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Feb. 17, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams return home to French Field House Saturday as the Buckeyes play host to the regular season finale Scarlet and Gray Invitational at 10 a.m.

GOODWIN ROLLS ON, TOPS OWN OSU RECORD IN LONG JUMP
Ohio State junior long jumper Rosalind Goodwin won her fifth straight long jump competition Friday at Penn State. In doing so, Goodwin posted a provisional qualifier in the event for the fourth week in a row and bested her previous Ohio State record of 20-6.25 with a 20-6.50 leap to score 10 first-place points for the Buckeyes.

Goodwin, who has turned in NCAA provisional qualifying performances in each of the last three triple jump competitions, set a personal best in both events at Penn State as she claimed second in the triple jump with a 42-4.75 effort.

MAKE IT A DOZEN FOR TAYLOR
Senior thrower Dan Taylor won both the weight throw and shot put at the Sykes/Sabock Challenge last week. In doing so, Taylor notched his 11th and 12th wins this season in as many throw events.

TAMECIA BROWN SETS OSU RECORD This past weekend at the 2004 Sykes/Sabock Challenge, Ohio State senior Tamecia Brown clocked a school record time of 2:10.51 in the 800-meter run. The previous record of 2:10.98 was held by Mandy Osmond.

LAST WEEK:WOMEN TAKE RUNNER-UP, MEN PLACE SIXTH at penn state
Friday – The women were led by another record-setting performance by Goodwin, who bested her Ohio State program standard set last week at 26-feet – 6.25-inches (20-6.25) with a career-best 20-6.50 to score 10 first-place points for the Buckeyes in the long jump. The men’s side was fueled by Taylor and his sixth straight winning effort in the weight throw, while junior Brian Olinger added a season-best to win the 5,000 meters. The women totaled 48 team points, which is second to Penn State’s 73, while the men collected 35 points for fourth. Central Michigan leads the men’s competition with 53 team points.

Goodwin’s record-setting effort served as her fifth consecutive first-place score in the long jump as she bested 2003 Big Ten champion and All-American Chi-Chi Aduba of Penn State in the event. Goodwin’s leap was a provisional qualifier to the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships.

The women also received a top mark from fellow junior Keturah Lofton as she claimed first place in the weight throw with a provisional qualifier to the NCAA championships with a heave of 63-9.50. Lofton was one of five Buckeyes to score in the event as OSU throwers claimed five of the Top 8 spots. Lofton’s throw served as a provisional mark.

Taylor, who topped his own American collegiate record in the weight last week at the Indiana Invite with a 76-3, helped the Buckeyes sweep the throw events Friday as he tossed a 74-4.25 for 10 team points, while fellow thrower Bryan Duby added eight points with a second-place throw of 63-5.50.

Another 10 points were added to the men’s total after Olinger, a junior, bested his previous season-best time of 14:45.80 by more than 30 seconds with a NCAA provisional 14:15.51 to win the men’s 5,000 meters. Fellow junior Dan Glaz added points with a fifth-place finish in the event in a time of 14:28.07.

Senior Brandi Hogan and freshman Jenna Harris added scoring efforts in the women’s 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash events as Hogan placed fourth with a time of 8.65, while Harris clocked a season-best 7.48 for third the dash.

Saturday – Ohio State concluded competition at the Sykes/Sabock as the women’s throwers helped maintain the Buckeyes’ second-place position, placing five individuals in the shot put.

Leading the way for the women’s throw squad in the shot put was Amarachi Ukabam as she posted a throw of 52-04 to win the event. Shelaine Larson finished second in the event with a toss of 51-0, while Keturah Lofton rounded out the Top 5 for the Buckeyes posting a throw of 48-9.

On the men’s side, the Buckeyes were led by Taylor as he propelled the men to a sixth-place finish, posting his second first-place mark of the event in the shot put with a toss of 65-2.

In the distance events, the woman were led by Tamecia Brown as she posted a personal best and Ohio State record in the 800-meter run, timing a 2:10.51. On the men’s side Olinger followed his first-place finish in the 5,000-meter run on Friday with an eighth-place finish in the mile on Saturday posting a time of 4:16.2.

The women also received another strong showings from its jumpers as Goodwin and Shayla Moore placed second and third respectively in the triple jump. Goodwin’s jump of 42-04 set a new team mark in the event.

Freshman Jessie Stringer continued her progression in the women’s high jump as she posted a new personal best in the event with a jump of 5-7 surpassing her old mark of 5-5. Stringer tied for second in the event.

Seniors Billy Mills and Seth MacCarter also posted strong performances in the field events. Mills finished fifth in the men’s high jump with a leap 6-7, while MacCarter tied for fourth in the pole vault with a jump 15-3.

Scoring points for the men in the sprinting events was John Morris, who finished fourth in the 400-meter dash as he posted a time of 47.98 to set a team mark in the event. On the women’s side, freshman Jenna Harris continued her impressive showing during the two-day event as she placed third and posted a time of 24.18 to set a personal best.

TAYLOR BREAKS OWN AMERICAN COLLEGIATE RECORD IN WEIGHT AT IU
Dan Taylor eclipsed his own American collegiate record in the weight throw with a winning mark of 76-feet – 3-inches (76-3) as he topped his previous figure of 76-2.25, set Jan. 10 in the season-opening Buckeye Invitational. Taylor added his 10th first-place finish in as many throw events this season with a winning heave of 62-1.25 in the shot put. The mark in the weight also served as a Gladstien Field House record and bettered Taylor’s Ohio State standard in the event.

MOVIN’ ON UP – ALL-TIME PERFORMANCE CHARTS
In addition to the Ohio State records set in the women’s pole vault, 800-meter run and long jump and the men’s weight throw, numerous Buckeyes have etched their names into the OSU all-time performance list as Goodwin has moved into the Top 5 in the triple jump in addition to her top mark in the long jump.

Amarachi Ukabam moved into the Top 3 in both the weight and shot put with a 52-9.25 in the shot put and a 65-10.50 in the weight earlier this season. Senior Lyndsi Gay clocked the third-fastest time in OSU history in the 5,000 meters at the Indiana Invite.

ASST. COACH GARY PLACES THIRD AT U.S. CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State men’s cross country coach Robert Gary, competed in the 2004 United States Cross Country Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. The two-day event served as a qualifier for 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, March 20 in Brussels, Belgium.

The Top 6 finishers in the Open and Junior races were eligible to compete in the event.

Gary (1993-96) highlighted the event 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 a spot on the world cross country team. Gary will compete in the 4-kilometer run at the World Cross Country Championships.

Connor (1996-99), who completed his Buckeye career two years ago, still trains with the team and placed sixth in a time of 11:22 in the men’s open 4-kilometer event to earn a spot on world cross country squad.

MYERS, BROWN AND LOGAN PREPPING FOR RETURN IN OUTDOOR SEASON
Ohio State senior Rob Myers, who has exhausted his indoor eligibility and will join the Buckeyes as a scoring competitor in the outdoor season, clocked the third-best time run by an American this season in the men’s mile with a time of 4:00.17, Feb. 6 at the Indiana Invitational to win the event as an unattached competitor.

Myers’ time in the mile qualifies him for the 2004 US Indoor Championships, where he plans to run his second race of the indoor season in preparation for the outdoor campaign.

Two fellow seniors who also have used their eligibility in indoor season are competing well in the hurdles events as unattached competitors. OSU seniors Joel Brown, an All-American in both the indoor and outdoor sessions in 2003, and Molly Logan have turned in top times in the men’s and women’s 60-meter hurdles in preparation for their return to the Buckeye squad in the outdoor season.

Brown most recently turned in a 7.81 to claim second at the Indiana Invitational, while Logan topped the field in the same event on the women’s side with a time of 8.30. Logan also clocked an 8.30 to win the event at the Ohio State Invite Jan. 31. Brown claimed first at the OSU Invite in a time of 7.92 and added a 7.64 in the 55-meter hurdles in the indoor opener to win first place at the Buckeye Invite Jan. 10.

HEINTZ BECOMES FIRST BUCKEYE WOMAN TO BREAK 12 FEET IN POLE VAULT
Senior Becky Heintz and sophomore Robyn Mroz each posted the top mark in the pole vault event at the OSU Invitational Jan. 31 with an Ohio State all-time height of 11-11.75.

The mark stood for just one week as Heintz became the first Buckeye to clear 12-feet in the women’s pole vault, setting a record with a height of 12-1.50 to place second at the Indiana Invite.

Heintz and Mroz snapped the previous mark held by Mroz, who cleared 11-8 Feb. 14, 2003.

Ironically, both Heintz and Mroz share the outdoor pole vault standard at Ohio State as well at the same height of 11-11.75.

TAYLOR AND UKABAM SCORE BACK-TO-BACK BIG TEN ATHLETES OF THE WEEK JAN. 20 AND 27
Ohio State throwers Dan Taylor and Amarachi Ukabam not only have dominated their competition in the throw events this season, winning 14 of the 16 throw competitions, but the tandem has nearly owned the Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors in 2004 before recipients from other Big Ten institutions claimed the honors Feb. 3.

Taylor garnered his third award in as many weeks Jan. 27 after first-place performances in both the shot put (65-0.75) and weight throw (73-9.75) at the Indiana-Purdue-Ohio State Tri-Meet with NCAA indoor championship automatic qualifying marks in both events.

Ukabam scored her second honor in as many weeks with first placers in the weight and shot put as well. Ukabam’s mark in the weight (65-10.50) served as an automatic national qualifier, while her effort in the shot put (52-8.25) provisionally qualified for the NCAA’s.

Taylor’s weekly honor is his 10th in the last two seasons. The award is the third won by Ukabam in her career.

BUCKEYE THROWERS TAKE FIRST PLACE IN 22 OF 24 EVENTS IN ’04
The Ohio State throw squad has competed in 24 total events in 2004 and has walked away from either the shot put or weight throw with a first-place standing on 22 occasions.

Taylor has fueled the men’s side with record-shattering first-place finishes in both the weight and shot put in the six meets this season, while Keturah Lofton and Ukabam have combined to take top honors in each throw event this season. Ukabam has won the shot put at the Buckeye and Kentucky Invites, the Tri-meet, the Ohio State Invite and was first in the weight at UK and in the tri-meet, while Lofton scored first place in the weight at the Buckeye and Ohio State Invites. Buckeye junior Shelaine Larson placed second in both the weight and shot put at the Indiana Invite Feb. 7.

TAYLOR UPS FRENCH FIELD HOUSE WIN STREAK TO NINE AND 11-OF-12
With his victories in each of the weight throw and shot put competitions at the Buckeye Invite, the IU-PU-OSU Tri-meet and the Ohio State Invite, Taylor claimed his ninth straight crown and 11th in 12 total events at French Field House during the past two seasons.

Additionally, Taylor, who scored first place in 12 of 14 indoor throw events last season prior to the NCAA Championships, now has claimed top honors in 18 of the last 20 regular season throw events since the beginning of the 2003 season.

HARRIS CONTINUES TO ROLL IN FIRST SEASON
Freshman Jenna Harris has established herself as the squad’s top sprinter on the women’s side as she has posted top times for OSU in the 60m dash and the 200m dash in each of the last four meets. During the UK Invite, Harris posted times of 7.51 and 24.51 to win and added first-place times in both the IU-PU-OSU Tri-Meet and the Ohio State Invite.

Most recently, Harris posted season-bests in the 60m and 200m as she timed a 7.48 in the 60m at the Sykes/Sabock Challenge and a 24.18 in the 200m.

BUCKEYE MEN RANKED No. 9 BY TRACKWIRE.COM
The Ohio State men’s team was recognized as the No. 9 team in the country by the latest Trackwire.com poll. The Buckeyes are one of six Big Ten squads in the Top 25 as Minnesota is rated the highest at No. 5, with Wisconsin ranked in a tie for 17th. Michigan, OSU, Purdue and Indiana fall in between the Golden Gophers and Badgers. Arkansas in ranked No. 1. Fellow Southeastern teams – Auburn and LSU – completed the Top 3.

TAYLOR SETS AMERICAN COLLEGIATE RECORD AT BUCKEYE INVITATIONAL
Five-time All-American Dan Taylor kicked off the 2004 season in grand fashion as the reigning Big Ten indoor and outdoor athlete of the year established an American collegiate record in the weight throw with a heave of 76-2.25 (23.22 meters), surpassing the previous mark of 74-8.5 held by Kevin Mannon of Wyoming.

Taylor’s performance eclipsed his previous Big Ten and Ohio State weight throw records set March 3, 2003 at 22.35 meters, while falling shy of the NCAA record 24.02-meter mark set by Libor Charfreitag – a native of Slovakia – of SMU March 9, 2001.

TAYLOR DEEMED USATF MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – JAN. 12
Taylor was named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting an American collegiate record in the weight throw Saturday at the Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.

Taylor also was named USATF athlete of the week March 16, 2003 after claiming Top 3 marks in both the weight and shot put at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

TAYLOR AND UKABAM REPRESENT OHIO STATE 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.

UP NEXT
Ohio State’s next competition will be at the 2004 Big Ten Championships. The men and women will split for the conference meet as the men will head to Ann Arbor, Mich., while the women travel to Iowa City, Iowa.