April 26, 2006

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Columbus, Ohio — For the second week in a row, the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams will send student-athletes to compete at multiple meets. Several members of both the men’s and women’s teams will head to Philadelphia for the 106th running of the Penn Relays in historic Franklin Field Thursday through Saturday.

Select distance runners for both squads will compete at the Hillsdale Gina Relays Distance Carnival Friday in Hillsdale, Mich.

2006 Penn Relays
Days: Thursday-Saturday
Venue: Franklin Field, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Meet Information:
OSU Competing Athletes – Men: Kevin Bruffy, Brandon Cathcart, Tony Cole, Matt Comer, Todd Dutch, Dave Ebersole, Gerald Griffin, Lenny Jatsek, Brian Olinger, Jeff See, Elon Simms, Pat Whalen, Chris Watkins, Adam Wilhelm. Women: Ayrizanna Favours, Jenna Harris, Bever-Leigh Holloway, Kara Harrington, Veronica Jatsek, Chandra Krempel, Keturah Lofton, Ashley McLean, Janell Mitchell, Laura Piper, Jessica Stringer, Janine Zylinski
2006 Hillsdale Distance Carnival
Time/Day: 6:15 p.m. Friday
Venue: Hillsdale College Ken Herrick Track
Meet Information:
OSU Competing Athletes – Men: Alex Bailey, Matt Buzek, Glenn Collins, John Ealy, Dan Glaz, Robert Sturges, Matt Winebar. Women: Brittaney Hall, Melanie Price.

Last Week: Recapping the Oregon invitational
Members of the Ohio State men’s and women’s teams traveled to Eugene, Ore. to participate in the Oregon Invitational Friday and Saturday.

For the second consecutive week, Jenna Harris turned heads on the track. She swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes with NCAA regional qualifying times of 11.72 and 23.73, respectively. Freshman Ayrizanna Favours joined Harris in the winners circle with the top time in the 400m at 54.37. For the men, Tony Cole and Todd Dutch placed high in the 100m and 200m. Cole was runner up in the 100m, finishing in 10.53. Dutch was fifth in the 100m (10.73), but improved in the 200m, placing third in 21.38.

In the distance events, freshman Jeff See and senior Brian Olinger ran the men’s mile. See captured second place in 4:04.97, ahead of Olinger’s seventh-place mark of 4:09.32.

In the field, two-time Big Ten champion Jessica Stringer cleared a second-place mark in the high jump of 5 feet, 7 3/4 inches. For the men, freshman Brandon Cathcart reached 49-3 to earn a third-place finish in the triple jump and record a NCAA regional qualifier.

Last Week: Recapping the Cardinal Invitational
At Louisville, the Buckeyes swept the men’s and women’s steeplechase events. Senior Kevin Bruffy won the men’s side in a time of 9:30.05, while Melanie Price took top honors for the women in 10:51.08. Also on the track, Chandra Krempel cruised to a win in the women’s 400m (56.66) and Gerald Griffin was second in the men’s 400m in 47.91.

The Buckeyes dominated several field events. Leonard Jatsek posted first- and third-place throws in the hammer (185-8) and the shot (54-6 3/4), while Pat Whalen placed ahead of Jatsek in the shot at 55-3. For the women, Keturah Lofton (187-6 ½) led several Top 5 Buckeyes, taking second in the hammer. In the jumps, Veronica Vance cleared a regional mark of 40-11 1/4 to win the triple and hit 18-3 1/4 to take third in the long jump.

Harris Sprints to Big Ten Athlete of The Week Honors
Jenna Harris was named Big Ten Female Co-Athlete of the Week in an announcement made by the league office Tuesday. Harris scored a sweep of both the 100- and 200-meter dashes Saturday at the 2006 Oregon Invitational in Eugene, Ore.

Harris shared the Big Ten AOW with Penn State thrower Jennifer Leatherman.

For the second consecutive week, Harris was the highlight-performer for the Buckeyes on the track. The 2006 Big Ten 100m champion won both the 100m and 200m events with NCAA regional qualifying times of 11.72 and 23.73, respectively.

The Somerset, N.J. native currently rates 11th in the Mideast region in the 200m with her season-best time of 23.61set April 15 at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. That same mark also rates second in the Big Ten.

The weekly league honor is Harris’ first. She is the second Buckeye this outdoor season to claim league weekly honors. Lenny Jatsek, a sophomore thrower for OSU, won the award March 28.

Men’s Team Remains In Top 25
In the latest poll released April 24, the OSU men’s team jumped a spot to the No. 24 position after debuting at No. 25 April 17. The Buckeyes were ranked by at the beginning of the 2005 season and spent the entire 2004 campaign rated in’s Top 10. In 2004, the OSU men’s claimed a tie for fourth place at the NCAA championships.

This week, the Buckeyes stand in a three-way tie with George Mason and Jackson State for 24th in the country.

Track and Field Pockets Back-to-Back OSU Athlete of The Week
For the second consecutive week, a track and field student-athlete earned Ohio State athlete of the week honors after junior Jenna Harris swept the 100m and 200m dashes at Oregon with NCAA regional qualifying times of 11.72 and 23.73, respectively.

Last week, fellow junior and 2005 Big Ten winner Jessica Stringer was named OSU AOW after placing second in the women’s high jump at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. Stinger cleared a winning height of 5 feet, 10 inches, which tied a season best.

Last Year at The Penn Relays
Freshman high jumper Marios Iacovou won the men’s collegiate high jump event with a season-best leap. For the women’s team, the sprint medley unit set an Ohio State all-time record.

The men’s SMR team posted a time of 3:25.20 to take second in its heat.

Jumpers on the women’s side also performed well as seniors Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore turned in Top 10 performances in the triple jump collegiate championships invitational. High jumper Jessie Stringer also posted a Top 5 standing, clearing the bar at 5-8 to claim fifth in the collegiate division.

Revisiting The 2005 Hillsdale Distance Carnival
Distance runners from the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the 2005 Hillsdale Distance Carnival in Hillsdale, Mich. Melanie Price bested her own school record in a runner-up performance in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 10:46.55.

Highlighting the men’s effort was Dan Glaz, who set a season-best to take third in the men’s 5,000-meter, crossing the finish line in 14:09.10.

Brian Olinger, who redshirted the 2005 outdoor season, set the meet record in the men’s steeple in a personal-best time of 8:47.29.

Jatsek Named March 28 Big Ten Track and Field Male Co-Athlete of the Week
Lenny Jatsek, a sophomore thrower on the Ohio State men’s track and field team, shared Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors, the conference office announced March 28. At the 2006 Walt Disney World Invitational, Jatsek won the men’s shot put and placed fifth in the hammer throw.

In his first competition of the outdoor season, the 2006 Big Ten indoor weight throw champion posted a NCAA regional qualifying mark to win the shot. He placed first in the event with a personal-best distance of 57 feet, 9 inches (17.60 meters).

In the opening day of the Disney Invite Jatsek placed fifth in the hammer throw, reaching a mark of 179-3 1/4 (54.64m). The Walton Hills, Ohio native also earned the league’s indoor weekly honor Jan. 24.

Jatsek shared this week’s AOW award with Purdue junior sprinter/hurdler Rickey Pinkney.

Olinger At It Again
Brian Olinger is continuing his assault on the Ohio State record book this season. In his first meet of the outdoor season at Stanford April 1, Olinger set the school record in the 10,000m. Olinger’s time of 28:54.68 broke the old mark set by Chris England of 29:01.29 in 1997.

Breaking records is nothing new for Olinger who holds the indoor standard in the 5,000-meter run, which he set this season at the Husky Invitational (Feb.10-11) with his time of 13:45.94.

Olinger still is after the record for the best 3,000m-steeplechase which is currently held by Mark Croghan.

Olinger ran his first indoor 3,000m of the season at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (Feb. 3-4). Even with a mild case of the flu, Olinger still rewrote the Ohio State record books with his time of 8:02.21, a mark that ranked fourth in Buckeye history. Olinger holds the second and fourth best times in Ohio State indoor history in the 3,000m. Olinger still is after the record for the best 3,000m which is currently held by Ohio State distance coach Robert Gary.

Buckeyes Go 5-for-5 at Indoor Nationals
Ohio State sent five student-athletes to the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships (March 10-11) and all five walked away with All-America honors. Seniors Brian Olinger and Keturah Lofton gained their second-career indoor honors in the 5,000-meter run and weight throw, respectively. Junior Jessica Stringer gathered her first All-American award in the women’s high jump, while sophomore thrower Lenny Jatsek also earned his first in the men’s weight. Freshman Janine Zylinski made her NCAA championships debut and reached All-America status in the shot put.

Buckeyes Land Top Recruit
The Ohio State men’s track and field and cross country teams will add one of the best distance runners in the state of Ohio in 2006-07 seasons. Chad Balyo of Springboro, Ohio signed his national letter of intent to Ohio State during the early signing period this fall. Balyo was the 2005 Division 1 Ohio cross country champion. Balyo currently holds the best indoor time in the nation in the 2-mile for high school runners with a time of 9:10.

“It has been a goal of our program to recruit the best distance runners in Ohio.” Ohio State head cross country coach and distance coach Robert Gary said. “The past two seasons we have qualified for the NCAA championships with a roster made up of Ohio only athletes. I feel we got the best this year and am very excited to add him to a very young team.”

Up Next
Ohio State returns to Columbus to close out the 2006 regular season and home schedule with the 21st annual Jesse Owens Track Classic in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium May 5-6.