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April 29, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the 111th running of the Penn Relays Thursday at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Women’s events comprised the majority of the schedule, highlighted by three Ohio State seniors – Rosalind Goodwin, Dalanda Jackson and Shelaine Larson – competing in the collegiate championship events.

Larson was an entry in two throwing events Thursday. The native of Ventura, Calif., posted a Top 5 finish in the collegiate hammer championships with a heave of 189 feet, 3 inches. The throw marked her fifth consecutive NCAA Mideast regional qualifier in the event. Later in the day, Larson also participated in the collegiate shot put and took eighth at a distance of 44-4 ¼.

Goodwin, from Louisville, Ky., also competed in a championship field event and took seventh in the long jump, reaching 19-10 ½.

Jackson was the first Buckeye to step on the track for the women’s 400-meter hurdles collegiate championships. The senior from Shaker Heights, Ohio timed a 1:02.52 to place sixth in her heat.

Two more Buckeye seniors competed in the collegiate hammer. Akron, Ohio product Tiffany Davis tossed a measure of 181-7 to take fifth place and teammate Katy Houser finished eighth at 171-11.

High jumper Jessie Stringer was the only underclassman to compete Thursday. She also posted a Top 5 standing, clearing the bar at 5-8 to claim fifth in the collegiate division.

Men’s events comprise most of the collegiate schedule Friday, which started at 9 a.m. Information, event schedules and complete results for the 2005 Penn Relays can be accessed at www.thepennrelays.com or at www.flashresults.com.