Feb. 15, 2003

The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded competition Saturday at the Sykes/Sabock Challenge, at Penn State University. The men’s team finished the event in first place with a total score of 136 points, while the women finished third with 85 points.

The men posted another strong performance in the field events from Dan Taylor (Jr., Middlefield, Ohio/Berkshire), who placed first in both the shot put and weight throw. Taylor took first place honors in the shot put with a throw of 64-00.00 and the weight throw with a toss of 70-11.00.

Not far behind Taylor was freshman Mike D’Andrea (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio/Amherst), who placed third with a throw of 58-9.00. D’Andrea provisionally qualified for the 2003 NCAA championships with his performance Saturday.

The men also received a strong showing in the distance events from Sjaan Gerth (Jr., Belgrout, Ont., Can./F.E Madill) and Aaron Fisher (So., Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central). Fisher captured first place in the mile with a time of 4:08.00, while Gerth took second in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 8:16.48.

On the women’s side, Krista Keir (Sr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville) placed first in the shot put with a throw of 55-3.00, which gave her an automatic entry to the 2003 NCAA championships. Keir also set an Ohio State indoor record, previously held by Alexis McCall of 52-8.00.

Tami Smith (Sr., Galloway, Ohio/Westland) turned in another strong performance in the high jump with a leap of 5-9.75.00 for a third place finish.

The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams will return home for the Scarlet and Gray Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 in Columbus, Ohio.

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