May 19, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dan Taylor, a thrower on the Ohio State track and field team, was awarded his second career Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year honor by the conference office Tuesday. The senior, who won the award in both the 2003 indoor and outdoor seasons, recently claimed his third straight Big Ten shot put title at the 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Championships last weekend. Taylor was joined by 2004 Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Consuella Moore of Penn State, who won both the 100 and 200-meter dash conference crowns and helped PSU claim the top spot in the 4×100-meter relay.
Taylor, a native of Middlefield, Ohio, is the first Buckeye to win two Big Ten male athlete of the year honors in his career as he claimed Ohio State’s third overall male award in program history. In 2000, Andrew Pierce (1998-2001) was deemed top male athlete in the conference after setting the championship meet record to win the 400-meter dash.
In the championships at Purdue’s Rankin Field, Taylor posted Top 3 marks in each of the heavy throw events, using a track record of 66 feet, 8.50 (66-8.50) to win the shot, while placing second in the discus at a length of 186-8 and third in the hammer at 200-2. Overall, Taylor supplied 24 team points in helping the Buckeyes to a third-place final standing, Ohio State’s highest since another third-place score in 2000.
Taylor also is the first in Ohio State annals to win three shot put crowns and the lone Buckeye to “three-peat” in an outdoor event since Jordan Gray won the 110-meter hurdles from 1991-93. The 2004 Big Ten shot put championship is Taylor’s fifth in his career spanning the indoor and outdoor seasons. He successfully defended his 2003 indoor shot put title at the 2004 conference meet.
Taylor is one of 18 Buckeyes to qualify for the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in Baton Rouge, La. The event is set to be held May 28-29 at LSU.