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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s track and field team heads to Minneapolis, Minn., for the 2008 Big Ten Championships. 

HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Jatsek is also looking to make some family history. Veronica Jatsek and her brother Lenny Jatsek will look become the first pair of siblings to win a Big Ten crown in the same event in the same season. Lenny Jatsek currently holds the best weight toss in the Big Ten with a mark of 69 feet, 9 inches and Veronica Jatsek holds the best weight toss for the women this season with a mark of 69 feet, 1 inches. 

LAST TIME OUT: ALL OHIO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday – Junior Ayrizanna Favours qualified for the 400-meter final with an eighth-place finish in the preliminaries in a time of 54.85. Favours also took 16th in the 60-meter dash against one of the toughest fields prior to the NCAA championships. Favours finished in a time of 7.61.

Senior Chandra Krempel grabbed second-place in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:13.55 and sophomore Ashley Caldwell took eighth in a time of 1:15.15. In the field, senior Veronica Jatsek took eighth in the shot put with a toss of 48 feet, 7 1/4 inches.

Saturday – Jatsek took the top spot in the weight throw with a toss of 67 feet, 7 inches. Jatsek defeated the field with ease, winning the event by almost four feet. Favours took seventh-place in the finals of the 400-meter dash in a time of 54.88. Sophomore Emily Thompson took 20th in the mile run in a time of 5:07.99.

LAST SEASON AT BIG TEN’S
Saturday – In the 200m, sophomore Ayrizanna Favours clocked a 24.25 to lock up the sixth-best qualifying time. Favours became the second Buckeye to reach the finals of two events, when she sprinted to third-best time in the 400m at 55.07.

Chandra Krempel also moved on to the finals in the 600m, crossing the finish line in 1:34.31. All three will compete for Big Ten titles in their respective events when the meet resumes Sunday.

Sunday – Sophomore Ayrizanna Favours claimed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.88. Favours then took third in the 200-meter dash with a NCAA provisional time of 24.00. The women’s 4×400-meter relay team of Chandra Krempel, Favours, Harris and Ashley Caldwell came in third with a time of 3:40.00.

In the field, Veronica Jatsek took second in the weight throw with a season best toss 68-5 3/4. It was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and the fourth best toss in Ohio State history.

JATSEK IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Senior Veronica Jatsek continues to be one of nation’s top competitors in the weight throw. Last season Jatsek was an All-American in the weight throw and has continued to turn heads this season. Last week Jatsek defeated a tough field at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational by almost four feet. Jatsek has the best throw in the Big Ten this season with her mark at the Akron Open of 68 feet, 8 inches. That toss is the fifth-best in the country this season and in the Akron Open, Jatsek defeated Stevi Large of Akron who currently holds the third-best toss in the nation.

Jatsek has been named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for her efforts three times this season. Jatsek has won the conference honor this season after she took home the weight title Jan. 15 following her performance in the Kentucky Invitational. After winning at the New Balance Collegiate Invite and after she won the weight toss title at the All-Ohio Championships. By earning All-American honors last season Veronica Jatsek joined her brother and fellow Buckeye Lenny as an All-American both in the weight throw.

NOT DOING HER COMPETITION ANY FAVOURS
Ayrizanna Favours is one of the most versatile sprinters in the Big Ten this season and is ranked in the Top 5 in the conference in three different events this season.

Favours currently holds the top time in the Big Ten in the 60-meter dash with her time at the Akron Open of 7.48

She is third in the 200-meter dash with a time at the 24.16 at the Kentucky Invitational. Favours also is fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.52 at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge and is the only sprinter in the Big Ten ranked in the Top 5 in all three events.

JATSEK COLLECTS BIG TEN ACCOLADES
Jatsek earned her first Big Ten field athlete of the week award on Jan. 15 after opening the season with a win in the weight throw at the Kentucky Invitational.

Jatsek, a native of Walton Hills, Ohio, won the weight toss with a mark of 67 feet, 11 inches topping the field by almost eight feet. The mark for Jatsek provisionally qualifies her for the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. The toss also is the fifth-best in Ohio State history and is the second-best toss of the Jatsek’s career. Last season, Jatsek was an All-American in the weight throw, joining her brother and fellow Buckeye Lenny as an All-American. Jatsek shared the honor with Alicia Rue of Minnesota.

Jatsek earned her second Big Ten field AOW following a personal-best performance at the time in the Akron Open.

Jatsek won the weight throw in the Akron Open with a personal-best toss of 68 feet, 8 inches. The throw by Jatsek is the fourth-best toss in the country this season and the best in the Big Ten. Jatsek won event defeating Akron’s Stevi Large, who holds the third-best toss in country this season. Jatsek’s toss also is the eighth-best toss by an American this year. Jatsek also posted a second-place finish in the gold division shot put with a toss of 48 feet, 6 inches.

Jatsek earned her third AOW following a win at the All-Ohio Championships in her final tune up for the Big Ten championships. 

Jatsek tossed a career-best weight throw with an NCAA-automatic qualifying mark of 69-01.25 (21.06m). Jatsek’s toss ties her with Jessica Pressley of Arizona State for the fourth-best weight toss in the country and is the best in the Big Ten this season.

HARRIS, JATSEK SCORE ALL-AMERICA HONORS AT INDOOR NATIONALS
Ohio State had two student-athletes earn All-American honors at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships March 10. Jenna Harris finished eighth in the 400m dash final in a time of 53.31.

In field events, junior Veronica Jatsek placed seventh in the weight throw to earn her first All-America honor at a distance of 66-9 3/4.

THE JATSEK’S: ALL-AMERICAN SIBLINGS
A year after her brother, Lenny Jatsek, captured All-America honors by finishing 13th in the weight throw at the 2006 NCAA indoor meet, Veronica Jatsek added another national award to the family. Veronica, competing in her first NCAA championships, placed seventh in the weight throw to earn her first All-America honor at a distance of 66-9 3/4.

JATSEK RETURNS TO DEFEND 2007 HONOR
The Big Ten announced its all-conference teams following the 2007 Women’s Indoor Championships in Champagne, Ill. Ohio State had two of the team’s top competitors honored.

Junior Veronica Jatsek was named second team All-Big Ten with her second-place finish in the weight throw. Jatsek’s toss of 68-5 3/4 is the fourth-best in Ohio State history and a season-best. It is an NCAA provisional qualifying toss and sixth-best in the country this season. Jatsek had the best throw by a non-senior by 12-11 1/4. It is Jatsek’s first Big Ten postseason award. Jatsek’s brother, Lenny, also took Big Ten honors in the weight throw after winning the league title in the men’s event. It is the first time that a brother-sister combination has taken All-Big Ten honors in the same year since Tonya and Tyrone Williams of Illinois were both on the All-Big Ten team in 1995.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will head to the Alex Wilson Last Chance meet in South Bend, Ind. This will be the athletes last chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships.