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Jan. 24, 2001

This Weekend
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track teams will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete at the Arkansas Invitational. Arkansas will play host to 29 teams including Ohio State. The meet will began Friday Jan. 26 at 5:00 p.m. Action will continue the following day at 10:00 a.m.

Indiana University Recap

Members of the Ohio State track and field teams competed at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Saturday Jan 20. The men’s squad defeated Indiana 91-71.

The men’s team performed well in all areas capturing 10 first-place finishes in 15 events. Joel Brown (So., Baltimore, Ma/Woodlwan) (8.18) and Ryan Grear (Jr.,Barnesville,Ohio/Barnesville) (8.25) Ohio/Barnesville) (8.25) took first and second place in the 60-meter hurdles. Courtney Cornwall (Inwood, N.Y/ Lawrence) posted a time of 49.81 to place first in the 400-meter dash. Teammate Thomas Dickson (Sr., St. Vincent, Wis.) followed with a time of 49.82 to place second.

Other top performers were Andrew Pierce (Sr., Yellow Springs, Ohio/Yellow Springs) who coasted to a first-place finish in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:16.73, Rob Myers who (Jr., Rushville, Ohio/Fairfield Ohio) captured a first-place finish in the 800-meter run (4:10.64) and Ian Connor (Sr. Lexington, Ohio/Northmoor) who posted a first -place finish in the one mile run with a time of 4:10.64.

In field events Ohio State’s Ehimwermen Nosa (Fr., Homewood Ill. took first in both the men’s long jump (7.39m) and triple jump (14.94m) and Brad Hart won the men’s high jump with a mark of 2.09m. Rusty Azbell also won the men’s weight throw with a mark of 17.93m Teammate Andrew Saurer followed with a mark of 17.68m to place second.

The women’s squad fell short to Indiana 89-70. Katy Craig ( Jr., Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) captured first in the weight throw with a mark of 19.41 meters. Tamara Smith ( So., Galloway, Ohio/Westland) captured a first-place finish in the women’s high jump with a mark of 5’7 “

Brooke Patterson (Fr., Lancaster,Ohio/Lancaster) captured a first -place finish in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:16.20. Teammate Kati Stevens( placed first in the 3,000-meter run (10:18.01) and the one-mile run (5:06.04) while Rhondalynn Crawford (Jr., Collinwood, Ohio/Collinwood) placed first in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:34.46)

Craig Leading the Pack
Katy Craig is seeing the effects of hard work and new techniques she has acquired from throwing coach John Smith, a recent addition to the OSU coaching staff. Craig has captured three-consecutive first- place finishes in the weight throw since the open of the season on Jan.6. She also was an automatic qualifier in her first indoor meet of 2001.

Meet the Coach
In his 13 years at Ohio State, Russ Rogers has produced 100 Big Ten indoor and outdoor track and field champions, ten NCAA indoor and outdoor champions and 65 All-Americans. His 1993 teams alone produced 16 All-Americans and 12 Big Ten champions in both indoor and outdoor events.

Rogers was recently chosen as the head coach of the national team that participated in the 1999 World Indoor Championships in Macbashi, Japan.

Rogers has more than 30 years of head coaching experience in national and international track and field.

His most recent experience was with the U.S. team at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia. He also was the 1988 sprint coach for the U.S. Olympic Team which competed in Seoul, Korea, the 1987 coach of the World University Games team, the 1985-86 head coach of the U.S. track team and has numerous other coaching credentials.Rogers came to Ohio State from Fairleigh Dickinson University, located in Teaneck, N.J., where he was the head coach for both the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country teams for 10 year

Returning All-American
Last season, All-Big Ten and All-American performers were produced in both the men’s and women’s camps.

Andrew Pierce (Sr., Yellow Springs,Ohio/Yellow Springs) Pierce claimed his second consecutive indoor medal in the 400-meter dash (46.46).Pierce represented the Buckeyes at the 2000 NCAA Championships posting a second-place All-American finish in the 400.

Donica Merriman (Sr.,Trotwood,Ohio Trotwood-Madison)guided the women’s team to a sixth-place finish in the 2000 Big Ten Championships, just two points shy of a fourth- place finish. Merriman claimed the 60-meter hurdles (8.19) for the second consecutive year and won the 200-meter dash to earn 2000 Big Ten and Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year.

Looking Ahead
Next week the Buckeyes will travel to New York, N.Y. for the Millrose Games.