Feb. 9, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in the 14th Iowa State Classic at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Lied Recreation Center in Ames, Iowa.
MEET INFORMATION: IOWA STATE TRACK AND FIELD CLASSIC
Fans can access event information, including a complete schedule of event at www.cyclones.com.
LAST WEEK: TRAVEL TO TWO SEPARATE MEETS
The Ohio State sent a squad of 10 individuals to compete in the fifth annual Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y., while the rest of the team participated in the Doug Raymond Invitational in Kent, Ohio this past weekend.
Highlighting the men’s field in New York City was junior Brian Olinger, who clocked a time of 8:01.36 in the 3,000-meter run to place third Friday evening. Senior John Morris also posted an impressive performance Friday night as he timed a 47.80 in the 400m. On the women’s side, sophomore Jenna Harris clocked a career-best 7.45 to place second in the 60m at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden Friday. Harris also placed fourth in an indoor career-best 24.17 in the 200m on Saturday. The 24.17 served as a provisional qualifier to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Further day two action saw Marios Iacovou clear 7 feet, 1 3/4 inches in the high jump for a runner-up mark, while senior jumpers Shayla Moore and Rosalind Goodwin each cleared the 43-foot mark in the triple jump. Moore took second place with a leap of 43-1/ 13.13 ahead of Goodwin at 43-0.50/13.12.
At the Doug Raymond Invitational, senior Shelaine Larson scored a personal-best 49-5.50 to win the shot put, while freshman Laura Piper ran the mile in 4:58.67, breaking into the all-time Top 5 list at Ohio State in the event. For the men, Bryan Duby threw a provisional qualifying toss of 67-6.50/20.59m to win the weight.
HARRIS BLAZES BIG APPLE
Sophomore Jenna Harris posted strong performances in the 60 and 200-meter dashes this past weekend at the fifth annual Armory Collegiate Classic and Millrose Games as she clocked personal-best times in both events.
In the 60-meter dash Friday, Harris timed a 7.47 at the Armory, which qualifed her for the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden later that night. At MSG, she would go on to post a season-best 7.45 to finish second in the collegiate division. Harris’s time in the event just missed the provisional qualifying mark of 7.44 in the 60m.
In day two action, Harris competed in the 200m where she provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships, notching a time of 24.03 to place fourth.
THREE MORE BUCKEYES PROVISIONALLY QUALIFY FOR NCAA’S
Brian Olinger, Marios Iacovou and Jenna Harris added to the list of Buckeye provisional marks this past weekend as each qualified in their respective events.
In the 3,000-meter run, Olinger ran a time of 8:01.36 to place third, while Iacovou posted a leap of 7-1 3/4. On the women’s side, Harris clocked a personal-best time in the 200m of 24.03.
Shayla Moore, Rosalind Goodwin, Shelaine Larson and Bryan Duby are the other four Buckeyes to post provisional marks this season.
THREE BUCKEYES PACE BIG TEN MARKS
Both the men’s and women’s teams have five individuals that lead the Big Ten Conference in their respective events. On the women’s side, seniors Rosalind Goodwin, Shayla Moore and Shelaine Larson all lead the conference in the long jump, triple jump and shot put respectively. Sophomore Jenna Harris heads the conference in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.45. On the men’s side, senior Bryan Duby sits atop the conference in the weight throw with a toss of 67-6 1/4.
MOORE, GOODWIN FIRST BUCKEYES TO SURPASS 43-FOOT MARK
Senior jumpers Shayla Moore and Rosalind Goodwin each topped the 43-plus mark in the triple jump at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Moore’s leap in the event was a personal-best of 43-1, while Goodwin jumped a mark of 43-0 1/2.
The performances by both jumpers mark the first time in school history that two OSU athletes have surpassed the 43-foot mark in the same meet as well as the same indoor season.
GOODWIN, MOORE 1-2 ALL-TIME AT OSU INDOOR TRIPLE JUMP
Senior Shayla Moore’s leap of 43-1 the triple jump at the Armory Collegiate Invitational ranks as the second best triple jump mark in indoor program history. The top figure of 43-6 1/2 is held by teammate Rosalind Goodwin, who set the OSU standard during the 2004 indoor campaign.
OLINGER NO. 2 ALL-TIME IN INDOOR 3,000 METERS
Junior Brian Olinger clocked a time of 8:01.36 in the 3,000-meter run to place third at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Olinger’s time in the event smashed his previous season-best time of 8:10.25, moving him into second in the all-time Ohio State indoor record books. The previous second-best 3,000-meter mark was 8:01.60 and was run in 1991 by two-time Olympian Mark Croghan. The top mark of 7:52.63 is held by current OSU distance coach Robert Gary, who also is a two-time Olympian.
IACOVOU TIES FOR THIRD ON ALL-TIME HIGH JUMP LIST
Freshmen jumper Marios Iacovou tied for third on the all-time Ohio State indoor high jump list with his leap at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Iacovou’s mark in the event tied former Buckeye Otis Winston, who also jumped 7-1 3/4 back in 1995. Mark Cannon holds the OSU standard at 7-3 1/4, set in 1991.
GOODWIN PROVISIONALLY QUALIFIES IN BOTH LONG AND TRIPLE JUMPS
For the second straight season, Rosalind Goodwin has set herself in solid position to reach the NCAA indoor championships in both the long and triple jumps. At the Ohio State Invitational, Goodwin provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships in the long jump with a performance of 20-3. The Louisville, Ky. native also improved upon her qualifying mark this past weekend at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a leap of 43-0 1/2.
OHIO STATE ASSISTANT Robert Gary NAMED 2004 CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Robert Gary, Ohio State cross country head coach and track and field distance coach, was named 2004 United States Cross Country Runner of the Year by Track and Field News.
Gary was awarded the honor following a tremendous campaign that saw him qualify for the 2004 World Cross Country Championships in both the 4 and 12-kilometer runs, posting times of 11:15 and 35:07, respectively, at the U.S. cross country championships.
At the world championships, Gary was the first American finisher in the 4k, clocking a time of 12:12.
In 2003, Gary also qualified for the world championships, winning the 4k title and placing sixth in the 12k run. Gary’s 2004 qualification to the world championships in two events marked the first time a U.S. runner made both teams in consecutive years.
Also in 2004, Gary earned a second trip to the summer Olympics in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Athens, Greece. His first trip to the Olympics came at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
This past fall, Gary directed the men’s team to a winning performance at the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships and its fourth appearance to the NCAA championships where the team finished 22nd of 30 teams.
DUBY AND LARSON MOVE INTO OSU ALL-TIME TOP 5 IN WEIGHT
Senior throwers Bryan Duby and Shelaine Larson’s personal-best marks in the weight throw this season have moved both athletes into the Ohio State all-time Top 5 rankings in the event. Duby’s heave of 67-6 1/4 at the Doug Raymond Invitational moved him into a tie for third with Dan Taylor in the all-time performance list. Taylor, who won the 2004 national championship in the event and closed his career with the second-best weight mark in NCAA history at 78-9 1/4 also owns the first and second best weight marks at Ohio State.
Larson’s performance of 64-8 1/2 places her at the No. 5 slot all-time in Buckeye annals.
Duby and Larson join fellow Buckeyes Marios Iacovou, Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore as the only current Buckeyes listed on the all-time indoor performance lists. Goodwin tops both the long jump (20-9) and triple jump (43-6 1/2), while Moore stands in third in the triple at a length of 42-8 3/4.
BUCKEYE INDOOR DEBUTS
The 2005 Kentucky Invitational marked the debut of seven Ohio State track and field athletes.
In the field events, high jumpers Marios Iacovou and Pat Woods competed in day-one competition Friday. During the event, Marios finished second with a leap 6-10.75, while Woods tied for seventh with a leap of 6-06.75.
On the women’s side, Colleen Farrell finished ninth with a height of 5-04.25. Farrell also competed in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a time of 9.18.
In the throwing events, the Buckeyes received strong performances from Lenny Jatsek, Pat Whalen and Dave Ebersole. Over the weekend, all three saw action in the weight throw. Jatsek and Whalen also competed in the shot put with Jatsek finishing eighth with a mark of 54-06.
In the sprint events, newcomers Tony Cole and Todd Dutch qualified for the finals in the preliminary heats of the 60m posting times of 6.88 and 6.89. Dutch, who transferred to Ohio State from the junior college ranks also competed in the 200m and finished seventh in a time of 21.46.
Melanie Grim also debuted for the Buckeyes last week and competed in the 3,000m.
OLINGER POSTS STRONG 2004 CROSS COUNTRY SEASON
In the 2004 cross country season, Brian Olinger turned in one of the best individual performances in Ohio State history, capping his year with All-America honors after a 21st-place finish at the NCAA championships.
The native of Fresno, Ohio helped the Buckeyes to their fourth NCAA championships appearance in the last five years as he finished fourth at the 2004 NCAA Regional Championships, clocking a time of 30:18.7 in the 10-kilometer race. At the Big Ten Championships, Olinger was just as impressive, capturing first team all-league with a seventh-place finish in a time of 24:21.0.
OSU WELCOMES TWO NEW COACHES
During the offseason, the Buckeyes announced Kevin Mannon as the new throws coach and the return of Tom Doyle to handle the duties of jumps coach.
A former Buckeye assistant from 1984-93, Doyle rejoined the OSU coaching staff after spending the previous eight seasons as a field events coach at Illinois (1996-2003) as well as a two-year period at Arizona State (1994-95). Mannon also is a familiar face to the Buckeye coaching staff serving as a volunteer instructor to the Buckeye throwers the last two seasons.
2004 CROSS COUNTRY RECAP
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams once again turned in strong seasons in 2004. Despite redshirting three of its top runners from the 2003 season, the men’s team once again established themselves as one of the elite teams in the country, qualifying for the 2004 NCAA Championships for the fourth time in five years. The men’s and women’s teams finished and sixth and 11th, respectively, at the 2004 Big Ten Championships. In addition, the men and women placed first and second, respectively, at the 2004 All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships in Delaware, Ohio.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus Feb. 19 to play host to the Scarlet and Gray Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.