April 28, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio— Members of the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the 106th Penn Relays Carnival Thursday and Friday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The relays conclude tomorrow.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes received a strong performance from the men’s 4X400-meter relay team, as it ran a team season-best 3:06.33 to advance to Saturday’s final. Ian Connor (Jr., Lexington, Ohio/Northmor Local) recorded a team season-best 8:47.21 in the steeplechase championship to place eighth.%^$

%^$In addition to the 4X400 team, two other men’s relay teams advanced to Saturday’s finals. The 4X100-meter relay team finished third in its heat (13th (tied) overall) with a 41.08 to advance, while the 4X200 team placed first in its heat (fourth overall) with a 1:36.10 to reach the final.%^$

%^$On the women’s side, the 4X200-meter relay team was second in its heat and sixth overall with a time of 1:24.9 to advance to the final. Ayanna Reece (Sr., Bronx, N.Y./George Washington) placed third in the 400-meter hurdles (58.86). The women’s 4X100 team placed seventh in the championship with a time of 45.36.%^$

%^$Penn Relays Carnival Ohio State Results%^$College Women 400-Meter Hurdles%^$1. Peta-Gay Gayle, Alabama 57.85%^$2. Tawa Babatunde, Arkansas 58.02%^$3. Ayanna Reece, Ohio State 58.86%^$

%^$College Women’s 4X400 Relay%^$1. Texas 3:40.50%^$2. Rice 3:40.70%^$3. Louisiana State 3:41.24%^$8. Ohio State 3:44.92%^$

%^$College Men’s Steeplechase – Championship%^$1. Steve Slattery, Colorado 8:35.15%^$2. A. Famiglietti, Tennessee 8:35.64%^$3. Ja nerik Salo, South Florida 8:39.35%^$8. Ian Connor, Ohio State 8:47.21%^$

%^$College Men’s 4X100 Relay (Heats)%^$1. Texas Christian 39.66%^$2. New York Tech 40.94%^$3. Ohio State 41.08*%^$*Ohio State tied for 13th overall%^$

%^$College Women’s 4X100 Championship%^$1. Louisiana State 43.98%^$2. Texas 44.10%^$3. South Carolina 44.37%^$7. Ohio State 45.36%^$

%^$College Men’s Distance Medly Championship%^$1. Connecticut 9:33.02%^$2. Arkansas 9:33.05%^$3. Tennessee 9:33.70%^$4. Ohio State 9:34.22%^$

%^$College Men’s 4X200 (Heats)%^$1. North Carolina Central 1:23.93%^$2. Ohio State 1:24.19*%^$3. Morgan State 1:26.80%^$*Ohio State was sixth overall%^$

%^$College Women’s 4X200 (Heats)%^$1. Ohio State 1:36.10*%^$2. Delaware State 1:40.10%^$3. Eastern Kentucky 1:40.21%^$*Ohio State was fourth overall%^$

%^$College Women’s Shuttle Hurdle Championship%^$1. Lousiana State 54.57%^$2. Arkansas 55.18%^$3. North Carolina 55.32%^$DQ Ohio State –%^$

%^$College Men’s 4X400 (Heats)%^$1. Ohio State 3:06.33%^$2. Georgetown 3:07.83%^$3. North Carolina Central 3:07.95%^$