Feb. 19, 2005


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams played host the final regular season meet in the Scarlet and Gray Invitational Saturday in French Field House. Ohio State senior Shelaine Larson became the first Buckeye to record an automatic qualifier to the 2005 NCAA Championships with a career-best performance in the women’s weight throw. Fellow senior Bryan Duby also reached a personal best in the weight to provisionally qualify. A pair of returning All-American jumpers also finished their indoor careers Saturday as Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore placed 1-2 in the triple jump.

In the women’s weight, Ohio State claimed the Top 3 spots with Larson tossing a mark of 66 feet, 3 inches (66-3) for first place. Her measure in the weight earned an automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Also in the weight, Katy Houser provisionally qualified with a mark of 62-0 1/2 for second, while Tiffany Davis finished third at 59-8 1/2. Later, Larson added a third-place effort in the shot put at a length of 45-1 1/2.

On the men’s side, Duby provisionally qualified in the weight with a career-best throw of 68-2 1/2. Duby’s mark in the event ranks fourth all-time in Ohio State history. Freshman Lenny Jatsek also topped the 60-foot mark in fourth place at 60-4. In the shot put, freshman Patrick Whalen took second in the men’s shot put with a heave of 53-6 1/2.

Goodwin and Moore notched the Top 2 spots in the women’s triple jump. Goodwin bettered Moore’s previous team-best mark of 43-1 with a leap of 43-1 1/2 to claim first place. Moore followed Goodwin with a second-place measure at 42-5 1/4. Both of Goodwin and Moore’s jumps qualify provisionally for the NCAA meet.

Ohio State also claimed the Top 3 spots in the men’s high jump with freshman Marios Iacovou leading the way at a winning height of 6-10 1/4. Iavocou was followed by Ohio State junior Scott Hudepohl at 6-8 1/4 and fellow freshman Pat Woods at 6-6 1/4. For the women, sophomore Jessie Stringer took second in the high jump at 5-3. In the pole vault, Freshman Kim Willet notched a career-best height with a performance of 11-5 3/4 to claim fourth.

In the sprint events, Jenna Harris claimed the women’s 55-meter dash in a time of 7.03, while the men scored two Top 4 finishes with freshman Tony Cole leading the way in a runner-up time of 6.28. Fellow sprinter Todd Dutch clocked a 6.48 for fourth place. The women went 1-2 in the 600m as Jennifer Ogbuehi turned in a first-place time of 1:36.52 ahead of teammate Pannsy Henry, who ran 1:37.30.

The distance events saw Jacob McCauley top the field in the mile run in a time 4:35.10 and sophomore Joe Gourley place first in the 600m at 1:21.24. Freshman Charlie Straka timed a team and season-best in the 1,000-meter run in a winning time of 2:33.83. For the women, Laura Piper pocketed to the women’s 800m in 2:15.93, while Melonie Grim clocked a winning time in the mile at 5:16.38.

In the relays, the Ohio State women’s `B’ team finished ahead of OSU’s `A’ team in the 4x400m. The `B’ squad timed a 3:58.38, while the `A’ took second at 4:00.80. For the men, team `A’ rallied at the final turn to take first place ahead of OSU `B’ in 3:17.20. Team `B’ finished in 3:17.66.

The Buckeyes start postseason action next weekend with the 2005 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 26-27. The men will travel to Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. The women head to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.