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Feb. 26, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following a dominating performance as host of the Scarlet and Gray Invitational last Saturday, where 16 separate Buckeyes won their respective events, the Ohio State track and field squad will compete in the 2003 Big Ten Championships. The men’s team will travel to Champaign, Ill. and the campus of the University of Illinois, while the women will participate at Indiana University for their respective championship competitions. The events are set to begin at both locations Saturday, March 1 and will run through Sunday, March 2.

LAST WEEK’S ACTION: BUCKEYES DOMINATE SCARLET AND GRAY INVITE
16 Buckeyes posted first place finishes in their respective events, while 13 OSU individuals qualified for NCAA competition with their performances Saturday. The event was highlighted by Ohio State and French Field House record-breaking performances from senior sprinter Joel Brown, junior sprinter Molly Logan, while All-American thrower Dan Taylor contributed another stellar display.

Brown led a dominating outing by the Ohio State sprint squad with a 7.18 time in the 55m hurdles as he automatically qualified for national competition with the an OSU program mark. Brown also posted a first place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 21.78.

Fellow OSU sprinter/hurdler Logan also set a record as the Buckeyes swept the 55m hurdles event. Logan’s time of 7.68 bested teammate Brandi Hogan (7.79) and the French Field House all-time mark of 7.77 set in 1992. Logan and Hogan placed first and second in the hurdles for the fourth straight week as the two provisionally qualified for NCAA competition.

Ohio State also swept the throwing events as Taylor led the way with a first place finish in the shot put for the seventh-consecutive week. Taylor made it seven-for-seven in meet victories this season as he set a personal-best with a 20.20m (66-3.25) effort. Taylor’s mark is currently the best among Big Ten competitors. The Middlefield, Ohio product coupled a winning performance in the weight throw with a 21.87m (71.9.00) mark. Both figures serve as automatic qualifiers for nationals.

Ohio State dominated the women’s side as well, as OSU posted victories in both the weight throw and shot put, while also notching four provisional qualifiers. Freshman Amarachi Ukabam (Fr., Creve Coeur, Mo.) scored her initial first place performance of 2003 with a 19.32m (63-4.75) toss in the weight throw, while senior Krista Keir (Sr., Westerville, Ohio) claimed first place in the shot put with a throw of 15.80m (51-10.00).

OHIO STATE HURDLERS SWEEP BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEKS HONORS
Ohio State sprinter/hurdlers Joel Brown (Sr., Baltimore, Md.) and Molly Logan (Jr., Darby, Pa.) set new Ohio State program records with a sweep of the hurdles events Saturday at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational en route to claiming Big Ten Track and Field Athlete of the Week awards for Feb. 25.

Brown, who established a new Ohio State all-time mark in the 60m hurdles with a 7.77 on Feb. 8, 2003, set a new Ohio State indoor record with a 7.18 mark in the 55m hurdles Saturday during the Scarlet and Gray Invitational. Brown’s mark serves as an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships. Brown also scored a first place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 21.78.

Logan, who has captured first place four consecutive weeks in the hurdles events, provisionally qualified for national competition with a new French Field House record 7.68 mark in the 55m hurdles.

Brown and Logan also have provisionally qualified in the 60 m hurdles in 2003. Brown twice with a 7.77 at the Rod McCravy Invitational and the Sykes/Sabock Challenge Cup and Logan with an 8.26 performance at the Sykes/ Sabock.

With the weekly award, Brown and Logan join Ohio State thrower and three-time conference honoree Dan Taylor (Middlefield, Ohio) for a total of five Big Ten Track and Field Athlete of the Week merits during the 2003 indoor season.

A GLANCE AT THE 2003 INDOOR SEASON
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in a stellar 2003 indoor season as the men claimed first place team finishes in two of four scoring events en route to a No. 12 ranking in the Trackwire.com poll, while the women scored second place finishes in two events.

14 Buckeye individuals qualified for the NCAA Championships either provisionally or via automatic criteria. Highlighting that list was thrower Dan Taylor, who set a Big Ten record in the weight throw and also owns the third best national mark in the shot put, while Krista Keir established a new school record in the shot put. Each has automatically qualified for the NCAA’s.

Also setting a new OSU all-time mark was sprinter Joel Brown, who automatically qualified with a school-best 7.18 in the 55m hurdles.

Other notables on the women’s side was automatic qualifier Tami Smith in the high jump and sprinter Molly Logan who posted provisionals in the 55m and 60m hurdles.

MEN’S EVENT SCHEDULE AT ILLINOIS
Saturday, March 1
10 a.m. Heptathlon 60 meters
10:40 a.m. Heptathlon long jump
11:50 a.m. Heptathlon shot put
12:50 p.m. Heptathlon high jump
1:30 p.m. Long Jump (trials andfinals)
1:40 p.m. Shot Put (trials and finals)
1:45 p.m. Pole Vault (trials and finals)
2 p.m. 60 meters (trials)
2:15 p.m. 60-meter hurdles (trials)
2:30 p.m. Mile (trials)
3 p.m. 400 meters (trials)
3:20 p.m. 60 meters (semi-finals)
3:30 p.m. 800 meters (semi-finals)
3:50 p.m. 60-meter hurdles (semi-finals)
4 p.m. 600 meters (trials)
4:15 p.m. 200 meters (trials)
4:40 p.m. 3,000 meters (finals)
5 p.m. Distance Medley Relay (Finals)

Sunday, March 2
9 a.m. Weight Throw (trials and finals)
10:20 a.m. Heptathlon 60-meter hurdles
11 a.m. Heptathlon pole vault
Noon High Jump (trials and finals)
1:30 p.m. Heptathlon 1,000 meters
1:50 p.m. Mile (finals)
2 p.m. 400 meters (finals)
2:10 p.m. 60 meter (finals)
2:20 p.m. 800 meters (finals)
2:30 p.m. 60-meter hurdles (finals)
2:40 p.m. 600 meters (finals)
2:50 p.m. 200 meters (finals)
3 p.m. 5,000-meters (finals)
3:25 p.m. 4×400 meter relays (finals)
3:45 p.m. Awards Presentations

WOMEN’S EVENT SCHEDULE: AT INDIANA
Saturday, March 1
9:30 a.m. Pentathlon 60-meter hurdles
9:45 a.m. Pentathlon high jump
11:30 a.m. Pentathlon shot put
12:30 a.m. Pentathlon long jump
2:00 p.m. Pentathlon 800 meters
2:00 p.m. Pole Vault (Trials & Finals)
2:15 p.m. Shot Put (Trials & Finals)
2:35 p.m. One-mile (Trials)
3:00 p.m. 400-meters (Trials)
3:00 p.m. Long Jump (Trials and Finals)
3:20 p.m. 60-meters (Semifinals)
3:30 p.m. 800 meters (Trials)
3:55 p.m. 60-meter Hurdles (Semifinals)
4:05 p.m. 600-meters (Trials)
4:20 p.m. 200-meter (Trials)
4:45 p.m. 3000 meters (Finals)
5:05 p.m. Distance Medley Relays (Finals)

Sunday, March 2
10 a.m. Weight Throw
12:45 p.m. Tripe Jump (Trials and Finals)
1:00 p.m. High Jump (Trials & Finals)
1:50 p.m. One Mile (Finals)
Team Scoring
Recap
2:00 p.m. 400-meters (Finals)
2:10 p.m. 60-meter (Finals)
2:25 p.m. 800-meters (Finals)
2:30 p.m. 60-meter Hurdles (Finals)
2:40 p.m. 600-meters (Finals)
2:50 p.m. 200-meters (Finals)
3:00 p.m. 5,000-meters (Finals)
3:30 p.m. 4×400 Relay (Finals)
3:50 p.m. Awards Presentation

BUCKEYE MEN AMONG NATION’S ELITE
Despite winning the Sykes/Sabock Challenge Cup, the Ohio State men’s track and field squad dropped a couple notches in the latest Trackwire.com poll from No. 10 on Feb. 17 to a three-team tie for 12th this week in the Feb. 24 poll.

OSU THROW SQUAD TOPS IN BIG TEN
The Ohio State men’s and women’s throw team members litter the Top 5 in best performances in the Big Ten weight throw and shot put during the 2003 indoor season.

Led by All-American thrower Dan Taylor, who owns the top throw in the Big Ten in the shot put (20.52) and the best mark in the nation in the weight throw (22.03m), six Buckeyes have qualified for NCAA Championships.

Also holding top marks in the throw events amongst Big Ten competition are Buckeyes Keturah Lofton, 19.55m in the weight throw, and Krista Keir with a 16.85m in the shot put. Falling just behind Lofton is freshman thrower Amarchi Ukabam with a 19.32m in the weight throw.

TAYLOR SECOND PLACE? NOT LIKELY
Dan Taylor, the reigning Big Ten outdoor shot put champion, once again dominated the throwing events for the seventh-consecutive meet as he topped the feild at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational in both the weight throw and the shot put. Taylor placed first in the shot put with a 66-3.25 mark, while also winning the weight throw with a 70-9.00 performance.

The Middlefield, Ohio product bested his own school record in the weight throw to place first at the McCravy Invite Feb. 8 and establish a new Big Ten record in the event with a toss of 22.03m. Taylor also grabbed first in the shot put with a mark of 19.45m. Both figures serve as automatic qualifiers, while the figure in the weight throw is the best in the nation this season.

In the Ohio State Invite, 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.

In all, Taylor has placed first in 12 of 14 throwing events this season, including wins in all seven shot put events in 2003.

THE LOGAN-HOGAN CONNECTION
For the fourth-straight week Molly Logan and Brandi Hogan placed first and second in a hurdles event. The tandem of Logan and Hogan provisionally qualified for the 2003 NCAA indoor championships for the second-straight week in a hurdles event at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational. Logan provisionally qualified following a time of 7.68 seconds, while Hogan provisionally qualified with a time of 7.79 seconds. Along with her provisionally qualifying time in the 55m hurdles Logan also set a French Field house record.

NOTING THE BUCKEYES…
JOEL BROWN (Jr., Baltimore, Md./ Woodlawn) continued a stellar 2003 indoor season by placing first in the 55m hurdles at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational with a time of 7.18, which automatically qualified for national competition. Brown’s time at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational set a new Ohio State record in the 55m hurdles. Earlier this season, Brown established a French Field House record in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 7.97.

KRISTA KEIR (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville) Captured first place honors in the shot put last weekend at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational. Prior to last weekend’s event, Keir broke her own Ohio State record in the shot put with a winning 55-3.00 performance at the Sykes/Sabock Challenge. Keir set her first Ohio State shot put record at the Rod McCravy Invite with a throw of 16.72m. The mark serves as an automatic qualification to national competition.

DREW CARTER (Jr., Solon, Ohio/Solon) provisionally qualified for the 2003 NCAA indoor championships last weekend during the Scarlet and Gray Invitational with a leap of 24-9.25 after a first place finish in the long jump. During the 2003 indoor season, Carter posted first place finishes at the Rod McCarvy (24-4.25) and Nittany Lion Invitational (24-4.25).

TAMI SMITH (Sr., Galloway, Ohio/Westland) Smith won her fourth high jump event of the indoor season last weekend at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational, Smith won the event with a leap of 5-9.75. Earlier this season, Smith automatically qualified for NCAA competition with a 5-10.00 leap at the Rod McCravy Invite. Smith took first-place honors in each of Ohio State’s first four events in 2003 and began this season by automatically qualifying for the 2003 NCAA indoor championships in the high jump with a leap of 5-10.75.

GOING THE DISTANCE
The Ohio State men’s distance runners have faired well over the last four events posting first place finishes in each of the last four meets in at least one distance event.

At the Ohio State Invitational Rob Myers set a French Field House all-time mark, along with a new Ohio State record in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:23.85. Myers continued his dominance the following week at the Kentucky Invitational breaking the four minute mark in the mile automatically qualifying for the NCAA championships.

Along with Myers’s performance at the Kentucky Invitational, Derrick Butler also turned in a solid performance for the Buckeyes setting a meet record in a time of 8:13.03.

Last week at the Scarlet and Gray Invite, six Buckeye distance runners took first led by freshman Joe Gourley, who scored a first place finish in the 600m run (1:22.91), while sophomore Pannsy Henry completed the event sweep with a 1:35.97.

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 event will feature over 900 student-athletes competing over the two-days of action.

UP NEXT
Ohio State will commence the 2003 outdoor season with a trip to Tempe, Ariz. for the Baldy Castillo Invitational Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22.

The Buckeyes will open the 2003 home outdoor campaign with the Ohio State relays at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium April 5.