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Feb. 29, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams completed first day action at the 2004 Big Ten Track and Field Indoor Championships as the men, competing in Ann Arbor. Mich., closed the day with 18 team points and in third-place behind first-place Wisconsin. The women, who traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, for the event, accumulated 26.5 team points for fifth place and remain half a point behind fourth-place Michigan heading into the final day of competition.

Ohio State senior thrower Dan Taylor once again assumed the leadership role of the men’s squad as he scored 10 first-place points with a Michigan venue record setting heave of 66 feet, 11 Ľ inches (66-11.25/ 20.40m). Taylor, a native of Middlefield, Ohio, bested Purdue teammates Nedzad Mulabegovic and Scott Hecht to successfully defend his 2003 indoor shot put title and claim his fifth consecutive Big Ten shot put crown combined between the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Taylor, who also is the reigning conference weight throw champion, will vie for the weight crown Sunday at 9 a.m.

In the women’s meet, junior Rosalind Goodwin added the Big Ten long jump title to her breakout season as she snapped her own Ohio State record and set the U-M track record with a leap of 20-9. Goodwin will go for a sweep of the long and triple jump events tomorrow.

A thrower also headlined the Buckeye effort at the women’s meet as sophomore Amarachi Ukabam took runner-up honors in the shot put with a career best 53-1.75 (16.20m). Ukabam fell shy of Penn State’s Ja’Nai O’Connor, who took first with a throw of 55-2 (16.81m). Fellow Buckeye thrower Alexis McCall placed fifth in the event with a 49-4.25 (15.04m). Also for the women, senior Becky Heintz placed fourth in the pole vault and set an Ohio State record in the event with a vault of 12-5.50, smashing her previous record of 12-1.50 inches.

Also contributing to the men’s effort was senior Seth MacCarter and junior Jason Dahlman in the pole vault as the pair recorded fifth and seventh-place points. MacCarter cleared 16-2.75 to finish fifth, while Dahlman claimed seventh at 15-11.

The Buckeyes scored in the distance events as junior Brian Olinger tallied one team point with an eighth-place finish in the 3,000 meters.

Two Buckeyes runners clocked advancing times in the preliminary rounds of the 60-meter dash and 800-meter run. Junior Greg Norman moved on to the finals with a season-best tying time of 6.85 on the 60m, while sophomore Joe Gourley timed a 1:52.75 to gain a spot in the finals of the 800-meter. The 400-meter prelims saw junior John Morris advance to the finals in a time of 40.06.

On the women’s side, Ohio State also qualified runners into Sunday’s finals as freshman Jenna Harris grabbed a spot in the finals of the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.53, while senior Tamecia Brown scored a qualifying time in the 800 meters in 2:12.00. Senior Brandi Hogan added an 8.57 to move on to finals in the 60-meter hurdles.

The final day of competition begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. for the men, while the women return to action at 10 a.m.

Complete results can be found at www.bigten.org.