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Feb. 6, 2003

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COLUMBUS,Ohio -The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams make the short trip South to Lexington,Ky. to compete in the Rod McCravy Memorial Track Meet at the University of Kentucky. Ohio State is among a 9-team field, which includes the University of Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Mississippi State.

Ohio State thrower Dan Taylor, who holds the top shot put mark (20.52m)in the country in 2003, will look to establish a new school record in the event for the fourth-consecutive week.

LAST WEEK ‘S ACTION:OSU INVITE
Ohio State played host to the 2003 Ohio State Invitational Saturday at French Field House in an event that featured 18-schools spanning from Division I,I-AA,III and NAIA. Ohio State All-American thrower Dan Taylor led 11 Buckeyes with first place finishes in the event.

Taylor dominated the throwing events as he bested his own school record in the shot put to finish first,while placing second in the weight throw.

Sprinter Joel Brown established a new FFH record in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 7.97 to place first in the event.Ohio State senior Molly Logan completed the OSU sweep of the hurdle events with an 8.51 time to also place first.

The Buckeyes also excelled in the distance events Saturday as Ohio State junior Lindsi Gay took first in the women ‘s 5000-meter run (19:04.38)and senior distance runner Derrick Butler grabbed first on the men ‘s side of the event with a time of 14:35 to kick off the day’s events, while senior Rob Myers established a personal best, a new school mark and a French Field House record in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:23.85, as he broke both records set by former Buckeye great and Olympian Mark Croghan (1988-91).

BUCKEYES DOMINATE JUMP EVENTS AT OHIO STATE INVITATIONAL
Combining for an Ohio State event-sweep were high jumpers Tami Smith and Billy Mills. Mills split the men ‘s crown with two fellow Buckeye jumpers,Brad Hart and Jeff Cerveny,each with a leap of 2.06 m,while Smith claimed her four-consecutive first place finish with a jump of 1.72m. Ohio State junior Drew Carter also contributed a first place finish for the jump squad with a 7.62 meter provisional qualification mark in the long jump.

Women jumpers Shayla Moore and Rosalind Goodwin teamed-up for a 1-2 finish in the triple jump as Moore claimed first with a leap of 12.48m, while Goodwin ‘s 12.21m performance was good for a second place finish.Ohio State pole vaulter Jeremiah Johnson completed a spectacular day for the jumpers as he posted a personal best 16.75m mark to place first.

Junior jumper Nosa Ehimwenman also placed first with a provisional mark in the triple jump with a leap of 15.60m.

TAYLOR TOWERS OVER COMPETITION
Dan Taylor,a junior thrower for OSU, once again dominated the throwing events for the fourth-consecutive meet as he bested his own school record in the shot put to finish first, while placing second in the weight throw with a mark of 20.11m.

Taylor posted a 20.52m throw in the shot put to once again automatically qualify for national competition and claim first place for the fourth-consecutive event.The figure is the best in the nation in the 2003 season.

The Middlefield,Ohio-native earned Big Ten men’s track and field athlete of the week honors for the second consecutive week on Jan. 21 after posting a pair of first place finishes at the Illinois Invitational last Saturday and the Buckeye Invitational on Jan.11.

SCOUTING THE FIELD
The field at the Rod McCravy Memorial Track Meet includes Appalachian State, East Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Mississippi State, Ohio State, Southwest Missouri State, Tennessee (men only)and Virginia Tech.

THE LOGAN-HOGAN CONNECTION
Ohio State senior Molly Logan completed the OSU sweep of the hurdle events at the Ohio State Invitational with an 8.51 time to also place first. Fellow OSU hurdler Brandi Hogan finished second behind Logan with a time of 8.99.Logan also placed third in the 200m dash.

NOTING THE BUCKEYES…
JOEL BROWN (Jr.,Baltimore,Md./Woodlawn) continued his fast start to the 2003 Indoor season by placing first in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 7.93 seconds.Brown established a new French Field House record in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 7.97 to place first in the event.

KRISTA KEIR (Jr.,Westerville,Ohio/Westerville)opened the 2003 indoor season by taking first place honors in the shot put at the Buckeye Invitational and followed that with another first place performance at the Purdue Tri-Meet with a throw of 15.70 m. She placed second at the OSU Invite.

GREG NORMAN (Jr.,Baltimore,Md./Woodlawn)broke the French Field House record in the 60 meter dash in a time of 6.88 seconds during the Buckeye Invitational. He equaled his best time of 2003 indoor season in the 60-meter dash as he placed second with a time of 6.88 at the OSU Invite. Norman also took first place honors in the 60 meter dash at the Illinois Invitational.

TAMI SMITH (Sr.,Galloway,Ohio/Westland)Smith took first-place honors for the fourth-consecutive week in the high jump at the Ohio State Invitational with a mark of 5-7.25 feet. Smith began her 2003 season by provisionally qualifying for the 2003 NCAA championships in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet.

DAN TAYLOR (Jr.,Middlefield,Ohio/Berkshire)has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in both the shot put and weight throw events. He has broken the school record in each event and holds the best mark in the country in the shot put with a toss of 20.52m.

MEET COACH RUSS ROGERS
In his 15 years at Ohio State,Russ Rogers has produced more than 100 Big Ten indoor and outdoor track and field champions, 10 NCAA indoor and outdoor champions and 73 All-Americans.Rogers has more than 30 years of head coaching experience in national and international track and field. Rogers came to Ohio State from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he served as the head coach for men’s and women’s track and field as well as the cross country teams for 10 years.

OHIO STATE PLAYS HOSTS TO NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The NCAA has announced that The Ohio State University has been awarded the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Regional Championships to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on May 30 and 31.

The championships are a two-day event that will feature over 900 collegiate athletes.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes remain on the road as they travel to State College, Pa. for the Nittany Lion Invitational Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15.