May 31, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Two Buckeyes began competition Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., but were unable to break into the top eight. In field finals, George Hoover (So., Erie, Pa.), the 2001 Big Ten outdoor champion in the javelin throw, placed 18th with a distance of 197-9. Donica Merriman (Sr., Trotwood, Ohio) finished fifth in Heat 2 (23.48) of the 200-meter dash prelims and will not advance to Saturday’s final.

The Buckeyes begin more preliminary competition tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT when Merriman runs in the 100-meter hurdles. Onica Frasier (So., Broklyn, N.Y.) and Tina Johnson (Sr., Burlington, N.J.) will compete in the 400 at 8:10 p.m. The men open competion at 8:20 p.m. when Andrew Pierce (Sr., Yellow Springs, Ohio) competes in the 400. The men’s 4×400 relay begins at 10:00 p.m., followed by Ian Connor (Sr., Lexington, Ohio) in the 3,000 steeplechase at 10:15 p.m.

Complete results are available at or

Men–Field Events Javelin Final 1. John Stiegeler Oregon 77.07m 252’10.00″ 2. Vesa Jappinen UTEP 73.03m 239’07.00″ 3. Nathan Junius Tulane 71.29m 233’11.00″ 18. George Hoover Ohio State 60.27m 197’09.00″

Women–Track Events 200-meter dash preliminaries 8 Advance: Top 1 Each Heat Plus Next 4 Best Times

Heat 2 prelims 1. Mikele Barber South Carolina 22.71 Q 2. Angela Williams USC 23.11 3. Stephanie Durst LSU 23.13 4. Ssereta Lafayette Baylor 23.27 5. Donica Merriman Ohio State 23.48 – Cydonie Mothersill Clemson DQ

Q–finals qualifier DQ–disqualified