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Feb. 12, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following an excellent showing on both the men’s and women’s sides in the Rod McCravy Memorial at the University of Kentucky last weekend, the Ohio State track and field team travels for a two-day competition at Penn State on Friday and Saturday, with events set to begin at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

LAST WEEK’S ACTION: KENTUCKY INVITATIONAL
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field team concluded a spectacular showing at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational hosted by the University of Kentucky Saturday as a dozen Buckeyes earned first place honors in their respective events, while nine claimed provisional or automatic qualifications to national competition.

The throwing squad led the way for the Buckeyes as Dan Taylor set a Big Ten and new school mark in the weight throw. Taylor, who has bested his own records in each of the shot put and weight throw events in each of the last five weeks, established a new mark in the weight throw with a first place toss of 22.03m. He also placed first with a 19.65m throw in the shot put. Both figures are automatic qualifiers for NCAA competition.

Also, earning qualifying efforts in the throw events were Keturah Lofton, 19.55m in 20-pound weight throw, and Krista Keir , 16.72m in the shot put. Keir’s figure serves as an automatic qualifying mark and an Ohio State program record, while Lofton qualifies provisionally for the second instance this season.

The Buckeyes also faired well in the jump events as they were led on the men’s side by Nosa Ehimwenman with a 49-09.25 mark in the triple jump and Drew Carter who posted a leap of 24-04.25 in the long jump. Jeff Cerveny also provisionally qualified with a leap of 6-10.25 in the men’s high jump.

Senior high jumper Tami Smith set a provisional qualification in the high jump with a 5-10.00 effort, while freshman Robyn Mroz set a new school record in the pole vault with a leap of 11-8.00.

In the distance events, the men claimed first place in the mile and in the 3,000 meter run. Rob Myers took first in the mile as he broke the four minute mark finishing in a time of 3:58.64. With his time of 3:58.64 Myers automatically qualified for the 2003 NCAA championships. In the 3,000 meter run Derrick Butler finished first in the event with a time of 8:13.03 breaking the Rod McCravy Meet record.

In the Hurdles, Molly Logan and Brandi Hogan finished first and second in the 60-meter hurdles. Logan also provisionally qualified for the 2003 NCAA championships during preliminary competition with a time of 8.42. Hogan added a first place finish in the 200m at 24.39. On the men’s side Joel Brown finished first in the 60-meter hurdles provisionally qualifying for the 2003 NCAA championships and setting a new school record in time of 7.77 seconds.

BUCKEYE MEN BUST INTO TOP 10
Following its solid showing at the McCravy Invite the Ohio State men’s track and field team has climbed into the Top 10 in the latest Trackwire poll.

The men’s team has been fueled so far by thrower Taylor, jumpers Carter and Ehinwenman, hurdler Brown, sprinter Greg Norman and distance man Rob Myers.

TAYLOR TOWERS OVER COMPETITION
Dan Taylor, a junior thrower for OSU, once again dominated the throwing events for the fifth-consecutive meet as he bested his own school record in the weight throw to place first at the McCravy Invite 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.

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.

The Middlefield, Ohio-native earned Big Ten men’s track and field athlete of the week honors for the third time in five weeks of competition after his record breaking efforts at the McCravy Invite. Taylor’s previous honors stemmed from posting a pair of first place finishes at the Illinois Invitational last Saturday and the Buckeye Invitational on Jan. 11.

ACCEPTING INVITES TO THE NITTANY
The Field:
Central Michigan
Cornell
East Carolina
Kent State
Michigan
Ohio State
Pennsylvania(men only)
Penn State
Pittsburgh
Toronto
West Virginia

THE LOGAN – HOGAN CONNECTION
For the second-straight week Molly Logan and Brandi Hogan placed first and second in the 60m hurdles at the McCravy Invite. Logan provisionally qualified with a mark of 8.42. Logan added a first place finish in the 200m dash, 24.39.

Logan completed an 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 at the McCravy Invite in a time of 7.77 seconds. Brown’s time in the 60-meter hurdles set a new Ohio State record. Earlier this season, Brown established a new French Field House record in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 7.97.

KRISTA KEIR (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville) Set a new Ohio State shot put record at the McCravy Invite with a thrown of 16.72m. The mark serves as an automatic qualification to national competition.

GREG NORMAN (So., Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) 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 60m dash at the Illinois Invitational.

TAMI SMITH (Sr., Galloway, Ohio/Westland) Smith failed to earn a first place finish in the high jump for the first time this season, but automatically qualified for NCAA competition with a 5-10.00 leap. Smith took first-place honors in each of Ohio State’s first four events in 2003 and began her 2003 season by automatically qualifying for the 2003 NCAA championships in the high jump with a leap of 6-00.00.

DAN TAYLOR (Jr., Middlefield, Ohio/Berkshire) has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in both the shot put and weight throw events. Taylor set a new Big Ten record as he placed first in the weight throw at the Rod McCravy Invite with a throw of 22.03m. 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.

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
Ohio State returns home to play host to the Scarlet and Gray Invitational Saturday, Feb. 22, with events set to commence at 10 a.m.