May 29, 2005
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams completed action Saturday at the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at the University of Indiana’s Haugh Complex in Bloomington, Ind. The OSU women’s squad, which was tied for first place after day one Friday, placed fourth with 41 1/3 team points after three jumpers combined to finish in the Top 2 in each of the triple and high jumps. The OSU men’s team placed 18th with 13 points. Arkansas won the men’s championship with 94.5 team points and Tennessee took the top spot for the women with a score of 82.
Seniors Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore, both Big Ten champions this season, placed first and second in the triple jump with career-best lengths. Goodwin, from Louisville, Ky., broke her own school record to finish first with a leap of 43 feet, 10 ½, while Moore, from Jessup, Md., placed behind Goodwin with a mark of 43-9. Goodwin snapped her previous career-best of 43-7 ¾, which she set at the 2004 Mideast Regional at LSU. With their Top 2 standings, Goodwin and Moore earned automatic qualifiers to the 2005 NCAA Championships June 8-11 in Sacramento, Calif., as Goodwin will seek her fourth career All-American honor and Moore will compete for her third such distinction.
The Buckeyes added points in the jumps when sophomore Jessie Stringer tied for second place in the women’s high jump. Stringer, who won the Big Ten championship in the event two weeks ago, cleared 5 feet, 9 ¼ inches to earn the automatic qualifier to the NCAA meet.
Fellow sophomore Nicole Gliem also contributed team points in the 5,000-meter run. The event was originally scheduled to serve as the final event Friday, but was pushed to Saturday because of lightning. Nonetheless, Gliem timed a career-best mark of 16:28.44 to cross the finish line in sixth place, adding three team points to the OSU total. Although, she missed the automatic qualifier to the NCAA meet by placing outside the Top 5, she has a probable chance at gaining an at-large berth to nationals with her time.
Aaron Fisher, a junior distance runner from Indianapolis, highlighted the day for the men on the track, placing fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a season-best time of 8:46.91. Bryan Duby, a senior thrower from Silver Lake, Ohio, also turned in a career-best performance Saturday in the men’s hammer, heaving a mark of 205-2 to place seventh.
In all, seven Ohio State student-athletes – five from the women’s team and two for the men’s squad – earned automatic qualifiers to the NCAA championship meet in two weeks. A ninth, Gliem, has a chance at earning a bid in the 5,000-meter run after her sixth-place time Saturday.
Complete results for the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships can be accessed at www.iuhoosiers.com.
Ohio State Automatic Qualifiers to the NCAA Championships Men Aaron Fisher – Steeplechase (fourth) Marios Iacovou – High Jump (second)
Women Tiffany Davis – Hammer (fifth) Rosalind Goodwin – Triple Jump (first) Shelaine Larson – Hammer (second) Shayla Moore – Triple Jump (second) Jessie Stringer – High Jump (second)