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Feb. 14, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded competition at the 2004 Sykes/Sabock Challenge in State College, Pa. The women’s throwers helped maintain the Buckeyes second-place position as they placed five individuals in the shot put.

Leading the way for the women’s throw squad in the shot put was Amarachi Ukabam (So., Creve Coeur, Mo.) as she posted a throw of 52-04 to win the event. Shelaine Larson (Sr., Ventura, Calif.) finished second in the event with a toss of 51-0, while Keturah Lofton (Jr., Zanesville, Ohio) rounded out the Top 5 for the Buckeyes posting a throw of 48-9.

On the men’s side the Buckeyes were led by senior thrower Dan Taylor (Middlefield, Ohio) as he propelled the men to a sixth-place finish, and posted his second first-place mark of the event in the shot put with a toss of 65-2.

The women also received another strong showings from its jumpers as Rosalind Goodwin (Jr., Louisville, Kent.) and Shayla Moore (Jr., Jessup, Md.) placed second and third respectively in the triple jump. Goodwin’s jump of 42-04 set a new team mark in the event.

Freshman Jessie Stringer (Franklin, Ind.) continued her progression in the women’s high jump as she posted a new personal best in the event with a jump of 5-7 surpassing her old mark of 5-5. Stringer tied for second in the event.

Seniors Billy Mills (Fairlawn, Ohio) and Seth MacCarter (Chillicothe, Ohio) also posted strong performances in the field events. Mills finished fifth in the men’s high jump with a leap 6-7, while MacCarter tied for fourth in the pole vault with a jump 15-3. Scoring points for the men in the sprinting events was John Morris (Jr., Camden, N.J.) who finished fourth in the 400-meter dash as he posted a time of 47.98 to set a new team mark in the event. On the women’s side freshman Jenna Harris (Somerset, N.J.) continued her impressive showing during the two-day event as she placed third and posted a time of 24.18 to set a new personal best.

In the distance events, the woman were led by Tamecia Brown (Sr., St. Cather, Wis.) as she posted a personal best in the 800-meter run running a time of 2:10.51 to set a new team mark in the event. On the men’s side Brian Olinger (Jr., Frenso, Ohio) followed his first-place finish in the 5,000-meter run on Friday with an eighth-place finish in the mile on Saturday posting a time of 4:16.2.

The Buckeyes return to action at 10 a.m. on Feb. 21 as they compete in the 2004 Scarlet and Gray Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.