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April 26, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams travel to Philadelphia, Pa., and the University of Pennsylvania for the 111th running of the Penn Relays Thursday April 28 through Saturday April 30. A select group of distance runners will compete separately in the 2005 Hillsdale Distance Carnival in Hillsdale, Mich.

Meet Information: Penn Relays
Information, schedule of events and complete results for the 2005 Penn Relays can by obtained by visiting www.thepennrelays.com.

A Look at The Hillsdale Distance Carnival
The 39th annual Hillsdale Distance Carnival will be held in Hillsdale, Mich., and is set to begin Thursday at 3:15 p.m. with the men’s decathlon. The distance events begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday with the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Sarah Cass and Melanie Grim will compete in the women’s 5,000, while teammate Melanie Price will take part in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. On the men’s side, Braden Martinez, Dan Glaz, Alex Bailey, and Matt Buzek will compete in the 5,000-meter run. Robert Sturges, Kevin Bruffy and Glenn Collins will run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Last Week: Buckeye Men and Women Take Pair of Duals at Cardinal Invite
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Louisville, Ky., for a pair of dual meets against the University of Louisville and the University of Indianapolis Saturday at the Cardinal Invitational. The women topped U of L by an 82-53 score and bested Indianapolis, 80-30. The OSU men claimed a 72-48 victory over Louisville and knocked Indianapolis by a 74-31 count.

Three Buckeyes claimed a pair of first-place finishes for the women Saturday. On the track, sophomore Jenna Harris topped the field in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while senior Dalanda Jackson swept the hurdles events, winning the 100-meter event in a regional-qualifying time of 13.89. Fellow senior Shelaine Larson turned in team points in the field events with winning marks in the discus and hammer and a runner-up length in the shot put. Larson, from Ventura, Calif., reached a regional qualifier in the hammer at 185 feet, 5 inches.

Also in the field, seniors Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore went 1-2 in the triple jump and sophomore Jessie Stringer cleared 5-8 in to win the high jump. Back on the track, Melanie Price won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a season-best 10:54.41, while Laura Piper and Temecia Brown placed second and third in the 800-meter run.

For the men, Tony Cole, the 2005 Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year, swept the 100m and 200m dashes. The men’s distance team also dominated the track, with senior Jacob McCauley taking the 800m in 1:54.03 and freshman Braden Martinez topped the field in the 1,500m in 3:59.02. In addition, the Buckeyes took the Top 3 spots in the steeplechase as Kevin Bruffy, Robert Sturgess and Glenn Collins crossed the finish line 1-2-3.

The Ohio State men posted three regional qualifying marks in the field as well. Senior Bryan Duby won his fourth-straight hammer competition Saturday with a regional mark of 198-6, ahead of freshman Lenny Jatsek, who took runner-up in three events. Jatsek posted second-place lengths in the shot put and discus as well, including a regional-qualifying and season-best 168-9 in the discus. The third regional standard belonged to freshman Marios Iacovou, who cleared 6-10 ¾ to win the high jump.

Iacovou Latest to Join Ranks of Regional Qualifiers
Freshman high jumper Marios Iacovou became the 12th Buckeye to posted a qualifying mark to the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships May 28-29 in Bloomington, Ind. Iacovou cleared 6-10 3/4 to win the high jumpat the Cardinal Invitational last week.

Iacovou joins fellow high jumper on the women’s side Jessie Stringer as a regional qualifier. Stringer topped the regional standard April 16 with a mark of 5-8 3/4 at the All-Ohio Championships.

During the indoor season, Iacovou became the first Buckeye in 10 seasons to top the 7-foot mark.

Recapping the 2004 Penn Relays
The Ohio State track and field team helped celebrate the 110th running of the Penn Relays Carnival on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn., at Penn’s Franklin Field.

In the jump events, junior Rosalind Goodwin placed fourth in the women’s championship of America with a leap covering 19-8 1/4 inches. Also contributing in the jumps was Jessie Stringer, who claimed 12th place in the women’s high jump with a clearing height of 5-5.75.

In the throw events, Tiffany Davis led the Buckeyes in the throws events as she reached 184-5 in the women’s hammer collegiate division for fifth place.

Second-day action saw Ohio State thrower Dan Taylor defend his 2003 championship of America in the shot put and placed third in the discus. In the sprint events, Ohio State claimed fourth in the women’s sprint medley championships of America in a time of 3:53.50.

Other Top 5 scores in the championships of America were turned in by Rosalind Goodwin, who posted a fourth-place standing in the women’s triple jump championships of America with a leap of 41-10, while fellow triple jumper Shayla Moore placed ninth at 40-5.50.

Ohio State also was well represented in the men’s distance medley championships of America as the foursome of Rob Myers and Aaron Fisher, Jacob McCauley and John Morris combined to time a 9:48.95 and take seventh place.

2004 Hillsdale Revisted
Distance runners Chelsea Poling and Sarah Cass competed in the 5,000-meter run and finished in the Top 30. Poling timed an 18:07, while Cass crossed the finish line at 18:20.

The men also were represented at the Hillsdale Carnival as Sjaan Gerth claimed runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:06.16, while Kevin Bruffy followed in fifth at 9:17.90. In the 10,000-meter run, Jon White and Matt Penza and Dan Glaz all placed within the Top 25.

Duby Four-For-Four in Hammer
In four meets this season, Ohio State senior Bryan Duby has won the hammer throw on each occassion. Duby’s best throw came at the Big Blue Classic in Charleston, Ill., where he posted a mark of 201-2.

Larson Tosses Regional Qualifier in All Four Hammer Events This Season
Throughout the 2005 indoor campagin senior Shelaine Larson proved to be one of the Buckeyes most consistent throwers. In the 2005 outdoor season, Larson has proven once again to be one of the squads’ most steady performers in posting regional qualifing marks in each of the Buckeyes’ outdoor meets.

Fisher Ranked in Top 10 Nationally
Ohio State distance runner Aaron Fisher is ranked eighth nationally in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Fisher posted his Top 10 time of 8:45.98 while competing at the 2005 Mt. Sac Relays April 15.

Ohio State Plays Host to 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships
The Ohio State University will welcome teams from across the Big Ten Conference May 13-15 as it plays host to the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The last time Ohio State hosted the Big Ten championships was in 1998 in Ohio Stadium. The 2005 event will mark the first time Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has hosted the Big Ten Track and Field Championships.

The 10,000-seat stadium has proven to be one of the elite track and field complexes in the nation, having played host to the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in 2003.

“We are pleased to welcome the Big Ten this season,” Russ Rogers, Ohio State Track and Field head coach, said. “The Jesse Owens is a great facility. It was built to host events like the Big Ten championships, NCAA regional meets and hopefully the nationals. I think the other Big Ten schools will be impressed with the event. For us, it definitely is an advantage to compete at home and not have to worry about traveling.”

Goodwin, Moore Claim Long and Triple Jumps at All-Ohio
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.

Picks Up Where He Left Off
After posting an impressive indoor campaign that saw him claim 2005 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year honors, Tony Cole has continued to impress in the outdoor season. Last week while competing at the 2005 Cardinal Invitational, Cole swept both the men’s 100 and 200-meter events. At the All-Ohio championships, Cole claimed the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.58 and placed fourth in the 200m clocking a mark of 21.95.

Price Sets Program Record in 3,000-meter Steeplechase
At the All-Ohio Championships, 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.

Duby Earns Big Ten Athlete of the Week
Bryan Duby was named male Athlete of the Week by the Big Ten April 12. Duby was awarded the accolade following the Big Blue Classic in Charleston, Ill. Last week, Duby claimed the hammer throw title with a career-best heave of 201-2. The award is the second in the outdoor season for the Ohio State throws team. Fellow senior Shelaine Larson claimed the women’s award March 29 after winning the hammer at the Florida Relays.

Duby claimed the league honor for the first time in his career after scoring his second hammer throw win in as many meets. Duby has topped the 200-foot mark in each of his two outdoor competitions.

Larson Earns Second Big Ten Athlete of the Week Honor For 2005
Shelaine Larson, a senior thrower, was named female Athlete of the Week by the Big Ten March 29. Larson’s second Big Ten accolade of 2005 came after a career-best heave of 191-3 in the hammer throw while competing in the Florida Relays. Larson was honored by the league Feb. 22 during the final week of the indoor season.

With her toss at the Florida Relays, the native of Ventura, Calif., earned a qualifying mark to the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships May 27-28 in Bloomington, Ind. Larson’s throw ranks atop the Big Ten standings and eighth overall in the national performance standings.

Larson is the first Buckeye to claim Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors in the 2005 outdoor season and the 12th OSU thrower to win the award in the last two indoor and outdoor seasons combined.

Ohio State Assistant Robert Gary Named Cross Country Runner of 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.

Up Next
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams returns home to compete in the 2005 Jesse Owens Track Classic May 6-7 in Columbus, Ohio.