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Jan. 9, 2001

This Weekend
The Ohio State track team will travel to New York, N.Y. for The Armory Invitational Jan.13. The team will look to keep their winning momentum as they take on Army, Connecticut, East Carolina, Oklahoma State, Princeton, Rutgers, South Carolina, St.Augustine, St. John’s and St. Joseph’s. Field event will begain at 11:00 a.m and running event will begin at 1:00p.m.

Ohio State Invitational
The Ohio State men and women’s track and field team opened the indoor season with promising performances at the Ohio State Invitational. Both the women’s and men’s squads dominated the meet, posting a total of 27 first-place finishes and capturing 14 first and second-place finishes.

Donica Merriman (Sr.,Trotwood,Ohio/Trotwood Madison) coasted to victories in the 60-meter dash (7.48) 60-meter hurdles (8.32) and the 200-meter dash .(24.90) Molly Logan and Dalanda Jackson rounded out the top three in the 60-meter hurdles posting times of 8.76 and 8.82. Katy Craig (Jr.,Hilliard,Ohio/Hilliard Davidson), Alexis McCall , (Fr., Elryria,Ohio/Elyria) and Erin Carter (So.,Logan,Ohio/Logan) had strong performances in the women’s shot put and weight throw. Craig captured a first-place finish in the weight throw (19.59m) qualifying her for the 2001 NCAA Championships. McCall and Carter followed taking second (15.87) and third (14.88) place finishes respectively.

Carter and McCall also were NCAA provisional qualifiers for the shot put. Carter threw for a mark of 15.15m. McCall followed in second, posting 14.92m.

The men’s squad also had a number of stand-out performances.

Andrew Pierce (Sr., Yellow Spring, Ohio/Yellow Springs) captured a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash (47.84) following his performance with a win in the 200-meter (22.01). He also anchored the win by the 4×400 relay team. Joel Brown placed first in 60-meter hurdles and was a member of first-place 4×400-meter relay team.

Nosa Ehimwenman showcased his talent in his first collegiate meet by placing first in the triple jump (15.12m) and the long jump.

Craig Qualifies for NCAAs
Katy Craig wasted no time qualifying for the NCAA Championshipsa. She qualified in the women’s weight throw during the season opener Jan 6.

Craig threw for a mark of 19.59m , passing the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 19.50m.

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 years.

Returning All-Americans
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-merican 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 travel to Bloomington, Ind. for the Indiana University Invitational Jan 20.