May 3, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field teams hosted the 14th Jesse Owens Track Classic in Ohio Stadium today. The sun was shining through the clouds as past and present Buckeyes turned in outstanding performances.
OSU alumnus Mark Croghan (1988-91) won the 3,000 steeplechase in an outstanding performance clocking 8:19.86. Tony Dees captured the 110 hurdles with a time of in 13.57. World record holder and OSU assistant coach Butch Reynolds ran the anchor leg of the 4 x 400 relay team that took second place.
The women’s 4 x 400 relay team finished the day with a down-to-the-wire victory recording a time of 3:39.04. Freshman phenom Andrew Pierce (Yellow Springs, Ohio) won the open 400 (46.32), while distance specialist David Gonzalez (So., Bolingbrook, Ill.) reigned supreme over the competition in the 3,000 (8:17.62).
All-American Tamieka Porter (Sr., Escondido, Calif.) won the triple jump with a mark of 42’3-1/4″, while teammate All-American Dominque Calloway (So., Aurora, Colo.) won the 200 (23.52) and finished second in the 100 hurdles (13.11).
The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. next weekend to compete at the Michigan Invitational on Saturday, May 9. OSU is the host site for this year’s Big Ten Championships May 22-24.