Feb. 21, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams completed its regular season portion of the indoor schedule as OSU highlighted the field at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational Saturday in French Field House. Senior thrower Dan Taylor put the finishing touches on an outstanding indoor regular season, surpassing his own American collegiate record in the weight throw with a winning mark of 78-feet, 9.25-inches (24.01 meters). The mark established Ohio State and French Field House records as Taylor 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.
Taylor’s record-setting effort topped his former American collegiate mark of 76-3 (23.24m), which stood as the top standard in Ohio State and Big Ten annals as well. His measure also set a venue record at French Field House as Taylor topped the 76-5 mark reached by Kevin Mannon of the New York Athletic Club in 2002. Taylor opened the day with a season-best 67-1.25 to win the shot put competition. The Middlefield, Ohio product has placed first in each of the 14 throw events this season as he heads to the Big Ten indoor championships next week. Both marks by Taylor served as automatic qualifiers to the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Ohio State and venue records also fell in the women’s triple jump as junior Rosalind Goodwin earned first place with a leap of 43-3 to better the 42-10.25 set by former Buckeye Tamieka Porter in 1998. Goodwin, a native of Louisville, Ky., has set an Ohio State record in either the long jump or triple jump in each of the last three meets. On the men’s side of the jumps, senior Billy Mills topped all competitors in the high jump with a 6-8.25.
The women’s throw team also turned in an impressive day as Buckeyes occupied six of the Top 8 marks in the weight and four of the Top 5 in the shot put. Junior Keturah Lofton won the weight with a 67-4 automatic qualifier, which bested teammate Amarachi Ukabam, who tossed a 66-1.5. Ukabam turned the tables in the shot put as she topped the field with a provisional qualifying 51-8.50, besting Lofton, who placed third with a heave of 48-0.25.
The Ohio State distance crew also tallied top finishes in the men’s mile run as junior Brian Olinger clocked a 4:16.12 to claim first place, while senior Jacob McCauley followed closely in second at 4:16.16. The Buckeyes also posted a 1-2 finish in the 3,000 meters as Dan Glaz and John White took first and second place. Glaz finished in a time of 8:22.49, with White crossing the line at 8:23.08. On the women’s side, Jessica Neal added a winning time of 2:16.83 in the 800-meter run.
The sprint events were once again led by freshman standout Jenna Harris, who bested the field in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.57. Fellow sprinter Tamecia Brown, who set the school record in the 800 meters last week, bested teammates Jennifer Ogbuehi in the women’s 400 meters with a winning time of 58.32.
Ohio State closed the event by winning both the men’s and women’s ends of the 4×400-meter relays. The women clocked a season-best 3:48.17, while the men’s finished in 3:21.98.
Several Ohio State seniors who have exhausted their eligibility on the indoor season competed in preparation for a return to the team in the outdoor portion. Sprinter/hurdler Joel Brown claimed top honors in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.80, while fellow sprinter/hurdler Molly Logan captured the No. 1 position in the women’s 60m hurdles at a time of 8.37. Distance runner Rob Myers rounded out the effort by the unattached OSU seniors with another first-place time in the 800 meters (1:52.9).
The Buckeyes next compete at the Big Ten championships as the men’s and women’s team split up, with the men heading to Ann Arbor, Mich. and the women off to Iowa City, Iowa Feb. 28-29.