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Feb. 25, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams both seek to improve upon their fourth-place standing at the 2003 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the conference meets this Saturday and Sunday. The men will travel north to Ann Arbor, Mich., while the women make a trek west to Iowa City, Iowa for their respective ends of the championships.

Events at the men’s championships kick off at 9 a.m. (EST) both days. The women’s side will commence at 9 a.m. (CST) Saturday and 10 a.m. (CST) Sunday.

Information on both meets is provided by the Big Ten Conference at www.bigten.org.

Senior thrower Dan Taylor, who owns the top mark in the nation in the weight throw this season, will look to defend his 2003 titles in the weight and shot put as he seeks to repeat as Big Ten Indoor Athlete of the Year.

FEB. 28-29, 2004
MEN AT ANN ARBOR, MICH
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
INDOOR TRACK BUILDING

WOMEN AT IOWA CITY, IOWA
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
UNIVERSITY REC. BUILDING

TAYLOR SETS AMERICAN COLLEGIATE WEIGHT MARK FOR THIRD TIME 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 in the season-opening Buckeye Invitational.

GOODWIN LEAPS PAST OSU RECORDS
Ohio State junior long jumper Rosalind Goodwin won her fifth straight long jump competition Feb. 14 at Penn State. 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 20-6.25 with a 20-6.50 leap to score 10 first-place points for the Buckeyes.

Goodwin, who has turned in NCAA provisional qualifying performances in each of the last three triple jump competitions, set OSU and French Field House records with her winning effort of 43-3 at the Scarlet and Gray Invite.

TAYLOR AND LOFTON DEEMED BIG TEN ATHLETES OF THE WEEK, TAYLOR HONORED BY TRACKSHARK.COM
Ohio State laid claim to both the men’s and women’s side of the Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor for the third time this season as throwers Dan Taylor and Keturah Lofton received the honor Feb. 24. The weekly award is the fifth this season for Taylor and the second in the last two weeks as the senior shattered his own American collegiate record in the weight throw at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational Saturday at Ohio State’s French Field House. Lofton also won the weight with a career best 67-4.

Taylor eclipsed his own American collegiate record in the weight for the second time in the last three weeks 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 five-time All-American and defending Big Ten champion in both the indoor shot put and weight throw opened the day with a season-best 67-1.25 to win the shot put competition. The Middlefield, Ohio product has placed first in each of the 14 throw events this season as he heads to the Big Ten indoor championships Saturday and Sunday at Ann Arbor. Mich.

For Lofton, the honor served as the first of her career and the second by an Ohio State thrower this season. Fellow Buckeye Amarachi Ukabam won the accolade after a pair of first-place marks at the OSU Tri-meet. Lofton captured the weekly honor with a career-best 67-4 to win the weight, while also taking third in the shot put behind Ukabam with a 48-1.75. Lofton, whose throw automatically qualified her for the 2004 NCAA Championships March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Ark., shared the women’s award with fellow thrower Sarah Adelaine of Michigan.

In addition to Taylor’s Big Ten honor, his 12th in the last two seasons, he also was recognized by trackshark.com for his efforts as the internet publication named him Track Shark Athlete of the Week.

MAKE IT 14-of-14 FOR TAYLOR IN ’04
Senior thrower Dan Taylor won both the weight throw and shot put at the Scarlet and Gray Invite last week. In doing so, Taylor notched his 13th and 14th wins this season in as many throw events.

Taylor shattered his own American collegiate record in the weight and posted a season-best to place first in the shot put.

MOVIN’ ON UP – ALL-TIME PERFORMANCE CHARTS
In addition to the Ohio State records set in the women’s pole vault, 800-meter run, triple jump and long jump and the men’s weight throw this season, numerous Buckeyes have etched their names into the OSU all-time performance lists.

Goodwin heads the field as she has moved into the No. 1 position in both the triple jump (43-3) in addition to her top mark in the long jump (20-6.25).

Throwers Lofton and Ukabam moved into the Top 3 in both the weight and shot put this season. Ukabam recorded a 52-9.25 in the shot put and a 65-10.50 in the weight earlier this season, while Lofton boasts the third best score in the weight at 67-4.

Senior Lyndsi Gay clocked the third-fastest time in OSU history in the 5,000 meters at the Indiana Invite.

Pole vaulter Becky Heintz claimed the top spot in the women’s annals as she became the first Buckeye woman to eclipse 12 feet. Fellow vaulter Robyn Mroz staked the No. 2 spot with a mark just shy of 12 feet. On the men’s side, senior Seth MacCarter owns the third best all-time at 16-8.75.

LAST WEEK: BUCKEYES CLOSE REGULAR SEASON ON HIGH NOTE AT HOME
OSU completed its regular season portion of the indoor schedule as OSU highlighted the field at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational Saturday in French Field House. Senior thrower Dan Taylor put the finishing touches on an outstanding indoor regular season, surpassing his own American collegiate record in the weight throw with a winning mark of 78 feet, 9.25 inches (24.01 meters). The mark established Ohio State and French Field House records as Taylor 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.

Taylor’s record-setting effort topped his former American collegiate mark of 76-3 (23.24m), which stood as the top standard in Ohio State and Big Ten annals as well. His measure also set a venue record at French Field House as Taylor topped the 76-5 mark reached by Kevin Mannon of the New York Athletic Club in 2002. Taylor opened the day with a season-best 67-1.25 to win the shot put competition. The Middlefield, Ohio product has placed first in each of the 14 throw events this season as he heads to the Big Ten indoor championships next week. Both marks by Taylor served as automatic qualifiers to the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Ohio State and venue records also fell in the women’s triple jump as junior Rosalind Goodwin earned first place with a leap of 43-3 to better the 42-10.25 set by former Buckeye Tamieka Porter in 1998. Goodwin, a native of Louisville, Ky., has set an Ohio State record in either the long jump or triple jump in each of the last three meets. On the men’s side of the jumps, senior Billy Mills topped all competitors in the high jump with a 6-8.25.

The women’s throw team also turned in an impressive day as Buckeyes occupied six of the Top 8 marks in the weight and four of the Top 5 in the shot put. Junior Keturah Lofton won the weight with a 67-4 automatic qualifier, which bested teammate Amarachi Ukabam, who tossed a 66-1.5. Ukabam turned the tables in the shot put as she topped the field with a provisional qualifying 51-8.50, besting Lofton, who placed third with a heave of 48-0.25.

The Ohio State distance crew also tallied top finishes in the men’s mile run as junior Brian Olinger clocked a 4:16.12 to claim first place, while senior Jacob McCauley followed closely in second at 4:16.16. The Buckeyes also posted a 1-2 finish in the 3,000 meters as Dan Glaz and John White took first and second place. Glaz finished in a time of 8:22.49, with White crossing the line at 8:23.08. On the women’s side, Jessica Neal added a winning time of 2:16.83 in the 800-meter run.

The sprint events were once again led by freshman standout Jenna Harris, who bested the field in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.57. Fellow sprinter Tamecia Brown, who set the school record in the 800 meters last week, bested teammates Jennifer Ogbuehi in the women’s 400 meters with a winning time of 58.32.

Ohio State closed the event by winning both the men’s and women’s ends of the 4×400-meter relays. The women clocked a season-best 3:48.17, while the men’s finished in 3:21.98.

TAMECIA BROWN SETS OSU RECORD
At the 2004 Sykes/Sabock Challenge Feb. 14, Ohio State senior Tamecia Brown clocked a school record time of 2:10.51 in the 800-meter run. The previous record of 2:10.98 was held by Mandy Osmond.

2003 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS: 10 BUCKEYES EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
Eight Buckeyes were recognized as first and second team All-Big Ten performers after placing either first or second in their respective events at the 2003 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Leading the Ohio State honorees was thrower Taylor, who topped his own OSU and Big Ten record mark en route to claiming the weight throw crown as he posted a sweep of the weekend’s throw events. His mark of 22.35m (73-4) bested his Ohio State and conference record-setting mark of 22.03m set earlier this season and outperformed teammate Rusty Azbell – 19.74m (64-9.25) – as Taylor tallied his third career Big Ten throwing title. The honor is Azbell’s first of his career.

Joel Brown claimed first team all-conference as he posted a 7.80 in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, while fellow senior high jumper Tami Smith captured her third-consecutive indoor conference title with a leap of 5-9.75.

Earning his second career All-Big Ten honor was junior Drew Carter as he placed second in the long jump.

Also earning recognition on the women’s side was Nicholette Chambers, who turned in an Ohio State record-setting performance scoring 3,793 points to capture the conference title in the pentathlon. Pannsy Henry, Molly Logan and Brandi Hogan joined Chambers to claim second place in the women’s 4×400-meter relay en route to earning second team all-conference honors.

OSU continued their strong performances in the field events as Lofton led the way placing second in the weight throw with a mark of 62-1.75, while Krista Keir rounded-out the Ohio State all-conference effort with a second place throw of 16.26m (53-4.25) in the shot put.

ASST. COACH GARY PLACES THIRD AT U.S. CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State men’s cross country coach Robert Gary, competed in the 2004 United States Cross Country Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. The two-day event served as a qualifier for 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, March 20 in Brussels, Belgium.

The Top 6 finishers in the Open and Junior races were eligible to compete in the event.

Gary (1993-96) highlighted the event 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 a spot on the world cross country team. Gary will compete in the 4-kilometer run at the World Cross Country Championships.

Connor (1996-99), who completed his Buckeye career two years ago, still trains with the team and 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, BROWN AND LOGAN PREPPING FOR RETURN IN OUTDOOR SEASON
Ohio State senior Rob Myers, who has exhausted his indoor eligibility and will join the Buckeyes as a scoring competitor in the outdoor season, clocked the third-best time run by an American this season in the men’s mile with a time of 4:00.17, Feb. 6 at the Indiana Invitational to win the event as an unattached competitor.

Myers’ time in the mile qualifies him for the 2004 US Indoor Championships, where he plans to run his second race of the indoor season in preparation for the outdoor campaign.

Two fellow seniors who also have used their eligibility in indoor season are competing well in the hurdles events as unattached competitors. OSU seniors Joel Brown, an All-American in both the indoor and outdoor sessions in 2003, and Molly Logan have turned in top times in the men’s and women’s 60-meter hurdles in preparation for their return to the Buckeye squad in the outdoor season.

Brown most recently turned in a 7.81 to claim second at the Indiana Invitational, while Logan topped the field in the same event on the women’s side with a time of 8.30. Logan also clocked an 8.30 to win the event at the Ohio State Invite Jan. 31. Brown claimed first at the OSU Invite in a time of 7.92 and added a 7.64 in the 55-meter hurdles in the indoor opener to win first place at the Buckeye Invite Jan. 10.

HEINTZ BECOMES FIRST BUCKEYE WOMAN TO CLEAR 12 FEET IN POLE VAULT
Senior Becky Heintz and sophomore Robyn Mroz each posted the top mark in the pole vault event at the OSU Invitational Jan. 31 with an Ohio State all-time height of 11-11.75.

The mark stood for just one week as Heintz became the first Buckeye to clear 12-feet in the women’s pole vault, setting a record with a height of 12-1.50 to place second at the Indiana Invite.

Heintz and Mroz snapped the previous mark held by Mroz, who cleared 11-8 Feb. 14, 2003.

Ironically, both Heintz and Mroz share the outdoor pole vault standard at Ohio State as well at the same height of 11-11.75.

TAYLOR AND UKABAM SCORE BACK-TO-BACK BIG TEN ATHLETES OF THE WEEK JAN. 20 AND 27
Ohio State throwers Dan Taylor and Amarachi Ukabam not only have dominated their competition in the throw events this season, winning 14 of the 16 throw competitions, but the tandem has nearly owned the Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors in 2004 before recipients from other Big Ten institutions claimed the honors Feb. 3.

Taylor garnered his third award in as many weeks Jan. 27 after first-place performances in both the shot put (65-0.75) and weight throw (73-9.75) at the Indiana-Purdue-Ohio State Tri-Meet with NCAA indoor championship automatic qualifying marks in both events.

Ukabam scored her second honor in as many weeks with first placers in the weight and shot put as well. Ukabam’s mark in the weight (65-10.50) served as an automatic national qualifier, while her effort in the shot put (52-8.25) provisionally qualified for the NCAA’s.

Taylor’s weekly honor is his 10th in the last two seasons. The award is the third won by Ukabam in her career.

BUCKEYE THROWERS TAKE FIRST PLACE IN 26 OF 28 EVENTS IN ’04
The Ohio State throw squad has competed in 28 total events in 2004 and has walked away from either the shot put or weight throw with a first-place standing on 26 occasions.

Taylor has fueled the men’s side with record-shattering first-place finishes in both the weight and shot put in the seven meets this season, while Keturah Lofton and Ukabam have combined to take top honors in each throw event this season. Ukabam has won the shot put at the Buckeye and Kentucky Invites, the Tri-meet, the Ohio State Invite, the Scarlet and Gray Invite and was first in the weight at UK and in the tri-meet. Lofton scored first place in the weight at the Buckeye, Ohio State and Scarlet and Gray Invites, with a top mark of 67-4 at the Scarlet and Gray.

Buckeye junior Shelaine Larson placed second in both the weight and shot put at the Indiana Invite Feb. 7.

TAYLOR UPS FRENCH FIELD HOUSE WIN STREAK TO 11 AND 13-OF-14
With his victories in each of the weight throw and shot put competitions at the Buckeye Invite, the IU-PU-OSU Tri-meet, the Ohio State Invite and the Scarlet and Gray Invite, Taylor claimed his 11th straight crown and 13th in 14 total events at French Field House spanning the past two seasons.

Additionally, Taylor, who scored first place in 12 of 14 indoor throw events last season prior to the NCAA Championships, now has claimed top honors in 26 of the last 28 regular season throw events since the beginning of the 2003 season.

HARRIS CONTINUES TO ROLL IN FIRST SEASON
Freshman Jenna Harris has established herself as the squad’s top sprinter on the women’s side as she has posted top times for OSU in the 60m dash and the 200m dash in each of the last four meets. During the UK Invite, Harris posted times of 7.51 and 24.51 to win and added first-place times in both the IU-PU-OSU Tri-Meet and the Ohio State Invite.

Most recently, 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.

BUCKEYE MEN RANKED No. 11 BY TRACKWIRE.COM
The Ohio State men’s team was recognized as the No. 11 team in the country by the latest Trackwire.com poll. The Buckeyes are one of six Big Ten squads in the Top 25 as Minnesota is rated the highest at No. 5, with Wisconsin ranked in a tie for 19th. Michigan, OSU, Purdue and Indiana fall in between the Golden Gophers and Badgers. Arkansas in ranked No. 1. Fellow Southeastern teams – Auburn and LSU – completed the Top 3.

TAYLOR SETS AMERICAN COLLEGIATE RECORD TO OPEN 2004 SEASON
Five-time All-American Dan Taylor kicked off the 2004 season in grand fashion as the reigning Big Ten indoor and outdoor athlete of the year established an American collegiate record in the weight throw with a heave of 76-2.25 (23.22 meters), surpassing the previous mark of 74-8.5 held by Kevin Mannon of Wyoming.

Taylor’s performance eclipsed his previous Big Ten and Ohio State weight throw records set March 3, 2003 at 22.35 meters, while falling shy of the NCAA record 24.02-meter mark set by Libor Charfreitag – a native of Slovakia – of SMU March 9, 2001.

TAYLOR DEEMED USATF MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – JAN. 12
Taylor was named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting an American collegiate record in the weight throw Saturday at the Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.

Taylor also was named USATF athlete of the week March 16, 2003 after claiming Top 3 marks in both the weight and shot put at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

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.

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
The Buckeyes will have their final chance at earning a spot as a national qualifier at the last chance meet held in South Bend, Ind. March 5-6.

The following week Ohio State national qualifiers will compete at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.