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April 29, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State mens and womens outdoor track and field teams travel to the Toledo Invitational Friday and Saturday. The meet is a replacement for the famous Jesse Owens Classic, which was to occur this weekend. The Classic was canceled because of construction on the Buckeyes new track and field complex.

THE TOLEDO INVITATIONAL
Ohio State will be amidst rivals this weekend at the Toledo Invitational. The Buckeyes will compete against in-state opponent Toledo, a Mid-American Conference member, and Big Ten Conference foe, Michigan.

CONFERENCE AND NATIONAL UPDATE
The Big Ten Championships, hosted by Purdue University May 21-23 in West Lafayette, Ind., are quickly approaching. Take a look at how Ohio State athletes stack up against the rest of the conference and the nation as well.

Andrew Pierce is atop the conference and 12th in the nation inthe 400-meter dash (45.86).
Donica Merriman currently holds the top spot in the conference inthe 100-meter dash (11.42). The time also is 15th-best in thenation.
Dominque Calloway is the conference leader and fourth in the nationin the 100-meter high hurdles (13.03).
Merriman is second to Calloway in the 100-meter high hurdlesconference standings, and ninth in the nation (13.22).
Calloway and Ayanna Reece represent Ohio State and the Big Ten inthe 400-meter intermediate hurdles. The tandem is 1-2 in theconference. Calloway, who ran a school-record 56.83 April 10, isthird in the nation, while Reece (58.59) is 19th.
The OSU womens 4×100-meter relay team (Calloway, Cathy Rejouis,Monique Coleman and Reece) is 25th in the nation (45.06). TheBuckeyes trail only Illinois in the conference in this event. TheFighting Illini are second in the country, behind the Brigham YoungCougars.
Ohio State ranks first in the conference and 21st in the nation inthe womens 4×400-meter relay (3:37.81). The squad consists ofReece, Rejouis, Calloway and Carrie Hoblet.

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY
For the second-consecutive week, the Ohio State track schedule was altered because of inclement weather. Last Friday, some events were postponed because of thunderstorms. The Pacesetter Invitational, scheduled for April 17, was called off because of inclement weather the previous weekend.

BIG TEN ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Indiana senior Tom Chorny set a school record and a national season-best in the mens steeplechase (8:37.18) at the Penn Relay Carnival to earn Athlete of the Week honors. Freshman Erica Palmer of Wisconsin earned the womens award after qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000 meters at the Penn Relays. Her time of 34:03.60 is a personal best, and the seventh-finest in Badgers history.