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April 12, 2006

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Columbus, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams compete in the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., Friday and Saturday.

2006 Sea Ray Relays
Day/Time: Friday 8:45 a.m.- 9:20 p.m., Saturday 9:15 a.m.- 5:45 p.m.
Venue: Tom Black Track, University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Meet Information/Live Results: 2006 Sea Ray Relays

Last Week: OSU Men Win 2006 All-Ohio Invitational, Women Take Second
Friday-The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams started their 2006 home-opening meet Friday, playing host to the All-Ohio Championships in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Keturah Lofton, the 2004 Big Ten champion in the hammer, won the same event Friday with a regional-qualifier of 198-1 (60.39m). Ashley Riehm also supplied points for the Buckeyes in the women’s hammer with a heave of 172-8 for seventh place.

Also in the field events, Kim Willet tied the Ohio State record to take sixth in the pole vault. She cleared 11-11.75 to equal the mark shared by former Buckeyes Becky Heintz and Robyn Mroz. Pat Filipi scored for Ohio State in the men’s javelin, placing second with a toss of 173-2.

Saturday – Ohio State (187 team points) bested Akron (171) in the men’s competition for first place at the All-Ohio. The Buckeye women (141.5) placed second behind the Zips (189.5).

The Buckeyes’ men’s distance team supplied substantial points Saturday. Ohio State’s Brian Olinger captured first place in the men’s 1,500-meter run in 3:56.55. OSU also swept the Top 3 spots in the 10,000 meters as Matt Buzek (31:21.04) took first ahead of Dan Glaz (31:29.06) and Alex Bailey (31:29.96). Robert Sturgess supplied a third-place time in the steeplechase (9:32.99), which was followed an event later by John Ealy’s win in the 5K in 14:43.23.

On the track for the women, the Buckeyes went 1-2 in the 400 meters with Ayrizanna Favours taking top honors in 55.89 and Chandra Krempel taking second in 57.06. Jenna Harris scored big points for the Buckeyes in both the 100m and 200m. She placed second in the 100m in 11.72, a season-best and regional qualifier, and also was second in the 200m in 24.15. For the men’s sprint events, while Matt Comer tracked down the top spot in the men’s 400m hurdles in 54.01.

In the jumps, Ohio State’s Veronica Vance took the top spots in both the long and triple jumps. She had a season-best leap of 19-2 in the long and followed with a leap of 40-2 1/4 in the triple. Colleen Farrell also added points for OSU in the long jump, taking third at 18-10 1/2. Jessica Stringer turned in a second-place mark in the high jump, reaching a regional qualifier of 5-8 3/4. For the men, freshman Brandon Cathcart won the triple with a regional qualifier of 49-8 1/4.

In the multi-events, Scott Hudepohl provided 10 first-place points by winning the men’s decathlon. Hudepohl accumulated 6,198 points with solid performances across the board. He was the top finisher in just one event, the javelin. OSU sophomore Pat Woods followed Hudepohl with a third-place score.

For the throws, Lenny Jatsek posted a Mideast Regional qualifying mark to place fourth in the hammer at 186-10. Later in the day, Jatsek placed fifth in the shot put at 53-3 and third in the discus at 158-3. Pat Whalen finished ahead of Jatsek in the shot, tossing 53-7 1/2. For the women, Janine Zylinski was fifth in the shot at 46-4 3/4.

In the relays, the OSU women won the 4x100m in 46.74 and the 4x400m in 3:52.61.

Jatsek Named Big Ten Track and Field Male Co-Athlete of the Week
Lenny Jatsek, a sophomore thrower on the Ohio State men’s track and field team, shared Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors, the conference office announced March 28. At the 2006 Walt Disney World Invitational, Jatsek won the men’s shot put and placed fifth in the hammer throw.

In his first competition of the outdoor season, the 2006 Big Ten indoor weight throw champion posted a NCAA regional qualifying mark to win the shot. He placed first in the event with a personal-best distance of 57 feet, 9 inches (17.60 meters).

In the opening day of the Disney Invite Jatsek placed fifth in the hammer throw, reaching a mark of 179-3 1/4 (54.64m). The Walton Hills, Ohio native also earned the league’s indoor weekly honor Jan. 24.

Jatsek shared this week’s AOW award with Purdue junior sprinter/hurdler Rickey Pinkney.

Olinger At It Again
Brian Olinger is continuing his assault on the Ohio State record book this season. In his first meet of the outdoor season at Stanford April 1, Olinger set the school record in the 10,000m. Olinger’s time of 28:54.68 broke the old mark set by Chris England of 29:01.29 in 1997.

Breaking records is nothing new for Olinger who holds the indoor standard in the 5,000-meter run, which he set this season at the Husky Invitational (Feb.10-11) with his time of 13:45.94.

Olinger still is after the record for the best 3,000m-steeplechase which is currently held by Mark Croghan.

Olinger ran his first indoor 3,000m of the season at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (Feb. 3-4). Even with a mild case of the flu, Olinger still rewrote the Ohio State record books with his time of 8:02.21, a mark that ranked fourth in Buckeye history. Olinger holds the second and fourth best times in Ohio State indoor history in the 3,000m. Olinger still is after the record for the best 3,000m which is currently held by Ohio State distance coach Robert Gary.

Buckeyes in the Big ten Ranks
The men’s and women’s teams currently have many student-athletes with top-5 performances in the Big Ten so far this outdoor season.

For the men’s team, Anthony Cole currently is fifth in the Big Ten in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.62. Brian Olinger currently has the second fastest 10,000m time in the Big Ten with his mark of 28:57.68. This is the fastest 10,000m in Ohio State history and also provisionally qualifies Olinger for the NCAA Championships. Matt Comer has the sixth best time in the 400m hurdles this season and the second best time by a freshman. Senior Kevin Bruffy is fifth in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:21.45.

In the field for the men, Brandon Cathcart has the third longest triple jump in the Big Ten this season with a mark of 49’8″. This effort is NCAA regional qualifying mark and is the best triple jump by a freshman in the Big Ten all season. Leonard Jatsek and Patrick Whalen are fourth and fifth in the shot put respectfully. Both Jatsek’s throw of 57-8 3/4 and Whalen’s toss of 57-1 1/4 are NCAA regional qualifying marks. In the hammer throw Jatsek (186-9.5) is fourth.

For the women, reigning Big Ten champ in the 100m Jenna Harris has the second fastest time this season with a mark of 11.72. Harris also holds the fastest 200m time with a NCAA regional qualifying mark of 23.70. Harris is followed closely by freshman Ayrizanna Favours, who has the fourth fastest time in the 200m with a mark of 24.35. Favours currently has the second best time in the 400m in the Big Ten with a mark of 54.80. Junior Chandra Krempel is fifth in the 400m with a time of 56.20.

In the relays the women’s team has the third best time in the 4x100m with a time of 46.74.

In the field, current indoor and outdoor Big Ten high jump champion Jessica Stringer is tied for second in the Big Ten with her mark of 5-8 3/4. Veronica Vance currently is fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 40-2 1/4. In the shot put Janine Zylinski and Verconica Jatsek are fourth and fifth respectfully. Both Zylinski’s throw of 48-3 1/2 and Jatsek’s toss of 47-11 3/4 are NCAA regional qualifying marks. In the hammer throw senior Keturah Lofton is second with a mark of 198-1 1/2. This effort is a NCAA regional qualifying mark.

Buckeyes Receive Indoor Honors
The Big Ten announced its 2006 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field All-League Teams on March 1. Ohio State’s Leonard Jatsek and Jessica Stringer each were named to the first team after claiming league titles in the men’s weight throw and the women’s high jump, respectively. Both the Buckeye men’s and women’s teams finished sixth at their respective conference meets at Iowa and Wisconsin.

Stringer posted the second-best high jump mark in Ohio State history en route to winning her second consecutive conference championship in the event. The native of Franklin, Ind., cleared 5 feet, 11 3/4 inches to claim victory at Wisconsin. She won the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor High Jump Championship at home last season in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Jatsek became the third Ohio State student-athlete to win the weight in the last four seasons. Former Buckeye All-American Dan Taylor won the league title in 2003 and `04. Bryan Duby took first place in the event last season. This year, Jatsek’s heave of 68-2 1/4 topped the conference field.

The men’s distance medley team of Taylor Candella, Gerald Griffin, Joe Gourley and Jeff See also combined to claim first-team honors after winning the event. The group shattered the former Ohio State record of 9:51.05 set in 1995, cruising to the finish line in 9:47.78.

Also for the men, two-time All-American Brian Olinger was a second-team honoree in the 5,000 meters. OSU throwers also grabbed second team honors for the women. Senior and two-time All-American Keturah Lofton was runner-up in the weight at 69-5 1/4, while freshman Janine Zylinski also took second in the shot put at a career-best 52-1 1/4.

Buckeyes Go 5-for-5 at Indoor Nationals
Ohio State sent five student-athletes to the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships (March 10-11) and all five walked away with All-America honors. Seniors Brian Olinger and Keturah Lofton gained their second-career indoor honors in the 5,000-meter run and weight throw, respectively. Junior Jessica Stringer gathered her first All-American award in the women’s high jump, while sophomore thrower Lenny Jatsek also earned his first in the men’s weight. Freshman Janine Zylinski made her NCAA championships debut and reached All-America status in the shot put.

Favours Lands First Career Big Ten Athlete of the Week Award
Ayrizanna Favours, a freshman sprinter on the Ohio State women’s track and field team, was named Athlete of the Week in an announcement made by the Big Ten Feb. 21. Feb. 18 at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational, Favours timed winning marks in both the 55-meter and 200-meter dashes.

The native of Columbus and product of Eastmoor Academy capped her first indoor regular season with a career-best time of 6.92 to claim the 55m event. Later, she notched a provisional qualifying standard in the 200-meter dash, winning in another career-best time of 24.2.

The weekly league award is Favour’s first of her career. Sophomore thrower Lenny Jatsek claimed the weekly honor for the men’s team Jan. 24. Favours is Ohio State’s first female athlete of the week since Shelaine Larson earned the indoor award on Feb. 22, 2005.

The Ohio State men’s and women’s teams split up for the Big Ten championship meets Saturday and Sunday. The men head to Iowa and the women compete at Wisconsin. Favours heads to the league meet with the third-best 60m and sixth-fastest 200m times in the conference.

Lofton Makes Triumphant Return
After missing all of last season, senior thrower Keturah Lofton made a triumphant return to competition during the indoor season. The former Big Ten champion and two-time All-American won the weight throw at Kentucky and was runner-up at Indiana.

Lofton’s return was capped at the Big Ten Championships when she set the school record with a throw of 69-5 1/4. This mark also sent her to the NCAA Indoor championships where she earn All-American honers.

Buckeyes Land Top Recruit
The Ohio State men’s track and field and cross country teams will add one of the best distance runners in the state of Ohio in 2006-07 seasons. Chad Balyo of Springboro, Ohio signed his national letter of intent to Ohio State during the early signing period this fall. Balyo was the 2005 Division 1 Ohio cross country champion. Balyo currently holds the best indoor time in the nation in the 2-mile for high school runners with a time of 9:10.

“It has been a goal of our program to recruit the best distance runners in Ohio.” Ohio State head cross country coach and distance coach Robert Gary said. “The past two seasons we have qualified for the NCAA championships with a roster made up of Ohio only athletes. I feel we got the best this year and am very excited to add him to a very young team.”

Up Next
Ohio State will head to Eugene, Ore. for the Oregon Invitational April 21-22.