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April 6, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened its outdoor home schedule last week with a solid showing as host of the Ohio State Relays.

This week, the Buckeyes travel to Berkeley, Calif. for the 2004 Brutus Hamilton Invitational Friday and Saturday.

The University of California at Berkeley will serve as the host of the event, welcoming teams to compete Friday at noon (PDT) and Saturday at 10 a.m. (PDT).

LOFTONS 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 behind unattached Jackie Jeschelnig of the Ashland Elite, who set a Jesse Owens Stadium venue mark at 225-10.

Lofton’s record, which also served as a NCAA Mideast regional qualifier, snapped the previous Ohio State and conference standard held by former Buckeye Katy Craig, who reached 199-3 in the 2002 season.

Later in the day, Lofton posted another runner-up mark in the shot put (45-9.25) and a third-place finish in the discus (158-3).

For her efforts, Lofton was named Ohio State Female Athlete of the Week honor.

LAST WEEK: BUCKEYES LEAD OHIO STATE RELAYS FIELD
The Buckeyes opened the outdoor home schedule with a solid team showing in the 2004 Ohio State Relays. Junior thrower Keturah Lofton helped the Buckeyes with a Big Ten record-setting mark in the women’s hammer, while fellow thrower Dan Taylor posted three Top 3 finishes Saturday. On the track, the men’s distance team took the Top 4 places in the men’s 3,000-meter run.

The men’s distance team claimed the Top 4 marks in the 3,000-meter run as junior Dan Glaz claimed first in a time of 8:36.20, besting teammates Brian Olinger, Aaron Fisher and Jon White, who placed second, third and fourth, respectively. On the women’s side, freshman Nicole Gliem took second in the 3,000m in a season-best time of 10:12.05.

Senior Molly Logan clocked an OSU season-best 13.55 to place first in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Logan’s wind-aided time served as a regional qualifier. Another senior added a top mark in the men’s 100-meter dash as Joel Brown clocked a wind-aided 10.53 for a third-place standing. Freshman Jenna Harris stepped in and took second in the women’s 200-meter run with a season-best 24.18. Later, junior John Morris edged out a first-place time of 49.02 in the men’s 400-meter run.

The field events featured a first-place performance by Seth MacCarter in the pole vault as the senior cleared 15-5. Also competing in the event was fellow senior Becky Heintz, who turned in an 11-3.75 vault to take runner-up and equal a season best. Senior Nosa Ehimwenman and his second-place leap of 23-6 in the long jump also highlighted the field events.

In the men’s throws, Taylor again claimed top honors as he finished first in the shot put with a 64-3.75 and second in the discus with a 176-2. Taylor started the day with a 220-5 in the hammer to place second after setting the Ohio State record last week at the Arizona State Invite with a throw of 222-5. All three marks served as regional qualifiers for Taylor. In the first throw event of the day, senior George Hoover added to the Ohio State field effort with a second-place measure of 182-1, a season best.

Adding to Lofton’s mark on the women’s side in the throws was sophomore Amarachi Ukabam, who posted the top measure in the shot put at 50-10.75, which bested Lofton. Ukabam added a second-place finish in the discus later in the day with a heave of 166-9, edging Lofton again.

In the relays, junior Rosalind Goodwin, Harris, Hogan and Logan each helped the Buckeyes breeze to a first-place time of 46.80 in the women’s 4×100-meter relay. In the 4×400-meter event, Morris anchored the Buckeyes to a second-place finish in a time of 3:17.38.

OSU DISTANCE DOMINATES 3,000-METER RUN AT OHIO STATE RELAYS
Saturday at the Ohio State Relays, the OSU men’s distance team claimed the Top 4 marks in the 3,000-meter run as junior Dan Glaz claimed first in a time of 8:36.20, besting teammates Brian Olinger (8:36.27), Aaron Fisher (8:36.29) and Jon White (8:36.94), who placed second, third and fourth, respectively. Overall, the Buckeyes took six of the Top 7 marks in the event.

On the women’s side, freshman Nicole Gliem took second in the 3,000m in a season-best time of 10:12.05.

BRUTUS HAMILTON TO SERVE AS OHIO STATE’S THIRD MEET IN WEST IN `04
So far in the 2004 outdoor season, Ohio State has competed in threevents, two of which took place in Tempe, Ariz. for the Baldy Castillo Classic (March 19-20) and the Arizona State Invite (March 26). Following the home opener last week in Columbus, Ohio State travels westward again for another PAC-10 site and the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at the University of California at Berkeley.

HARRIS CONTINUES TO ROLL IN FIRST SEASON
Freshman Jenna Harris has established herself as perhaps the squad’s top sprinter on the women’s side as she posted top times for OSU in the 60m dash and the 200m dash in each of the last five indoor meets, including Top 5 marks at the Big Ten championships, to close the season.

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 and winner in the 60m at the Scarlet and Gray Invite last week.

So far in the outdoor portion of the schedule, Harris has proven to be the top performer for OSU in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, posting team-leading times of 12.10 and 24.45, respectively, at the ASU Invite March 26.

Last week, Harris concentrated on the 200-meter event and claimed second in a time of 25.01.

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 extending past 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.

BROWN AND LOGAN RETURN TO ACTION
Ohio State senior hurdlers Joel Brown and Molly Logan, who each had exhausted their eligibility in the indoor season, returned this past weekend at the ASU Invite to begin their final season for the Scarlet and Gray.

Brown and Logan were welcome additions in Tempe as each finished among the top times in the hurdles events. Brown clocked a 13.98 to win the men’s 110-meter hurdles, while Logan timed a 13.91 to claim runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles.

Last week, Logan accounted for the top time in the women’s 110-meter hurdles with a wind-aided 13.55, while Brown concentrated on the 100-meter dash and posted an OSU season best 10.53 to place third.

Fellow senior Rob Myers, a 2003 All-American in the mile run, also will rejoin the Buckeyes as a senior this outdoor season.

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.

BROWN CLOCKS REGIONAL QUALIFIER IN WOMEN’S 800M
Ohio State senior mid-distance runner Tamecia Brown turned in a 2:09.21 to take second place in the women’s 800-meter run Saturday at the Baldy Castillo. Her time, which served as a Mideast regional qualifier, is the second best figure in Ohio State history in the women’s 800m. Former Buckeye Carrie Hoblet, who scored a 2:07.43 in 1999.

Last week, T. Brown took the first place in the women’s 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:35.21.

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, was forced to pull out of the 2004 United States Men’s 8-Kilometer Championships Saturday at Central Park in New York City because of illness. Gary, who took 11th at the event in 2003, was set to use the race as part of his training for a run at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

In March, Gary 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.

Former Buckeye Ian Connor (1996-99), who completed his OSU career two years ago, 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 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 (78-9.25/24.01m), tossed a mark of 77-7.50 (23.66m) to top runner-up Keith McBride of Purdue (71-2.75/ 21.71m) 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 JOINS ELITE OSU GROUP WITH MULTIPLE INDOOR NATIONAL TITLES
The first-place finishes in both events also qualify Taylor as the first Buckeye to capture multiple NCAA indoor crowns in the same season since former Buckeye Donald Bennett claimed the national titles in the 100-yard and 220-yard dash events in 1932. Taylor joins Bennett, George Simpson, who won the 100-yard and 220-yard dashes in 1928, and Chris Nelloms, the winner of the 200-meter dash at the 1993 and 1994 national meets, as the only Buckeyes to win two NCAA indoor titles in a career. Former Ohio State great Jesse Owens won multiple national titles in the 1935 and 1936 outdoor seasons, but did not win a national championship indoors.

U.S. COACHES ASSOC. NAMES TAYLOR GREAT LAKES MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Taylor was named Great Lakes Regional Male Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field Coaches Association Tuesday. The native of Middlefield, Ohio established the American collegiate record in the weight throw on three separate occasions this season, including his current standard of 78 feet, 9 Ľ inches (78-9.25/ 24.01m) set at the regular season-ending Scarlet and Gray Invitational Feb. 21. The five-time All-American followed that effort at the Big Ten championships, where he successfully defended his 2003 conference titles in both the weight and shot put with heaves of 75-8.25 and 66-11.25, respectively.

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.

GOODWIN LEAPS PAST OSU RECORDS
Ohio State junior long jumper Rosalind Goodwin won her sixth straight long jump competition Feb. 28 at the Big Ten meet. 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 20-6.50 with a 20-9 leap to score 10 first-place points for the Buckeyes.

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 returns to Columbus to play host to the 2004 All-Ohio Track and Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The event is slated to begin at 4 p.m. Friday and continue through Saturday, with second-day events beginning at 10 a.m.