May 28, 2005
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened first-day action at the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at the University of Indiana’s Haugh Complex in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes found early success, posting second- and fifth-place finishers in the women’s hammer throw, leading Ohio State to a tie for the No. 1 spot in women’s team rankings with 14 points after two completed events. The men are in 10th place, benefiting from a third-place height and six-point score in the men’s high jump by freshman Marios Iacovou. The OSU women are knotted with Arkansas heading into Saturday, while Auburn fronts the men’s standings with 25 team points.
Competition was suspended at approximately 9:30 p.m. EDT because of rain and lightning. Several events, including the men’s 200-meter dash preliminary heats, the men’s and women’s 5,000-meter finals and the men’s and women’s long jump championships, were pushed to Saturday.
Seniors Shelaine Larson and Tiffany Davis each placed in the Top 5 of the women’s hammer, with Larson leading the way with a runner-up mark of 200 feet, 2 inches. Davis placed fifth with a career-best heave of 190-4. By finishing in the Mideast Top 5, both Larson and Davis earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships June 8-11 in Sacramento, Calif.
Teammate and fellow senior Katy Hauser closed out her OSU career with a personal-best throw of 186-6 for seventh place, scoring an addition two team points for the Buckeyes.
In the jumps, Iacovou cleared 7-1 to take third place in the men’s high jump. Rosalind Goodwin, the 2005 Big Ten indoor and outdoor champion in the long jump, will have to wait until Saturday for her chance at qualifying for nationals. She also will compete in the triple jump Saturday as the No. 1-ranked competitor in the field with a season-best leap of 43-6. On the track, Friday mostly featured preliminary heats, including the men’s and women’s 100- and 200-meter dashes, which featured three Buckeyes collectively. Junior Todd Dutch, sophomore Jenna Harris and freshman Tony Cole all ran in the 100-meter prelims, but all failed to reach the finals. Harris also ran in the 200m, again failing to make the finals. Dutch was slated to run in the men’s 200m prelims before competition was suspended.
Four Buckeyes were scheduled to run in he 5,000-meter run, including sophomore Nicole Gliem for the women and junior Dan Glaz for the men.
A compete listing of rescheduled events for the final day of the Mideast regional is available at www.iuhoosiers.com. The website also will provide live updated event results and team scores throughout the day.