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May 19, 2001

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– Ohio State made its presence known in the first full day of action at the Big Ten Conference Championships in Bloomington, Ind., winning two events, recording one NCAA automatic qualifying time, two provisional qualifying times, and six season best times. The men finished the day fifth with 25.5 points after completing six events. The women are seventh with 24 points after eight events. Purdue leads the men’s and women’s competitions with scores of 45 and 62 points, respectively. Both Buckeye teams are within striking distance of the Top 4, with the men trailing Iowa by less than three points and the women chasing Penn State by six and Michigan by 8.25.
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The men’s distance runners, led by All-American Ian Conner (Sr., Lexington, Ohio), continue to pace the Buckeyes. Conner captured first place easily in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 8:42.58. The time was more than 15 seconds faster than his closest competitor, Wisconsin’s Jared Cordes, who entered the meet ranked No. 1 in the conference. J.J. O’Reilly (Jr., Dover, Ohio) took fourth in the event, posting a time of 9:02.69. Derrick Butler (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) wrapped up the men’s distance events with a fourth place finish in the 10,000.
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Billy Mills (Fr., Copley, Ohio) scored for the Buckeyes in the long jump, taking seventh with a mark of 6.94 meters. Nosa Ehimwenman‘s (Fr., Homewood, Ill.) mark of 6.80 meters was good for eleventh in the event. Brad Hart (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio) surpassed his season high mark of 2.05 meters with a leap of 2.06 meters to take fourth in the high jump. Jeff Cerveny (So., Wadsworth, Ohio) placed seventh with a mark of 2.04 meters. Dan Taylor (Fr., Middlefield, Ohio) rounded out the men’s scoring with a sixth place finish in discus. His mark of 50.46 meters shattered Ohio State’s previous season high in the event, 47.88 meters.
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Katy Craig (Jr., Hilliard, Ohio) set the tempo for the women, winning the hammer throw in resounding fashion. Craig’s mark of 59.50 meters eclipsed the Big Ten meet record by almost two meters, was almost three meters beyond her closest competition, and four meters beyond her own previous season high.
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Alexis McCall (Fr., Elyria, Ohio) and Erin Carter (So., Logan, Ohio) took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the women’s shot put finals. McCall recorded an NCAA provisional qualifying mark with her season best toss of 15.33 meters, falling .01 meters short of third place. Kati Stevens (Jr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run with a season best time of 9:50.13. Keeley Hancox (Jr. Franklin, Pa.) took eigth in the javelin competition, recording a mark of 39.84 meters.
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Competition is scheduled to resume tomorrow at 11:40 a.m. with the women’s triple jump finals. The men’s and women’s sprint finals will also be held tomorrow. All-Americans Donica Merriman (Sr., Trotwood, Ohio) and Andrew Pierce (Sr., Yellow Springs, Ohio) had successful preliminary runs today, with Merriman recording season bests and provisional qualifying times in the 100 and 200-meter dash. Pierce placed first in the preliminary runnings of the 200 and 400, posting a new season best time of 20.85 in the 200. Events conclude at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow with the running of the men’s 4×400-meter relay.
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Big Ten Conference Championships, May 19, 2001%^$Bloomington, Ind., Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex%^$Ohio State Event Finals%^$

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Men’s Team Scores%^$(After six events)%^$1. Purdue (45)%^$2. Wisconsin (41)%^$3. Minnesota (31)%^$4. Iowa (28)%^$5. Ohio State (25.5)%^$6. Penn State (19.50)%^$7. Michigan (15)%^$7. Michigan State (15)%^$9. Indiana (14)
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%^$Discus%^$1. Jeremy Allen Iowa 58.26 meters (194’05”)%^$2. Mark Fahey Minnesota 52.90 meters (173’07”)%^$3. Jim Berger Wisconsin 52.72 meters (172’11”)%^$4. Nick Rogers Michigan 52.52 meters (172’04”)%^$5. Terrence Glover Penn State 50.94 meters (167’01”)%^$6. Dan Taylor Ohio State 50.46 meters (165’07”) SB%^$12. Justin Cavinee Ohio State 43.20 meters (141’09”)%^$13. John Norman Ohio State 42.92 meters (140’10”)
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10,000-meter run%^$1. Mike Wisniewski Michigan 29:29.65%^$2. Donnie Fellows Purdue 29:49.66%^$3. Chad Andrews Indiana 29:52.72%^$4. Derrick Butler Ohio State 29:59.77%^$5. James Carney Penn State 30:00.81
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%^$High Jump%^$1. Shaun Guice Purdue 2.21 meters (7’03”)%^$2. Ryan Fitzpatrick Purdue 2.15 meters (7’00”)%^$3. Marc Johannsen Minnesota 2.12 meters (6’11”)%^$4. Brad Hart Ohio State 2.08 meters (6’09”) SB%^$7. Jeff Cerveny Ohio State 2.04 meters (6’08”)
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%^$3,000-meter Steeplechase%^$1. Ian Conner Ohio State 8:42.58 #, SB%^$2. Jared Cordes Wisconsin 8:57.61%^$3. Gregg Davis Penn State 9:02.11%^$4. J.J. O’Reilly Ohio State 9:02.69%^$5. Jason Vanderhoff Wisconsin 9:04.69%^$9. Josh Folger Ohio State 9:16.17%^$11. Sjaan Gerth Ohio State 9:22.57
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%^$Long Jump%^$1. Lenton Herring Wisconsin 7.84 meters%^$2. Omar Clemmons Minnesota 7.51 meters%^$3. Chris Vantassel Wisconsin 7.35 meters%^$4. Ryan Olkowski Penn State 7.13 meters%^$5. Lyndon McDowell Minnesota 7.12 meters%^$7. Billy Mills Ohio State 6.94 meters%^$11. Nosa Ehimwenman Ohio State 6.80 meters
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%^$Women’s Team Scores%^$(After eight events)%^$1. Purdue (67)%^$2. Minnesota (53.25)%^$3. Wisconsin (41)%^$3. Indiana (41)%^$5. Michigan (32.25)%^$6. Penn State (30)%^$7. Ohio State (24)%^$8. Michigan State (10)%^$9. Illinois (8.25)%^$10. Iowa (4.25)
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%^$Javelin%^$1. Irina Kharun Indiana 52.08 meters (170’10”)%^$2. Brianne Johnson Penn State 49.88 meters (163’08”)%^$3. Linda Lindquist Minnesota 48.70 meters (159’09”)%^$4. Serene Ross Purdue 48.48 meters (159’01”)%^$5. Mandy Beck Iowa 44.12 meters (144’09”)%^$8. Keeley Hancox Ohio State 39.84 meters (130’08”)
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%^$Hammer Throw%^$1. Katy Craig Ohio State 59.50 meters (195’02”) M, SB, @%^$2. Brenda Meyer Minnesota 56.96 meters (186’10”)%^$3. Aubrey Schmitt Minnesota 55.82 meters (183’02”)%^$4. April Phillips Michigan 52.04 meters (174’00”)%^$5. Angela Hill Minnesota 51.98 meters (170’06”)
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%^$Shot Put%^$1. Jennifer Brown Indiana 15.70 meters (51’06”)%^$2. Aubrey Schmitt Minnesota 15.51 meters (50’10”)%^$3. April Phillips Michigan 15.34 meters (50’04”)%^$4. Alexis McCall Ohio State 15.33 meters (50’03”) SB%^$5. Erin Carter Ohio State 14.64 meters (48’00”)
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%^$3,000-meter Run%^$1. Katie Jazwinski Michigan 9:35.43%^$2. Bethany Brewster Wisconsin 9:44.78%^$3. Michelle Lilienthal Wisconsin 9:47.28%^$4. Hilary Edmondson Wisconsin 9:49.41%^$5. Kati Stevens Ohio State 9:50.13 SB
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%^$Long Jump%^$1. Rose Richmond Indiana 6.31 meters%^$2. Tina Johnson Purdue 6.01 meters%^$3. Chi Chi Aduba Penn State 5.99 meters%^$4. Angela Craft Purdue 5.98 meters%^$5. Crystal Riley Illinois 5.94 meters%^$b>8. Tina Johnson Ohio State 5.77 meters