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May 17, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State mens and womens track and field teams will%^$travel to West Lafayette, Ind. this weekend for the Big Ten%^$Championships, hosted by Purdue University. The meet begins Friday and%^$runs through Sunday.%^$

%^$SIZING UP THE FAVORITES
%^$The following competitors lead the Big Ten in their respective events%^$and are also ranked among the nations best. The athletes event, name,%^$school, their marks, the date they were set and national rank are all%^$provided.%^$

%^$Mens 100-meter dash: %^$Lenton Herring (Wisconsin); 10.21; April 3; 16th nationally.%^$

%^$Mens 400-meter dash: %^$Andrew Pierce (Ohio State); 45.86; March 27; 17th nationally.%^$

%^$Mens 5,000-meter run: %^$Matt Downin (Wisconsin); 13:40.37; May 7; third nationally.%^$

%^$Mens 10,000-meter run: %^$Steve Schell (Michigan State); 28:39.74; March 27; sixth nationally.%^$

%^$Mens 110-meter hurdles: %^$Sherman Armstrong (Illinois); 13.88; May 8; 15th nationally.%^$

%^$Mens 400-meter intermediate hurdles: %^$Sherman Armstrong (Illinois); 50.13; May 2; fifth nationally.%^$

%^$Mens 3,000-meter steeplechase: %^$Tom Chorny (Indiana); 8:37.18; April 22; third nationally.%^$

%^$Mens 4×100-meter relay: %^$Kurt Felix, Tony Branch, Tim Dodge, Bashir Yamini (Iowa); 39.96; May 1; 31st nationally.%^$

%^$Mens 4×400-meter relay: %^$Tony Branch, Tim Dwight, Tim Dodge, Bashir Yamini (Iowa); 3:06.18; May 1; 20th nationally.%^$

%^$Mens High Jump: %^$Bobby Myers (Wisconsin); 2.22; May 1; 12th nationally.%^$

%^$Mens Long Jump: %^$Babatunde Ridley (Illinois); 7.74; May 2; 13th nationally.%^$

%^$Mens Triple Jump: %^$Djeke Mambo (Purdue); 16.17; March 19; ninth nationally.%^$

%^$Mens Shot Put: %^$Chris Spurrier (Purdue); 18.18; May 1; 22nd nationally.%^$

%^$Mens Hammer Throw: %^$Arno vndr Westhuizen (Iowa); 63.22; May 8; 24th nationally.%^$

%^$Mens Javelin Throw: %^$Dave Matson (Penn State); 68.76; April 17; 16th nationally.%^$

%^$Mens Decathlon: %^$Glenn Lindqvist (Minnesota); 7578; April 16; fourth nationally.%^$

%^$Womens 100-meter dash: %^$Kerry-Ann Richards (Illinois); 11.27; May 8; 10th nationally.%^$

%^$Womens 200-meter dash: %^$Aleisha Latimer (Illinois); 23.42; April 10; 22nd nationally.%^$

%^$Womens 800-meter run: %^$Jenni Westphal (Wisconsin); 2:05.54; May 1; seventh nationally.%^$

%^$Womens 1,500-meter run: %^$Janet Westphal (Wisconsin); 4:15.43; May 1; first nationally.%^$

%^$Womens 3,000-meter run: %^$Jenelle Deatherage (Wisconsin); 9:17.88; April 16; seventh nationally.%^$

%^$Womens 5,000-meter run: %^$Katie McGregor (Michigan); 16:11.03; April 16; seventh nationally.%^$

%^$Womens 10,000-meter run: %^$Erica Palmer (Wisconsin); 34:03.60; April 22; sixth nationally.%^$

%^$Womens 100-meter high hurdles: %^$Dominque Calloway (Ohio State); 13.03; April 18; fourth nationally.%^$

%^$Womens 400-meter intermediate hurdles: %^$Dominque Calloway (Ohio State); 56.48; May 9; fifth nationally.%^$

%^$Womens High Jump: %^$Nicole Forrester (Michigan); 1.85; April 16; sixth nationally.%^$

%^$Womens Pole Vault: %^$Kierstin Doyle (Purdue); 3.76; April 16; 23rd nationally.%^$

%^$Womens Long Jump: %^$Brandi Bentley (Michigan); 6.37; April 17; 10th nationally.%^$

%^$Womens Triple Jump: %^$Shakeema Walker (Penn State); 13.28; May 9; fifth nationally.%^$

%^$Womens Shot Put: %^$Collinus Newsome (Illinois); 16.02; May 8; sixth nationally.%^$

%^$Womens Discus Throw: %^$Deshaya Williams (Penn State); 53.22; May 9; 13th nationally.%^$

%^$Womens Hammer Throw: %^$Toyinda Smith (Purdue); 58.70; May 9; 12th nationally.%^$

%^$Womens Javelin Throw: %^$Nicole Chimko (Minnesota); 54.92; March 26; third nationally.%^$

%^$Womens Heptathlon: %^$Andrea Guertsen (Wisconsin); 5133; May 14; 25th nationally.%^$

%^$THE BUCKEYES AND BIG TEN HISTORY
%^$The Ohio State Buckeyes have won four Big Ten Championships, all of the%^$mens variety. In the two most recent seasons that OSU secured the title%^$(1992 and 1993), current head coach Russ Rodgers has been selected Big%^$Ten Coach of the Year. The men are competing for the 87th time in the%^$Big Ten Championships (all consectutive) and the women are taking part%^$for the 22nd time (all consectutive).%^$

%^$DEFENDING TEAM CHAMPIONS
%^$The Minnesota Golden Gophers mens team (134.5 points) and the Michigan%^$Wolverines womens squad (129.5 points) will be looking to defend the%^$team titles they captured at the 1998 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field%^$Championships.%^$

%^$1998 BIG TEN RETURNING CHAMPIONS
%^$Dominque Calloway is the only returning individual outdoor champion for%^$Ohio State (100-meter hurdles). However, Andrew Pierce was a member of%^$the victorious mens 4×400-meter relay team and Ayanna Reece and Cathy%^$Rejouis were both a part of the womens 4×400-meter relay team, which%^$also visited the winners circle.%^$

%^$CALLOWAY EARNS DISTINCTION
%^$Dominque Calloway was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week this past week%^$for the second time this outdoor season after her performance at the%^$Phil Diamond Quad May 9 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Calloway came out on top in%^$the 100-meter hurdles (13.12) as well as the 400-meter hurdles (56.48).%^$Her time in the latter event is a conference-best thusfar. She also was%^$a member of the victorious 4×400- and 4×1600-meter relay teams.%^$

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-Go Bucks!-