May 8, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2004 regular season came to a close for the Ohio State track and field team Saturday as the bulk of the squad traveled north to compete in the Campbell/Wright Open hosted by the University of Akron, while several distance runners competed at the University of Michigan Friday evening. The Akron portion was highlighted by record-setting throws from junior Keturah Lofton in the hammer as the 2004 indoor All-American topped her own Big Ten and Ohio State marks, while sophomore Amarachi Ukabam heaved a school standard in the shot put. In Ann Arbor, senior distance man Rob Myers clocked a personal outdoor standard in the men’s 1,500-meter run, which stands as the second-best time in OSU history.
Lofton was one of several Buckeyes to compete in multiple events Saturday as she claimed runner-up in the hammer with her record toss of 200 feet, 2 inches (200-2), which bested her previous mark of 200-0. Later, Lofton posted Top 10 finishes in both the discus (143-10 for seventh place) and shot put (45-3 for third place). Ukabam took first in the shot put at 53-11.25, becoming the first Buckeye to eclipse 53 feet and snap the previous school record of 52-11 set by senior Alexis McCall in 2002. Later, Ukabam took runner-up in the discus at 174-0.
On the men’s side of the throws, senior Dan Taylor also competed in three events as the seven-time All-American scored Top 5 honors in the discus, hammer and shot put. Taylor heaved a 66-9.25 to win the shot and hoisted marks of 184-2 for third in the disc and 218-3 for fifth in the hammer. Another senior George Hoover set a season-best of 209-1 to take runner-up in the javelin.
Myers, who owns the Ohio State record in both the indoor mile and 1,000-meter run, looked to etch his name in the OSU annals in the outdoor 1,500m Friday in Ann Arbor. Myers clocked a personal record in a time of 3:41.13, which missed the Buckeye record by less than four seconds. Myers’ time served as a qualifier to the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, but fell shy of the 20-year old record set by Tom Byers in 1974 at 3:37.50. Fellow distance man Jacob McCauley ran in the 1,500 as well and placed ninth in 3:49.43. Complete results for the Michigan meet may be viewed at www.mgoblue.com.
The Akron event as also saw success in the distance events as junior Chris Basinger boasted first place in the Campbell/Wright 1,500-meter run in a winning time of 3:57.67, while fellow junior Kevin Bruffy won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a personal-record 9:27.00.
Season bests also fell in the sprints as junior John Morris clocked a 47.40 to win the men’s 400 meters, while four Buckeyes on the women’s side claimed Top 5 spots in the 100-meter dash, led by freshman Jenna Harris in a time of 12.04. Harris was followed by junior Rosalind Goodwin (12.07) and senior Molly Logan (12.17), who took third and fourth in season-best times. Later, Logan claimed the top mark in the 100-meter hurdles at 13.34, a regional qualifier. The hurdles saw another first-place tally by freshman Jennifer Ogbuehi, who took the 400m hurdles in 1:01.01. The 400-meter dash was highlighted by a tight race for second and third by Pannsy Henry and Ashley MacClean as Henry bested MacClean for runner-up with a 58.95, a shade faster that MacClean’s 58.96.
Several season bests were either equaled or recorded in the jumps as well. Senior Seth MacCarter tied for first place in the pole vault with a season mark of 15-11, while fellow seniors Billy Mills and Becky Heintz matched their season bests in the men’s high jump and women’s pole vault, respectively. Mills cleared 6-10.75 to earn second place, while Heintz reached 11-9.75 for the second straight week to grab fourth place. In the triple jump, junior Shayla Moore won the women’s end with a leap of 41-10 and took fourth in the long jump at 18-6. In the men’s triple, senior Nosa Ehimwenman measured 48-5.50 to take second.
Next week, Ohio State heads to West Lafayette, Ind. for the 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 14-16.