May 15, 2004


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded day two at the 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at Purdue University’s Rankin Field in West Lafayette, Ind. After seven events, the men sit in fourth-place with 38 team points, while the women stand in sixth with 30 points. Minnesota leads the men’s team standings with 74 points, while Michigan is atop the women’s competition with 53.5 points.

Saturday featured a title-winning performance by junior Aaron Fisher in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, while a trio of Buckeyes claimed runner-up marks in the field events. Senior Dan Taylor took second in the discus before sophomore Amarachi Ukabam placed No. 2 in the shot put and junior Rosalind Goodwin took runner-up in the long jump. Saturday also showcased preliminary heats in nearly all track races as senior Joel Brown advanced to Sunday’s finals in three events.

Fisher, who owns the top time in the NCAA in the steeple at 8:37.33, used a winning time of 8:44.59 to lead three Buckeyes who placed in the Top 6 in the event. Fisher, the 2003 Big Ten champ in the 5,000 meters, was followed by fellow junior Brian Olinger, who took fourth in 8:56.34, and senior Sjaan Gerth, who completed his Big Ten career in sixth place in a season-best 9:01.85.

The distance events also included senior All-American Rob Myers, who qualified for the finals in the 1,500 meters as he finished second in the prelims in a time of 3:56.71. On the women’s side, freshman Melanie Price qualified for the finals in the same event, running a time of 4:39.2 to finish eighth. Also on the track, J.Brown led the short races as the 2003 outdoor All-American claimed spots in the finals of the 100-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash. Brown started the day running a time of 10.49 to take fourth in the 100m. Less than an hour later, Brown posted the best mark of the 110m hurdles prelims at 13.88 and then completed his day with a 20.94 for third in the 200m heat.

In the field, Ohio State boasted a pair of runner-up performances in the throws as Taylor added a second-place finish in the discus to his third-place standing in the hammer set Friday night. Taylor heaved the disc 186 feet, 8 inches (186-8), falling just five inches shy of first -place Karl Erickson of Minnesota, who repeated as conference champ with at a distance of 187-0. On the women’s end, Ukabam, the 2003 Big Ten title winner in the discus, placed second in the shot put at a measure of 52-6. Teammate Keturah Lofton, who won the Big Ten hammer throw crown Friday night with a Big Ten championship and conference record (200-7), posted a regional qualifier at 46-9.50.

Ohio State also added eight runner-up points in the women’s long jump as Goodwin, a 2004 indoor All-American, recorded a leap of 19-11.50 to claim second place behind defending conference title winner Chi Chi Aduba of Penn State, who reached 20-10.75. Junior Shayla Moore just missed adding team points for Ohio State, finishing ninth in the event at a measure of 18-2.25.

Commanding the hurdles on the women’s side was senior Molly Logan, who earned the No. 1 seed in the 100-meter hurdles final Sunday with a first-place time of 13.31. Fellow senior Brandi Hogan also moved to the final of the 100m hurdles with a season-best time of 14.05. Also in the hurdles, freshman Jennifer Ogbeuhi will compete in her first Big Ten final Sunday after timing a 1:01.03 to place fifth in the prelims of the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Freshman Jenna Harris also ran in her first conference meet and moved on in multiple events with a season-bests of 11.82 in the 100-meter dash and 24.00. A season-best also was posted in the women’s 800-meter run as senior Tamecia Brown earned a bid to the finals in 2:08.77, which stands as the second-best time in OSU history.

Complete results for the Big Ten championships may be viewed at <>. Action concludes Sunday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).