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Feb. 13, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams both sit in Top 5 positions after the first day of competition at the 2004 Sykes/Sabock Challenge in State College, Pa. The women were led by another record-setting performance by junior jumper Rosalind Goodwin, who bested her Ohio State program standard set last week at 26-feet – 6.25-inches (20-6.25) with a career-best 20-6.50 to score 10 first-place points for the Buckeyes in the long jump. The men’s side was fueled by senior thrower Dan Taylor and his sixth straight winning effort in the weight throw, while junior Brian Olinger added a season-best to win the 5,000 meters. The women totaled 48 team points, which is second to Penn State’s 73, while the men collected 35 points for fourth. Central Michigan leads the men’s competition with 53 team points.

Goodwin’s record-setting effort served as her fifth consecutive first-place score in the long jump as she bested 2003 Big Ten champion and All-American Chi-Chi Aduba of Penn State in the event. Goodwin’s leap was a provisional qualifier to the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships.

The women also received a top mark from fellow junior Keturah Lofton as she claimed first place in the weight throw with a provisional qualifier to the NCAA championships with a heave of 63-9.50. Lofton was one of five Buckeyes to score in the event as OSU throwers claimed five of the Top 8 spots. Lofton’s throw served as a provisional mark.

Taylor, who topped his own American collegiate record in the weight last week at the Indiana Invite with a 76-3, helped the Buckeyes sweep the throw events Friday as he tossed a 74-4.25 for 10 team points, while fellow thrower Bryan Duby added eight points with a second-place throw of 63-5.50. Another 10 points were added to the men’s total after Olinger, a junior, bested his previous season-best time of 14:45.80 by more than 30 seconds with a NCAA provisional 14:15.51 to win the men’s 5,000 meters. Fellow junior Dan Glaz added points with a fifth-place finish in the event in a time of 14:28.07.

Senior Brandi Hogan and freshman Jenna Harris added scoring efforts in the women’s 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash events as Hogan placed fourth with a time of 8.65, while Harris clocked a season-best 7.48 for third the dash.

The Sykes/Sabock Challenge concludes Saturday.