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May 15, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams finished competition Sunday at the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in front of 1,227 in attendance at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The women’s team, who ranked sixth Saturday, placed fifth overall with 85 points. The men were sixth place after Saturday, but fell to ninth with a total of 52.5 points. Wisconsin won the men’s team title with 174 points, while Illinois took the women’s crown with a score of 135.

The women were led by titles from senior Shayla Moore and sophomores Jenna Harris and Jessie Stringer in the triple jump, 100-meter dash and high jump, respectively.

The Buckeyes boasted two Top 3 placers in the women’s triple jump. Senior and two-time All-American Moore claimed her first Big Ten championship with a leap of 42 feet, 7 inches. She finished ahead of teammate Rosalind Goodwin, the 2004 outdoor triple jump league winner, who reached 42-2 ¼. In the last two indoor and outdoor seasons, Goodwin and Moore have accounted for seven of the last eight Big Ten titles in the women’s horizontal jumps.

In the high jump, Stringer claimed her first Big Ten crown, winning a jump off at 5-10 with Peaches Roach of Iowa. Stringer’s championship jump marks the third time in four seasons an Ohio State jumper has won the outdoor high jump. Tami Smith (1999-2003) repeated as league champ in 2002 and 2003.

On the track, Harris edged Sierra Hauser-Price of Indiana at the finish line of the women’s 100m dash in 11.61. Harris, the indoor 60-meter champion this season, nipped Hauser-Price by two one-thousandths of the second to claim her first outdoor league title. Harris also contributed team points in the 200-meter dash with a third-place time of 23.95. Harris also helped the women to a fourth-place finish in the 4×100-meter dash and a season-best 3:44.78 in the 4x400m. For the day, Harris accumulated 23 team points for the Buckeyes. In the throws, senior Shelaine Larson, who took second in the hammer Friday and eighth-place in the shot put Saturday, scored team points in her third event Sunday with a sixth-place toss of 153-0, which set a season best.

For the men’s team, Todd Dutch placed third in the men’s 100m in 10.42 ahead of teammate Tony Cole, the indoor 60-meter champ, who placed fifth in 10.51. Dutch also sprinted in the 200m, where he posted his second third-place finish in a time of 21.06.

In the distance events, Nicole Gliem turned in a season-best time of 16:39.94 to place fourth in the women’s 5,000-meter run, while junior Dan Glaz added another fourth-place finish 14:31.97.

The Buckeyes take a week off competition before heading to the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in Bloomington, Ind., May 28-29.

Final Team Scores

Women: 1) Illinois 135 2) Penn State 112.50 3) Michigan 110.50 4) Minnesota 92 5) Ohio State 85 6) Wisconsin 67 7) Purdue 64.50 8) Indiana 63 9) Iowa 52.50 10) Michigan State 36

Men: 1) Wisconsin 174 2) Indiana 111 3) Minnesota 97.50 4) Illinois 95.50 5) Purdue 70 6) Michigan 66.50 7) Penn State 66 8) Iowa 53 9) Ohio State 52.50 10) Michigan State 33