Aug. 2, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – Joel Brown and Rob Myers, two former All-Americans for the Ohio State men’s track and field team, will run for the United States in the 2005 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships, which will be held in Helsinki, Finland Aug. 6-14. Brown and Myers, both volunteer Buckeye assistant coaches, earned their spots on Team USA with qualifying marks at the 2005 USA Track and Field Championships in June.

After taking third in the 1,500m at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials last July, Myers again placed third at the USATF championships in June, pacing a 3:42.27. He finished behind fellow Team USA members Alan Webb, a 2004 U.S. Olympian, and Chris Lukezic, who ran for Georgetown University in 2005. The preliminary heats of the 1,500m are scheduled for Saturday, the opening day of the meet. The semifinals of the event follow Aug. 8 and those who qualify will run in the final Aug. 10.

Myers is running out of Chesterfield, Mo., but is originally from Rushville, Ohio and Fairfield Union High School.

Brown, a three-time All-American from Baltimore, is one of four 110-meter hurdlers on the U.S. squad. At the USATF’s in June, Brown placed fourth, crossing the finish line in 13.28. He finished behind Nike teammates Allen Johnson, who won the U.S. title in 12.99, and Dominique Arnold. Mizuno’s Terrence Tremmell was third. All four hurdlers will compete in the qualifying heats Aug. 10. Semifinals follow the next day on Aug. 11 and the final is set for Aug. 12.

PAX television will provide condensed coverage of the 2005 IAAF World Track and Field Championships. The network will broadcast from 4-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On weeknights, PAX coverage will change to 5-6 p.m. Aug. 8-12 and will revert back to the 4-5 p.m. schedule for the final two days Aug. 13-14. A complete schedule and live results for the 2005 IAAF World’s can be accessed at Jack Warner, an Ohio State assistant coach from 1993-2004, is on the Team USA staff as sprints and hurdles coach and will work with Brown throughout the event.

*NOTE – Elsewhere, Ian Connor (1998-2001) wrapped up his summer racing season with a victory at the Louise Mandrell 5k in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Connor ran his final mile in 4:19 seconds to grab the victory over Kenya’s George Misoi. (Aug. 2)