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April 12, 2000

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%^$Buckeyes Ready for Competition
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%^$The Ohio State Track Teams travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to compete in the United States Coaches Association Quad Meet held at the Mike Long Track on Saturday, April 15. The Buckeyes will compete against Florida State, Miami (Fla.) and Tulane.%^$

%^$”It will be a very exciting meet,” head coach Russ Rogers said. “All of the teams competing Saturday are very strong and it’s going to be a close meet.”%^$

%^$The Buckeyes are focusing on several areas this weekend.%^$

%^$”We want to get Ian Connor (Jr., Lexington, Ohio/Lexington) qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and we are looking forward to seeing the women’s 4×100-meter relay team in action for the first time this season,” Rogers said.%^$

%^$This will be the Buckeyes’ third meet of the outdoor season, and so far the team has been showing strong performances. Currently 18 Buckeyes have marks ranked in the Top 3 in comparison to other Big Ten teams. Dominque Calloway (Sr., Aurora, Colo./ Denver South), Donica Merriman (Jr., Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison), Andrew Pierce (Jr., Yellow Springs/ Yellow Springs) and the men’s 4×400-meter relay team have all earned NCAA provisional or automatic qualifying times.%^$

%^$Twenty Buckeyes are traveling to Florida all with the goal of improving their times, reaching NCAA qualifying marks and winning the meet.%^$

%^$Calloway Earns Big Ten Honors
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%^$Ohio State’s Dominque Calloway was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Monday. She is the first member of the track team to receive the award for the 2000 outdoor season.%^$

%^$Calloway’s strength was displayed on Saturday at the Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational in Berkeley, Calif. as she earned two first-place finishes and anchored the first-place women’s 4×400-meter relay team. Her first victory came in the 100-meter hurdles where she earned a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 12.7. She earned her second win of the day in the 400-meter hurdles with a provisional qualifying time of 57.22. Calloway improved her seasonal times and for the second time this season earned automatic and provisional qualifying times. At the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., the teams’ first meet of the outdoor season, she earned an automatic qualifying time of 13.07 in the 100 hurdles and a provisional qualifying time of 57.98 in the 400 hurdles.%^$

%^$The 4×400 relay was Calloway’s final event of the day. She anchored the team composed of Ayanna Reece (Sr., Bronx, N.Y./George Washington), Tina Johnson (Jr., Burlington, N.J./Burlington Regional) and Donica Merriman which earned a time of 3:41.33. Calloway ran a 54.0 split to lead them to victory.%^$

%^$Recap of Last Week’s Action
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%^$The Ohio State Track and Field Teams were in action this past Saturday at the Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational in Berkeley, Calif. and at the Youngstown State Invitational. The Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational presented top competition from the University of California, Southern California, Washington, Stanford, Wake Forest and several members of the Taiwan and Japan National Teams. Without the full team present, the Buckeyes still were a strong presence among the tough competition. The men placed fourth with 81 points and the women placed third with 91 points.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes who competed at Youngstown State faced competition from Ashland, Kent State, Westminster College and Youngstown State. Ohio State was well represented with the men earning 17 Top 3 finishes and the women earning 15 Top 3 finishes.%^$

%^$Many Buckeyes improved their seasonal times including Dominque Calloway, who earned two first-place finishes and anchored the first-place 4×400-meter relay. In the 100-meter hurdles she improved her NCAA automatic qualifying time to 12.94. She also improved her seasonal time in the 400-meter hurdles with a provisional qualifying time of 57.22. Tami Smith (Fr., Galloway, Ohio/Westland) set a new personal record in the high jump with a first-place height of 5’8-1/2″.%^$

%^$For the men, Andrew Pierce improved his seasonal best in the 400-meter dash with a provisional qualifying time of 45.58. The men’s and women’s 4×400-meter relay teams both earned first-place finishes and the men improved their provisional qualifying time to 3:06.63.%^$ Desiree Jones (Jr., Akron, Ohio/John R. Butchel) who was injured early in the indoor season returned to competition at the Youngstown State Invitational. She earned a second place finish in the high jump clearing a height of 5’4-1/2″ and a second place finish in the javelin (107’4″). Head coach Russ Rogers said the team is excited to have her back and she will be taking things easy for the first few weeks to make sure she is completely recovered.%^$

%^$Meet the Coach
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%^$In his 12 years at Ohio State, Russ Rogers has produced 100 Big Ten indoor and outdoor track and field champions, ten NCAA indoor and outdoor champions and 65 All-Americans. His 1993 teams alone produced 16 All-Americans and 12 Big Ten champions in both indoor and outdoor events.%^$

%^$Rogers was recently chosen as the head coach of the national team that participated in the 1999 World Indoor Championships in Macbashi, Japan.%^$

%^$Rogers has more than 30 years of head coaching experience in national and international track and field.%^$

%^$His most recent experience was with the U.S. team at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was also the 1988 sprint coach for the U.S. Olympic Team which competed in Seoul, Korea, the 1987 coach of the World University Games team, the 1985-86 head coach of the U.S. track team and has numerous other coaching credentials.%^$

%^$Rogers came to Ohio State from Fairleigh Dickinson University, located in Teaneck, N.J., where he was the head coach for both the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country teams for 10 years.%^$

%^$Next Week’s Action
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%^$ Next week the Buckeyes return to Columbus to host their first home meet of the outdoor season. They will be competing against Michigan and Seton Hall.%^$

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%^$2000 Ohio State Outdoor Track and Field Results%^$

%^$Individual Season’s Best%^$Men’s%^$Event Time/Mark Athlete Date%^$100-Meter Dash 11.20 Edison Francis 4/8/00%^$110-Meter Dash 14.77 Joel Brown 3/25/00%^$200-Meter Dash 21.75 Andrew Pierce 4/8/00%^$400-Meter Dash 45.58 Andrew Pierce 4/8/00%^$800-Meter Dash 1:50.08 Rob Myers 3/25/00%^$800-Meter Run 1:55.29 Marcus Harris 3/25/00%^$1,500-Meter Run 3:49.46 Ian Connor 4/8/00%^$5K Run 14:53.03 Ian Connor 3/25/00%^$3,000 Steeplechase 9:54.00 J.J. O’Rielly 4/8/00%^$110-Meter Hurdles 14.77 Joel Brown 3/25/00%^$400-Meter Hurdles 52.07 Courtney Cornwall 4/8/00%^$4×400-Meter Relay 3:06.63 4/8/00%^$High Jump 6’4″ Jeff Cerveny 3/25/00%^$Pole Vault 15’01” Corey Johnson 3/25/00%^$Discus 152’3″ Rusty Azbell 4/8/00%^$Javelin 210’7″ George Hoover 4/8/00%^$

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%^$Women’s%^$Event Time/Mark Athlete Date%^$100-Meter Dash 11.77 Donica Merriman 4/8/00%^$200-Meter Dash 23.28 Donica Merriman 3/25/00%^$400-Meter Dash 55.7 Ayanna Reece 4/8/00%^$800-Meter Dash 2:11.98 Mandy Omond 3/25/00%^$1,500-Meter Run 4:28.52 Mandy Osmond 4/8/00%^$5K Run 17:57.20 Alexis Schulist 3/25/00%^$100-Meter Hurdles 12.7 Dominque Calloway 4/8/00%^$400-Meter Hurdles 57.22 Dominque Calloway 4/8/00%^$4×400-Meter Relay 3:41.33 4/8/00%^$High Jump 5’8-1/2″ Tami Smith 4/8/00%^$Long Jump 18’10-1/4″ Nicholette Chambers 4/8/00%^$Pole Vault 10’2″ Rachel Zukowski 3/25/00%^$Discus 140’10” Katy Craig 3/25/00%^$Shot Put 37’3″ Desiree Jones 4/8/00%^$Hammer Throw 162’6″ Katy Craig 4/8/00%^$Javelin Throw 123’6″ Keeley Hancox 4/8/00%^$