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Jan. 29, 2001

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%^$%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio– Members of the Ohio State track and field teams competed at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Jan. 26-27.%^$

%^$Andrew Pierce (Sr., Yellow Springs, and Ohio/Yellow Springs) finished first in the 400-meter dash and captured a provisional qualifying time of 46.53. The men’s 4×400-relay team placed first with a time of 3:08.50 also earning a provisional qualifying finish. Donica Merriman (Sr., Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and Ian Connor ( Sr., Lexington, Ohio/Northmor Local) fell short of automatic finishes but did have the speed to capture provisional qualifying times. Merriman coasted to a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles and finished with a season best and provisional qualifying time of 8.24. Merriman also finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.13. Connor posted a fifth-place finish in the men’s 3,000-meter run and a provisional qualifying time of 8:07.23. Tami Smith (So.,.Galloway, Ohio/Westland) posted a fifth-place finish and a provisional qualifying mark of (5′-09. 75″) in the women’s high jump.%^$

%^$In field events the buckeyes captured five Top 5 finishes. Drew Carter captured second-place and a provisional finish (24′-11″) in the men’s long Jump. Nosa Ehimwenman (Homewood, Ill./Homewood Flossmor) posted a third-place finish in the men’s triple jump. (14.79m) Brad Hart (Fr., Centerburg,Ohio/Highland) finished fifth in the high jump with a mark of (6′-10. 75).%^$

%^$On the women’s squad, Katy Craig (Jr., Hilliard, and Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) placed fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 19.32 meters while teammate Erin Carter (So. Logan.Ohio/Logan) placed fifth in the shot put (14.59)%^$

%^$Next week the Buckeyes travel to New York, N.Y. for the Millrose Games Saturday, Feb 3.%^$

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%^$Arkansas Invitational Jan, 26-27%^$

%^$Men’ High Jump%^$1. Michael Ponikvar 2.19m Stanford%^$2. Lavar Mil 2.19m Unattached%^$3. Alfred Neal 2.19m Barton Co CC%^$5. Brad Hart 2.10m OSU%^$

%^$Men’s Long Jump%^$1. Melvin Lister 7.63m HSI%^$2. Drew Carter 7.59m OSU%^$3. Rolle Jamial 7.53m Southwest Mo.%^$14.Nosa Ehimwenman 6.85m OSU%^$

%^$Women’s High Jump%^$1. Farah Jean Pierre 6′-0 Florida Int.%^$2. Hyleas Fountain 6’0 Barton Co. CC%^$3. Liz Toman 5′-09.75 Colo. State%^$5. Tami Smith 5-09.75 OSU*%^$*NCAA Provisional qualifying mark 5-9.26m%^$

%^$Women’s Weight Throw%^$1. Florence Ezeh 20.73m SMU%^$2. Katy Craig 19.32m OSU%^$3. Marie Lejour 17.57m Arkansas%^$17. Erin Carter 13.72m OSU%^$

%^$Men’s 400-meter dash Unseeded%^$1. Ryan Smith 47.58 Southwestern Mo.%^$2. Bean Laboris 48.20 Oklahoma%^$3. Joaquin Bassolls 48.66 Florida Int.%^$16.Thomas Dickson 49.57 OSU%^$

%^$Women’s 60-meter hurdles%^$1. Donnica Merriman 8.24 OSU*%^$2. Kyla Shoemaker 8.32 Nike%^$3. Jackie Madison 8.32 S.Carolina%^$5. Dalanda Jackson 8.51 OSU%^$* NCAA Provisional qualifying time 8.43%^$

%^$Women’s shot put%^$1. Melissa Gibbons 15.94m La. Tech%^$2. Bambi Carson 15.36m Oklahoma%^$3. Jillian Camarena 14.81m Stanford%^$5. Erin Carter 14.59m OSU%^$

%^$Men’s 400-meter dash seeded%^$1. Andrew Pierce 46.53 OSU*%^$2. Kevin Davis 47.05 Barton Co.%^$3. Gerlad Pressley 47.09 S.Carolina%^$8. Courtney Cornwall 48.00 OSU%^$*NCAA automatic qualifying time 46.72%^$

%^$Men’s One-mile run%^$1. Bryan Berryhill 3:57.05 Colo. State%^$2. Charlie Gurber 4:00.79 Kansas%^$3. John Kemboi 4:01.22 Abilene Chr.%^$10.Rob Myers 4:07.82 OSU%^$

%^$Women’s 200-meter dash%^$1. Demetria Washington 23.75 S.Carolina%^$2. Allen Bailey 23.94 Barton Co.%^$3. Donica Merriman 24.13 OSU*%^$* NCAA Provisional qualifying time 24.25%^$

%^$Men’s 3,000-meter run seeded%^$1. Clyde Colenso 7:55.58 Unattached%^$2. Junior Vasquez 8:01.94 Okla State.%^$3. Sharif Karie 8:02.32 Arkansas%^$5. Ian Connor 8:07.23 OSU*%^$*NCAA provisional Qualifying time 8:12.00%^$

%^$Men’s triple jump%^$1. Carlos Eugene 15.24m la.Tech%^$2. Le Jaun Simon 14.87m Barton Co.%^$3. Nosa Ehimwenman 14.79m OSU%^$

%^$Men’s 4×400 meter relay%^$1. South Carolina 3:07.95%^$2. Ohio State 3:08.21*%^$3. Barton Co.CC 3:08.85%^$*NCAA Automatic qualifying time 3:08.50%^$