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Feb. 8, 2003

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field team concluded a spectacular showing at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational hosted by the University of Kentucky Saturday as a dozen Buckeyes earned first place honors in their respective events, while nine claimed provisional or automatic qualifications to national competition.

The throwing squad led the way for the Buckeyes as Dan Taylor (Jr., Middlefield, Ohio) set a Big Ten and new school mark in the weight throw. Taylor, who has bested his own records in each of the shot put and weight throw events in each of the last five weeks, established a new mark in the weight throw with a first place toss of 22.03m. He also placed first with a 19.65m throw in the shot put. Both figures are automatic qualifiers for NCAA competition.

Also, earning qualifying efforts in the throw events were Keturah Lofton (So., Zanesville, Ohio), 19.55m in 20-pound weight throw, and Krista Keir (Sr., Westerville, Ohio), 16.72m in the shot put. Keir’s figure serves as an automatic qualifying mark and an Ohio State program record, while Lofton qualifies provisionally for the second instance this season.

The Buckeyes also faired well in the jump events as they were led on the men’s side by Nosa Ehimwenman (Jr., Flossmoor, Ill.) with a 49-09.25 mark in the triple jump and Drew Carter (Jr., Solon, Ohio) who posted a leap of 24-04.25 in the long jump. Jeff Cerveny (Sr., Wadsworth, Ohio) also provisionally qualified with a leap of 6-10.25 in the men’s high jump.

Senior high jumper Tami Smith (Sr., Galloway, Ohio) set a provisional qualification in the high jump with a 5-10.00 effort, while freshman Robyn Mroz set a new school record in the pole vault with a leap of 11-8.00.

In the distance events, the men claimed first place in the mile and in the 3,000 meter run. Rob Myers (Sr., Rushville, Ohio) took first in the mile as he broke the four minute mark finishing in a time of 3:58.64. With his time of 3:58.64 Myers automatically qualified for the 2003 NCAA championships. In the 3,000 meter run Derrick Butler (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) finished first in the event with a time of 8:13.03 breaking the Rod McCravy Meet record. On the women’s side Tamecia Brown (Jr., St. Cather, Wis.) finished second in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:11.71.

In the Hurdles, Molly Logan (Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.) and Brandi Hogan (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished first and second in the 60-meter hurdles. Logan also provisionally qualified for the 2003 NCAA championships during preliminary competition with a time of 8.42. Hogan added a first place finish in the 200m at 24.39. On the men’s side Joel Brown (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) finished first in the 60-meter hurdles provisionally qualifying for the 2003 NCAA championships and setting a new school record in time of 7.77 seconds.

The Buckeyes will return to action next week Feb. 14-15 at the Nittany Lion Invitational in State College, Pa.

Complete results for this event can be viewed at http://www.alltraxtiming.homestead.com/files/ZRODRSLT.HTM