jesse Owens Stadium record 20.42, timed by Leshaunte Edwards of Roos Track Club. Friday, Brown ran in the men’s 100-meter dash and raced to a time worthy of fourth place at 10.60.

The times posted by Brown in both the 110m hurdles and 200m stand among the best nationally as his hurdles mark ranks within the Top 3 in the country, while the 200m figure qualifies for a Top 10 standing. Both times rank atop the Big Ten performance lists. Brown also owns the second-best time in the 100-meter dash in conference action at 10.53, set April 3 at the Ohio State Relays.

FISHER BLAZES TO NATION’S BEST TIME IN 3,000m STEEPLECHASE
Junior distance runner Aaron Fisher set the Ohio State season best in the steeplechase two weeks ago at the Mt. SAC Relays at 8:52.35. The next week, his time was eclipsed by teammate Brian Olinger at 8:50.02 at the Penn Relays.

Last week at the Jesse Owens Classic, Fisher answered the call as he shattered the Olinger’s mark with a first-place time of 8:37.33, which fell less than a second behind the Jesse Owens Stadium record of 8:36.55, set by OSU assistant coach Robert Gary in 2001.

The 8:37.33 is the fastest time in the steeplechase so far this season in the NCAA.

TAYLOR LAUNCHES OUTDOOR BEST TO WIN SHOT PUT AT JESSE OWENS
Dan Taylor used a career best in the outdoor shot put to successfully defend his 2003 Jesse Owens Track Classic title Saturday. Taylor measured 67 feet, 8 inches (67-8), a shade better than his previous best of 67-7.75 set at the Penn Relays last week.

Taylor also finished among the top in the discus and hammer as the senior took third in the discus with a toss of 184 feet, 1 inch and sixth in the hammer at 218 feet, 9 inches.

SEVERAL BUCKEYES AMONG TOP MARKS IN NATION
In addition to Fisher’s No. 1 time on the national list in the steeplechase, several more Buckeyes rank among the NCAA leaders heading toward the end of the regular season.

Taylor ranks in the Top 3 in both the shot put and hammer throw, while J. Brown (13.60/13.56 wind-aided) currently owns the No. 3 spot nationally in the 110-meter hurdles.

The women’s side boasts a pair of Top 10 performers in junior Rosalind Goodwin and sophomore Amarachi Ukabam. Goodwin (20-11.75) rates No. 9 in the long jump, while Ukabam (178-0) sits at No. 9 in the discus.

FISHER AND TAYLOR RATE IN TOP 5 IN UNITED STATES, BROWN TOP 10
Not only do Brown, Fisher and Taylor find themselves in the top ranks in the NCAA in their respective events, but also among the best marks in the United States in 2004.

Fisher’s steeple time of 8:73.33 at the Jesse Owens Classic qualifies for third in the U.S., while Taylor also used his outdoor personal record of 68-7 in the shot to claim the No. 4 slot in U.S. event lists.

Brown’s time of 13.60 in the hurdles set at the Ohio State Relays stands among the Top 10 in the U.S.

FRESHMAN GLIEM RACES TO REGIONAL QUALIFIER IN 5,000m
Freshman Nicole Gliem qualified for the 2004 NCAA Mideast regionals as she finished first in the 5,000-meter run in a time of 16:48.77. Gliem’s time in the event also set a team mark for the 2004 season.

HIGH SCHOOL PORTION IMMENSE SUCCESS AT 2004 JESSE OWENS CLASSIC
A record number of high school teams competed in the 2004 Jesse Owens Track Classic Friday and Saturday, which helped lead the event to its largest field in its 19-year history. Ninety scholastic teams helped account for a field of approximately 1,700 athletes spanning high school, college and open competitions.

The high school events also helped draw nearly 4,000 fans to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the event this season.

GOODWIN TOPS 20 FEET IN LONG JUMP FOR THIRD TIME IN 2004, SHOWDOWN WITH ADUBA UP NEXT
With the Big Ten championships looming, Ohio State junior Rosalind Goodwin and Penn State senior Chi Chi Aduba continue to jockey position among the Big Ten and national long jump and triple jump standings.

Goodwin rested atop the Big Ten performance lists in both events before Aduba topped the PSU record in the long jump (21-6) at the Jesse Owens Classic and also claimed the triple jump crown with a leap of 43-2.

The current conference standings show Aduba atop both events, with Goodwin close behind in second in the long jump and third in the triple.

TAYLOR EARNS BACK-TO-BACK ATHLETE OF THE PENN RELAYS HONORS
Dan Taylor defended his 2003 titles in both the hammer throw and shot put championships of America events April 22-24 at the 2004 Penn Relay Carnival in Philadelphia, Pa. The victories helped Taylor claim outstanding male athlete of the event honors for the second consecutive season. He became the first to win both the hammer and shot put events in back-to-back seasons in the 110-year history of the carnival.

Taylor is the first to repeat as male athlete of the meet since TCU sprinter Kim Collins accomplished the feat at the 2000 and 2001 carnivals. In 2003, Taylor claimed the hammer and shot titles with marks of 209-8 and 65-0.50, respectively, to gain his first athlete of the meet honor.

BROWN HURDLES WAY TO PENN RELAYS TITLE
Joel Brown, an All-American in 2003, clocked a 13.60 to win the championships of America 110-meter hurdles at the 2004 Penn Relays April 24.

The 13.60 in the hurdles served as a then season best for Brown, who fell just .02 shy of his Ohio State record of 13.58 in the event. Brown finished fourth at the Penn Relays last season, clocking a 13.76.

TAYLOR CLAIMS BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK AWARD No. 7 IN 2004
Taylor was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week April 28 for the seventh time in 2004 after becoming the first athlete to successfully defend both his hammer and shot put titles at the Penn Relays this weekend.

The award is Taylor’s second so far in the outdoor season and seventh overall in 2004. He claimed conference athlete of the week five times during the indoor season, with awards coming Jan. 13, 20 and 27 and Feb. 18 and 24. Outdoors, Taylor previously won the honor March 29. The seven weekly accolades match his total from the 2003 indoor and outdoor seasons. Taylor has won the honor 16 times in his career.

PUTTING THE RELAYS IN PENN RELAYS, OSU UNITS SCORE TOP TIMES
Ohio State was well-represented in numerous relay events at the Penn Carnival. In the 4x400m college event, Joel Brown combined with junior John Morris and freshmen James Baisden and Gerald Griffin to land fifth place in a season-best time of 3:12.02.

In the championships of America events, the men accounted for a pair of seventh-place times. In the 4×800-meter event, senior Rob Myers and juniors Brian Olinger, Aaron Fisher and Jacob McCauley combined to clock a time of 16:38.95 in the 4x800m. On Thursday, Fisher, McCauley, Myers and Morris, who timed a season-best 47.50 in the 400-meter leg, combined to time a 9:48.95 in the medley.

Day two also featured the Ohio State men’s sprint relays squads as the 4×100-meter relay team narrowly missed their season-best mark of 41.52 set last week at the All-Ohio Championships, failing to advance to the finals with a 41.65 in the preliminary heats.

HE MAKES ‘EM, HE BREAKS ‘EM
Throughout his career, Taylor has set numerous Ohio State program and venue standards en route to claiming all-time honors in the indoor weight and outdoor hammer and discus, while also establishing French Field House and Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium marks in the weight, hammer and discus as well.

Taylor eclipsed his own American collegiate record in the weight three times in the indoor season and most recently bested his 2003 mark in the hammer with an OSU record 222-5 at the ASU Invite March 26.

GOODWIN CLAIMS THIRD OHIO STATE ALL-TIME RECORD IN 2004
Junior jumper Rosalind Goodwin, a 2004 indoor All-American who set Ohio State standards in the long jump and triple jump earlier in March, is at it again in the outdoor season as the Prospect, Ky. native bested the Ohio State record in the long jump last week. Goodwin’s winning leap of 20-11.75 snapped the previous mark that stood for nearly 16 years, which was held by Theresa Diggs at 20-11.25 in May, 1988.

TAYLOR SCORES RUNNER-UP IN SHOT PUT AT MT. SAC RELAYS
Dan Taylor traveled to compete separately Sunday at the 2004 Mt. Sac Relays at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. The 45th annual event was held at SAC’s Hilmer Lodge Stadium, which served as the site for the most prominent meet in the country this weekend. Taylor entered two throw events and placed within the Top 11 in each, including a runner-up mark in the shot put at 65 feet, 5 ˝ inches (65-5.50/ 19.95m).

DISTANCE UNIT IMPRESSES AT MT. SAC RELAYS
The Ohio State men’s distance squad competed separately from the Buckeye track and field team as several runners participated in the 2004 Mt. SAC Relays at Walnut, Calif.

Junior Aaron Fisher led the way for the Buckeyes as he posted a then season-best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in a time of 8:52.35 to place 16th. Fisher’s mark qualified for the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regionals.

Senior Rob Myers ran in the men’s 5,000-meter race and clocked a 14:10.88.

Brian Olinger and Matt Penza also saw action Friday night. Olinger competed in the University/Open 5,000-meter run, finishing ninth in a regional qualifying time of 13:56.02, which places as the third best time in Ohio State history. Penza took sixth in the University/Open 10,000-meter run as he posted a time of 29:47.81, a career best and fourth all-time in OSU annals.

Junior Dan Glaz finished 16th in the 10,000-meter Invitational in a time of 29:23.48, which placed second all-time in Ohio State annals.

LOFTON TOPS OSU AND BIG TEN RECORD IN THE HAMMER, NAMED OHIO STATE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Junior thrower Keturah Lofton turned in a spectacular day at the Ohio State Relays last Saturday as the former sprinter-turned thrower became the first in Ohio State and Big Ten history to reach 200 feet in the women’s hammer throw.

Lofton measured an exact 200-0 to claim runner-up in the event. Lofton’s record snapped the previous Ohio State and conference standard held by former Buckeye Katy Craig, who reached 199-3 in the 2002 season.

TAYLOR SNAPS OWN OSU HAMMER STANDARD, WIN STREAK SNAPPED
With his win in the discus at the Baldy Castillo Classic in the first week of the outdoor season, Ohio State senior Dan Taylor extended his win streak 18 straight throw events in the 2004 season. During the indoor season, Taylor won all 17 throw competitions in the shot put and weight en route to Big Ten and NCAA crowns in both events.

Ironically, Taylor’s streak was snapped at the Arizona State Invite last week, when he finished third in the hammer throw with an Ohio State record-setting measure of 222 feet, 5 inches (222-5). The effort topped his old mark of 217-5 set last season.

Taylor rebounded to post top marks in the discus and shot put, hitting a 185-0 in the disc and 65 feet in the shot all in the same day of action.

TAYLOR HONORED BY USTCA AND BIG TEN AFTER ASU INVITE PERFORMANCE
Taylor, the 2004 NCAA indoor national champion in both the weight throw and shot put events, continued his successful senior season in his first full competition last Friday at the Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Throwing three events in just one day, Taylor topped the field in both the discus and shot put events, while taking third in the hammer with an Ohio State record heave of 222 feet, 5 inches (222-5/69.79m). For his efforts, Taylor was honored by both the Big Ten and the United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) as each organization’s male athlete of the week for March 29.

The Big Ten honor served as Taylor’s 13th in the last two indoor and outdoor seasons. Taylor previously was honored by the USTCA after he broke the American collegiate record in the weight throw Jan. 10.

OSU ASSISTANT GARY CONTINUES PREP FOR 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES
Robert Gary, head coach of the men’s cross country team and track and field assistant coach at Ohio State, turned in the top time on the U.S. team at the 2004 Cross Country World Championships in Brussels, Belgium in the men’s short race, placing 33rd in a time of 12:12.

Gary qualified for the world championships at the 2004 United States Cross Country Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., where he highlighted the field as he placed third in the men’s open 4-kilometer and second in the 12-kilometer divisions, posting times of 11:15 and 35:07, respectively, to earn his spot on the world cross country team.

MYERS RUNS AT 2004 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HUNGARY
Ohio State senior Rob Myers, who exhausted his eligibility in the 2004 indoor season and will return in the outdoor season, competed in the 2004 World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Budapest, Hungary. During the event, Myers placed seventh in preliminaries heats of the men’s 1,500-meter run, finishing in a time of 3:43.73.

The Rushville, Ohio native qualified for the world event while competing at the 2004 United States Indoor Track and Field Championships, as he posted a time of 3:40.80 to finish first in the in the 1,500-meter run.

OHIO STATE’S TAYLOR FIRST TO ACCOMPLISH INDOOR THROWS SWEEP IN NCAA HISTORY
Ohio State senior thrower Dan Taylor completed the sweep of the throw events at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. with a first-place measure in the weight throw Saturday afternoon. Taylor, who holds the American collegiate record in the weight at 78 feet, 9 Ľ inches (78-9.25), tossed a mark of 77-7.50 to top runner-up Keith McBride of Purdue (71-2.75) by more than 6 feet.

Friday at the event, which was held at the University of Arkansas’ Randall Tyson Indoor Track Center, Taylor bested the field in the shot put to claim Ohio State’s first NCAA indoor title since 2001. With the wins, Taylor becomes the first student-athlete to win both competitions at the national indoor meet in NCAA history.

Taylor, a native of Middlefield, Ohio, won the shot put Friday, recording a throw of 66-7.25 (20.30m) in his fifth and final attempt.

The two-time defending Big Ten champion in both throw events was the national runner-up in the shot put and the third-place finisher the weight at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships.

THREE BUCKEYE WOMEN EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS AT INDOOR NCAA’S
Taylor was not the only Buckeye to gain All-American status in multiple events at the national meet as sophomore thrower Amarachi Ukabam tallied a ninth-place standing the shot put with a personal-best 54-11.25 and a 11th-place effort in the weight with a measure of 63-11.50, which fell directly behind teammate and fellow All-America honoree in the weight, Keturah Lofton, who reached 65-11.

The fourth Buckeye to merit All-American was junior jumper Rosalind Goodwin, who posted 12th-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 42-0.50. Goodwin also competed in the long jump, where she added another 12th-place finish, falling just shy of All-American distance at 19-8.

TAYLOR SETS AMERICAN COLLEGIATE WEIGHT MARK THREE TIMES IN ’04
Dan Taylor eclipsed his own American collegiate record in the weight throw for the second time in three weeks Saturday at the Scarlet and Gray Invite in French Field House. The senior posted a winning mark of 78 feet, 9 1/4 inches (78-9.25/24.01 meters) as he narrowly missed setting a NCAA record in the event by a mere centimeter. Taylor fell shy of the NCAA mark of 24.02 meters set by Leibor Charfreitag of Southern Methodist at the 2001 NCAA Championships. The 78-9.25 defeated his previous standard of 76-3, which he set at the Indiana Invite.

Taylor initially set the American collegiate record figure of 76-2.25 Jan. 10.

TAYLOR AND UKABAM REPRESENT U.S. AT PAN AM GAMES
Throwers Dan Taylor, a senior, and sophomore Amarchi Ukabam celebrated their Big Ten championship seasons last year as selections to the 2004 United States Pan American Games members.

Taylor competed in the senior games in the Dominican Republic, while Ukabam scored a junior championship in the discus in Barbados.

OSU’S WARNER NAMED TO U.S. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS STAFF
Jack Warner, Ohio State track and field assistant coach, was officially named to the 2005 United States World Championships coaching staff in December. Warner will serve as the sprints and hurdles coach at the event held in Helsinki, Finland. Dates for the championships are to be announced in the future.

WHAT’S AHEAD
Ohio State opens the first of three postseason meets at the 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. May 14-16.