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Feb. 29, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded the 2004 Big Ten Track and Field Indoor Championships Sunday. The women, competing in Iowa City, Iowa, scored a Top 3 standing with 88.83 points, falling shy of team champion Penn State and its 115.0 total points. The men, who traveled north to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the event, placed seventh with 51.0 points. Wisconsin defended its 2003 men’s indoor team title with 174.5 points.

Record setting efforts by senior Dan Taylor and junior Rosalind Goodwin and Keturah Lofton highlighted Ohio State’s showing at each venue as Taylor and Goodwin gained their second conference titles on the weekend, while Lofton added her the first of her career. Taylor, who won the shot put Saturday with a Iowa track record setting heave of 66 feet, 11 Ľ inches (66-11.25/ 20.40m) to defend his 2003 championship in the event, scored his second conference weight throw title in the last two seasons. The Middlefield, Ohio native broke the Michigan Indoor Track Building venue mark and his own Big Ten championship meet standard with a winning 75-8.25 (23.07m) measure.

Goodwin and Lofton teamed to lead the women’s effort as the Buckeyes posted their second consecutive fourth-place showing at the indoor conference meet. Goodwin, who set Ohio State and Iowa venue records to win the long jump Saturday at 20-9, also bested her own OSU standard and Iowa venue record to win the triple jump with a leap of 43-6.50 (13.27m). Goodwin, who hails from Louisville, Ky., has established an Ohio State record in either the long or triple jumps in five consecutive events. Junior jumper Shayla Moore placed third in the event with a leap of 41-8.50.

Lofton also was responsible for setting an Iowa track record with her winning mark of 65-7.75 in the weight throw as Buckeyes staked the Top 3 spots in event. Sophomore Amarachi Ukabam, who claimed runner-up in the shot put Saturday, took second behind Lofton with a 63-5 (19.33m), while junior Shelaine Larson grabbed third place with a career-best 62-1 (18.92). Lofton’s effort, a career long, served as an automatic qualifier to the NCAA championships.

The women also received contributions in the running events as freshman Jenna Harris continued a standout first season with a fourth-place time of 7.47 in the 60-meter dash. In the 60-meter hurdles, senior Brandi Hogan finished third in her final Big Ten meet of her career in a season-best time of 8.50.

In Ann Arbor, the men’s team also received points in the field events from junior Bryan Duby in the weight with a sixth-place hoist of 62-3.25. Senior Nosa Ehimwenman took fifth in the triple jump with a measure of 49-6.5.

The running events added to the OSU total with fourth-place finishes by junior Brian Olinger in the 5,000 meters and sophomore Joe Gourley in the 800 meters. Olinger, who placed eighth in the 3,000 meters Saturday, finished the 5,000m in 14:18.15 to score in his second event this weekend. Gourley posted a time of 1:50.95. Junior sprinters John Morris and Greg Norman added points in the 400 meters and the 60-meter dash as Norman took seventh in the 60m, while Morris crossed the finish line in eighth in the 400m.

The Buckeyes have one remaining opportunity to qualify for the national meet at the Alex Wilson/Last Chance Invitational at Notre Dame next Friday and Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

Final Team Standings at 2004 Big Ten Indoor Championships

MEN
1. Wisconsin 174.5
2. Minnesota 122.0
3. Michigan 94.5
4. Illinois 63.0
5. Purdue 59.0
6. Indiana 58.0
7. Ohio State 51.0
8. Penn State 39.0
9. Michigan State 27.0
10. Iowa 13.0

WOMEN
1. Penn State 115.00
2. Michigan 98.33
3. Iowa 89.00
4. Ohio State 88.83
5. Indiana 68.00
6. Michigan State 65.00
7. Wisconsin 63.13
8. Illinois 50.00
9. Minnesota 38.00
10. Purdue 26.50

Complete results may be viewed at www.bigten.org at the indoor track and field link.