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April 5, 2006

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Columbus, Ohio — the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams open the 2006 outdoor home season Friday and Saturday. The Buckeyes welcome teams from across the state of Ohio to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the 2006 All-Ohio Championships.

2006 All-Ohio Championships
Day/Time: Friday 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Venue: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Meet Information: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Live Results: www.deltatiming.com

Last Week: Recapping the 2006 Stanford Invitational
Members of the Ohio State men’s track distance team competed Friday at the 2006 Nike Stanford Invitational at Cobb Angel Field in Palo Alto, Calif. Brian Olinger, a senior two-time All-American, bested the OSU record in the 10,000-meter run, winning Section 2 of the event in 28:57.68.

The school record holder in the indoor 5,000m, Olinger topped the 10K mark of 29:01.29 set by Chris England in the 1997 season. Olinger’s time stands as a provisional qualifier to the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Sophomores John Ealy and Braden Martinez also ran in the 10K, placing 17th and 34th, respectively. Ealy timed 29:52.17, while Martinez turned in a 30:40.36.

Senior Kevin Bruffy also competed Friday in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He took 13th in 9:21.45.

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 last week, 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 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.

Women’s Relay Sets School Record in Consecutive Meets
At the 2006 Iowa State Classic (Feb.10-11), the women’s 4×400-meter relay team topped the Ohio State record for the second consecutive week. After posting a time of 3:41 last week at the New Balance Invite in New York City, the Buckeyes raced to a third-place time of 3:39.95, which provisionally qualified the team for the national meet. In both record-setting performances, Ohio State freshman Chandra Krempel handled the lead leg and passed the baton off to Jenna Harris and Jessica Jones for the middle legs. Freshman Ayrizanna Favours anchored the team to the record-setting times that bested the 3:42.09 mark set Feb. 21, 1999 on a relay squad led by All-American Dominique Calloway (1998-99).

Recapping the 2005 All-Ohio Invitational
At the 2005 All-Ohio Track and Field Championships, the host Buckeyes placed second in the women’s overall team standings with 126 points, falling behind the team champion Akron, which finished with 197 points. The OSU men took a fourth-place standing with 96 points. Akron also won the men’s side with 168 points.

Senior jumpers Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore combined to turn in a pair of first-place finishes for the women with season-best efforts in both the long and triple jumps. Goodwin won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 3 3/4 inches ahead of Moore, who placed third at 18-6 1/2. In the triple jump, Moore claimed the top mark at 42-0 3/4 in front of Goodwin at 40-6 3/4. Both marks for Goodwin served as regional qualifiers, while Moore’s triple jump effort also was a regional qualifier. Ohio State also scored points in the women’s high jump, where sophomore Jessie Stringer reached a regionally-qualifying mark of 5-8.75 to take second place.

On the track, Ohio State senior Dalanda Jackson also scored 10 first-place points in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in a time of 13.68 seconds, which served as a qualifier to the Mideast regional championships. In the 400m hurdles, Jennifer Ogbuehi placed second in a season-best 1:01.35. In the 200-meter run, Jenna Harris added another runner-up score with a season-best time of 24.18.

For the men’s events on the track, freshman Tony Cole, the 2005 Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year, won the 100-meter dash in a career-best 10.58. Fellow sprinter Todd Dutch, a junior, took first place in the 200-meter dash in 21.24, narrowly missing the regional standard of 21.19. In the 400 meters, Gerald Griffin took third in 48.22.

In the distance events, freshman Brittannie Hall also contributed a first-place finish in the women’s 5,000-meter run in a season-best 18:12.50, while sophomore Melanie Price placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a season-best 10:54.36, which also set the Ohio State program record in the event. Earlier in the day, senior Tamecia Brown added a second-place score in the 800-meter run in 2:12.34. For the men, senior Jacob McCauley contributed points in the 1,500-meter run with a third-place finish in 3:52.73 and junior Kevin Bruffy took runner-up in the steeple in 9:16.05.

In the throws, freshman Lenny Jatsek placed second in the discus with a career-best and regionally-qualifying throw of 166-7. In addition to the All-Ohio, Ohio State sent senior Shelaine Larson to compete in the hammer at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calilf. Larson took 13th in the event with a throw of 182-6.

Recapping the 2005 Outdoor Season
The Ohio State men’s team reaped success in 2005 with heavy contributions from its senior class, combined with several key newcomers. Aaron Fisher became the first Buckeye to repeat as an All-American in the men’s steeplechase since OSU distance coach Robert Gary gained that distinction in 1994-95. Freshman Marios Iacovou gained his initial All-America honor in his first season with the Buckeyes with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA meet.

A pair of newcomers to the sprint squad contributed points at the conference meet as Todd Dutch placed third in both the 100-and 200-meter dashes, while Tony Cole followed his indoor freshman of the year award with a qualifying time to the 2005 Mideast Regional Championships.

Senior Bryan Duby also supplied a third-place finish in the Big Ten hammer and advanced to his second Mideast regional meet and first NCAA championship. Duby finished his career as the No. 2-ranked hammer thrower in OSU history at 207 feet, 8 inches. Junior Dan Glaz also posted a No. 2 all-time mark, timing a 29:14.29 in the 10,000 meters. Iacovou tied for the second-best all-time high jump mark at OSU with leap of 7-2 1/2 at nationals.

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 season.

For the men’s team, Anthony Cole currently is second in the Big Ten in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.63. Cole also has the fifth fastest time in the Big Ten in the 200m with a effort of 21.79. Brian Olinger currently has the 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 fifth best time in the 400m hurdles this season and the second best time for a freshman. Senior Kevin Bruffy has the fastest time in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:21.45.

In the field for the men, Leonard Jatsek and Patrick Whalen are third and fourth 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. Zach Carr currently is fifth in the discus throw with his mark of 155-6 1/2. In the hammer throw Dave Ebersole (182-6 1/2) and Jatsek (179-3) are fourth and fifth, respectfully.

For the women, reigning Big Ten champ in the 100m Jenna Harris has the fastest time this season with a mark of 11.75. Harris also holds the fastest 200m time with a NCAA regional qualifying mark of 23.70. Harris is followed closely by freshman Ayrizanna Favours and her time of 24.38. Favours currently has the best time in the 400m in the Big Ten with a mark of 54.80. Junior Chandra Krempel is third in the 400m with a time of 56.20. Melanie Price has the second fastest time in 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:08.35.

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. Sophomore Colleen Farrell is currently fifth with a leap of 5-6 3/4. Veronica Vance currently is fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 39-9 1/2. In the shot put Janine Zylinski and Verconica Jatsek are third and fourth respectfully. Zylinski’s throw of 48-3 1/2 and Jatsek’s toss of 47-11 3/4 are both NCAA regional qualifying marks.

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 Favours’ 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 split up next week, sending some athletes to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and others to the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.