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April 25, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field teams will travel to Philadelphia Thursday-Saturday to compete in the Penn Relays. The event, hosted by Pennsylvania University, will be held at Franklin Field. Events are set to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday. Competing in the Penn Relays are teams and athletes from all levels of competition ranging from ages 8 to 80. Schools competing in the meet include all top track and field teams throughout the country. The Buckeyes will also be sending another squad to compete this weekend in the Baldwin-Wallace Invitational.

A Look At The Competition
The Buckeyes look to make their make their presence felt in the 2002 Penn Relays, which offers some of the best competition in all of track and field. Schools competing in the event will include teams from the Pac-10, SEC, Big-12, Big East and several other conferences throughout the country. With the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships fast approaching, the Penn Relays should prove to be a good tune up for the Buckeyes. Teams competing in the Penn Relays from the Big Ten are Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan, State, Penn State and Purdue

Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams fared well at the Texas Christian Invitational, held April 20 in Fort Worth, Texas. The event was an open, non-scoring NCAA Track and Field Competition.

Ohio State junior Tami Smith (Galloway, Ohio/Westland) remained unbeaten for the 2002 season with her leap of 6-0 (1.83) in the high jump. The height earned Smith an automatic bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships later this year.

Brandi Hogan (So., Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry Traditional) earned first place in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.05 while Jennifer Ordway (So., Holgate, Ohio/Holgate) earned her first win of the season in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 11:39.85. In throwing events, Alexis McCall finished first in the shot put with her throw of 51-0 Ľ (15.55) to earn a provisional NCAA bid. Krista Keir (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville) won the discus event with a toss of 169-5 (51.64). The win marks Keir’s third consecutive victory in the outdoor season. Dan Taylor (Middlefield, Ohio/Berkshire) continued his strong efforts with two wins in the shot put and discus events. Taylor tossed the discus 182-0 (55.48), breaking his own school record that he set April 6 (54.92 meters). He also had a distance of 60-1 Ľ (18.32) in the shot put. John Ferguson picked up his second straight win in the javelin with a launch of 209-8 (63.9) while Brian Olinger won the 3000 meter steeplechase in a time of 9:19.15.

Owens Leads All-Century Team
Track legend Jesse Owens was named the Ohio State male athlete of the century by the Columbus Touchdown Club. Owens’ legend at Ohio State blossomed, thanks to such feats as setting three world records – in the long jump, 220-yard dash and 220-yard hurdles – within a 70-minute span at the 1935 Big Ten Track Championships. He became a household name at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, where he won four gold medals. Stephanie Hightower was named women’s track and field athlete of the century. She was a three-time (1978-80) All-American in the hurdles.

Meet Coach Russ Rogers
In his 14 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 69 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.

OSU Plays Host To Jesse Owens Classic
Ohio State will play host to the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Sunday, May 5. Competition will begin at 9 a.m. with featured events starting at 1 p.m.