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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams return home Saturday to compete in the 2005 Ohio State Invitational. The meet begins at noon with the women’s weight throw and will be held in French Field House.

THE OHIO STATE INVITE FIELD
The 2005 version of the Ohio State Invitational features 10 competing teams.

Instate rivals Ashland, Kent State, Malone and Xavier also are among the field.

Ball State, California (Pa.), Indianapolis, Louisville and Marshall round out the 10 squads.

LAST WEEK: EIGHT BUCKEYES CLAIM TOP SPOTS AT THE INDIANA/PURDUE TRI-MEET
The Buckeyes competed against Big Ten foes Indiana and Purdue Jan. 22 and finished third and second, respectively. Indiana University played host to the event at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.

The women’s second-place standing was fueled by another stellar showing from its field event athletes. Leading the way for the women was senior jumper Rosalind Goodwin and senior thrower Shelaine Larson. Goodwin posted two winning performances in the long and triple jumps with leaps of 18 feet, 11 1/2 inches (18-11 1/2) in the long jump and 41-2 1/2 in the triple jump.

Larson placed second in the shot put and first in the weight throw with throws of 47-5 1/4 and 64-7 1/4. Jessie Stringer also posted a first-place mark as she won the high jump, tying a career-best leap of 5-8.

On the men’s side, the Buckeyes were led by thrower Bryan Duby, who threw a personal-best of 67-0 to win the weight throw.

The men’s sprint events saw Ohio State receive winning performances in the 60 and 200-meter dashes from Todd Dutch, who finished with times of 6.83 in the 60m and 21.91 in the 200m. The Buckeyes also notched a first-place showing from John Morris in the 600-meter dash in 1:20.57.

OHIO STATE ASSISTANT Robert Gary NAMED 2004 CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Robert Gary, Ohio State cross country head coach, and track and field distance coach was named 2004 United States Cross Country Runner of the Year by Track and Field News.

Gary was awarded the honor following a tremendous campaign that saw him qualify for the 2004 World Cross Country Championships in both the 4 and 12-kilometer runs posting times of 11:15 and 35:07 respectively at the U.S. cross country championships.

At the world championships, Gary was the first American finisher, clocking a time of 12:12.

In 2003, Gary also qualified for the world championships, winning the 4k title and placing sixth in the 12k run. Gary’s 2004 qualification to the world championships in two events marked the first time a U.S. runner made both teams in consecutive years.

Gary also earned a second trip to the summer Olympics in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Athens, Greece. His first trip to the Olympics came at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

This past fall, Gary directed the men’s team to a winning performance at the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships andits fourth appearance to the NCAA championships where the team finished 22nd of 30 teams.

MEN’S WEIGHT THROW FEATURED EVENT AT OSU INVITE
A flight of some of the top throwers in the U.S. will compete against one another in the men’s weight at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ohio State Invitational.

Former Buckeye Dan Taylor headlines the field. In his senior campaign last season, Taylor narrowly missed the NCAA record in the weight throw with a heave of 78-9.25. The mark currently stands as the American Collegiate standard. This season, Taylor reached a 77-2.50 to win at the Kentucky Invitational Jan. 14. His measure at the UK Invite stands as the top weight effort in the nation, according to the Jan. 18 list at USATF.org

A pair of brothers will face off against Taylor in Derek and Joe Woodske. Both compete for the Ashland Elite throwing club, but will be at the OSU Invite as unattached entries. Derek is among the top weight throwers in the nation in 2005, reaching a best of 78-0.25. Joe has tallied a 67-0 effort this season.

Ohio State senior Bryan Duby will join the group of elite weight throwers Saturday. He currently ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 8 in the NCAA with his own heave of 67-0, set last week at the Indiana-Ohio State-Purdue Tri-meet.

Kibwe Johnson also will be a part of the weight field. He set a personal best of 76-10.50 last month at a meet in Findlay, Ohio.

DUBY, LARSON LEAD BIG TEN WEIGHT THROWERS; RANKED NATIONALLY
Senior throwers Bryan Duby and Shelaine Larson not only have established themselves in the Ohio State record books, but also have climbed to the top of the Big Ten performance lists in the weight throw so far in 2005. Duby reached 67-0 to win the weight last week at the Big Ten Tri-meet. Larson posted a throw of 64-7.25 to claim the women’s end at the Big Ten Tri-meet. Both efforts from the senior throwers rank No. 1 in the Big Ten. Nationally, Duby and Larson stand at No. 8 with their marks from last week.

Spyridon Jullien of Virginia Tech leads the national men’s weight with a measure of 75-11.25. Florida’s Candice Scott tops the women’s national rankings at 77-2.

DUBY AND LARSON MOVE INTO OSU ALL-TIME TOP 5 IN WEIGHT
Senior throwers Bryan Duby and Shelaine Larson each used personal-best marks to win the weight throw Saturday at the Indiana-Ohio State-Purdue Tri-meet. Duby heaved a 67-0 to move into fourth in the all-time performance lists in the weight. He trails only Dan Taylor, who won the 2004 national championship in the event and closed his career with the second-best weight mark in NCAA history at 78-9.25. Taylor also owns the second and third best weight marks at Ohio State set in 2002 and 2003.

Larson won the women’s end of the weight with a throw that reached 64-7.25 to place her at the No. 5 slot all-time in Buckeye annals.

Duby and Larson join fellow seniors Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore as the only current Buckeyes listed on the all-time indoor performance lists. Goodwin tops both the long jump (20-9) and triple jump (43-6.50), while Moore stands in third in the triple at a length of 42-8.75.

GOODWIN RANKED IN NATIONAL TOP 10 IN TRIPLE JUMP
Ohio State senior jumper Rosalind Goodwin, an All-American in 2004 in the indoor and outdoor seasons, currently ranks No. 9 in the NCAA triple jump list with a leap of 41-10.75.

Kansas State’s Chaytan Hill leads the country with a leap of 44-8.50.

THREE TOP FINISHES IN TWO WEEKS
Long and triple jumper Rosalind Goodwin has begun the 2005 season with a bang by posting three first-place finishes in the Buckeyes’ opening two meets.

Goodwin began the season with a winning leap in the long jump at the Kentucky Invitational posting a performance of 19-4 3/4. The following week at the Indiana/Purdue tri-meet, she won the long and triple jumps.

WOMEN’S FIELD EVENT ATHLETES SCORE 56 POINTS AT TRI-MEET
The Ohio State women’s field athletes scored 56 of the team’s 101 points at the Indiana/Purdue tri-meet. For the women was senior jumper Rosalind Goodwin and senior thrower Shelaine Larson. Goodwin posted two winning performances in the long and triple jumps.

Larson finished second in the shot put and first in the weight, pacing Ohio State to the top three spots of the event. Rounding out the Top 3 in the weight where Tiffany Davis and Katy Houser, who both reached more than 59 feet.

In other field events, Jessie Stringer won the high jump and Shayla Moore finished fourth in the long jump and second in the triple jump.

RECAPPING THE 2004 OHIO STATE INVITATIONAL
The Buckeyes competed against teams throughout Ohio, Illinois and Indiana at the 2004 Ohio State Invitational and dominated the field as both men’s and women’s team combined to post 20 first-place finishes.

Contributing in the field were Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore, both of whom provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships. Goodwin finished first in the triple jump with a leap of 42-02, while Moore placed second with jump of 42-01. Goodwin also finished first in the long jump as she posted a season best jump 20-11.

In the distance events, Joe Gourley placed first in the 600-meter run as he clocked a time of 1:21.60. Brian Olinger posted a first-place finish in the 5,000-meter run in a time of 14:45.8.

The sprint events featured contributions from Jenna Harris who clocked a time of 7.55 to win the women’s 60-meter dash. Harris also clocked a 24.90 to win the 200-meter dash. On the men’s side, John Morris placed first in the 400-meter dash in a time of 49.26.

LARSON AND GOODWIN PROVISIONALLY QUALIFY FOR NCAA’S
Senior All-American jumper Rosalind Goodwin and senior thrower Shelaine Larson provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships. Goodwin’s provisional qualification came in the triple jump with a second-place leap of 41-10.75. The jump served as a nine-inch improvement from her mark in the 2004 Kentucky Invitational, where she posted a jump of 41-1.75.

Larson’s provisional qualification came in the weight throw with a toss of 64-5.25 to take second-place.

BUCKEYES EARN THREE FIRST-PLACE FINISHES AT KENTUCKY INVITE
In its first meet of the season, the Ohio State track and field team saw three of its athletes earn winning marks in their respective events. On the women’s side, Shelaine Larson won the women’s shot put with a heave of 46-08.75 while Rosalind Goodwin claimed the long jump with a performance of 19-04.75. For the men, Jacob McCauley won the mile, clocking a time of 4:15.13.

BUCKEYE INDOOR DEBUTS
The 2005 Kentucky Invitational marked the debut of seven Ohio State track and field athletes.

In the field events, high jumpers Marios Iacovou and Pat Woods competed in day-one competition Friday. During the event, Marios finished second with a leap 6-10.75, while Woods tied for seventh with a leap of 6-06.75.

On the women’s side, Colleen Farrell finished ninth with a height of 5-04.25. Farrell also competed in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a time of 9.18.

In the throwing events, the Buckeyes received strong performances from Lenny Jatsek, Pat Whalen and Dave Ebersole. Over the weekend, all three saw action in the weight throw. Jatsek and Whalen also competed in the shot put with Jatsek finishing eighth with a mark of 54-06.

In the sprint events, newcomers Tony Cole and Todd Dutch qualified for the finals in the preliminary heats of the 60m posting times of 6.88 and 6.89. Dutch, who transferred to Ohio State from the junior college ranks also competed in the 200m and finished seventh in a time of 21.46

Melanie Grim also debuted for the Buckeyes last week and competed in the 3,000m.

OLINGER POSTS STRONG 2004 CROSS COUNTRY SEASON In the 2004 cross country season, Brian Olinger turned in one of the best individual performances in Ohio State history, capping his year with All-America honors after a 21st-place finish at the NCAA championships.

The native of Fresno, Ohio helped the Buckeyes to their fourth NCAA championships appearance in the last five years as he finished fourth at the 2004 NCAA Regional Championships, clocking a time of 30:18.7 in the 10-kilometer race. At the Big Ten Championships, Olinger was just as impressive, capturing first team all-league with a seventh-place finish in a time of 24:21.0.

THE INDOOR SCHEDULE
The 2005 indoor season features two home meets at French Field House. The Buckeyes welcome visiting teams to the Ohio State Invitational Jan. 29 and the Scarlet and Gray Invitational Feb. 19 before heading to the Big Ten indoor meet Feb. 26-27 at Purdue for the men and Michigan for the women.

The schedule also offers a trip to the 2005 Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City Feb. 4-5 and a journey the following week to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic Feb. 11-12.

Rogers foresees the indoor schedule as a solid tune-up for the national meet in Fayetteville, Ark. March 11-12.

“Kentucky is our first big meet of the season,” Rogers said. “We have a tri-meet with Purdue and Indiana before we host our biggest home meet in the OSU Invite. In February, we send our top athletes to New York City for the Armory Collegiate Invite, which is a great meet for sprinters and hurdlers. By Big Ten’s, we should be among the Top 3 teams in both the men’s and women’s standings.”

GARY RETURNS TO THE OLYMPICS
In August, Robert Gary, Ohio State cross country head coach and assistant track coach, competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Gary’s trip to the 2004 games marked his second trip to the Olympics. His first endeavor came at the 1996 Atlanta games, where he also competed in the steeplechase.

In Athens, Gary was hampered by an injury and failed to qualify for the steeplechase finals.

Gary earned his second bid to the Olympics at the 2004 United States Trials in Sacramento, Calif. with a third-place finish in the steeplechase, posting a career-best time of 8:19.46.

OSU WELCOMES TWO NEW COACHES
During the offseason, the Buckeyes announced Kevin Mannon as the new throws coach and the return of Tom Doyle to handle the duties of jumps coach.

A former Buckeye assistant from 1984-93, Doyle rejoined the OSU coaching staff after spending the previous eight seasons as a field events coach at Illinois (1996-2003) as well as a two-year period at Arizona State (1994-95). Mannon also is a familiar face to the Buckeye coaching staff serving as a volunteer instructor to the Buckeye throwers the last two seasons.

2004 CROSS COUNTRY RECAP
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams once again turned in strong seasons in 2004. Despite redshirting three of its top runners from the 2003 season, the men’s team once again established themselves as one of the elite teams in the country, qualifying for the 2004 NCAA Championships for the fourth time in five years. The men’s and women’s teams finished and sixth and 11th, respectively, at the 2004 Big Ten Championships. In addition, the men and women placed first and second, respectively, at the 2004 All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships in Delaware, Ohio.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes hit the road to compete in the Armory Collegiate Invitational Feb. 4-5 in New York, N.Y.